I got this over the weekend when i went into the mac store to buy my good friend a b-day gift. i needed something darker to contour with because the bronzer i was using was to sheer and when i tried to build up the color it ended up looking really muddy. This stuff is awesome i just need a little bit to give my face supermodel cheeks!!! :) just try not to apply to much because then the color ends up looking a bit reddish. i learned that the hard way when i first applied it. The colo in the pan is a dark matte brown with no visible red tones imo, but when you apply too much red tones to appear...weird, anyway :) i love this and when applied just right it gives me perfect shading :)
This is a good shade for contouring on tan, darker skintones. I have to agree with some of the other comments...if you apply this shade the wrong way, it can look very muddy and just WRONG! You need the right brush and you need to start very light and then build up. When applying for contouring, MACs 168 brush is perfect.
i chose this as a contour colour because it was the darkest matte shade i could find at mac. i have light asian skin and don't think it's too dark at all. my problem though with this product is that not sometimes, but everytime my body heats up or i feel warm, it changes the colour of this blush to a deep red, really flushed colour but not in a fresh healthy glow kinda way. it was more like i ran through a poison ivy bush. i don't know if my oily skin type has anything to do with the reaction but this definately wasn't for me. i've since converted to mac's 'taupe' blush and have no complaints.
I was chatting with an online artist on www.maccosmetics.com. She recommended this with my NC42 skin. I'm new to MAC, but not new to applying makeup. I consider myself pretty skilled at it. In conjuction with the other reviews, caution & practice is CRUCIAL. I'll be honest...the person that helped me at my beloved MAC counter attacked me with a large fluffy brush & this blush. In the dimmish store lighting it had a heavy sun-kissed look. When I got in the car & looked in the rear view mirror, it was a very different scene. I, too, looked like I'd been playing with mud pies.
I've had this for a couple of days & am experimenting with different brushes & techniques. I'm saving for a #187 brush (or if I can find a Flirt! Feather Dust-her brush) & I think that will make a huge difference. It's a beautiful color though. It was hard for me to find something that gave a rich & dark enough color for contour that didn't add any shimmer. It is pretty pigmented for a "sheertone" blush. Buying blunt isn't for the faint of heart, but if you've got the time to practice & don't mind getting your hands dirty, this is a keeper!
I bought this blush after seeing it on Angela Basset in In Style magazine a couple of years ago. She used it in the creases of her eyelids, and used Stila Jezebel (copper colored) on the lids. Then she had MAC Charismatic lipstick on her lips, and either MAC Coppertone or Blushbaby on her cheeks -- I can't remember which. I tried the whole look, and it looked fantastic -- natural and coppery(I'm about an NC43 skin tone).
I haven't been successful in using Blunt as a blush - it's too dark. It's also been too dark used alone as a contour, but it does work well as a contour mixed with Wet'n'Wild Bronzer. The Wet'n'Wild looks about the same shade as Blunt in the package, but is much sheerer, so I get a generous amount of Wet'n'Wild on my contour brush and then very very lightly dip the brush in the Blunt. A perfect contour.
I really love this blush. I am a NW50 and when I first applied it, I couldn't even see it in the mirror - and it is such a dull matt colour in the packaging that I wondered why I bought it. But when I was out shopping and looked in the mirrors again I looked liked i'd been out in the sun. You have to apply this lightly but it's definitely a keeper = good for contouring too.
I am about NW45/NC50 so this works on my skin. I rarely use it alone though. Most of the time I use it to tone down a blush I feel may be looking a little too bright. Doubt it would work too well for lighter skin tones. I imagine it could look quite muddy since it is a matte blush.
At a MAC makeover, the MA (who trains the other MAs) used this along with MAC bronzer in bronze to give me an overall bronzey sun-kissed look. I looked SO BEAUTIFUL, my face looked much slimmer and I suddenly had high cheekbones. I bought the blush and after clearly examining my makeup that night, I reluctantly washed everything off and headed to bed. The next morning, I tried to reproduce that look. The effect... awful. It looked WAY too dark for my C4 skin and made my normal sized pores look huge. I can see how it would would look great on darker skintones but for people C4 or lighter, skip this one unless you are a PRO at makeup. I consider myself fairly skilled at makeup application and I could not get this to work for me. ***EDIT 3/6/06 Added 2 lippies and changed repurchase? to a yes. I repurchased this after returning it from my last review. I simply could not find another blush that showed up as effortlessly as this. Others, NARS Orgasm included, showed up but did not seem to give my face anymore structure than it already has. My face is somewhat round and I most would like the effect of higher cheekbones and emphasis of what little "hollow of the cheek" I have. And sure enough I would have that if I dropped 10 lbs but until I find that motivation, Blunt will do. =) This blush CAN work for you if you do so carefully. You need a very light hand and a small fluffy brush (I used MAC 109 now, works perfectly). Before the brush I was using was too dense and though it was somewhat small it was not small enough (Baby Cheeks brush) which placed too much blush on too much area. Just a light touch of the brush to the pan and lightly buff onto desired area (you can always add more later). If done correctly this blush can give you model like cheekbones and make your face look much slimmer. I looks GREAT with MAC Bronze Bronzer. Give this a try if you are willing to work with it! Oh, and about my face looking spotchy and it emphasizing my pores, you need a SMOOTH surface to work with (I was applying it without anything underneath) so use powder or foundation underneath to solve problem. **EDIT#2 10/8/06: Still loving this blush. It is my FAVORITE most reached for blush!! Would definitely repurchase.I compared blunt to format and format is definitely more orangey/peachy brownish for a freshier look of youth. As for contouring, it shapes your cheekbones and slims the face just as well as blunt. Blunt is more a dark pinkish reddish brownish and gives a much older more sophisticated and much much sexier look.
This is a flat reddish brown blush that looks muddy on me even when applied with a light hand using a skunk brush. MAC needs to improve the package on their blushes, the clear top always fall out of mine and this one too.
The good news is that I have found other uses for this, so all isn't :
1. matte brown eyeshadow base that doesn't crease or fade on my oily lids.
2. contouring product.
Beautiful natural, sunkissed color on the apples of (my NC45/NW40)cheeks; or great for creating the illusion of higher cheekbones as a contour colour in the hollows of cheeks.