MAC Magenta

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MAC Magenta


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100% would repurchase

Package Quality: 5.0

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Package Quality: 5.0

Price: $$$$


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on 10/6/2006 4:34:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Very Oily, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Green

Wow! Don't even consider this one unless 1)You want pure, vivid, unapologetic C-O-L-O-R, 2)You have "cool" coloring(there are pronounced blue tones to this one), and 3)You have no qualms about brights.

Until recently, this was a Pro product, but now it's been made more easily obtainable by the rest of us by its addition to the powder blush offerings on

I can see why it was formerly a Pro product. The color is intense. I haven't actually tried it on yet, but I can tell that I'm going to need to tread carefully with this one. How to describe the color? The dictionary defines "magenta" as " a deep purplish red," and there ya go! "Magenta," a very heavily-pigmented, absolutely matte pressed powder blush, is of a color somewhere in between MAC's "Girl About Town" and "Stiletto" lipsticks. NOO brown in this blush! I expect it to be a wonderful face-brightener on me( NW15, dark brown hair, green eyes), but those who want sheer and soft should probably avoid this one.

Given the huge size of MAC's blushes, and the generous pigmentation of this one, I'll probably never run out, although I plan to wear it a lot, year round. If I ever do need more, though, I'll gladly repurchase.

UPDATE: Okay, I tried it on, and the trickiness turned out not to be with the vividness of the shade, so much as the darkness of it. Applied lightly, with a good fluffy brush, "Magenta" is a deep, clear pinky plum color, perfect for Fall.

My "5 lippies" and "re-purchase" ratings definitely still stand! This one is well worth checking out if you're not put off by bold color.

UPDATE: I've worn this several times in the short time(about 10 days) that I've had it, and while I really love this clear vivid color, it can be a tricky one. It would be easy to achieve that dreaded "clown" look with Magenta, and I'm not sure that it would work on those with warm coloring. It is a very purple-toned blush, with lots of intensity. Most people will probably either love this one or hate it. Personally, I love it!
UPDATE: Shortly after I wrote this review, "Magenta" became once again a Pro product. Of course, you can still get it; it's just a little more difficult if you don't have a Pro card.
FURTHER NOTE: When applying this and other intensely-colored powder blushes, I employ what I facetiously refer to as "Crafty Carla's Tame-the-Wild-Blush Trick:"
When applying an especially intense blush, I do the following: First I apply my foundation, then powder my entire face lightly with loose translucent powder(I use a mixture of Avon's Personal Match and Pure Luxe's Translucent Matte), paying special attention to the cheek areas. Then I dip my blush brush lightly into the translucent powder, tap off excess. Then I swirl my brush into the blush, and tap off excess. Then I "whisk" my blush brush lightly over my cheeks. The result is a soft "wash" of the original magenta, fuchsia, red, etc.
EDIT: If you really *love* the result you get from the above apply- powder-alternately-with-blush method above, then by all means, do it.

BUT, lately I've discovered that using a good fan brush(I love my Paula Dorf one) to apply your blush in the first place will do just about as well, and is quicker. The part about making sure your face is smooth and lightly powdered prior to blush application still goes, though.

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