Tuesday, 10 July 2012

MAC Casual Colour... the best thing since Blushcreme

I’m so happy about this one, I could BURST! If you’ve followed me for a while you’ll know that I’m a fan of cream blushers. And since MAC Blushcremes, my all time favourite, were discontinued last year (read my review here) I’ve been searching high and low for a replacement. The search has been long, and although Stila’s convertible colour came close, I’ve moved more towards powder blushers. I never thought I’d love another cream blusher again... until now!

Introducing MAC Casual Lip & Cheek Colour. Part of the limited edition Colour collection, which is all about weekend Chic and MAC Style.... Effortless, easy and barely there.

First of all, I think the name sucks! Casual lip and cheek colour – it’s hardly sexy or enticing is it? And the packaging it a bit dull and unassuming, but what it lacks in style it makes up in substance. Described as Versatile, lightweight all-in-one colour for cheeks and lips. Creamy, super-blendable, barely there formula. Contains Vitamin E to help keep skin and lips nourished. Sounds good, here’s my low down.
As a Blusher
If you like a dewy finish, you’ll love this! The consistency is soft, pliant, and creamy without being too thick. The formula is similar to that of Blushcremes, but not quite as creamy (yet thicker and much creamy than Cremeblends).  I picked up Weekend Getaway, described as cool rose, but in the pot it looks like a brightened Strawberry pink. 

On the face I’d describe it as a fresh, medium pink with cooler tones. It’s extremely pigmented and gives great colour pay off. It spreads well and applies over the skin easily. I prefer to apply with my fingers, the heat melts the product onto the skin and it’s easier to control how much you apply. I pat on some colour then I blend it out with a duo fibre brush. I’m using 130, the girl at the MAC counter used 188. It blends well over foundation or bare skin and is buildable. The finish is very dewy and fresh. Compared to blushcremes I’d say it’s slightly sheerer and has a stronger sheen. The staying power is decent. I wore it yesterday and got a good 7-8 hours, although I did notice it had faded slightly throughout the day. But it’s small and handy enough to keep with you for those essential touch ups. It really is the type of product to you can just pat and go – great for holidays and festivals.

As a Lip Colour
I’m normally quite dubious about products that claim to be suitable for lips and cheeks. I expected it would be too drying for the pout, but I'm happy to say that's not the case! On the lips it's more of a subtle blue-based medium pink, the kind that I normally go for! It's opaque and has a satin to matte finish. It's not drying, but does kind of "set" and it's very long-wearing.

There are 8 Limited Edition shades £17.50. Initially I thought they were a bit pricey, but MAC has actually been very generous with this product. At 0.43 fl. oz, it contains four times the amount of most lipsticks and twice the amount of most blushers. And if you love it, don’t worry about it being snatched away. Although initially a limited edition, I hear that it will be relaunched into the permanent collection later in the year.

Evening Stroll  -  red-toned purple
Have a lovely Day! - neutral nude
Keep it Casual - warm wine, a reddy raspberry
Keep it loose -  warm peach with a little bit of pink
Lazy Sunday - Baby Pink
Out for Fun -  muted, medium-dark orange/red
Relaxation  - warm light pink
Weekend Getaway – cool pinky rose

Clockwise from the purple pot: Evening Stroll, Have a Lovely Day!, Keep It Casual, Keep It Loose, Lazy Sunday, Out for fun, Relaxation, Weekend Getaway

I’ve got my eye on Relaxation and Keep it Loose next!


  1. thank you for reviwing this :)

    I love cream blushers for the lips find they give me the exact sort of look I want for the day time. A lip thats not too over done but I also find them to be extremely drying like you mentioned.


  2. Looks gorge, liking the look of Keep it Loose, I suit more of a peachy/coraly pink xx

    1. I think I just love all blush colours :) there's some peachy ones in the range too x

  3. Very pretty colour! I had no idea they discontinued the blushcremes! You should try Bobbi Brown's Pot Rouges - they are similar to the MAC ones! xx

    1. Yes I've heard about them, they sound great. I'll try them next x

  4. They look lovely! I'm getting paid soon so I may just have to indulge myself!
    Out of curiosity which do you think would suit my pale skin best? I'm very fair with blue eyes and black hair. I'd love a second opinion as at £17 each I'd hate to get it wrong.

    1. Thanks Emily. There are a few paler shades that might suit you better. Relaxation is a softer pink. Although since you have black hair you might want to look at Out for Run, a coral with a hint of red. Go to the MAC counter and try them on. At £17 you don't want to waste your money.

  5. Such a pretty colour on you, the pink is so fresh and girly and I love the dewiness :)

  6. what colour is your lipstick in this photo, it looks gorgeous!

    1. It's the casual colour. Wearing it on my cheeks and lips x


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