June 5, 2012

MAC Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour Pots Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

When you’ve been around a brand for a while it’s awful refreshing when they veer off the well used path and bring out something new. This is the case with MAC Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour Pots but really are they new?

MAC is a sub brand of the Estee Lauder Group as is Bobbi Brown, seeing my point?

Let’s have a look at these!

At a glance, MAC Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour will instantly remind you of Bobbi’s old Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks which was a hefty 0.38 oz in size while Bobbi’s newly packaged Pot Rouge is 0.13 oz (Heck, even the shade Keep It Casual might remind you of a shade released with Bobbi’s Pink Raspberry Collection).

MAC Casual Colour trumps all with a whooping 0.43oz of blush for $20. What a freaking value. Of course, my problem would be actually using it all since I already own so many blushes but I can’t deny, this is one incredible value.

Thankfully I liked this a lot compared to the recent review I did of the new Korres Cheek Butters which remains a little too tacky and dewy to the touch on my cheeks. This is also the better deal as Korres only contains 0.21 oz for $25 each.

In terms of texture and formula they very much remind me of Bobbi’s version but they aren’t as tacky. The formula is a thick cream blush with a heavy texture that takes a little bit to blend in correctly but once applied they look fresh, natural, and utterly gorgeous in my opinion. I’m not going to say they are the easiest formula in the world to work with, because they aren’t particularly when using fingers but with a little effort I think you’ll love them as much as I do. Formula isn’t particularly creamy so I’m unsure what exactly to call it. The best description would be a heavier grease paint, I realize that sounds terribly unflattering but I promise it somehow works.

These start out quite dewy and remain so for a hot minute but I think it takes a little blending to get the best finish. When blended out properly the texture is smooth and soft with no shimmer or sparkle and a natural, healthy looking finish. I’m always a little wary of cream blushes as they tend to fade rather quickly on my skin but these wore a solid four or five hours before I noticed they disappeared and reapplication was necessary, for cream blush, that’s pretty nice wear.

To avoid finger application (for obvious hygienic reasons) I’d suggest using a fiber brush of some sort to apply. I also think this gives the finish of the look a more polished appearance. Using the blush with fingers took me a little longer to blend out and get into place properly, using the brush proved a little easier.

You do have to take some consideration prior to application. Proper prepping and priming is necessary to avoid a splotchy, patchy look. If you have larger pores, uneven skin, or flakiness I do recommend proper priming prior to get the smoothest, most flawless look from the blush. Do take time and pay attention during your application to avoid your look going too dewy or oily for lack of a better word, with proper blending you can avoid this easily!

Relaxation, Keep It Casual, and Lazy Sunday


Lazy Sunday

Keep It Casual

On lips they are just as lovely. They have a similiar vanilla taste as MAC Lipglasses and Lipsticks so if you’re sensitive to fragrance just keep that in mind. They are a little drying on lips but gloss on top helps keep them nice and hydrated. I think they look very pretty on lips and offer a soft, smooth glide however, on drier lips you may find they emphasize flaky skin so a little balm prior will get the smoothest finish.

Overall, MAC was very generous with the size on these and I find myself wishing they’d add them to the general catalog but in a bigger shade selection (currently, I felt like most of the eight shades release ran a little cooler, I’d like to see more warmer colors). If you loved Bobbi’s Pot Rouge I think it’s an easy given you’ll adore MAC Lip & Cheek Colour Pots!

Cheeks: Relaxation
I highly suggest checking these out.

I’m Muse Approving these for purchase, it’s just a great product with a super inexpensive price tag!


Available now at maccosmetics.com and officially launching June 7th on counter.

Tried ’em?

Loved ’em?

Not so much?

Do share!

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Cj

    I ordered keep it loose and weekend getaway ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad their like Bobbi brown’s pot rouges, I’m like in love with the fresh melon one it’s seriously my favorite blush!

    • the Muse

      yay! ;-D you’re going to love cj! ;-D they are SO similiar in formula to BB’s version!

  • Stephanie C.

    I got them in Lazy Sunday and Out For Fun and love them! Lazy Sunday looks so pretty on the cheeks and is a great base for the lips! It’s also cute on the lips, but I find when I wear it on the cheeks + lips at the same time it’s a little toooo pale LOL The price point is great too since I barely need to use any to achieve a great look ๐Ÿ™‚

    • the Muse

      yay happy to hear it Stephanie! I love the way Relaxation looks on my lips, very elegant shade…! I agree price is crazy awesome, so much for so little!

  • Vic27

    This makes me want to buy Keep it casual even more!!! Love that color ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Vic27

    Oh btw, Muse I was in New York a couple of weeks ago for the first time and OMG I so wanna go back there already! Lol. Just wanted to share

    • the Muse

      aw that’s awesome vic! where are you from? ;-D So glad you loved my little city so much ๐Ÿ™‚ did you do anything fun/exciting while here? It’s a lot to take in!

      • Vic27

        I’m from Canada. It’s not that far. Lol . But I’ve always wanted to go there so I was really excited!! I went to all those tourist spots like Times Square, Central Park (which is huge!!!!), The MET which I loved, Radio city music hall, etc. Also went to Jersey in Atlantic city. The most exciting for me is going shopping! Lol. I went to a few outlet malls, sephora, ulta, even Target! Lol. I stocked up on make up that we can’t buy here in Canada. I especially loved that the tax there is not that high compared to here ๐Ÿ™‚

        • the Muse

          yay! that’s awesome! LOVE that you made it to AC! They have so many great outlet shops in AC now, it’s fab ;-D did you stay for a few days or just went there on the bus? ;-D good times. looks like you got a ton in! Yeah, we def pay a nicer tax than you guys, I’m always shocked when I go to Canada and shop! Ouch!

  • vj

    whatever u hav got on ur lips muse, caught my eye like a magpie! Very pretty

  • Misato-san

    sigh, stupid MAC, they will not release this collection here in Italy… instead we had awful Beth Ditto one (no offense to Beth herself, of course)…

  • Quinctia

    Man, I like the look of these, but I know I’d never, ever use one, even if I bought it, so I’m keeping my hands off!