My Ongoing Saga in Search for Proenza Schouler x MAC

May 9, 2014

I’m always a little wary of designer collaborations with cosmetics lines… or makeup extensions of designer labels for that matter.  Few have the business acumen of Marc Jacobs, domineering personality of Tom Ford, nor the machinery to keep on churning out interesting products like Chanel.  Capsule collaborations are usually more about the fancy packaging than anything else.  But the reason the Proenza Schouler x MAC collection caught my eye was more than just the beautiful design… it was these ombre blushes!



Ombre anything sounds interesting already, and when was the last time you saw an ombre blush?! Actually, I was just commenting this to my gf earlier and she reminded me about these Estee Lauder ombre blushes… so microscopic of me!  Anyhoo, even without swatching them, I knew I wanted those blushes.  Call it designer fever, irrational over-exuberance, whatever.  The combination of that metal reflective case with its psychedelic colors, and the transition from a light to dark shade in the pan… just take my money already!!

Proenza Schouler x MAC casing


But as it turns out, money can’t buy you everything your heart desires.  [Warning: massive scroll-fest ahead!]

After waiting for the collection to launch pretty much everywhere but Singapore, it finally dropped on selected MAC stores on 1 May.  By mid-day, most of the collection was soldout.  I did my part, in between mopping the living room and my kitchen, I managed to pick up the very last piece of Sunset Beach by texting my girlfriend who was reporting live from the scene.  And 10 minutes later, as I was back to mopping victoriously, my girlfriend texted me the bad news: the MAC SA sold her/me the wrong item!  Apparently she bagged the Proenza Schouler BRUSH, not BLUSH!  I fainted.  Thankfully, we were still in time to remedy the situation, and I became the proud owner of the last Sunset Beach in Singapore. *whoot*

Proenza Schouler x MAC Ombre Blush Sunset Beach


With half my quest unfulfilled, I was disappointed that Ocean City will not be available in Singapore.  Say WHAT?!?  Another girlfriend managed to find out that the MAC store at Sephora Ion was receiving the collection on 8 May, so that’s where I went yesterday.  And imagine my joy, when I saw this:

Proenza Schouler x MAC display


Aaahhh Ocean City, at last!!!  And as I was swatching myself happy, along came an SA to “help”.  And this was how it went down:

Me: Is Sunset Beach really soldout already?? It’s only noon…
SA: Oh, actually we never received that. All the stores in Singapore only received Ocean City.
Me: No, all the other stores only had Sunset Beach. The pink one.
SA: This is the pink one! *points at Ocean City*
Me: No, this is the coral one. I already have the pink one, and this is definitely not it.
SA: Yes! Sunset Beach is the coral one, this is Ocean City *flips to the back of palette to check* and it’s pink!
Me: No, it’s the other way around…
SA: *looking confused* Well, this is the only one we have *points at Ocean City again*
Me: Great, this is the one I want!
SA: Ok!

I really should have known better….. should have taken the time to open up the product to check…… because an hour later, I received this message:

“Hi Ms Linda! This is MAC Ion Sephora, I believe the Proenza Schouler blushers you bought AREN’T the coral one, it’s in fact the pink one! ……”

I dug it up and opened to check for myself, and sure enough, they had bagged me Sunset Beach!!


Oh MAC… is Singapore not important enough a market to deserve the full range?  And do you not properly educate your SAs and prepare them for new launches?  Pink versus coral… not that hard to distinguish!

And it breaks my heart to say, that these are really, truly, beautiful blushes.

Proenza Schouler x MAC Sunset Beach swatches


Proenza Schouler x MAC Ombre Blush Sunset Beach consists of 2 shades of pink – a deeper raspberry pink, and a lighter cool babydoll pink.  There are some reviews out there that criticized the texture of this blush, but I had absolutely no problem picking it up with a brush as I did with the blended swatch.  In fact, after hearing the possibility of having to actually scrape this out of the pan, I went over zealous with my very first use, and ended up having to tone things down with loose powder!  You could either use either shades as a blush on its own, swish them together for a neutral pink, or use the lighter pink as a highlighter (using a very light hand of course!).

Proenza Schouler x MAC Ocean City swatches


The more interesting of the 2, in my opinion, is Proenza Schouler x MAC Ombre Blush Ocean City.  This consists of a warm medium coral blush that leans a bit peach, and a lighter beige shade that can be used for contouring or all over bronzing!  Swirl them all together, and you get a warmer coral beige blush!

I had about 8 hours’ wear on Sunset Beach, which is really decent for the price.  Ocean City I don’t have the privilege of trying out on my face yet.  🙁

Proenza Schouler x MAC lipstick swatches


Here are some swatches of the lipsticks. From left to right:
• Primrose – creamy sheer dark cheery with a shiny finish
• Woodrose – creamy light beige with a shiny finish
• Mangrove – medium bright vermillion with a matte finish
• Pinkfringe – light babydoll pink with a shiny finish

The full collection also boasts of 4 nail lacquers, 2 lip pencils and 2 pencil eye liners. Happy hunting!



0 responses to “My Ongoing Saga in Search for Proenza Schouler x MAC”

  1. Elaine says:

    Hi there! Can I find out where did u manage to get the ombre blush in ocean city? Really want to get one too! 🙂

    • silverkis says:

      Hi Elaine, as you can see from my post, I did not get Ocean City, they sold me Sunset Beach instead. They did come in last week only at Sephora Ion though, but were soldout right away.

  2. Sil says:

    poor Linda!
    after all of that, you had no choice but to laugh! the universe wanted you to have the pink one!
    I’m not a fan of MAC, but those blushes look gorgeous!
    I think we got the 2 shades here. I could take a look and let you know, if you’re interested 😉

    • silverkis says:

      oh yes… not just 1 pink… i am not the proud owner of 4 pinks (well, i think i sold 2 of them now)!!! Ohh… that’s very kind of you to offer! If you can find a coral for me, i’ll be greatly indebted!

  3. I laughed when I read the little dialogue, lol 🙂 Damn those mix ups! It is a lovely blush though, pink or coral.

  4. Memoiselle says:

    I enjoy reading this post a lot 😉 Not only it gives me an idea on the range we have in Spore but also it is nice to read your story in acquiring this item! Glad that finally you got it!

    • silverkis says:

      Thanks for reading, Meryl!!! I’m still on the witch-hunt for Ocean City though!! Do check it out if you’re interested (I may have a spare Sunset Beach!)

  5. This must be the most ironically funny story of makeup history. I am wondering what happened to MAC, they released a fab collection ( Alluring Aquatics) which is not like them, lol. And then all with these blushes, it all means something, company went nuts lol.

    • silverkis says:

      LOL Sara… it’s such a happy-cidence when a company goes nuts and start producing unimaginably beautiful things!! But just let me be able to get my greedy fingers on ’em!!!

  6. Endora says:

    Wow, what a nightmare, but I’m glad you found it! When I’m Asia, it’s always more challenging to find some products that are so readily available in the US, but then again there are products that I can’t get here. It’s a true struggle 😉 x

  7. bellyhead says:

    what an ordeal, Linda!!!! @___@
    I wonder if there was some labelling mishap with these two blushes. I’ve heard many stories here in the US that people ordered one and received the other. Sorry you were dealing with this crap!

    • silverkis says:

      Hey Belly! Yeah, i heard everybody in the US got pink for coral!! I really don’t know what went wrong with this release… it’s the first one in a long time that got me excited!

  8. mjacqueline says:

    So frustrating when you meet clueless SA. At least you got yourself a pretty blush. 🙂

    • silverkis says:

      I wouldn’t call him clueless… he actually got all his information correct – only the pink blush is avail! But somebody put the coral one on display instead, and messed him all up! Yeah, i got not 1 but 4 of the same pretty pink blush! LOL!!!

  9. Nikki says:

    My heart just stopped. Those are gorgeous blushes indeed.

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