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Last week I like many of you hit the web to try my luck at snagging the RiRi Hearts MAC collection. I try to get the scoop on new products, but sometimes I like you have to purchase myself—not everything gets sent to me from brands. I finally got my items yesterday (UPS had a mix up with my apartment number on Friday—grrr) and if you’re still curious even after everyone else posted their opinions or you have your own after getting your stash, here ya go!
So first of all, yes, there are colors we have seen before in this collection—not a huge surprise. RiRi Boy looks similar to Up the Amp while Heaux looks similar to Rebel. What drew me in though is that these were reformulated in the Retro Matte finish we know and love (and hate…lol) of Ruby Woo. I actually think it would be a GREAT idea for MAC to somewhere down the line release a collection of new Retro Matte colors. I wasn’t a fan of how either color looked on me though…lol. They’re pretty, but just not for me on their own and sometimes a girl doesn’t want to do 50 million things with a lip color (I’ll keep trucking on with my current fave combo of MAC Prince Noir with Ruby Woo in the center as shown on me in the picture below).
Hibiscus Kiss Powder Blush Duo is pretty, but too light to show up on my dark brown skin (I knew this just from looking at it online, but somehow in the middle of trying to snag items, I added it into my cart out of pressure…lol). It’s best suited for lighter skin tones—if you want something with a similar effect and you have darker skin like me, you have tons of other options—Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Excite with NYX Cosmetics Tango with Bronzing Powder in Bronze Ensemble on top is one. Dior has new blush/bronzer duos out (I’m reviewing one this week) that also has a similar effect but works better on darker skin.
And then Barbados Girl Lustre Drops which are a pinky gold sheen with tons of shimmer is pretty, but waaaaay too shimmery for my likings. I like a good glow, but I want it to be luminous without the shimmer.
You can see my RiRi Woo post here.
I think this was a fun collection but more for Rihanna fans who may not have a ton of MAC in their stash. Hardcore MAC fans from years back may find it a bit repetitive.