MAC Grand Duos Collection Reviews

The new Mineralize Blush Duos ($22.50) have a marbelized mélange on one side (just like the tri-color veinings you see on the regular Mineralize Skinfinish) and a complementary shimmery mono-shade on the other.

Like the regular Mineralize Blushes, they are super pigmented and need to be applied with a light hand. They are very shimmery (especially the marbelized side) just like the Mineralize Eyeshadow Duos and the shimmer tends to more refined in certain shades and chunkier in others.

All the colors are gorgeous and look darker in person. I also find the brown duos to be very similar to one another. As a blush, I definitely prefer the regular Mineralize Blushes over these but I still ended up bringing Love Rock, Grand Duo and Moon River.

From left to right (top to bottom):
* Light over Dark – Orange yellow mélange / Deep brown
* Earth to Earth – Purple bronze mélange / Yellow brown
* Hot Planet – Copper yellow mélange / Mid-tone plum
* Moon River – Blue pink mélange / Pale yellow pink
* Love Rock – Gold violet mélange / Bright blue pink
* Intenso – Pink gold mélange / Terracotta rose
* Grand Duo – Copper pink mélange / Plum

The #188 Brush ($34) is a smaller version of MAC’s #187 Stippling Brush. It has a flat top and is meant for lightweight application and blending of fluid, cream, powder or pigment. Like the #187, it is made from a soft blend of goat and synthetic fibers and feels very soft. The size makes it great for smaller areas but if you already own the #187 like I do, skip this.

Check out the MAC Grand Duos Collection Swatches Part I and Part II.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. Aww I totally thought you would be as excited as me.
    I bought 3 of those yesterday, they were indeed a lot darker in person in the pan but they swatched beautifully on hand for me (really close to promotional pictures). I used grand duo last night and moon river today, they are actually not that shimmery on my NC15 face but they were indeed shimmery on hand. Grand duo is super pigmented and have to use with light hand for sure, I did get used to light application with nars blushes so this doesn’t bother me. Maybe try they on the face will change your mind :)

  2. Argh… I want to go back to Chicago NOW to look at them! I have mixed feelings about them after reading a bunch of reviews on different websites… Love Rock interests me the most and the marbelized of Light Over Dark and Earth to Earth seem nice too… *waiting for your swatches*

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