MAC Flamingo Park – “This Could Be Fun” and “Pearl Blossom”

I recently stopped by a MAC counter to pick up a couple of brushes and while I was waiting for the sales associate, I got to swatching and ended up picking up two items from the recent Flamingo Park Collection.

Generally speaking, I get really irritated with the high volume of limited edition releases that MAC puts out and I rarely purchase from said releases because they sell out so quickly. Either everyone else is getting sick of MAC’s craziness and is also boycotting their limited edition collections OR the Flamingo Park Collection just wasn’t very popular because most of it is still available.

This Could Be Fun – Matte Powder Blush

Soft violet purple

This definitely reads as pink to me, not purple, but it does have a cool violet undertone. This blush is insanely pigmented. Normally I don’t have trouble applying blush sheerly but This Could Be Fun takes a little bit of effort to get a soft effect. It does blend easily and I think this would be insanely beautiful on darker skin tones. On my skin tone, I can get a little bit of that “just in from the cold” kind of look. Or crazy clown face. Either or.

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The placement of my blush in this photo is a little odd. But this is a relatively sheer application of This Could Be Fun
Pearl Blossom – Beauty Powder

Light pink with silver pearlized pigments

This is one of those products that makes me sigh every time I swatch it. It’s so soft and has a perfect level of sheen and it’s just really beautiful. On me this makes a rather off beat highlight which can be kind of fun. As an all over powder it’s really lovely but the effect is quite subtle.

Overall the quality of both the blush and the beauty powder is very good but they were total impulse purchases that I absolutely could have lived without. I’ll get a lot of use out of them but neither of them completely wowed me.

Did you pick up anything from this collection? Have you noticed that MAC is putting a lot of permanent products in their recent releases? The majority of Flamingo Park was from the permanent line and I think that most of the Year of the Monkey collection is also permanent (I DID just place an order for Russian Red and when I saw that it was part of the LE collection I purchased that but I think I just get an envelope or something? I’m not really sure how that works).

Tidbits:

  • Two of my brothers and my sister in law are here visiting me and I’m totally stoked!
  • Gray Cat thinks company os basically the scariest thinf since the invention of the vacuum cleaner but Yhing Cat is glad to have more potential adoring fans. 
  • Today is my Friday! Woo hoo!
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15 thoughts on “MAC Flamingo Park – “This Could Be Fun” and “Pearl Blossom”

  1. Oooh what MAC brushes did you get? πŸ˜€ [am a brush junkie]
    I used to LOVE all the MAC LE stuff! I’d stalk the stores and knew which ones would have them out for sale first. Yes, I was one of THOSE people! But I think I got jaded. It’s been a while since I’ve really paid much attention to the LE collections. I have gotten some amazing gems but overall, the excitement has died down for me. Like you said, a large portion of their “LE” stuff is just pulled from their core collection, what’s the point?
    The “This Could Be Fun” blush though – very pretty but that kind of colour walks a VERY thin line between crazy clown and just from the cold…
    Beauty Powders are an enigma to me. I have a couple (also LE) and I just don’t know what they’re meant for. One I have is almost pigmented enough as a blush, the other is like a pressed powder (no sheen). Just the weirdest things.
    Aww jealous of your early Friday… my boss is going on vacay for 2 weeks starting tomorrow – does that count?

    1. I don’t have them in front of me so I might get the numbers wrong, but a mini blending brush, (221 I think?), a teeny tiny shader brush (228?) and a weird face brush that I possibly regret but I haven’t decided yet, the 137 long blending brush. I’m fairly certain that you recently bought the small blending brush and the tapered face brush actually because I was going to wait for you to review them but I NEEDED that small blending brush lol. Seriously though, I’m loving the eye brushes. I don’t have a huge amount of lid space so smaller brushes are my favorites.
      I used to love MAC LE too! But I got burned out and a little irritated with how quickly things would sell out.
      I’m so glad that you’re confused by the beauty powders too! I think sometimes when something is too multi purpose it ends up not really being ideal for anything.
      Bosses on vacation totally counts as vacation! Now you can wear perfume to work! πŸ™‚

      1. LOL! Ok ok! I take it back!! πŸ™‚
        I don’t know why I thought that the long blending brush was a recent purchase for you. I may be officially losing my mind.
        Mine didn’t really fluff up after I washed it. Maybe I’ll give it another wash this weekend and see what happens. I initially tried it with This Could Be Fun but it was almost too precise if that makes sense? I think I would feel less awkward when blending with it if it were just slightly less pointy.
        (Side note: do you still love NARS Lustre? I swatch it every time I’m in Sephora but then I always talk myself out of it)
        I think my trouble with less densely packed brushes is my tendency towards heavy handedness. I’ll give it another shot as a blush brush and report back:)
        Have you used this brush as a contour/bronzer brush? That’s what I was picturing in my head when I bought it but I haven’t really been using bronzer lately so I haven’t tried it.

  2. The 137 brush would be PERFECT for “Could be Fun” blush! Weird that yours didn’t fluff up though… maybe try to smoosh it a bit first. Yeah if it doesn’t fluff up I would think it’s too pointed and you would get clown cheeks. No, I don’t use this brush to bronze, just blush and sometimes a touch of highlight – but generally I like fan brushes for highlighting, duo fibre for bronzer, and flatten / blunt brushes for contouring – and yes, that’s why I own so many damn brushes! πŸ˜€
    And sorry I didn’t mention in my previous response but yes I did get the 221 brush and it’s great. I did set it aside to review and compare to the Sigma and the MAC 222 that I got from another LE collection. But too. many. reviews. #bloggerproblems
    Yes I still love Nars Lustre, it’s a great “I don’t know which of my 150 blushes to wear” type of colour. I recommend it! πŸ˜€
    Dammit I forgot to wear perfume today – I’m totally going to the makeup counter and dousing myself. ❀

      1. This comment needs to get an award or something, it’s perfect! lol
        Also, now I’m feeling inspired to do radiation grunge looks. Or superhero looks. OR BOTH!

      2. I can see the glamour articles now on how to make radioactive superhero grunge work safe. πŸ˜€ What does that entail?? Raccoon eyes, bright neon blush, black outlines on all of your features? Jfk, I think I discovered the new contouring.

      3. Please do!! I think I might do one too, I think it would be fun! Although I’m so behind on blog posts right now that no one may see said post for…erm…a long time 😳

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