MAC Marilyn Monroe: Pure Zen & The Perfect Cheek
When I came across this collection, I swatched Pure Zen and The Perfect Cheek like thousand times. I am into nudes this year (or better, this season … I still adore my reds and berries). I have had dry lips for a decade and now they are normal-dry, this means, I can try more lipstick formulas. The packaging is adorable with that imprint of Marilyn Monroe.
Pure Zen (cremesheen) is described as a frosted warm nude, I would describe it as a peachy beige nude. It has some soft shimmer. The texture is, well, creamy and pretty opaque (swatch: two layers). The staying power is very good, after two hours, I still had a soft peachy beige stain on my lips. I have to moisturize very well before any MAC lipstick, otherwise it will dry out my lips. I have to say, MAC has some very interesting and wearable nudes (I definitely have to rebuy Shy Girl, a lipstick I purged due to my lip condition). Pure Zen looks amazing on, I fell in love with this colour, it’s perfect for every day. I also feel like it brightens my complexion a bit.
The Perfect Cheek (matte) is described as a neutral pink beige, I would add, that it also has some mauve undertone. The texture is not powdery, not the smoothest out there and feels very solid. It is medium pigmented (swatch: three swipes). I don’t have any problems with staying power, it lasts all day (but all MAC blushes I’ve tried stay on all day on me). This colour is my perfect pink nude so far. The colour is either more beige or more pink, depends on how the lighting is.
I tried to capture the colours, like they look on me. I also like the combo, peachy nude lips and pink nude cheeks. You can see the soft shimmer in Pure Zen. I am very satisfied with my MAC purchase (I haven’t bought anything from MAC since … can’t even remember). I think the blush is dupable (but I actually like that it is matte, I don’t have many matte blushers), I can imagine Pure Zen is also great for winter with red cheeks/blush.