Last year, Elvira and I decided to torture you all with twelve taupes that you can’t have, twelve beautiful pans of taupey deliciousness that were either hard-to-find (HTF) or discontinued (DCed).
Well, it’s 20-freakin’-11, bitches, and this year we’ve decided to focus on blushes you can’t have! Yes, with Elvira and me, the sadism never ends!
Last month, Elvira presented us with Chanel Joues Contraste in Poesie. This month, I bring you what might be my absolute favorite blush: MAC Sheertone Shimmer Blush in Afterdusk.
By now, I am sure that we are all aware that MAC has a terrible and filthy habit of making some of their best products limited edition (or LE): Moth Brown, French Grey, Parrot, Strawberry Blonde...the list could go on forever. Sometimes, products get re-released. Sometimes, they unfortunately don’t. Afterdusk is one product that I pray to Hayzeus that MAC brings out again sometime soon.
I noticed that - at least in this bunny’s humble opinion - MAC’s best blushes have always been LE. Afterdusk is definitely at the top of my list of MAC’s best cheek colors.
Released in the Moonbathe collection back in May 2007, Afterdusk sold out quite quickly. How could it not? Have you seen it?! Afterdusk is what NARS Orgasm wishes it could be: a slightly red-tinged peachy-pink shot through with gold shimmer that is strong on pigmentation. Afterdusk to me was always more reminiscent of a post-coital flush than Orgasm (and possibly Afterdusk is an allusion to certain nighttime activities, ha!).
On my NC40 skin, Afterdusk is the perfect hit of brightness and glow. The color is pigmented enough to show up, but not so strong as to be garish on the skin. I can never overdo an application of this blush. It magically goes with every eye and lip look I could conjure up. Afterdusk was quite possibly one of the best purchases I ever forced my college boyfriend to make for me at MAC (bless Jason’s heart, he dutifully bought me every MAC collection that was released in the first year of our relationship).
Afterdusk is one of the few blushes I own (and I have over seventy, I believe) that has an actual dent in it - I use it so often! I know that it’s hard to see in my photos, but it’ is definitely there. I know that when I do hit pan, my wails of grief will echo throughout the world. Twitter will go offline, Makeup Alley will explode, and Elvira will start running around naked self-flagellating. Seriously! I can’t dupe this damned blush for my life. I’m scared of finishing it!
So, if you want to save Elvira’s ass from a thorny whip, go find a dupe for me. Please?