I missed MAC’s Ripe Peach Blush Ombre twice before, and almost missed it this time with the Toledo Collection. I did not like the packaging and that made me indecisive. In the end, I decided to just get it.
First the bad news. There is a little bit of film you have to scrape off until you find the ‘real’ stuff. If you don’t scrape it off, you will find that the color payoff is poor. I’ve read online of people scraping off the top layer carefully, but I just don’t have that kind of patience. My way is to scrape with my nail; once there is enough from the scrape for blush, I use it. And continue another bout of scraping the next day. I guess I’m done with the scraping this morning, as my fingers touched down on the g spot: the soft, pigmented blush that is easily picked up with a swipe of a finger.
Now the good news: the color is beautiful. I really like the pink part, a coral on my cheeks. The orange part is also pretty good, I use it almost like a highlighter, layering it on top of the pink on the upper cheekbones. The staying power is also pretty good for MAC blushes; the other day I was wearing it under gusts of rain, and had to walk a kilometer or so due to bad traffic, and in the evening my cheeks still glow from the Ripe Peach flush.
Bottom line? No regrets.