Monday, April 8, 2013

MAC Contour Blushes: Blunt vs Harmony

Hi Bellas,

Contouring is an integral part of my makeup routine.  This involves shading your face with a darker powder, on areas where shadows naturally occur.  The result is a slimmed face, heightened cheekbones and defined features.  I've been a die-hard fan of MAC Blunt Blush to contour for a long time.  However, MAC Harmony blush is another popular contouring blush option.  I acquired both and decided to do a compare and contrast for those of you from medium to tan to dark skintones that are interested in these products.  Check it out!
I recently ordered Harmony blush after seeing a MAC Artist/YouTuber PrettyGyrlAngie use it as her contour powder.  She had previously used Blunt but found this to be more appropriate for her skintone and we have similar coloring.  I'm currently around NC40, my Winter Shade.
Harmony is a pink toned medium brown, where blunt is a darker red brown.  Traditionally, contour shades have a cooler tone to mimic shadows.  However, I find that on women of color, I prefer to go for warmer tones to contour because it gives a glow to the face and prevents an ashy look that can come from cooler tones.
As you can see from the swatches, blunt is much darker swatched.  
However, you can see once applied they look pretty similar.  I will say that blunt is definitely much darker and redder.  Harmony can be built up but has more of a beigy pink undertone.  
Overall, I still prefer Blunt as my contour for when I'm in my tanner time of the year - NC42/43.  In the meantime, I love Milani XL Bronzer in 02 Fake Tan.

Do you guys have any other contour powder recommendations?  Leave them in the comments below!

FTC Disclosure:  Post not sponsored.  All products purchased by me.


Carly said...

I've swatched Blunt @ MAC and found it a tad too red for me. I have Harmony and love it for contouring but also just as a blush on my skin when I'm tan (NC30/NC35 naturally NC20)

Xlovehappyx said...

thanks for these contouring recommendations! i still need to pick up blunt :)

Jezz Dallas said...

Always wanted to pick up Harmony years back...never got to it...seems a great color for NC20-30 non-tanned range...
Other than that, I like TooFaced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer, cuz it´s like Benefit Hoola/Smashbox Bronze Lights/Suntan Matte - matte, brown, no fuss!

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Zim said...

OMG...I'm also an NC 42/NC43 during summer and a tad bit lighter in winter :D Great to meet you and great recommendation.