If you don’t like sparkle, step away from this collection. MAC continues to play in the mineralized arena with Grand Duos, a collection of seven limited edition blush duos (though at times I found myself asking “is it a highlighter? Is it a bronzer?”).
Like The Force, each of these has a marbled side (generally a highlighting shade) and a monochromatic shade (nominally a blush shade). You could use either side individually, or blend them together to yield a third shade, which was almost universally an 50-50 blend of the two. (A fascinating lesson in genetics or color theory.) They were also swatched in this order (marbled, mono, blend).
The most surprising combined shade was in Earth to Earth (mauvey purple brown + dusty peach = uh, rose tan?); the least surprising was Love Rock. Have you seen Steel Magnolias? “[Love Rock,] your colors are pink and pink.”
Moon Rock photographed very sheerly, but in person it was a beautiful shimmery white-pink highlight and a sweet pink blush (the blended effect perhaps reminiscent of loose Sheersheen Lucent?).
I had a hard time choosing favorites among these — they were smooth and nicely pigmented, and all the colors seemed pretty (at least academically; I’m not sure they would all look good on my cheeks). Each of these duos is $22.50, and none is considered eye-safe or lip-safe.
MAC Grand Duos: Light Over Dark, Moon River, Love Rock, Grand Duo, Earth to Earth, Intenso, Hot Planet