MAC x Taraji (AKA MAC’s Big Mistake)


I am 200% here for Taraji P. Henson, but MAC messed up. Big time.

Taraji is a badass Black woman playing a badass Black character and she’s beautiful to boot. MAC doesn’t release a lot of collections in collaboration with Black folk, and I love seeing people who look like me represented, so I knew I needed something from this collection. I settled on the blush, Taraji Glow, because I thought the highlighter (Highlight the Truth) was dupable elsewhere and not that special. So when the collection came online, I ordered Taraji Glow. Imagine my confusion when a highlighter labelled “Taraji Glow” showed up a few days later.

I called MAC. I was initially met with resistance – they implied I’d made an error in ordering the highlight instead of the blush, that Highlight the Truth was the blush, and that to get it I needed to mail back the highlight I’d been sent. (Leave the house? Amanda doesn’t play like that.) The sales rep then checked with her manager and they began to realize that there was indeed a larger error at play. They sent me the blush free of charge, I didn’t have to return the highlight, and I was happy.


Now, the person I spoke with thought it was an error on the website, but a few days later, MAC sent out an email acknowledging that the labels were switched. Because the products were sold out, they’re getting new ones made and will send out the correct products in 1.5 billion years. (Doesn’t really bother me because I got my blush, but anyone who realized the error later than I did is out of luck and has to wait.) In the mean time, to make up for this, MAC gave a discount code for $35 off online (and I picked up the Taraji collection lipstick, Strip Me Down, among other things).


The blush, actually called Taraji Glow, is my new everyday, can’t-put-it-down cheek colour. It’s a warm reddish-brown that is a perfect pop of colour on dark skin. I’ve never tried a MAC Mineralize Skinfinish blush, but it gives a delicious balance of sheen and colour-payoff.

The highlight, Highlight the Truth, is way more subtle than I’m used to in a highlight and I normally wouldn’t gravitate towards it. It gives a pearly sheen rather than the Tin-Man-tastic glow that I usually go for. It’s a touch on the powdery side – compared to the buttery likes of ABH Glow Kits and Becca highlights – but the golden-pinkiness of the shade is unique enough that it’s worth it and I do find myself reaching for it on occasion. Paired together – and perhaps with a bold lip?! – they make a winning combo for Fall (see below).


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  • The REAL Taraji Glow, looks great on you! I’m glad you got what you ordered and you didn’t have to send back the highlighter.