Tuesday, 30 July 2013

MAC Powder Blushes- my collection, review and swatches

Hi everyone, 

I've been collecting MAC blushes for a while now and I have often meant to review them separately. Since I now have 10 in my collection, I said I would do a ginorme collective post/review/swatch extravaganza. I get asked alot about MAC blushes- do I think they are worth it, are they as good quality as the eyeshadows, what do the different finishes mean, etc. and I hope to address all those questions in this post. 

First things first, there are several different types of finishes of MAC blush, and I have noted that the quality differs quite significantly between the different finishes. 
Matte: as the name would suggest, this just means a flat colour with no shimmer or glitter. In my experience, these blushes have the best colour payoff of the bunch.
Frost: Similar to the Frost eyeshadows, these are pigmented colours with an inbuilt iridescent shine, leaving a sheeny colour.
Satin: I think this is a hybrid of matte and frost- the colour applies quite matte but leaves a soft satin, not frosty finish.
Sheertone: Again, as the name would suggest, this blush goes on quite sheer and can be built up for extra colour payoff if that is the desired effect.
Sheertone Shimmer: The same as above, but with a touch of shimmer. 
Mineralize: These blushes are usually domed and contain traces of shimmer running throughout the blush, leaving a soft iridescent finish.
Pro-Longwear- Lightweight finely milled powder promising 8 hours no fade colour capacity.

Firstly, I will take you through my peaches. I love peaches and think they are so flattering on paler toned gals when applied lightly. As with bronzers etc, if you get peach happy, you risk looking like you have mud on your cheeks. My peach MAC choices are:

(Clockwise- Melba, Sunbasque, Gingerly, Peachykeen)

Melba: Matte. Soft coral peach. Because this is matte, a little of this goes such a long way. This is probably one of the most pigmented blushes I have, and I always have to give my brush a good tap when applying this. When applied lightly, it's really lovely and leaves a really nice healthy, peachy glow. If you apply even a smidge too much, it looks borderline ridiculous.
Sunbasque: Sheertone Shimmer. Peach with pearl. I use this as an alternative to bronzer in the summer months to warm my face. I would say that it's not the strongest pigmented blush, but it is very easily buildable. It has a gentle shimmery sheen to it also.
Gingerly: Sheertone. Capri bronze. One of my favourites. In the pan, it doesn't look that spectacular but I have used this so much this summer. I think of it as my 'I don't really want people to know I am wearing blush' colour. If applied lightly, which is quite easy with the sheertone formulation, it leaves a really nice pinch of peach on your cheeks.
Peachykeen: Sheertone Shimmer. Very baby peach. Similar to Sunbasque, only pinker in tone. A little harder to wear than Sunbasque because it leans pinker on the skin than it does in the pan. This would probably be the most coral of all my peaches, and I am verrrry selective about when I choose to embrace this colour.

(Swatches L-R: Peachy Keen, Melba, Sunbasque, Gingerly)

Whatever about peaches, I absolutely love my pinks, and MAC have so many decent pink blush offerings. I am cool toned and I naturally flush pink and I find that MAC in particular have a great cross section of pink blushes that would allow me to accentuate

(Top Row L-R: Dame, Dainty, Stay Pretty)
(Bottom Row L-R: Prom Princess (Limited edition Archie's Girls), Fleur Power, Pinch o'Peach)

Dame: Satin. Sophisticated pink. My favourite MAC blusher of them all- I have repurchased this at least four times. It is the perfect shade of not baby but not bright pink, it's very flattering, works with so many eyeshadow and lipstick combinations- I just love it. 
Dainty: Mineralize. Light yellow pink with gold pearl. This was also a repurchase product for me, even though I do not use it as much as Dame. This is like a summer equivalent, and I think it leaves a lovely ethereal sheen when you use it. It's not packed with shimmer or glitter or anything, but I don't really have anything truly like this in my collection.
Stay Pretty: Pro Longwear. Light bright blue pink. This is another quality blush. It is more blue based than Dame, more of a Barbie pink shade, and this powder lasts a crazy amount of time on your face. When applied lightly, I think it is very flattering.
Prom Princess: Limited edition from Archie's Girl collection. Satin. Mid-tone violet pink. I bought this a few months ago because I do not own anything else like this in my collection. It looks scary in the pan, and I am sure if you applied this heavily, it would look similarly scary. However, when applied lightly, this is such a beautiful colour, and I think I will probably get more use out of this in the winter months.
Fleur Power: Satin. Soft bright pinkish coral. This is a gorgeous summer colour, straddling the boundaries between coral and pink, and I have been wearing this so much since I picked this up.
Pinch o' Peach: Sheertone. Warm peach (allegedly). Well if there was ever a name to trick anyone, it has to be this. I don't think this leans peach at all- quite frankly, it comes across as pure pink to me. It definitely looks more pink than Fleur Power. Name confusion aside, it's a nice colour!

(Swatches: Dame, Dainty, Stay Pretty, Prom Princess, Fleur Power, Pinch o'Peach)

So there you have it, and those are my selections. I have picked up all the ones I have been dying to try by now, so I would be really interested in any suggestions you would have if I were to expand my little MAC blush family. 

Thanks for reading x



  1. They all look equally delicious, gorgeous colours.


  2. Oh my gosh, I want to get each and every pink! Wish I had bought Prom Princess.... Great post:) I own no blush from Mac, but really want to get one now after this!

  3. You have an amazing collection! So jealous! I have a few myself but I'm in awe!

  4. I wish I can have all shades, they’re so pretty! :D
    ~Pauline @ Urban Decay Philippines


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