MAC Swiss Chocolate Blush
MAC Swiss Chocolate Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “soft cocoa [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, red undertones and a matte finish. MAC Naturally Enhanced (LE, $32.00) is cooler, more muted (90% similar). MAC Raizin (P, $22.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Chanel Duo N. 01 (Bottom) (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Anise (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). Bite Beauty Cocoa (P, $24.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Chivalry (P, $10.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Pressed Amber (LE, $27.00) is cooler, more muted, more shimmery (85% similar). NARS Melina (Contour) (P) is cooler, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
MAC’s Powder Blush formula is supposed to be easy to apply, long-wearing, and have “fantastic colour.” It’s hard to generalize for MAC’s blush formula, because it varies a lot from shade to shade, even within different types of finishes! Some of them are very good, others are so-so, and a few are complete misses. The more frosted/shimmery shades tend to have the softest and smoothest textures and are easier to apply and blend out on the skin, while more satin and matte shades can sometimes be powdery, firm, or stiff, which makes blending more challenging. The wear is typically between six and nine hours but closer to seven to eight hours on average. Swiss Chocolate had good pigmentation, though not fully opaque unless layered, with a slightly dry, noticeably powder consistency that did make it a bit harder to work with. A lot of the color gets on the brush but seems to disperse in a wider arc than intended, so I would recommend using a denser, more tapered blush brush and tapping excess off, prior to applying to the skin. It blended out decently, but there was a slight unevenness to it overall. The blush lasted for eight hours on me before I noticed fading. It’s nowhere near as silky as the eyeshadow by the same name.