MAC Azalea Blush
MAC Azalea Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “bright iridescent blue pink.” It’s a bold, brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool violet pearl that gives it a luminous finish. Colour Pop Pegacorn (DC, $8.00) is more muted, less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Full Fuchsia (P, $22.00) is darker, less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Pie (DC, $8.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Coeur Battant (LE, $30.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop More, Please (LE, $8.00) is warmer, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Jilted (P) is warmer, darker, more shimmery (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Narcissist (LE, $55.00) is warmer (80% similar). MAC Rhubarb (P, $22.00) is warmer, more muted, 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. Azalea is intensely pigmented with a soft, finely-milled texture that is easily blended on the skin and can be sheered out if desired. You’ll want to use a feathery brush or a very light hand if you prefer light coverage, but it’s certainly doable–it does lend itself more towards a very pigmented initial application. On me, the color lasted for nine hours with minimal fading.