Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

MAC Azalea Blossom Blush Ombre
MAC Azalea Blossom Blush Ombre

MAC Azalea Blossom Blush Ombre

MAC Azalea Blossom Blush Ombre ($26.00 for 0.31 oz.) is described as a “light cool pink.” It’s a cool-toned, blue-based pink with a pearly sheen.  It was originally released with Spring Colour Forecast, but it will be making a reappearance in the Daphne Guinness collection that launches in-stores on December 26th.  As it was before, it is also limited edition.  MAC Overdyed is pinker, less blue. MAC Sakura is similar but can look pinker, depending on how you mix the shades. It has a soft feel against the skin and sits well on the skin without emphasizing pores, due to the more natural sheen in its finish. On my skin tone, it warms up a bit and looks less cotton candy pink and more plum, so it’s more wearable than I thought it might be.

The pigmentation can pack a punch, even though it appears almost soft and gentle in the pan. I applied it to cheeks using Bobbi Brown’s blush brush, and I felt like it was rather heavy. It doesn’t buff or blend out quite as well as I’d like, but it’s manageable. Because it has a gradient of color, you can go more lilac or more pink depending on your mood or look. The Blush Ombres are the size of MAC beauty powders or foundation powders, so they’re large and easy to get your brush into half of it. For me, when I wore this, it wore for six hours but looked a bit faded by eight hours, though it was still noticeably there.

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MAC Azalea Blossom Blush Ombre Review, Photos, Swatches

It's wearable on both cool and warm skin tones, despite its seemingly cool appearance! The pink section is almost yellow-based, which seems to help make it wearable. The color is buildable and can be worn softly or more heavily.











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MAC Azalea Blossom Blush Ombre
MAC Azalea Blossom Blush Ombre

MAC Azalea Blossom Blush Ombre
MAC Azalea Blossom Blush Ombre

MAC Azalea Blossom Blush Ombre
MAC Azalea Blossom Blush Ombre

MAC Azalea Blossom Blush Ombre
MAC Azalea Blossom Blush Ombre

MAC Azalea Blossom Blush Ombre
MAC Azalea Blossom Blush Ombre

MAC Azalea Blossom Blush Ombre
MAC Azalea Blossom Blush Ombre

MAC Azalea Blossom Blush Ombre
MAC Azalea Blossom Blush Ombre

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

MAC Cosmetics on December 26th, $26.

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

MAC Overdyed is pinker, less blue. MAC Sakura is similar but can look pinker, depending on how you mix the shades.

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79 thoughts on “MAC Azalea Blossom Blush Ombre Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. divinem (Melissa)

    I got Azalea Blossom along with Ripe Peach a year ago. I’ll be sitting this one out. It looks gorgeous on you, Christine.

  2. Crystal C.

    Im honestly liking it! :)

  3. It looks cool in the pan, but I prefer peachy blushes. I wish they would repromote the Ripe Peach blush ombre.

  4. Nancy

    Beautiful, what green eyeliner and what lipstick are you wearing?

  5. Stephanie

    It looks surprisingly nice! Do you think it works on NC20 skin?

  6. You look pretty with your hair up!!

  7. Jill

    Wow, that is pigmented!!! I’m looking forward to seeing swatches form this collection–it looks like it’s got a lot of pieces to it. And I love pinks!

  8. this looks beautiful on you! I like the concept of 2 shades in one with the gradient.

  9. I must get this! Somebody alert me! I’m still kicking myself for not buying Spring Colour Forecast’s blush ombres. Believe it or not, I don’t own a single lilac/plum/purple-family blush :O This will be my first! This or the other blush ombre coming out with Daphne Guinness xP

  10. wow Christine! You look nice here! :)

  11. When or will they ever re release the peach ombre one that came out with the Colour Forcast??

  12. Christine

    your look is beautiful. I love this blush color for you.
    Kisses from Brazil,

  13. Mee

    Omg, you must be a mind-reader or something? I was all lost in my thoughts thinking “i wish i knew how the ombre blush looked like while wearing” Then i went on here, then guess what i saw! lol(: definitely going to buy this when it hits the counters!

  14. fabiola

    Christine you look stunning. Love your eyebrows. Thanks again for your review. Happy Holidays.

  15. Melissa

    Whoa! I’m so glad you do face / cheek swatches with blushes. I’ve only just started to accept that I’m not too pink / red in the face to wear blush, and I was certain that this blush looked awesome but would end up way too cool on me. But we have similar undertones, and it looks lovely on you! I may just have to pick this up.

  16. This is such a unique shade! It’s like a light purple, which you don’t see very often. Usually I’m only used to seeing dark plum blushes!

  17. wow, I thought noone could wear a colour with purple in it and not look like they have a cold, but you look amazing! :)

  18. GORGEOUSSSS !!! absolutely stunning on you Christine 😀

    and I guess by now so many would have asked you about lipstick or gloss 😀 😀
    but if not pleaseeeee tell me

    what are you adorning on your lips ?? it is out of the world

  19. Dana

    I don’t get all the hype with the Ombre blushes. They are nice but they just mix into one color so what’s the big deal?

  20. Anna

    Hi! What lipstick/gloss are you wearing in this picture?! I love the whole combination!

  21. M.

    It’s beautiful! It wouldn’t work on me, but I’d be tempted to buy it just to look at it in the pan.

  22. Amandale

    Love the new angle!

  23. Courtney

    I am super excited to get my hands on this! I didn’t really get “into” blush until after the Spring Forecast (or whatever it was) collection. Once I discovered how lovely blue-toned pinks looked on my cheeks, I’ve been hoping for a comeback. Hooray!

  24. Stephanie t-p

    Christine, do you think this would look nice on an NC15 skin tone? The purple is what’s making me wonder!

  25. Maureen

    I need this!

  26. Perri

    I bought this when it was first released. I love it!

  27. Diana

    I was curious about this one. Think I might have to pick it up. Thank you for your swatches and review!

  28. Lizzi

    I’ve been an avid follower of your blog for a year and a half now, I check the upcoming MAC collections page every week or so, when I saw the Guinness collection info about a month ago and saw 2 of the ombre blushes being re-leased I called my MAC counter lady and had her make up a pre-order for the two blushes… 6 weeks in advance! LOL! And to add to it, I also did a pre-order for the early January “birdy” collection at the same time, that one was 2 months in advance at the time. She said that I seem to always know about the collection releases before the Nordstrom MAC staff do. I gave them your website. 😉

  29. Sram

    Hi I wear NC42 will this look good on me?Or will it be to pale for my complexion ?
    thanks much

  30. I need both this one and the other one. I hope they don’t sell out too fast online. I plan to go on and snag them both at midnight! Do you think it will be Pacific or Eastern when it goes up??

  31. Jenn

    I really love this blush, I may buy a back-up! I am super fair and it gives me a nice flushed look.

  32. Melody

    You look unbelievably gorgeous here, Christine! Azalea Blossom really complements you skintone, I think. Do you happen to remember what you have on your lips here?

  33. I love and but I had to contain the thought of “Oh God I hope they release Ripe Peach!” since I missed it the first time.

  34. Candace

    What a beautiful picture of you! The lip/cheek combo looks stunning on your skin :)

  35. Donna

    I bought this blush last time around and it is my favorite…blushes tend to want to turn orangey on me and this one stays pink…I use it very often and I am not near hitting the pan(actually I just checked it and it does not even look dented) so I would say it lasts a long time. I am an NW25 in summer NW20 in winter- studio fix fluid)

  36. Allison

    I need this! It is so pretty!

  37. Sara

    I got this the last time around, but I’m def gonna stock up on it this time. I’ve been saving the blush due to it being LE

  38. Daniella

    Hi Christine, I follow your blog daily and I love it! How does this blush compare to MAC beauty powder blush Sweetness. I am looking for a dupe and wish MAC would re-release ALL of the beauty powder blushes…love them so much!

  39. Lilinah

    I ran ran ran to pre-order this. I have a “thing” for violet face powders. Blended the two colors makes a nice cool pink, but i suspect i’ll be using up the violet side the pan a lot more more.

    I have Sakura from the Quite Cute collection. I avoid the plummy purple heart and concentrate on the pale blue violet of most of it.

    Azalea Blossom is different because it is almost not quite matte, unlike the rather frosty Sakura. And i suspect the two will play well together, with Azalea Blossom on the cheekbones and Sakura as a highlighter.

  40. brenda

    i went on to mac cosmetics and the blushes r up under cheek products but not whats new =D

  41. Beatriz Colon

    Which of the two blushes would you recommend for a person with yellow, warmer undertones?(around NC 43)

  42. Nicole

    I ran out an bought this, and it’s nice but a little dissapointing. I only have a 187 brush with me so that may totally be why, but it just isnt that pigmented on me (MAC NW30ish). Once I pack it on I love the finish, but takes a while. Does anyone know if the amount of violet in the gradient is variable like MSFs can be? Because that would explain it…

  43. amanda

    just a quick question strictly for my buying purposes-if each category got 9/10 [90 per cent-A] 8/10 80 per cent, a minus, 4.5/5, a plus, etc, why did the average equal just a B+? a lot of things are added like this and im just wondering if i should skip them because of it.

    • Hi Amanda,

      9+10+9+8+4+4.5 = 44.5 out of 50 possible points. This is 89%, the equivalent of B+. I do not average the scores – I add them up and divide by the total points possible (50) to get a percentage, which translates to a letter grade. Hope this helps!

      Also! 4.5 out of 5 would actually be 90% (A-), whereas A+ would be 5/5! 9/10 = 90% = A- and 8/10= 80% = B-.

      A+ = 99% or higher
      A = 93-98
      A- = 90-92
      B+ = 87-89
      B = 83-86
      B- = 80-82
      C+ = 77-79
      C = 73-76
      C- = 70-72

      and so forth.


    We share the same MAC shade 😛 Thanks for the swatch… I had to go and get it !!! It’s so prettyyyyyyyy!!!! In loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  45. kristen

    maybe the one I got was a dud because i’m an NW20 and this color doesn’t show up on me AT ALL. The colors are relatively dull in the one I received.

  46. Catherine

    What lipstick do you have on in this pic?