Friday, August 17th, 2012

MAC Hidden Treasure Blush
MAC Hidden Treasure Blush

Not So Hidden Blushes with This Treasure

MAC Hidden Treasure Blush ($20.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “rich burnt red.” It has a velvet finish, according to the back, though the press release had originally listed it as a satin. The color is a dark rusted red with a very subtle sheen, no detectable shimmer or the like, and a warm, red-orange undertone. MAC Ring of Saturn is lighter and has more of a golden sheen–it would still look very similar if used lightly. Tom Ford Savage is lighter, more muted, less red. NARS Liberte is more orange, less red.

The texture is just slightly dry, though it packs plenty o’ pigment–you’ll absolutely want to use a light hand with this blush (and might I also recommend a stippling brush, like MAC’s 187 or 188?).  Since it’s a little drier, it doesn’t blend out as effortlessly as some other blushes. It does take more time and effort to get a soft, faded edge.  I think this blush will look exceptionally beautiful on darker skin tones, because it has great depth and color.  I tested the wear of this shade, and it wore for a full eight hours and was just slightly faded along the edge.

The Glossover

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product

Hidden Treasure

B+
Despite the marginally dry texture, I think this is a worthwhile blush to check out if you have a medium-dark to dark skin tone--it will read really nicely against the skin. Lighter complexions will be able to wear this, but because blending is not a cinch, it may be more of a challenge to use without looking like you're suffering from sunburn!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

Results
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MAC Hidden Treasure Blush
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MAC Hidden Treasure Blush
MAC Hidden Treasure Blush

MAC Hidden Treasure Blush
MAC Hidden Treasure Blush

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MAC Hidden Treasure Blush

MAC Hidden Treasure Blush
MAC Hidden Treasure Blush (Heavily/Lightly)

MAC Hidden Treasure Blush
MAC Hidden Treasure Blush (Heavily/Lightly)

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

MAC, $20.00.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

MAC Ring of Saturn is lighter and has more of a golden sheen--it would still look very similar if used lightly. Tom Ford Savage is lighter, more muted, less red. NARS Liberte is more orange, less red.

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: MAC Brule, MAC Indie Spirit, MAC Shadowy Lady Eyeshadows, MAC Local Wares Fluidline, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Lengthening Mascara. On face: Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, MAC Hidden Treasures Blush. On lips: Bobbi Brown Pink Tulle Lipgloss.

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28 thoughts on “MAC Hidden Treasure Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. This is a great color! I will definitely have to get this one. I love the “burnt” red look. I am always going for the slight orangy blushes. It looks great with your skin tone as well.

  2. 18thCenturyFox

    Hummunah Hummunah ::: making best Tex Avery face:: I want this!

  3. An absolutely beautiful blush but I’m afraid it will really accentuate the redness in my cheeks so I’m going to skip this one.

  4. Tamara

    I like how you did the cheek swatches in this review. Most days I wear blushes lightly but sometimes, depending on the blush, I’ll apply it more heavily so this gives me a good idea how it would look either way. Thanks :)

  5. Love the colour, but I don’t think i could make it work on my extremely pale skin..

  6. Yellowlantern

    I like how you’v given us and idea of how this looks both heavily and lightly applied in this photo.

  7. KK

    Looks a little like a sunburn, but oddly I like it very much. I’ve always kind of liked a very red cheek. I agree dark tones would look lovely in it!

  8. Ashley Bianca

    Hi Christine! I’m really interested in this blush and I think it would definitely compliment my NC45 skintone. I was wondering would you say this blush is similar to the MAC Pro blush Salsarose?

    TIA :)

  9. t_zwiggy

    I don’t think I have any blush quite like this one. This will be a great bright shade for fall! Added to wish list!

  10. Kafka

    I love the “Heavily/Lightly” feature!! So useful! Slightly OT: is the “Love it or Leave it” rating thing off? I’m opting for Leave It. Far too burnt/brick red for me.

  11. Miss J

    Nice work with the heavily/lightly cheek swatch! Were you thinking of doing this in the future for all blush reviews?

    • Probably not, because I can only do about 2-3 swatches at a time (my cheeks are my drier area, so doing more than 2 swatches per cheeks is hard on my skin), which means I’ll review maybe one blush a week or less. When I do blush swatches, I do them in a row, because when I’m actually testing, I only have foundation on half of my face, and the eyes/lips won’t necessarily go with the blush, etc. so not being able to get more done in a session means it’s a slower process. We’ll see!

      • Miss J

        Would you consider doing heavy/light arm swatches of blushes like you do with eye shadows? I like that you apply blush generally heavy handed when reviewing in order to show the color and how it can be built up, but I do think seeing it sheered out would be helpful, too. Just suggesting! :) I totally understand wanting to do different swatches on each cheek to get more out of a session; I took have dry cheeks, so can’t imagine having to remove makeup off em repeatedly. Eeek.

  12. Michelle

    Interesting color. I’m debating if I like it or not. Christine, how do you think it compares to Frankly Scarlett and Nars Outlaw?

  13. Liz

    I saw this on another blog and I’ve been really hoping you would review this. It does look like it would be a nice shade for my skin color. How do you think this compares to NARs Taos?

    • I have not swatched Taos in years, so unfortunately I’m not very familiar with it! I hope to review it, but I haven’t even photographed it yet!

  14. maebee

    This looks wonderful on you.

  15. maebee

    How does this compare to Estée Lauder’s Siren?

  16. Inaya

    Would you recommend this blush or Frankly Scarlet to a warm toned NC30-35, I’m more partial to gooey finishes. Thanks!

  17. Kelsee Briana Jai of YouTube

    Love the color of this blush

  18. Aunt G

    Yeah, this would definitely be gorgeous on darker skin! I wish MAC would show more people of color wearing their makeup!

  19. Aunt G

    Yes, this would definitely be gorgeous on darker skin! I wish MAC would use more people of color in their advertising campaigns!