Friday, March 30th, 2012

MAC Magenta Blush
MAC Magenta Blush

MAC Magenta Blush

MAC Magenta Blush ($20.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “bright magenta” with a matte finish. This is a dark berry red with maybe a hint of magenta–it looks a bit more magenta in the pot but goes on rather reddish on my skin tone. MAC Restores Dazzle is darker and not as bright but appears similar on the cheek. MAC Amazon Princess is darker, less pink.

I’m not a fan of the texture; it is very, very dry. It tends to tug and pull and drag, so the color is a pain to get even and blend out. It just wants to sit there, looking bold and unblended! In order for it to even look halfway acceptable, I had to use flesh-toned powder to help blend out the edges, which is really cheating. It wears for about seven and a half hours, and after eight, there is some fading that’s noticeable but not too bad.  I think what makes this blush at all interesting is that clearly it can be a very, very intense shade, so if you love your bold cheek colors, you may find the poor texture is worth dealing with.  It’s unfortunate that something as bold as this is so difficult to blend, because when it’s not, it can look so terribly wrong.

The Glossover

LE
product

Magenta

C+
I think what makes this blush at all interesting is that clearly it can be a very, very intense shade, so if you love your bold cheek colors, you may find the poor texture is worth dealing with.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

6/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3/5

Results
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Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

MAC, $20 (launches April 5th in-stores).

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

MAC Restores Dazzle is darker and not as bright but appears similar on the cheek. MAC Amazon Princess is darker, less pink.

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: MAC Modern Pewter, Rich Core, Havana eyeshadows, Burberry Trench Eyeshadow, Guerlain G Mascara, MAC Heirloom Khol. On face: Make Up For Ever HD Foundation. On lips: MAC Private Screening Cremesheen Glass.

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38 thoughts on “MAC Magenta Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Avatar of Fitrah Fitrah

    Sorry if I’m missing something, but which collection is this out with?

  2. Avatar of Carrie Carrie

    Yikes! It does look dry :(

  3. Keshia

    This is soooo disappointing! I was really looking forward to purchasing this blush because I love the color. From your review, though, it does not seem worth the money. :(

  4. Nikki

    How does her blooming cheek compare?

    btw you look so good in everything!

  5. It’s too bad this is so difficult to work with, because it looks gorgeous on you!

  6. Avatar of fabiola fabiola

    I swatched this one at my nordstrom counter, and it was a little hard to blend, but the color is beautiful. Christine, do you think this one looks like tarte amazonian clay in flush? Thank you so much.

  7. Avatar of artemis artemis

    really pretty color :O too bad it’s dry :( creamy isn’t good either in my case but very dry would also look bad on flakes

  8. Lucy

    that looks mental on your swatch but SOOO pretty on your cheeks! I may be swayed…

  9. Avatar of Sass Sass

    So this is a good blush to set Restores Dazzle with??

  10. Avatar of Ana Ana G.

    Looks soooo dry! The color is still pretty but too dry to even consider buying it.

  11. Orly

    I actualy realy like this one! Wierd…….. Its not realy me, yet somehow I love it! :P

  12. What brush do you use for blushes?

    • I usually use the 116! When I’m doing as many blush swatches as I was doing here, I will use whatever I have, since I prefer to use one brush per blush!

  13. Jess

    Is this similar to Overdyed from the Jeanius collection?

  14. Naomi

    It does look dry! Sad it is a pretty color; maybe they re-release it in another collection with a better formula?

  15. that’s my favorite shade of pink
    you look fabulous! I might have to buy this one :-)

  16. AnGeLwInGz

    Looks like it was worth the hassle. The color suits you very well.

  17. Sexy Sadie

    I actually likes it.

  18. Allie

    This one’s a maybe…. such a gorgeous color, but that stiff texture is totally putting me off!

  19. mac has such beautiful makeup. i can’t wait to try this fab shade!

  20. Avatar of Mariella Mariella

    I’ve got Her Blooming Cheek blush which, to me, looks very similar in colour and intensity but which has a lovely texture so I wouldn’t even bother considering this since I don’t need another insanely bright blush but more importantly, you say the texture is not what it should be.

  21. Tiffany Filippini

    thats terrible that its not very blendable :( it IS a fantastic color! reminds me of a matte version of her blooming cheek.

  22. Avatar of Vivi Vivi

    OMG! You look so pretty with your hair down :D. For your backdrop, did you just move in to a new location or are you in different room?

    Vivi

    Mood: Lovin it but concerned . .
    —-

  23. Wow, that looks crazy gorgeous on you!

  24. Amy

    Hey christine, I love the dabbing Revlon’s Raspberry Bite Lipstick on my cheek, it gives me the perfect berry flush. but I’ve been wanting a real blush instead. Do you think Magenta or Restores Dazzle would be more similar?

  25. hi, I love this color also for eye but as far as I understand is not such a good prodcut, isnt it? It’s very similar to a blush by black up paris, do you know this brand? bye

  26. Anissa

    I actually didn’t have any problem blending this. Maybe its my skin tone (nw45-50) and its not as noticeable or maybe it’s my profession (MUA) and the way I beat products into submission, but I love it. I didn’t think Id find another blush I love as much as I love Vintage Grape. And I loooooove Vintage Grape. It’s like VGs wild little sister.

  27. Irma

    Ok, so I am looking for a bright magenta, more purplish, what would you
    Recommend?

  28. Doris La TiTi Hernandez

    Soo love this color!

  29. Karina Portillo

    very cute..