Thursday, March 29th, 2012

MAC Modern Mandarin Blush
MAC Modern Mandarin Blush

MAC Modern Mandarin Blush

MAC Modern Mandarin Blush ($20.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “red-orange” with a satin finish. It’s a muted tangerine orange with a soft sheen. I don’t catch a lot of the red in it myself, but it’s there in a very subtle way–it’s what turns it down from being true orang. In the copy, MAC said “go hip in bright red-orange” – there’s actually a lovely muted quality about Modern Mandarin that actually makes it different than a bright pop of orange would be. Becca Damselfly has a similar softness but it’s more orange and has a golden sheen. Shades like Illamasqua Expose and MAC Optimistic Orange are too orange to be similar. Make Up For Ever #5 is the closest, though it is a touch more intense because it has a matte finish, so there’s no reflective qualities to the finish to give it a lighter look.

This is one of the more pigmented shades out of the six, and you can easily get full color coverage if so desired, but a softer look is fairly easy to get as well. I could see this particular one not being as foolproof as some of the other shades, just because it has more pigmentation. It layers and builds up well, so you can begin application with a lighter hand and build up to ensure you get the right level of color you’re aiming for.  Modern Mandarin has a soft, natural finish that’s not frosted at all, so it looks natural and luminous on the skin and doesn’t emphasize pores or other skin imperfections/textures.

It has a soft feel, and the softness translates to application, where it blends out pretty easily, though perhaps not quite as easily as the other shades.  I’d still say there was no troublesome blending with it either way.  I’ve tested numerous MAC blushes in the past, and overall, they hold up between seven and eight hours. Out of this particular launch, I have only specifically tested Full of Joy (which stayed true to the average) but this morning, I applied Immortal Flower on the apple of one cheek with Modern Mandarin on the rest of the cheek (almost like a gradient–that way I can test both shades while testing out Glorify on the other cheek).  I will update this post if the wear of Modern Mandarin falls inside or outside of that seven to eight hour average.

This shade would be especially beautiful on deeper complexions (not to say it couldn’t work on lighter ones), because it offers enough pigmentation to show up but still has that softer quality that one is usually after in a springtime blush.

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MAC Modern Mandarin Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

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This shade would be especially beautiful on deeper complexions (not to say it couldn't work on lighter ones), because it offers enough pigmentation to show up but still has that softer quality that one is usually after in a springtime blush.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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MAC Modern Mandarin Blush
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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?

Becca Damselfly has a similar softness but it's more orange and has a golden sheen. Shades like Illamasqua Expose and MAC Optimistic Orange are too orange to be similar. Make Up For Ever #5 is the closest, though it is a touch more intense because it has a matte finish, so there's no reflective qualities to the finish to give it a lighter look.

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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90 thoughts on “MAC Modern Mandarin Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Laura

    Lovely, but much too bright of an orange for my skin, I think!

  2. looks so beautiful on you! I usually stay away from orangey blushes but I might have to pick this up since my colours is similar to yours. Thank you for your quick reviews! Is this available online already? I can’t seem to find them.

  3. Avatar of fabiola fabiola

    Thanks for your swatches Christine. This is really beautiful. When you put your face on profile like you did in shop mac cook mac and naturally collection you could see the color much better than a front face picture, just a little suggestion, I hope I didn’t offend you. I am really thankful of the hard work you do for all your readers.

    • This is the best I was able to do – I’m really sorry! I take about 50 photos for each shot, and this was the best I was able to come up with.

  4. I think this might be my favorite of the launch.

    On another note, I think you did really well on the lighting (and reflector I’m guessing?) and focus for the full face picture. It looks far less flat and washed out than when you were still experimenting. Go Christine! :)

  5. Naomi

    It looks amazing on you! Everything always does:D

  6. Ana

    Does it seems to me that you wear different blush on your right cheek? Your right cheek looks pinkish on my screen.

    • Yes – unfortunately, I had 11 blushes to swatch all at once, so I could not do the same shade on both cheeks, otherwise my cheeks would be even rawer than they are today (they are rather dry and flaky just from doing ~5 on each).

  7. Farah

    I NEED this in my life. NEED.

  8. sunny

    this looks so amazing, it makes you look super glowy! =)

  9. Miss J

    FREAKING GORGEOUS! I’m lighter, but anything peach, orange, coral, red-orange/orange-red, and I’m all over it! NARS Taj Mahal is one of my favorites, but some days I just wish it was matte, lol. I’ll be loving up on this one for sure.

  10. Jazz

    yep , I need this. Darn it

  11. Avatar of Dee GUSnail

    This is my favorite in the collection. I’m an NC42 in the summer, so I think this would show up nicely on me.

  12. Avatar of Vicke Vick

    This is the one I want! I am AA with deep skin and think it will compliment me a lot.

  13. Anu

    Can we get these blushes at the mac counters?

  14. Avatar of Michelle Michelle

    Would you say this is in any way similar to Ripe Peach from last year? It looks soooooooooooo pretty!!!!!!!!!!! Looks wonderful on you!

  15. Anu

    Also, is the color similar to Mac’s early morning which came out with the Naturally Collection? Thank you! :)

  16. Pia

    You’re really pretty on this picture, Christine. Love the contrast of your brown eyes and peachy/pink blush.

  17. AuntieG

    I think this would be beautiful on darker skin tones!

  18. Bere

    Do you think Mac’s My Paradise from the surf baby! collection could be a dupe?
    Thank you for your amazing reviews! :D

  19. Nicole

    Do you think this is similar to My Paradise w/o the overlay? It seems a bit less red.

    Thanks for getting these up so fast too!

  20. nazih

    loooooove this on you!

  21. Avatar of Patricia Patricia Couto

    Christine, how that color compares do the blush in style, of the permanent range?
    Thanks!

  22. Dima

    This blush looks sooooooo good on you!! can’t stop looking at the photo… you should wear it more often:D

  23. Summer Hobbs

    I need this blush! by golly!..its gorgeous…I’m very fair skinned and I have alot of natural redness in my cheeks. I’ve found that “pink/rose” toned blushes exaggerate the redness on my cheeks and being a middle aged woman, I never use blush on the apples of my cheeks for this reason…but I find coral/orangish blushes work much nicer….just a tip for any other person that finds they have this issue too. :)

    • Peach will help cancel out redness without amplifying it! :)

    • Lilac

      A good topic, I noticed it, too, that some pinks tend to make my cheeks look ruddy – but also in addition, many (MAC) blushes tend to oxidize and get more coppery throughout the day, which is a terrible colour for me.
      I think it depends on the type of pink colour: very strong blue-based cool pinks can look reddish more easily than more pastell-y shades that are between rose and peach. With that understanding, I tend to choose rather neutral tones as blushes now, and not the brighter, blue-er pinks.

      I tried peachy / nude tones, too but mostly they are already too muddy again (I don’t think I can pull of orange). It is really a very tricky subject *sigh*

  24. Avatar of Elizabeth cydoniac

    thanks for the swatches Christine!!!they are very useful as always!
    can you please tell me if this is in any way similar to the orange zea mays blush from Korres?

  25. Angela

    I just wanted to thank you for doing all these swatches for us. Taking all that make up on and off can’t be easy. I really appreciate it :)

  26. MissMercurial

    Haha I was totally wondering “why don’t her cheeks match?” til I read the caption underneath XD

  27. nitnot

    One please! Love this.

  28. Sara

    Hi Christine!
    This blush looks so nice on you!I was just wondering if it is similar to MAC’s Fresh Honey from the Naturally collection. Thanks!

  29. Maud

    just a warning this sold out within 2 hours at my MAC

  30. Veronica

    I’ve completely fallen in love with this color, it looks wondeful on you. I have nothing close to a color like this blush. Would you recommend this for NC15-20? I’m naturally fair but I have lots of redness in my face, which makes me a little wary of this color, being afraid it will accentuate the redness I already have beneath my foundation.

  31. Kaytlin

    I will definitely be getting this! Hopefully I can get to it before it sells out.

  32. Bella

    is it comparable to illamsqua’s lover with out the sheen?

  33. Avatar of Audrey Audrey

    How similar is this to Nars Taj Mahal?

  34. Yaz

    You are such a pretty girl Christine!!!

  35. This one is gorgeous! I’m light skinned, but might try it out.

  36. Helu

    Ahhh I adore this! <3

  37. Allie

    I… I can’t look away! It’s so gorgeous.
    Just when I thought I could skip Tres Cheek. >>

  38. Emmy

    How does this compare to Ripe Peach and Marine Life?

  39. Sarah

    Is MM like devil how do u describe them

  40. Avatar of Barma BB

    Hmm it’s reminding me of “My Paradise.”

  41. Monique

    I am torn between Imortal Flower and Modern Mandarin. I am a NC44 maybe NC45 in the summer. Which of these blushes do you think will compliment my skin tone?

  42. Does this compare to MAC PEACHES?

  43. Lorena

    I love the new setup! Colors are so much more vibrant.

  44. Leizel

    This looks so lovely and fresh! Definitely grabbing this one from the collection.

  45. Ana

    Do you think this work well on NC40? I’m debating if I should get this or Immortal Flower or just get both xD

  46. Avatar of tzwiggy t_zwiggy

    This is what I imagine NARS Exhibit A and Korres Orange blush having a baby would look like.

  47. eastland

    how does this compare to mac peaches? thanks :)

  48. beck

    Ohhhh darn….I think I need Modern Mandarin and Immortal Flower…they are both taunting me!

  49. Avatar of Audrey Audrey

    has this shade been discontinued?

  50. I actually like the two different blushes on each cheek, that way we can see the differences (what’s on the left?)

  51. Avatar of maisha Maisha

    Hello was wondering if mordern mandarin blush was similar to mac devil pro blush before i purchase. Thanks in advance

  52. Avatar of Cathee Cathee T.

    I bought this yesterday and I love it! It looks soft and fresh applied with a light hand on my NC25-30 skin. Perfect for this time of year!!

  53. Kena

    Is My Paradise from Mac’s Surf Baby collection kinda like this one?

  54. Brittany

    I can’t find this blush anywhere I’m desperate is there any other shades similar?

  55. Leah

    Does this compare to instant chic blush from the pret a papier collection? looks beautiful:)

  56. Leah

    Ohhh sorry I meant if this compared to taj mahal or if immortal flower compared to instant chic, I got a little confused here;)

  57. Zowye

    I am torn between this shade and NARS Exhibit A, which one you think will look good in a NC30 skin?