Thursday, October 28th, 2010

MAC Highland Honey Blush
MAC My Highland Honey Blush

MAC Tartan Tale: Highland Honey Blush

MAC Highland Honey Blush ($18.50 for 0.21 oz.) is a rich shade of peach-orange with a very subtle satin sheen.  It can be built up for a more intense, more orange-y look or used lightly for a lit-from-within kind of glow.  I love that it’s pigmented without being straight-up orange, but it’s also buildable; you can easily apply it lightly or pat more on for a more intense look.

It’s warmer and more orange than Melba Blush, which is a darker peach with less of an orange pull. It’s not as orange as NARS Gina nor as coral as NARS Gilda. It’s a shade lighter than Illamasqua’s Lover, but the two are similar. It’s also similar to Utterly Game, which leans a little coral but not by much.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: It’s a nice choice to warm up cheeks, especially on warmer skin tones.

AVAILABILITY: Online now, October 28th in-store

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MAC Highland Honey Blush
MAC My Highland Honey Blush

MAC Highland Honey Blush
MAC My Highland Honey Blush

MAC Highland Honey Blush
MAC My Highland Honey Blush (This is LIGHTLY!)

MAC Highland Honey Blush
MAC My Highland Honey Blush

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I buy the My Highland Honey? How much is it?

It will be available at MAC stores/counters on October 28th, online at on approximately October 26th. $18.50.

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

It's not as orange as NARS Gina nor as coral as NARS Gilda. It's a shade lighter than Illamasqua's Lover, but the two are similar. It's also similar to Utterly Game, which leans a little coral but not by much.

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74 thoughts on “MAC My Highland Honey Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Dawn

    Way too bright! lol

  2. Chiara

    Very pretty! Too bad I won’t be able to pull off such a warm color. At least that’s what I think… There’s no harm in trying it on in the store, right? :).

  3. I think this could look really good with the right lips and eyes.

  4. Samantha

    it looks beautiful! I wasn’t considering this before but now.. o0o you got me on this one.. I will for sure check it out today :) Thanks so much for posting!

  5. Renee'

    If I already have MAC Peaches should I get Highland Honey?

  6. Michelle

    I can’t decide if I want this or not… I’m really afraid of it being too orange on my skin. Is it similar to peaches??? I am NC25, do you think it will be nice on my cheeks?? Thanks!!

  7. amna

    You mentioned warmer skin you think a person with cool tone can pull this off at all????

  8. Cara

    Recommended for nc42?

  9. Joana Chantre

    Love it!!!!!!!! Definitely gonna purchase it!
    Good Job with the site and all the postings :)

  10. Does anyone know if this is similar to Peaches? THANKS!

  11. Marcela

    oooh it’s very pretty and different! unfortunately i have no idea what MAC skin tone i am or if this will make me look too yellow (i have a soft yellow undertone in my fair-medium skin)…

  12. Nadia

    How does this compare to Cantaloupe (pro blush)?

  13. Nastassia

    Would this color be okay for nw45 skintone? It’s a nice color, but I wanna b e able to use. :)

  14. Steph

    I love Peaches so I think I will looove this. I’m very fair but my pink undertones don’t show when I put my makeup on, so peachy/orange blush is very fun and looks nice with a nude/peach lip.

  15. vanessa

    how do you think this will look on nc50 skin…thanks?


    I was into the palettes at first, but now I’m in love with the blushes. Thank You Christine!!!!!

  17. jenn

    This looks soooooo orange! An easy pass…

  18. Shal

    Looove this. I’ve been wanting NARS Gina or Gilda for a while now but I think this may replace them!

  19. It looks like it would be simultaneously bright and chalky =/. I wanted a nuder peach, I love my NARS Gina, but I doubt this would work for a NW43. I’ll have to wait for NARS Passion to make a reappearance.

  20. Kai

    Sorry I don’t know the lingo, but by warmer skintones do you mean dark skin ? for example NW45 .

  21. StellarStace

    I’m an NW15 girl who already owns Melba and Utterly Game. Is this something I could pass on?

  22. V

    I have Melba, Peaches, & Utterly Game… should I skip?
    (I have way too many blushes, BUT I love peach color blushes)

  23. Heidi

    Hi Christine,
    I have a question on this one, is this anything like Fun and Games from the Hello Kitty Collection?

  24. Cherie


    How does this compare to MAC’s Buff?

  25. Roxanne

    I actually really really like this! I don’t really own any blushes… perhaps it shall be my first!

  26. Dawn

    How do you think this compares to Nars Sex Appeal blush?

  27. Carrie Ann

    This is pretty, but I think it’s close enough to Utterly Game that I can skip it.

  28. Nadia

    How would you say this compares to Cantaloupe (pro blush)?

  29. sarah

    i ordered this one after trying it on at the mac store. if i have this will i need utterly game?

  30. Hanna

    i have been looking for this color of blush forever!!
    it looks like just what i wanted. 😀

  31. Lisa B

    I thought this blush would be too yellow on my skin. I tried it on my hand first and was pleasantly surprised. Had to buy it!

  32. Jay

    it would be cute, but u put on wayyyyy 2 much!!!

  33. I have light skin and if I apply this lightly (even lighter than you Christine!) it looks pretty nice :)

  34. I just got this today, I love the color!! I wanna get 2 more lol (one as a back up and another as a gift for my sister)

  35. Lacey J.

    I totally talked myself out of ordering this blush today as I sorta told myself I was going on a (blush no buy) damnit my principles. Well I ordered a few other things so that will have to suffice. I’m sure something similar will come out again soon. It might be a touch too orange anyway… yeah excuses excuses… guess I have to be happy with peaches… especially since I just got it after coveting it for a long long time like over half a year. It’s certainly an exercise in learning to appreciate what one has…

    • Lacey J.

      I will probably buy Illamasquas lover as a dupe next month (when i will most likely cave from the no buy)… since I’ve been wanting to try their blushes for a long time too. Which do you like better?

  36. lauraaaa

    i just bought this blush. LOVE IT SO MUCH.


  38. ShesAFoxyLady

    Hi, I already have ripe peach (ombre blush from SCF) do you think this is a close dupe? I’ve heard they look very similar when worn so I’m wondering whether I should skip my highland honey..?

  39. Dollymix8

    This one is so pretty! I bought it for my mom for her birthday but I will diffenitly borrow it from her!

  40. Rachel

    I’m a warm-toned redhead and peachy blushes are the BEST on me – and this is definitely a winner! Pinky-peach blushes are okay if I’m feeling like I want some pink, but if I want a really nice, natural, every day color, peach is my best bet. Oh, My Highland Honey!!! It’s actually my favorite blush I’ve ever tried so far, so after I bought one, I also bought a back up!
    I love MAC but wish so much of their good stuff wasn’t limited edition!
    Great review! 😀 Very accurate description of a great blush!

  41. sarah

    i have this and adore it but i’d REALLLY have to built it up in numerous layers to get it to look like it does on you & i have medium-tan skin. this wasnt very pigmented at all

  42. sarah

    how does this compare to nars gina?

  43. Anna P

    Wow…it’s so colorful. The main thing is not to overdo, but they very nice i think.