Thursday, October 25th, 2012

MAC Small Vanity Blush
MAC Small Vanity Blush

Allow Me This Small Vanity

MAC Small Vanity Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “dusty rose tan.” It’s a subdued, reddish brown with a warm champagne sheen. It has a satin finish, but the sheen was a little more compared to the other two blushes in this launch–still subtle, though. MAC Stratus is the bolder, more dramatic sister–I think they will end up looking similar if you wear Stratus very, very sheerly. NARS G-Spot is rosier. MAC Petticoat is kind of similar, more metallic and pinker. MAC Notable is a little darker, less red.

Of all three blushes, Small Vanity had the most color payoff–it was good–and was softer than the other two, as well.  When applied, it was easy to blend out the edges and get enough color without having to go back for more multiple times.   I used MAC’s 116 brush to dab this over cheeks, and it wore for eight hours with minor fading around the edges.

The Glossover

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Small Vanity

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This is an every day kind of blush with a kick--there's just enough color to make an impact but it is tempered by the brown-ish undertones.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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MAC Small Vanity Blush
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MAC Small Vanity Blush
MAC Small Vanity Blush

MAC Small Vanity Blush
MAC Small Vanity Blush

MAC Small Vanity Blush
MAC Small Vanity Blush

MAC Small Vanity Blush
MAC Small Vanity Blush

MAC Small Vanity Blush
MAC Small Vanity Blush

MAC Small Vanity Blush
MAC Small Vanity Blush

MAC Small Vanity Blush
MAC Small Vanity Blush

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

MAC Stratus is the bolder, more dramatic sister--I think they will end up looking similar if you wear Stratus very, very sheerly. NARS G-Spot is rosier. MAC Petticoat is kind of similar, more metallic and pinker. MAC Notable is a little darker, less red.

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: MAC Extra Dimension Eyeshadows in Ready to Party, Stylishly Merry, A Natural Flirt, Stolen Moment, and Round Midnight, Burberry Trench Eyeshadow, Catch My Eye Fluidline, Dior DiorShow Mascara. On face: Guerlain Parure de Lumiere (02 and 03), Guerlain Wulong Pressed Powder, MAC Small Vanity Blush (right), MAC Superb Extra Dimension Skinfinish (left). On lips: MAC Glamourdaze Lipstick.

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52 thoughts on “MAC Small Vanity Blush Reviews, Photos, Swatches

  1. Jade

    Hi Christine,

    I was wondering if this compares to prim and proper that came out with the Liberty of London collection at all?

    Thanks for the swatches!

  2. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Lauren Lauren

    I love this blush on you. The color is so beautiful and I don’t have anything like it (and I was worried it would sell out), so I already ordered it from Norstrom.com. You and I have similar coloring, so I just know I’ll love it too. So glad to hear that this blush lasts too. Blush fade is a major issue for me.

  3. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jax Jax

    Oh, that looks lovely on you, it would be too warm on me but I’ll have to recommend it to some of my friends.

  4. Elisabetta

    It’s a really pretty everyday fall colour!! do you think it can suit an nc20-25 skin or it’s too dark?

  5. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Monica Monica

    Yeah, I am so happy I got this blush, I can NOT wait to go home and try it. I can see this as my “go to” blush

  6. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Barbie Barbie

    this looks really really pretty on you!

  7. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Dana Dana

    I’m so glad that you gave this a good rating! I already pre-ordered mine a couple weeks ago. I thought this was softer than the others but people thought I was just nuts lol

  8. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Leticia Leticia

    Blush is the cosmetic I buy less of, but this one looks so lovely on you, I’ll have to chek it out :)! Oh, and Glamourdaze LS looks gorgeous on you too!

  9. Looks fantastic on you Christine! This is definitely on my list from this collection!

  10. Melissa C

    I’m glad you say that about Stratus, because I have that and love it, but can really only wear it sheered out – so know I know I don’t need this, event though I think it is beautiful!

  11. Very interesting blush colour. Unusual and I like how it is toned down with brownish undertones. It looks wonderful on you, Christine!

  12. Gabriela

    This looks fabulous on you, Christine. But, to me it resembles MAC Blushbaby. Am I wrong? What do you think?

    • Hey Gabriela! I think you might be thinking of something else – Blushbaby is kind of like a subdued neutral pink with a hint of brown? I don’t think there’s any of the reddish tones that this one has in it.

  13. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Lydia LC

    It reminds me vaguely of Prim & Proper from the Liberty of London collection. Very pretty!

  14. Monica!

    Hi Chris! At first glance I thought this should be compared to Mac Desert Rose or Dolce Vita by Nars, but those are pinker I think? Anyho I love it! I shall get this and easy manner

  15. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jade Jade

    This looks STUNNING on you Christine! I’m pretty sure it would just turn up ruddy and too dark on me – I’m NC15, though I lean a bit neutral.

  16. This is really nice! It’s a nice twist on the recent popular pinky-beige blushes and I like it!

  17. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of rebecca blueraccoon

    I actually really like this. I feel like some kind of Tarte blush is similar, but hell if I know which one, and it’s entirely possible I’m wrong. I may have to pick this up!

  18. Livy

    I don’t often comment but that colour is lovely on you!

  19. I totally caved and bought this. I can’t think of a single dupe in my ahem..’little’ blush collection.

  20. Bb

    First let me say…Thanks for all the reviews!!

    But I was wondering if you think there were any favorites or must haves/buys from the holiday collection? There is so much stuff!

  21. Jasmine

    It looks beautiful but I’m wondering, how does this compare to MAC’s Gingerly or Eternal Sun blushes?

  22. Vanessa

    hi Christine…..do you think this would work for nc43/45 skin?
    P.S. love your site…..keep doing what you do!

  23. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Mindy Smith SunshineAZ

    I bought this based on your review and I absolutely love it! It is stunning! A perfect blush for fall :)

  24. VickyM

    Very pretty and elegant color, I like it :D

  25. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Smurfette210 Smurfette123

    I swatched it next to darkly my dear and this was a smidgen pinker and has a sheen. That probably means it looks like sur too.

  26. Liz

    I’m not a MAC fan, but I’m in love with this. If I find myself in Macy’s in the near future, I’ll check it out.

  27. Cherry

    Hi Christine,

    How does Small Vanity compare with Sur? That would help with my decision! I am a NW20.

  28. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Farah Farah

    Very pretty.. this blush really suits you!

  29. Cherry

    So Christine is Small Vanity different enough than Sur that I should still get it? Thanks!

  30. Lilac

    Hi,
    could this be a lighter version of Benefit’s Dallas? I am always scared of that one because I`m NC 5-15 – as in that this MAC-Blush is less plummy and not as dark? Thank you :)