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MAC Barefaced Blush

MAC Barefaced Blush
MAC Barefaced Blush

MAC Barefaced Blush ($21.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone warm nude [with a satin finish].” It’s a medium, slightly subdued, warm brown with hints of orange/tan and a satiny sheen. NARS Silvana is warmer, lighter, yellower in tone. NARS Madly is very similar–a smidgen browner, at most. Burberry Earthy is more matte and browner. MAC Poised is rosier but if you have pink undertones, it may appear similarly on. MAC Equilibrium is browner.

It has a beautiful finish; the satin sheen gives it a glowing, pearly look that gives the skin a healthy glow without emphasizing pores. The color payoff is fantastic–true-to-pan and buildable–and should work well as a blush on fair to medium-dark complexions (it may get lost on deeper skin tones and work more as a highlighter). The texture is soft, smooth, and silky, and the powder blends out easily on the skin. It lasted almost eight hours well; there was a bit of fading along the edges but no patchiness.

P.S. — The Nudes & Metallics Collection may be frustrating to find. When it launched in PRO stores on the 18th, every store I called was sold out of over half the collection already. The online launch date has been pushed to mid-June (no specific date was given). It is supposed to be for PRO only, which may mean that it is restricted to PROs only even online, but you should be able to call MAC PRO at 1-800-387-6707 and order (for anyone, PRO and non-PRO alike) per a LiveChat I did this morning.

MAC Powder Blush Barefaced
Barefaced
Barefaced
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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MAC Cream Soda Blush (Archie’s Girls)

MAC Cream Soda Blush
MAC Cream Soda Blush

MAC Cream Soda Blush ($23.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “light neutral coral” with a satin finish. It’s a light-medium peach with orange and very slight pink tones. The finish looks mostly matte initially, but the more you blend and buff it out, the more the subtle satin sheen comes through. MAC My Highland Honey is much, much more orange. MAC Melba is darker–it’s like the richer, more intense sister. Chanel Espiegle is similar, though a touch more orange and less peach. NARS Gina is darker and more orange. I suspect MAC Peaches is a bit more beige.

The blush has good color payoff, and it is true-to-pan, but as such a light color, it may not show up well on darker complexions. I’m around NC25/NC30, and it just barely shows up when I applied it; on my skin tone, it looks like a soft bit of warmth on the cheek. If you have natural redness in your cheeks, the peachy coloring of this blush should help neutralize it. The texture of the blush is soft, finely-milled, and smooth–but there is a bit of excess powder that kicks up. It looked good at the seventh hour of wear, but by nine hours, it was mostly faded.

MAC Powder Blush Cream Soda
Cream Soda
Cream Soda
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

MAC Prom Princess Blush (Archie’s Girls)

MAC Prom Princess Blush
MAC Prom Princess Blush

MAC Prom Princess Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone violet pink” with a satin finish. It’s a darkened, cool-toned pink with a barely-there sheen. MAC Divine Desire is lighter and more shimmery. NARS Angelika is a bit brighter. MAC Supernova is bolder, redder. Tom Ford Wicked is similar in color but frostier. Illamasqua Seduce is similar but a cream product (no shimmer). MAC Feeling Flush is a touch cooler-toned. MAC Amazon Princess #2 is redder.

Prom Princess had good color payoff, but the texture was a little dry and powdery–workable and not too influential on the application, though. The finish of this is very, very subtle with its sheen. The sheen becomes more pronounced as you buff and blend out the color. It’s this subtle sheen that is the most beautiful part of the blush; it keeps it looking soft and natural and makes the powderiness inherent in the texture disappear. It’s very blendable on the skin–fantastic for a bolder shade like this–and it wore for seven hours well with some slight, noticeable fading after eight hours of wear.

MAC Powder Blush Prom Princess
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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MAC Taupe Shape Blush

MAC Taupe Shape Blush
MAC Taupe Shape Blush

MAC Strength: Taupe Shape Blush

MAC Taupe Shape Blush ($19.50 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “satiny taupe” with a satin finish. It’s a gray-tinged brown–a brownish-taupe when blended out–with a shimmer-sheen finish. MAC Pressed Amber is less gray. MAC Equilibrium is browner.

This kind of color is usually seen for contouring, but the shimmery finish is fairly reflective and nears frost-level in how shimmery/reflective it is keeps it from being a practical contouring shade. It could work as a natural shade on some complexions or when used very lightly. Taupe Shape was soft and finely-milled, though, and it was easy to blend and apply to the cheeks. I found the shimmery finish did emphasize pores, though, to a degree that was noticeable even at a “normal” viewing distance. This shade lasted seven hours on me, and it looked a bit faded after seven and a half hours.

MAC Powder Blush Taupe Shape
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

MAC Poised Blush

MAC Poised Blush
MAC Poised Blush

MAC Strength: Poised Blush

MAC Poised Blush ($20.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “muted pinkish brown” with a satin finish. It’s a medium brown with soft, peach-orange undertones and a shimmer-sheen finish. Burberry Earthy is browner, more neutral and matte. NARS Madly is a touch browner. Bobbi Brown Desert Twilight is very similar, perhaps a bit darker.

Poised has good color payoff, and the texture is soft, finely-milled, and blendable.  It was easy to apply, and the color could be used lightly or heavily, such that it was true-to-pan with little effort.  The sheen it gives off is a few steps above luminous and natural, but it isn’t frosted, and it doesn’t emphasize pores.  I tested this yesterday, and it lasted for six hours well, but it was a bit faded after seven hours.  Like the lipsticks from this launch, this blush (and its partner in crime) sold out within an hour or so of soft launching online, so currently, the only way to obtain one is to track it down at a freestanding MAC store.

MAC Powder Blush Poised
Poised
Poised
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

MAC Passionately Tempted Blush

MAC Passionately Tempted Blush
MAC Passionately Tempted Blush

Start Your Blending Engines!

MAC Passionately Tempted Blush ($20.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone magenta” with a satin finish. It’s a reddish plum with a barely-there sheen. MAC Restores Dazzle is redder. MAC Vintage Grape is more plum, more muted. MAC Magenta is redder, more vibrant.

The pigmentation is incredibly rich and intense, but the biggest drawback is how dry the texture is, because it makes blending much more difficult. The blush applied unevenly and looked splotchy when I used MAC’s 116 brush (very lightly!), and I had to use my foundation brush (with excess liquid foundation on it) to buff around the edges, because it wasn’t evening out easily. It wore for eight hours with minor fading along the edges.  Excellent color payoff is typically a desirable trait, but in a blush, it is imperative that it is also blendable, and that is where this blush falls short.

MAC Powder Blush Passionately Tempted
8
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
3
Application
82%
Total

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