MAC Animal Instincts & Fun Ending Blushes Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC Animal Instincts Blush
MAC Animal Instincts Blush

In the upcoming A Novel Romance collection (online August 14th, in-stores August 21st), there are two limited edition shades of MAC Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.).

MAC Animal Instincts Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.). is described as a “shimmering plum [with a Frost finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark warm plum with a soft sheen. It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft, thin but not powdery, and blendable. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before starting to fade. MAC Corol #2 (LE, $21.00) is warmer, lighter. Giorgio Armani Light Rose (LE) is more shimmery. theBalm Cabana Boy (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. NARS Lovejoy (P, $29.00) is warmer, brighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Fun Ending Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.). is described as a “soft neutral peach [with a Satin finish].” It’s a pink-peach with warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. I noticed that this blush had a tendency to darken on the skin if there was any natural oils on it, which made it look very similar to Animal Instincts applied lightly! The texture was soft, blendable, and smooth, while it had good pigmentation. It lasted for almost eight hours on me before fading. Makeup Geek Honeymoon (P, $9.99) is lighter, more shimmery. Hourglass Luminous Flush (P, $35.00) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Feather (P, $25.00) is pinker. MAC Lured to Love (LE, $27.00) is brighter, warmer. MAC Legendary (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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MAC Animal Instincts Blush
MAC Animal Instincts Blush

MAC Animal Instincts Blush
MAC Animal Instincts Blush

MAC Animal Instincts Blush
MAC Animal Instincts Blush

MAC Animal Instincts Blush
MAC Animal Instincts Blush

MAC Animal Instincts Blush
MAC Animal Instincts Blush

MAC Fun Ending Blush
MAC Fun Ending Blush

MAC Fun Ending Blush
MAC Fun Ending Blush

MAC Fun Ending Blush
MAC Fun Ending Blush

MAC Fun Ending Blush
MAC Fun Ending Blush

MAC Fun Ending Blush
MAC Fun Ending Blush

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation
  • Urban Decay Naked Loose Finishing Powder
On lips:
  • MAC Lingering Kiss Lipstick

About the Reviewer


Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Wow Christine you’re really churning these reviews out at an impressive rate. I’m loving reading though the reviews. Thanks!! Any idea when the collection might be out internationally/in the UK?

I received these a few days early, so I had time to test (the collection was under an embargo–meaning not allowed to start sharing/posting until a specific time), but it works out since I get the products before they launch with plenty of time to test so it is a lot less rushed πŸ™‚

Hi christine, im looking for a light , neutral pink blush that will look good with a burgundy, gray or purple smokey eye do you think fun ending is a good option?, i have estee lauder sumptuous rose but applied on my face it turns more like warm peach so i like that more on warm smokey eyes such as brown, copper, olive green..

Take a look at NARS Douceur, MAC Brit Wit (cream blush), or tarte Exposed. Forna more budget-friendly option, take a look at L’OrΓ©al True Match in C3-4 Tender Rose.

Fun Finding is pretty.. but I already have Legendary so I think I could pass that one.. How does Animal Instinct compare to Nars Dolce Vita? They appear very similar to me!

Pass on these two. The plum looks too ‘heavy’ for my tastes..would love if it were more muted, but can see how this would be beautiful on medium or greater skintones.

I may check out Animal Instincts blush, it actually reminds me of X-rocks (quite possibly my favorite blush) from the neo-sci-fi collection (2008). How would you compare the two, Christine?

I don’t think I have X-Rocks, to be honest… It was before I bought full MAC collections (started with Dame Edna), I believe!

Animal Instincts will be mine!! You look absolutely GORG wearing that and Lingering Kiss! <3
(P.S. I have Fixed on Drama – do I NEED Lingering Kiss?)

Animal Instinct looks lovely on you but I think it is just to brown and dull for me. Took me a minute to get the name “Fun Ending” – I thought “what an odd name for a blush – something that ends all the fun…” and then I realized that it was like “happy ending” – an ending that is fun, rather than an END to all the fun!

OH. MY. GOSH. Bout to lose it over your combination of Animal Instincts with that Lingering Kiss lipstick!! Helloooooooo to my new signature fall look! I’ll DEFINITELY be trying the Cabana Boy dupe. Thanks so much!

That lipstick looks beautiful on you! I absolutely need Animal Instincts now. It’s so perfect for fall!

These are both absolutely stunning, but I can’t be bothered with trying to track them down… I need to place a MAC order, so maybe I’ll catch one. If not, I think I need to revisit NARS Lovejoy.

Animal Instincts looks amazing on you Christine!!! I’d actually be tempted to buy it based on the swatch, but Mac blushes break me out! Plus I have CabanaBoy πŸ™‚

I love the look of animal instincts blush and lingering kiss lipstick together. That is one of my favorite lip shades to wear. I probably have a few like it, but your look here makes me really want it. It looks so great next to the blush, which I might actually be able to pull off since the az sun has darkened my skin a bit and taken some of the redness out. I have no blushes that are even close.

I love how much content you share daily, there is always something new to gush over every time I check my Bloglovin’ feed! Both of these blushes are such beautiful colours, I particularly love the second one!

Animal instinct is pretty… Christine can you manage/find time to review the newly launched clinique chubby stick cheek balm??

I like animal instincts a bit πŸ™‚ it looks great on you btw. I think I may skip the blushes in this collection as I am not a big fan of Eather colors and I’m gonna pick up 3 of the lipsticks and some eyeshadows and eyeliners πŸ™‚ the lipglossess/polish I wasn’t. A big fan of Eather haha I’m very picky and I can’t wear pale lipstick or gloss anymore as I will look more corpsey white lol I’m nw13 I’m rambling tonight haha

Hi. I love your posting! Really helpful!
By the way , is the “fun ending” is similar to MAC “Shell pearl” or NARS “Sex appeal”??

I really like the idea of Animal Instincts’ shade – my modest blush collection now sports a bright pink (Affinite), two pale pinks (from the Tarte MATTEnificent and Rainforest after dark palettes), and a peach (Peach Pop). I feel like the next stops are red, orange, purple and plum!

I wonder – do you have any ideas on dark blushes for pale skin? (Or pale blushes for dark skin?) I haven’t checked, but those might be ideas for a couple of your awesome Top 5’s! (she angles, selfishly ;-))

How are you like the Tarte Rainforest After Dark palette?

I love shades like NARS Dolce Vita, theBalm Cabana Boy, MAC Plum Foolery on paler skin!

Thanks for the suggestions! πŸ˜€ i have eyeballed Dolce Vita recently (as well as Exhibit A – i have this weird thing for face punchingly bright colours of blush, for some reason)!

I’m liking the Tarte palette a lot! Hopefully I’ll get a review up soon, i’m just waiting on the light for better look photos πŸ˜›

Both very nice blushers. I guess I’ll go blush-less to the counter and try them on my a bit lighter skin. I do think Animal Instincts is my favourite.

How similar is Fun Ending to Royal Sunset from last year? I love it and use it all the time, but it looks more pink and less peach on me. Fun Ending looks like it might be similar but peachier?

These shades look beautiful on you! With my ultra fair skin (nc15) I’ve shied away from dark blushes ever since I put on a tad too much of my moms plum Chanel blush and freaked out lol. I did go to MAC last winter and tried Plum Foolery and surprisingly liked it??? Anywho do you think these two shades will suit fair-er skin tones?

I got Fun Ending and swatched it on my hand and the first thought that crossed my mind was “oh crap, why did I buy this, it’s too light!” But then I put it on my cheeks and it darkened up a little and I love it. Whew!

Nice colors! Would you recommend either of these for NW 20 skin tone? I only own one blush and it’s NARS Orgasm, which I love but it’s a bit shiny — and easily makes me look sunburned if I overapply!

I think Mac Dirty Plum from the Liberty collection (with a light hand) is the winner of plums, but how close are bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal and Mac Animal Instincts? I’m late, but this collection just released in Greece. Thank you for your time.

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