MAC Artificially Wild Blushes Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC Next to Skin Blush
MAC Next to Skin Blush

MAC Artificially Wild features three blushes. Two of them are more contour-hued shades, while one is a blush. Two are shades that have been released previously in some capacity (see below for details). I really loved seeing these three; I feel like they’re colors we don’t see enough of.

MAC Next to Skin Blush ($20.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “soft beige [with a Matte finish].” It’s a light-medium, gray-ish beige with a matte finish and neutral undertones. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that could be blended out for a sheerer application or applied more intensely for true-to-pan color. I think this works really well as a contour shade on fair to light-medium complexions. When applied heavily, it was still visible as a shadowy contour on my skin tone (NC25/NC30). It’s a lot more foolproof for fairer skin tones who want a subtle contour. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before fading. I couldn’t think of any dupes for this shade.

MAC Taupe Blush ($20.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “soft beige brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium, warm-toned taupe–there’s a mix of brown and gray, but it leans warm overall–with a matte finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, velvety without being powdery, and blendable on the skin. The color wore well for eight hours before fading. This used to be part of the Pro range, but I didn’t see it on MAC’s site presently. Surratt Beauty Grisaille (P, $32.00) is warmer. Inglot #504 (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Pink Cult Blush ($20.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone dirty neutral pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a light-medium, neutral pink with a matte finish. It had nice pigmentation that went on evenly and smoothly without looking powdery or totally flat. The consistency was soft, velvety, and blendable, while the color didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. This is a repromote. Makeup Geek First Love (P, $9.99) is lighter. Dior Rose (001) (LE, $56.00) is brighter. Hourglass Ethereal Glow (P, $35.00) is lighter. NARS Sex Fantasy (LE, $29.00) is cooler-toned, brighter. Illamasqua Naked Rose (P, $26.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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MAC Next to Skin Blush
MAC Taupe vs. Next to Skin Blush (as a contour)

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Wednesday Avatar

Next to Skin looks quite a bit like my skin colour.. I’m guessing this one would virtually disappear on my face. I love Taupe blush and use it as a soft contour, rarely actually using it as a blush, but think it’s a really versatile product.. I know I’ve worn it as an eyeshadow as well. Pink Cult is pretty, but heavily reminds me of one of my existing staples; Illamasqua Naked Rose and I like the texture and pigmentation in Illamasqua powder blushes far more than MAC.

Let Avatar

Next to Skin looks interesting. I wonder if I should choose it over Taupe. Taupe looks pretty warm on my laptop screen, less so on my phone screen.

Jillian Avatar

Wow… all three “Temptalia Recommends”?? Well done, MAC.

I’m really glad MAC seems to be improving the quality of their products with all of these collection releases (generally-speaking), AND changing up the colours to bring something a bit different to the table.

I’m definitely grabbing Taupe, and probably Pink Cult too!

Aditi Avatar

As much as I love the look of these blushes, I’ll have to pass. I doubt they’d work on my NC42 skin πŸ™

You look great, Christine! That lip color really suits you! πŸ™‚

MakeupTray Avatar

YES!!!!! Thank God ! Love these and someone stated in another entry that they are for fair skin. Thank you Christine, I am going to be broke before Christmas! Lol lol

Cat Avatar

Hmm, I just don’t know about this collection. I think Next to Skin might lean too grey for me, I hardly have time to learn how to contour this days so Taupe is too much work right and now and Pink Cult could maybe work but I’m not really feeling it. All in all, I think I can safely say I’ll be saving my money!

Christina Avatar

I’m really glad to see Pink Cult repromoted! I bought it when it first came out years ago and used it completely. I’m even happier to see that the texture is good. The old one was a bit dry on me and maybe a little flat, but MACs matte textures tend to be like that for me.

I’m excited that there might be a contour shade out there that looks good on fair skin. I hate the warm toned ones, even though many claim to be taupe/grey, but they just look muddy and dark on me. Chanel’s Notorious works with an extremely light hand, but it’d be nice to have one that I could throw on quickly. Nars Olympia was fine, but just a smidgen too pink! This looks like a happy medium!

Veronica Avatar

Next to Skin didn’t catch my eye initially, but now I’m more interested in it than the taupe! I’ll have to try to swing by and grab it before it’s all gone at the counter after the release. Nice to see a recommended product on a MAC release. πŸ™‚

xamyx Avatar

I picked up a loose mineral eyeshadow a few years back at Whole Foods, and the brand is LarΓ©nim, the shade is Deja Vu. It is on the grayer end of taupe, but isn’t too dark. It makes for an excellent contour powder. You can also check out Bare Minerals; I know they had a nice, matte taupe shadow at one time, but I don’t recall the name, or if it was LE…

xamyx Avatar

I just want to add that Deja Vu isn’t exactly a dupe, in fact the color is quite a bit different, but if you’re looking for a mineral contour product, it’s worth a try! It’s also under $15 USD, and a little goes a looong way. HTH

Adhishree Avatar

Taupe is gorgeous for a subtle yet natural contour! I love cool toned shades for contouring, you don’t see greyish ones so often, which is why I end up using a taupe eyeshadow to contour. Works pretty well too πŸ™‚

Adhishree Avatar

It’s this dark taupe shade called ‘Go, Charlie Brown!’ by a German drugstore brand, Catrice. They make really good products at a very low price-point! It’s fairly dark but works well for my NC42 complexion.

Chanel Avatar

I would of appreciated if MAC came out with blushes in this collection for each skin tone. I feel like this collection is targeted for very very fair skin tones, not saying that’s a bad thing, I’m happy for whoever can wear these products, Its just its better for business if they create a collection that can be suitable for multiple skin tones. But that’s my opinion, Thank you for the review

xamyx Avatar

There are already blushes that would work for deeper skintones & contouring, as well as the sculpting powders. MAC DC’d Strada & Emote, and apparently Taupe, which were popular among the fairer set. I’m actually quite happy that MAC focused on products that would work for us, a) because that cuts out a bit of competition to get these products, and b) it gives us something to work with. Of all the MAC blushes I’ve seen over the years, there are literally less than 10 I would wear, and 3 have been DC’d…

Not everyone will like, or be able to wear, every product, from every collection, from every brand; trust me, I feel “neglected” in 90+% of blush shades from every collection. These happen to be the types of shades I’m constantly looking for, yet they never tend to end up in the permanent range.

xamyx Avatar

Even the Sculpting Powders, from what I can tell on my screen, tend to run dark, warm, or pink. Harmony & Blunt seem to be popular shades for contouring in the blogosphere, but again, too dark/warm, yet work for many. That’s a total of 6 medium-deep shades, and yet there are only 3 here…

xamyx Avatar

Pink Cult reminds me quite a bit of MAC Brit Wit, but in the powder form I’ve been searching for. The other 2 look like they’d be nice contour shades. Hopefully this collection will be flanked by the Marge Simpson one…

anna_a Avatar

These are very interesting and especially as far as Next to Skin and Taupe are concerned I can definitely see them gaining a cult status among those of us who love contouring… Personally, I want all 3 and back ups of the contour shades. I can see me getting mad at myself if I miss them and have to browse ebay for these beauties only to find out their price tripled -as it was the case with other LE items. Must-haves for me.

A Name Avatar

Ooh, Taupe does look interesting! I wonder if it’ll look too grey on me. A lot of browns turn too rosy on me to contour with, so it might be worth checking out.

Valerie C. Avatar

Taupe looks like a nice contour product. I missed out on Sculpt. Years ago, I always used Symmetry eye shadow. That was my favorite contour for face/eyes.

Christina Avatar

I forgot to ask you if Pink Cult looks exactly like the other releases. It could just be foundation you’re wearing this time, but it looks just a smidgen more pink than the previous releases.

Lotus Avatar

You always look different but like a goddess! May I ask what IS your skin color/tone? W N C ? light/Medium? What? I’m a curious one! Thanks! It helps me to count up or down with shades on myself when I can base a scale around others. πŸ™‚

Irene Avatar

So excited for Next to Skin! I’ve always wanted to try contouring, but as an ultra-pale person (NC05) all contouring products I’ve seen have been too orange, too brown, or just too harsh on my skintone. Fingers crossed it doesn’t get sold out in a flash.

Sara Avatar

I really thing I may have to get one of the contour-esque shades because I’m so ridiculously pale that it is rare that I find anything that looks subtle enough that I even consider venturing into contouring.

Mariella Avatar

Taupe looks like a wonderful contouring powder but it would never work as a blush for me. And Next to Skin looks like “next to nothing” – I can’t see that it actually imparts anything in terms of what a blush usually does. But Taupe really looks promising for a contour (though I rarely contour) and Pink Cult is just pretty.

Kelley Avatar

I have and really like Pink Cult, so I think I might try Next to Skin and Taupe as eye shadows. I love matte, subtle shadows and it would be great that they could work as blush, too.

Lotus Avatar

I love these.. Dammit dammit!!!!!!!!!!! why! WHY?! Sheet. Like I need blushes to use as eyeshadows or whatever.. But.. I LOVE these OMG GORGEOUS! Any dupes for the lightest one? Can you please tell me how NYX blush in taupe compares? What’s that? Oh of course you can send these to me!!!! πŸ˜€

Catherine Avatar

I’m looking at Pink Cult and thinking…hmmm, I’ve recently been scraping pan on my box of BeneFit Dandelion blush (which looks great on my super fair, cool-toned complexion) and wondering… could this product be a worthy successor? Thanks for any input!

zainab Avatar

Well, having seen Taupe and Next to Skin I think I’ll actually get one of the two. I’ve yet to find an ideal contour shade, so far I’ve used bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal as a weird pinky contour because it looked more natural than any bronzer I’ve tried.

Helene Avatar

I wonder how Taupe would look on me, I think it’s a must try at a counter. I might get a SA to contour me πŸ™‚ I really like how Pink Cult looks.
this is a very interestin little collection. At first i didn’t like it at all, and now I love quite a few products. Poor wallet!

kellly Avatar

these are all so subtle and pretty, just the types of colors I like to have for blushes. This collection is definitely going to cause my budget some harm!!

Eliz Avatar

I’m pretty much obsessed with soft pink blushes, so Pink Cult looks to be right up my alley. I so do not want to deal with the whole “waiting room” drama from mac.com though, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to find this when it hits stores. Thanks Christine for your awesome swatches!

Kat Avatar

Christine–Do you think Next to Skin is similar to NARS Nico, by chance (except without the sheen/slight shimmer Nico has)? Nico is WONDERFUL, and a great multitasker! I’m going to try to pick up Next to Skin either way, but I was just curious.

Kat Avatar

Oh my goodness, I might just have to cry tears of joy–that’s even better. I’m very fair and have that kind of skin tone where most contouring products just turn orange on me OR are just too dark/dramatic, so if this shade doesn’t disappoint, my contour product dreams may have just come true! πŸ™‚ I’m officially on a mission to make this one MINE, haha. Thank you!

Cat Avatar

Hi, Christine! I saw that someone asked about the Taupe blush versus Sculpt contouring powder. I have a similar question regarding the Next to Skin blush and Bone Beige contouring powder. I’m in the process of building a contouring “pro palette” and I already own Bone Beige. There’s no comparison photo for Bone Beige, but I wondered if you know how it compares to Next to Skin?
Also, I actually ordered Sculpt at maccosmetics.com a few weeks ago (the pan-only, permanent pro contouring powders are available there, for readers who might not know), and it’s back ordered (which is fine; I’m not in a rush), but after looking at the comparison photos between Sculpt and Taupe I wonder if I should cancel it and order Taupe instead, as it looks like it might be slightly less dramatic than Sculpt, but still more visible than Bone Beige on my very-neutral, tans easily, N4 skin? Bone Beige shows up as a very, very subtle contour on me, which is why I had ordered Sculpt–to have something a little more dramatic for evenings and such. I am just wondering if these two Artificially Wild blushes might suit my skin a little better than either of those pro contouring powders (though I like Bone Beige for daytime and wouldn’t return it, regardless). Going to the counter is not an option for me for health reasons, so I am grateful for opinions from you or other readers! Thanks! πŸ™‚

Stephanie Avatar

I’m very pale (nc15 + white), so I’m really looking forward to trying Next to Skin. I normally use mac’s Omega eye shadow to contour my face… Do you think they’re similar?

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