MAC Blushbaby Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

01/06

MAC Blushbaby Powder Blush
MAC Blushbaby Powder Blush
MAC Blushbaby Powder Blush
MAC Blushbaby Powder Blush
MAC Blushbaby Powder Blush
MAC Blushbaby Powder Blush
MAC Blushbaby Powder Blush
MAC Blushbaby Powder Blush
MAC Blushbaby Powder Blush
MAC Blushbaby Powder Blush
MAC Blushbaby Powder Blush
MAC Blushbaby Powder Blush
MAC Blushbaby Powder Blush
MAC Blushbaby Powder Blush
MAC Blushbaby Powder Blush
MAC Blushbaby Powder Blush
MAC Blushbaby Powder Blush
MAC Blushbaby Powder Blush

Blushbaby

MAC Blushbaby Powder Blush ($24.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with warmer undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer, buildable pigmentation (to mostly opaque with three layers) with a smooth, firmer, and denser consistency. The texture didn’t feel dry (and did feel more finely-milled than my older version of the same shade), so it blended out with little effort on my skin. The color stayed on well for eight hours before fading noticeably.

Formula Overview

$24.00/0.21 oz. - $114.29 Per Ounce

Per the brand, the formula is supposed to "provide fantastic colour with ease and consistency" that "applies evenly, adheres lightly to skin." There are five distinct finishes within the range: Frost ("iridescent, lightly shimmering color"), Matte ("flat, matte finish... builds well"), Satin ("adds subtle highlights to the skin"), Sheertone ("sheer-on micro-refined powder ... that goes on faint"), and Sheertone Shimmer ("just enough shimmer to make light dance on your cheeks"). Their permanent blushes are available in compact form as well as pan-only (the latter will be cheaper).

The following overview has been updated to reflect the most current iteration of the brand's permanent range (whether or not there's been any official change) as I repurchased the majority of the permanent shades as of June 2018. I make a point to say that because I felt that the textures of several shades, particularly the frost finish shades, was noticeably different; they were much smoother and had more slip but were less shimmery/frosted (on average) and seemed to be a bit weaker in pigmentation (but still buildable). Some of the mattes felt like I've encountered in the past (a little drier, pigmented, and fairly blendable), while some felt more velvety and finely-milled.

MAC has a solid blush range but some shades are harder than others to blend out or diffuse, and as it does for most formulas (from any brand), it really comes down to some shades falling shy of expectations. The matte finish had a tendency to darken on my skin within five minutes of application; for most shades, I would recommend applying over a powdered face and/or avoiding applying on still-drying complexion products to make blending the easiest. The matte shades seemed to be semi-opaque to opaque, buildable, and long-wearing (about eight hours).

Only a few of the shades in the permanent range seemed to be particularly frosted/metallic on the skin; most shades that had shimmer appeared more softly luminous or pearlescent on the skin to the point where there was little sheen/reflection captured by my camera (I did a double take for a few and re-did swatches only to find the same finish captured yet again!). The Sheertone Shimmer performed most consistently with this: very subtle sheen, more "my skin but better" with having a slightly more noticeable sheen than matte. There were a few shades that had a strong sheen on the skin (like Peachykeen), though. The Frost finish just seemed to have stronger, larger shimmer in it, but the effect on the skin ranged being subtle to moderate. The same was true with Satin--some were more satin-like and some seemed more like a Frost (like Modern Mandarin).

Most shades were blendable, while pigmentation varied from sheer to opaque depending on the shade, but most had decent, builable coverage. The textures were firmer than the average powder blush of current times, but they don't have excess product kicked up in the pan at all. The wear ranged between seven and nine hours with deeper, intense mattes (like Fever or Film Noir) lasted longer.

Browse all of our MAC Powder Blush swatches.

Ingredients

Talc, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Zinc Stearate, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Silica, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Carmine (CI 75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985).

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Product Availability

MAC Blushbaby $24.00/0.21 OZ.
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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Liquid Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • Dominique Cosmetics Latte Eyeshadow Palette
  • Urban Decay Overdrive Eyeliner
On lips:
  • Bite Beauty Cancer Amuse Bouche LIpstick

About the Reviewer

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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Blushbaby is my first blush color. 🙂 I had blush applied for the first time by a MAC make-up artist in store… it’s absolutely the perfect `everyday` shade for my light-medium complexion with yellow undertones.

One of my favorite blushes of all time! Even though I don’t own it. I’ve only had it used on me or have applied it to myself in-store. It is one of the shades that I’m buying as part of the cheek palette I’m putting together.

Yay! This has been my favorite blush for years and I am glad to know that now I can compare the swatches with other products <3

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