MAC Cantaloupe Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Cantaloupe Blush
MAC Cantaloupe Blush

MAC Cantaloupe Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “rich warm cantaloupe [with a Satin finish].” It’s a muted, medium brown with warm, peachy tones and a satin sheen. Makeup Geek Infatuation (DC, $9.99) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #6 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC I'm Not Blushing (Bottom) (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). The Estee Edit First Lover (01) (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). By Terry Tropical Sunset #6 (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Zoeva Burning Up (P, $11.80) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Chaleur (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). KIKO 106 Beige Rose (P, $12.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Hansel (Shade) (DC, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NARS Gina (P, $30.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Becca Sweet Pea (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P, $37.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Video (DC, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $10.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Cheek Pollen (LE, $24.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Laura Mercier Earth (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Coppertone (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Harmony (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC’s Powder Blush formula is supposed to be easy to apply, long-wearing, and have “fantastic colour.” It’s hard to generalize for MAC’s blush formula, because it varies a lot from shade to shade, even within different types of finishes! Some of them are very good, others are so-so, and a few are complete misses. The more frosted/shimmery shades tend to have the softest and smoothest textures and are easier to apply and blend out on the skin, while more satin and matte shades can sometimes be powdery, firm, or stiff, which makes blending more challenging. The wear is typically between six and nine hours but closer to seven to eight hours on average. Cantaloupe had good pigmentation with a soft, finely-milled, and blendable texture that wasn’t too powdery nor was it too firm–nicely balanced and made for easy application. On my normal-to-dry skin, the color lasted for eight hours before showing signs of fading along the edges.

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MAC Cantaloupe Blush
MAC Cantaloupe Blush

MAC Cantaloupe Blush
MAC Cantaloupe Blush

MAC Cantaloupe Blush
MAC Cantaloupe Blush

MAC Cantaloupe Blush
MAC Cantaloupe Blush

MAC Cantaloupe Blush
MAC Cantaloupe Blush

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Make Up For Ever HD Foundation
  • Urban Decay Naked Loose Setting Powder
On lips:
  • NYX French Kiss High Voltage 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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I aahhhdoooreeeeeee this blush and am super happy to see the shade on you C 🙂

Just a request
waiting for 5 ways with UD blushes , NARS blushes n MAC .

I like this! It looks much different than I expected on your skin and swatched. I wish it were a cream though. I want to pick up some cream blushes. Colors seem so limited!

Another one that I love!!! All of the old MAC PRO blushes were favorites of mine. Cantaloupe always reminded me of Melba on Redbull. I noticed the other day that… I think it was Salsarose?? Isn’t on the site anymore. It was an old PRO blush. Pretty color too!

Ooh, I like that a lot! I might go for MUG Infatuation instead, just because of the lower price point. But I think I’ll wait to swatch this in store because if I absolutely love it, I’ll fork over a couple more bucks!

Oh, you are showing us some really lovely MAC blushes! I love this, I thought it would be too warm for me, but maybe not. I must absolutely swatch it next time I go to a MAC counter. So Pretty!

How would you compare this to NARS Luster? Is it in the same color family? Sometimes I feel like Luster reads a bit reddish on my cheeks rather than a true peach/apricot. Cantaloupe seems like it might be what I’m looking for!

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