MAC Diva Don’t Care Blush Review & Swatches

01/08

MAC Diva Don't Care Powder Blush
MAC Diva Don't Care Powder Blush
MAC Diva Don't Care Powder Blush
MAC Diva Don't Care Powder Blush
MAC Diva Don't Care Powder Blush
MAC Diva Don't Care Powder Blush
MAC Diva Don't Care Powder Blush
MAC Diva Don't Care Powder Blush
MAC Diva Don't Care Powder Blush
MAC Diva Don't Care Powder Blush
MAC Diva Don't Care Powder Blush
MAC Diva Don't Care Powder Blush
MAC Diva Don't Care Powder Blush
MAC Diva Don't Care Powder Blush
MAC Diva Don't Care Powder Blush
MAC Diva Don't Care Powder Blush
MAC Diva Don't Care Powder Blush
MAC Diva Don't Care Powder Blush
MAC Diva Don't Care Powder Blush
MAC Diva Don't Care Powder Blush
MAC Diva Don't Care Powder Blush
MAC Diva Don't Care Powder Blush
MAC Diva Don't Care Powder Blush
MAC Diva Don't Care Powder Blush

Diva Don't Care

MAC Diva Don’t Care Powder Blush ($24.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark red-plum with strong, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation with a firmer, stiffer texture in the pan, which seemed to minimize powderiness and made it easier not to pick up too much product. I thought it was going to be a challenge to blend, but it didn’t take too much effort to spread and diffuse the product on my skin. The matte finish seemed to let my natural skin come through a bit, so it didn’t appear flat or dry. It wore well for nine hours before fading noticeably to my eye.

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.

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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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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 got this one too! OMG it’s cray pigmented!!! Have to use a light hand/brush on this one, but the color’s beautiful and so unique. Wish MAC made this permanent

Ooh, she’s a rich one! I can see this shade being utterly amazing on deep skintones. Like epically so! If I were to get it, I would need to use a stippling brush and a light hand and I’m not even all that light or pale.

I have this blush (and also the “Dare to Diva” eyeshadow) because I think Diva is such a nice color! I love it but I find it hard to blend! It can look nice and flattering but unfortunately it takes a little bit of work to look right, so I often grab something else in the morning rush! 🙁

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