MAC Hidden Treasure Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Hidden Treasure Blush
MAC Hidden Treasure Blush

Not So Hidden Blushes with This Treasure

MAC Hidden Treasure Blush ($20.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “rich burnt red.” It has a velvet finish, according to the back, though the press release had originally listed it as a satin. The color is a dark rusted red with a very subtle sheen, no detectable shimmer or the like, and a warm, red-orange undertone. MAC Ring of Saturn is lighter and has more of a golden sheen–it would still look very similar if used lightly. Tom Ford Savage is lighter, more muted, less red. NARS Liberte is more orange, less red.

The texture is just slightly dry, though it packs plenty o’ pigment–you’ll absolutely want to use a light hand with this blush (and might I also recommend a stippling brush, like MAC’s 187 or 188?).  Since it’s a little drier, it doesn’t blend out as effortlessly as some other blushes. It does take more time and effort to get a soft, faded edge.  I think this blush will look exceptionally beautiful on darker skin tones, because it has great depth and color.  I tested the wear of this shade, and it wore for a full eight hours and was just slightly faded along the edge.

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MAC Hidden Treasure Blush
MAC Hidden Treasure Blush

MAC Hidden Treasure Blush
MAC Hidden Treasure Blush

MAC Hidden Treasure Blush
MAC Hidden Treasure Blush

MAC Hidden Treasure Blush
MAC Hidden Treasure Blush

MAC Hidden Treasure Blush
MAC Hidden Treasure Blush

MAC Hidden Treasure Blush
MAC Hidden Treasure Blush

MAC Hidden Treasure Blush
MAC Hidden Treasure Blush (Heavily/Lightly)

MAC Hidden Treasure Blush
MAC Hidden Treasure Blush (Heavily/Lightly)

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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 like how you did the cheek swatches in this review. Most days I wear blushes lightly but sometimes, depending on the blush, I’ll apply it more heavily so this gives me a good idea how it would look either way. Thanks 🙂

Looks a little like a sunburn, but oddly I like it very much. I’ve always kind of liked a very red cheek. I agree dark tones would look lovely in it!

Hi Christine! I’m really interested in this blush and I think it would definitely compliment my NC45 skintone. I was wondering would you say this blush is similar to the MAC Pro blush Salsarose?

TIA 🙂

I love the “Heavily/Lightly” feature!! So useful! Slightly OT: is the “Love it or Leave it” rating thing off? I’m opting for Leave It. Far too burnt/brick red for me.

Probably not, because I can only do about 2-3 swatches at a time (my cheeks are my drier area, so doing more than 2 swatches per cheeks is hard on my skin), which means I’ll review maybe one blush a week or less. When I do blush swatches, I do them in a row, because when I’m actually testing, I only have foundation on half of my face, and the eyes/lips won’t necessarily go with the blush, etc. so not being able to get more done in a session means it’s a slower process. We’ll see!

Would you consider doing heavy/light arm swatches of blushes like you do with eye shadows? I like that you apply blush generally heavy handed when reviewing in order to show the color and how it can be built up, but I do think seeing it sheered out would be helpful, too. Just suggesting! 🙂 I totally understand wanting to do different swatches on each cheek to get more out of a session; I took have dry cheeks, so can’t imagine having to remove makeup off em repeatedly. Eeek.

I saw this on another blog and I’ve been really hoping you would review this. It does look like it would be a nice shade for my skin color. How do you think this compares to NARs Taos?

I have not swatched Taos in years, so unfortunately I’m not very familiar with it! I hope to review it, but I haven’t even photographed it yet!

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