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MAC Hush Cream Colour Base Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Hush Cream Colour Base
MAC Hush Cream Colour Base

MAC Hush Cream Colour Base ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “soft peach with icy shimmer [with a Frost finish].” It’s a warm-toned, peachy-beige with a frosted sheen. MAC Diamonds (LE, $22.00) is similar. MAC Highlighter (LE, $30.00) is a powder. Becca Guava/Moonstone (P, $27.00) is darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Spanish Villa (LE) is lighter, powder. IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is a powder. Urban Decay Glint (LE) is a powder. Tom Ford Beauty Blush Guilt (LE, $58.00) is more beige. Urban Decay Naked Flushed Highlighter (P) is a powder. MAC Soft & Gentle (P, $30.00) is a powder. bareMinerals The Love Affair (LE, $26.00) is a powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

If you’re unfamiliar with Cream Colour Bases, they’re designed to be a multi-purpose product that can be used on eyes, lips, or cheeks. They can be used under or over foundation, as a sheer “veil” of color or yield “highly dramatic” color, “depending on method of application.” Hush is part of the permanent range, so if the packaging doesn’t sway you, you can save $2 by going for the regular, black compact version instead. This shade lends itself to highlighting easily, though on fairer skin, you may see some warmth come from applying it, too. The consistency is creamy, lightweight, and very blendable. The effect is luminous, dewy, and doesn’t seem to emphasize pores. It only lasts about six hours on me, but it is a product that can take a translucent setting powder without totally getting lost, if you need better wear.

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Hush
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MAC Hush Cream Colour Base
MAC Hush Cream Colour Base

MAC Hush Cream Colour Base
MAC Hush Cream Colour Base

MAC Hush Cream Colour Base
MAC Hush Cream Colour Base

MAC Hush Cream Colour Base
MAC Hush Cream Colour Base

MAC Hush Cream Colour Base
MAC Hush Cream Colour Base

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MAC Hush $21.00/0.12 OZ.
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About the 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 information, please check the FAQ.)

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I have far too many dupes for this already. I get suckered in by these tones alla time and it’s not the best highlighter on me because my skintone is right at the margin..not quite dark enough or light enough nor warm enough to do this justice…or something? It just falls flat on me. For some yet to be determined reason, I keep trying.

I’ve had Hush for about 5 years and it gets a good amount of use, year round. It works when I’m winter pale for warmth on the cheeks, not a lot of colour, and summer is a great highlighter or illuminator.

For reference, I’m about nc15/20 in winter, in the summer I go up to MUFE Face & body 34 (never been matched for MAC in the summer). Yellow undertones with a bit of peach, medium warm brown hair, hazel eyes.

This is my favorite highlighter for everyday when I just need a bit of “something something” on the cheeks! 😀 This stays a good 6 hours on me.. but then I apply it only to drier areas like the C around the eys and down the bridge of the nose, and the face just glows! I am so tempted to get it in the new packaging..!

The packaging on this collection is to die for! MAC should re-do their line in this design (minus Pedro’s name, of course). When I heard Hush was part of this collection, I thought “Money saved. I’ll just buy the perm version!” But I MUST have Hush in this packaging ::LOVE::

With some of the regular complaints from readers regarding NARS’ packaging, I’m not sure if it would be a wise move (since it is very similar!) if MAC’s could be similarly problematic over time! I haven’t had any issues with my NARS’ packaging, but I don’t carry it with me on a regular basis so it doesn’t have as much wear and tear.

Thanks, Christine. I hadn’t heard about issues with Nars’ packaging (and I don’t collect Nars). I’ll have to read up on that. I typically don’t travel with my makeup, either. The exception is lip products. Other than that, I put it on and then return each item back to its place. If the packaging is especially nice, periodically I remove pieces and just admire their beauty. A girl can dream!

Y’know, it’s weird but I’ve never bought a single Cream Colour Base in all the years I’ve been using MAC products. Just something about the creamy texture – wouldn’t want to use it on my eyes (creasing) or on my cheeks (blending it would remove my foundation, if I were wearing a cream/liquid product or be hard to use with a powder foundation). It’s just never been something I’ve wanted to try.

Looks exactly like All that glitters, I should try using it as a highlighter. I just got Lightscape and I have never used highlighters, so I have to figure out what type (liquid, cream or powder) works best for me. Would love to see a good tutorial on the subject. I copied your guest feature on contouring and use it as my bible!

I know that the size is .12 oz (the same as the regular CCB size) but is the packaging the same size as the regular CCB as well? I know the Diamonds CCB was the same size as a blush but that it was .17 oz. It’s weird but I only want to buy this one if it’s the same size as diamonds regardless of how much product is in it…

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