MAC Kindergarten Red Blush Ombre Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Kindergarten Red Blush Ombre
MAC Kindergarten Red Blush Ombre

MAC Kindergarten Red Blush Ombre ($32.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “crimson into pale nude.” It’s a medium pink with subtle cool undertones and a satin finish. In the pan, it looks like it fades from a light beige to a rosy pink. Guerlain Angelic Radiance (LE, $53.00) is lighter. LORAC Underrated (LE) is cooler-toned, more matte. MAC Modest Blush (LE, $27.00) is lighter. MAC Pink Sprinkles (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Sunset Beach (LE, $30.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Tarte Fearless (P, $26.00) is darker, brighter. NYX Rose Garden (P, $5.00) is slightly warmer. Chanel Rose Initiale (P, $45.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture of the blush is soft, smooth, but thin, so it ended up having more buildable coverage than really intense pigmentation that was, at most, semi-opaque. I just went back into the archives, and the blush ombre formula was originally described as a “medium-buildable coverage” product. It doesn’t adhere as well to bare skin if it’s on the drier side (my arm is drier than my face) and can look a little powdery initially. Once it gets blended and buffed into the skin, the satin finish really comes forward and gives a light sheen that’s natural but not shimmery or shiny. As it is only semi-opaque at most, it pulls warmer on me, but I would expect those with cooler undertones would see this appear slightly cooler-toned instead. On me, the blush wore well for seven and a half hours before fading.

This will release January 29th online and February 5th at counters and stores.

See more photos & swatches!

MAC Kindergarten Red Blush Ombre
MAC Kindergarten Red Blush Ombre

MAC Kindergarten Red Blush Ombre
MAC Kindergarten Red Blush Ombre

MAC Kindergarten Red Blush Ombre
MAC Kindergarten Red Blush Ombre

MAC Kindergarten Red Blush Ombre
MAC Kindergarten Red Blush Ombre

MAC Kindergarten Red Blush Ombre
MAC Kindergarten Red Blush Ombre

MAC Kindergarten Red Blush Ombre
MAC Kindergarten Red Blush Ombre

MAC Kindergarten Red Blush Ombre
MAC Kindergarten Red Blush Ombre

MAC Kindergarten Red Blush Ombre
MAC Kindergarten Red Blush Ombre

MAC Kindergarten Red Blush Ombre
MAC Kindergarten Red Blush Ombre

MAC Kindergarten Red Blush Ombre
MAC Kindergarten Red Blush Ombre

MAC Kindergarten Red Blush Ombre
MAC Kindergarten Red Blush Ombre

Makeup Look
On face:
  • Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation
  • Urban Decay Naked Loose Powder
On lips:
  • MAC Barbecue Lipglass

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Katherine T. Avatar

I like the blush on your cheeks! I like the color and prefer my blushes to be on sheerer side, but it has to stick well to my cheeks, so this is going to be a skip. And for $ 32, it should apply more smoothly. I can see it clinging to some dry spots on your arm, so if you have dry cheeks, this is not going to look good.

Nicole Avatar

Okay. thanks! Given you comment regarding the MUG dupe being better at a way better price point and my long wish list of high performing blushes that are permanent, I have decided to let this one pass,”on, on to the next one” 🙂

cara Avatar

Was really hoping it would be a little lighter… so beautiful but I’m afraid I’ll never wear it like both my Mac Simpson blushes.. who am I kidding I need to see this in my blush collection! !!!

xamyx Avatar

Of it was the one I was most excited about after reading the description, LOL! I think if it were a “truer” red I could pull ot off, but it looks *exactly* like the color my face turns after a day of skiing…

Rachel Avatar

Wow, this really does look a lot better on than swatched. I was really nervous after seeing the sneak peek that it was going to be a patchy, powdery mess. It looks great ON you though! I’m not sure if I’ll pick it up or not… I guess it depends on how quickly it sells out. These ombre ones usually go FAST!!

Andrew Avatar

Has anyone else noticed how the actual product shades differ way too much from the promotional images? From what I saw I was expecting a really vibrant contrast in the gradient, but your pictures (which are always truthful) are breaking my heart.

Oh well, my wallet is happy. I’m not a big fan of the packaging, anyway. The design is awesome but the plastic looks kind of cheap. Maybe my eyes are just tired from driving!

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