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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.

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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

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Makeup Look

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

Product Availability

MAC Kindergarten Red $32.00/0.35 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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Was hoping for a little more intensity than this, although it’s still an extremely pretty colour on you. I’m getting kind of distracted by how much I like that lipglass.

Its amazing how the ombre effect shows up in your photo, its warm near your eyes and cooler at your cheeks. Its very flattering on you.

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.

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” 🙂

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! !!!

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…

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!!

I was hoping this would be a little darker, more vibrant and, um, red. MAC is so weird with these names and descriptions sometimes lol. It’s still a pretty blush though

So glad you posted a shot with the ingredients listing – I can stop lusting after these ombre blushes now as I’m allergic to something in them (rose hips). Thank you!

The packaging reminds me of playing cards, somehow! 🙂 I like this one better in the pan – but I’m surprised how orange/warm it goes on! It looks lovely on you, but between the swatch and the full face pic, I got confused for a second, LOL!

Also: those earrings <3

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!

It is sadly quite common – promo photos not matching reality!

I love the designs/prints on the packaging, but the matte white throws me off – feels cheap to me.

When I read Kindergarten Red Blush, I got so excited and was expecting something fairly intense. Unfortunately, I see this as a pretty basic easily dupable rosy pink blush. I’m not seeing the red. Sad.

It has such a lovely name… I liked the way you described the formula but I like pigmented blushes more as the ones with buildable coverage doesn’t work well for me! 😛

0.35 oz, sorry! Wow, yesterday was a record day for being a complete, bumbling moron. I’m so sorry for all of these mistakes throughout the day – talk about unprofessional.

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