MAC Lovecloud & Modern Mandarin Blushes Reviews, Photos, Swatches (2014)

MAC Lovecloud Blush
MAC Lovecloud Blush

MAC Lovecloud Blush ($21.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “bright mid-tone pink.” It’s a light-medium, subtly cool-toned pink with a satiny sheen. This is a pink that leans blue, but it doesn’t pull so blue that it is difficult for warmer complexions to wear. The pigmentation was excellent–very true-to-pan color that was easy to achieve without having to pack it on. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and smooth. This shade wore just over seven and a half hours on me before starting to fade. Make Up For Ever #210 (P, $26.00) is warmer, cream product. Urban Decay Blush (P) is darker, more matte. Tarte Flush (P, $26.00) is slightly darker. NARS New Attitude (LE, $29.00) is darker, matte, warmer. Givenchy It-Girl Purple (P, $44.00) is more matte. Tarte Dollface (P, $26.00) is a little more matte. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is more matte. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Modern Mandarin Blush ($21.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “red-orange.” It’s a medium-dark orange with warm, red undertones and a soft, frosted finish. This shade was more shimmery than the rest, and I felt like the permanent edition was just a tiny bit more shimmery than my original version (not enough to seem like a genuine difference, more like a batch variation) as well as slightly more blendable. It had great color payoff, while the texture of the powder was soft, smooth, and blendable. I really liked how consistent these blushes were across the board. Modern Mandarin managed to last eight hours on me before fading. Chanel Presage (62) (LE, $38.00) is a cream, lighter, no shimmer. Tom Ford Beauty Savage (P, $55.00) is darker. NARS Gilda (P, $29.00) is a smidgen lighter. Guerlain Peach Boy #1 (P) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Lovecloud Blush
MAC Lovecloud Blush

MAC Lovecloud Blush
MAC Lovecloud Blush

MAC Lovecloud Blush
MAC Lovecloud Blush

MAC Lovecloud Blush
MAC Lovecloud Blush

MAC Lovecloud Blush
MAC Lovecloud Blush

MAC Modern Mandarin Blush
MAC Modern Mandarin Blush

MAC Modern Mandarin Blush
MAC Modern Mandarin Blush

MAC Modern Mandarin Blush
MAC Modern Mandarin Blush

MAC Modern Mandarin Blush
MAC Modern Mandarin Blush

MAC Modern Mandarin Blush
MAC Modern Mandarin Blush

Makeup Look
On face:
  • Guerlain Parure de Lumiere Foundation
  • Guerlain Les Voilettes Loose Powder
On lips:
  • Bite Beauty One Lipgloss

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Erica Avatar

I was curious about Modern Mandarin, but fortunately I own two dupes so I’ll admire Modern Mandarin from afar. Tom Ford’s Savage is my HG all around neutral blush and I own Gilda too. Modern Mandarin seems very pretty.

Sylirael Avatar

Aww, I like both on you! I was interested to see how a lavender blush turned out, and I think it looks great. Not sure how well it would go on someone cool-toned like me though – any ideas?

I actually love the two-tone blush look in the last photo 😀 Totally would try that if I had more than one colour of blush, hehe! Maybe when I get that Peach Pop one I’ll try it on one cheek and Affinite on the other 😉

Zainab Avatar

I was most interested in Full Of Joy and Modern Mandarin, and I do like both, but I’m surprised how tempting Lovecloud is as well. I’ll have to check these out when they hit my local counter. They’re all permanent right?

Danielle Avatar

I have my dying to get my hands on Modern Mandarin for a few years now! I can’t wait to pick it up! Lovecloud is also really cute – I wasn’t expecting to like it so much haha.

Carly Avatar

I like this pair more than the other post. Both are colors that I can wear. Glad they’re permanent because I certainly don’t need more blush right now! LOL I recently got The Balm Down Boy so it’s nice to see it’s close to Lovecloud.

Emma Avatar

I just ‘discovered’ Lovecloud and I’m psyched to see it’s permanent now (I saw swatches of the older version). Would you say this looks like the original Lovecloud? It’s such a lovely shade!

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