MAC Margin Powder Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

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MAC Margin Powder Blush
MAC Margin Powder Blush
MAC Margin Powder Blush
MAC Margin Powder Blush
MAC Margin Powder Blush
MAC Margin Powder Blush
MAC Margin Powder Blush
MAC Margin Powder Blush
MAC Margin Powder Blush
MAC Margin Powder Blush
MAC Margin Powder Blush
MAC Margin Powder Blush
MAC Margin Powder Blush
MAC Margin Powder Blush
MAC Margin Powder Blush
MAC Margin Powder Blush
MAC Margin Powder Blush
MAC Margin Powder Blush

Margin

MAC Margin Powder Blush ($24.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a soft, peachy copper with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color coverage that applied evenly and smoothly to bare skin. The powder was soft, smooth to the touch, and dense but not too stiff to pick up easily with a brush. The more I buffed and blended the powder on my skin, the more luminous and smooth the finish was. The color stayed on beautifully for eight and a half hours on me.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$24.00/0.21 oz. - $114.29 Per Ounce

Per the brand, the formula is supposed to "provide fantastic colour with ease and consistency" that "applies evenly, adheres lightly to skin." There are five distinct finishes within the range: Frost ("iridescent, lightly shimmering color"), Matte ("flat, matte finish... builds well"), Satin ("adds subtle highlights to the skin"), Sheertone ("sheer-on micro-refined powder ... that goes on faint"), and Sheertone Shimmer ("just enough shimmer to make light dance on your cheeks"). Their permanent blushes are available in compact form as well as pan-only (the latter will be cheaper).

The following overview has been updated to reflect the most current iteration of the brand's permanent range (whether or not there's been any official change) as I repurchased the majority of the permanent shades as of June 2018. I make a point to say that because I felt that the textures of several shades, particularly the frost finish shades, was noticeably different; they were much smoother and had more slip but were less shimmery/frosted (on average) and seemed to be a bit weaker in pigmentation (but still buildable). Some of the mattes felt like I've encountered in the past (a little drier, pigmented, and fairly blendable), while some felt more velvety and finely-milled.

MAC has a solid blush range but some shades are harder than others to blend out or diffuse, and as it does for most formulas (from any brand), it really comes down to some shades falling shy of expectations. The matte finish had a tendency to darken on my skin within five minutes of application; for most shades, I would recommend applying over a powdered face and/or avoiding applying on still-drying complexion products to make blending the easiest. The matte shades seemed to be semi-opaque to opaque, buildable, and long-wearing (about eight hours).

Only a few of the shades in the permanent range seemed to be particularly frosted/metallic on the skin; most shades that had shimmer appeared more softly luminous or pearlescent on the skin to the point where there was little sheen/reflection captured by my camera (I did a double take for a few and re-did swatches only to find the same finish captured yet again!). The Sheertone Shimmer performed most consistently with this: very subtle sheen, more "my skin but better" with having a slightly more noticeable sheen than matte. There were a few shades that had a strong sheen on the skin (like Peachykeen), though. The Frost finish just seemed to have stronger, larger shimmer in it, but the effect on the skin ranged being subtle to moderate. The same was true with Satin--some were more satin-like and some seemed more like a Frost (like Modern Mandarin).

Most shades were blendable, while pigmentation varied from sheer to opaque depending on the shade, but most had decent, builable coverage. The textures were firmer than the average powder blush of current times, but they don't have excess product kicked up in the pan at all. The wear ranged between seven and nine hours with deeper, intense mattes (like Fever or Film Noir) lasted longer.

Browse all of our MAC Powder Blush swatches.

Ingredients

Talc, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Zinc Stearate, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Silica, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Carmine (CI 75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985).

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Powder Blush
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$24.00/0.21 oz.

88%

Average

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Reviewer

Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

Learn more about her review process here.

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Either this or Hushed Tone are really great to backburner, so you can add them in to make free shipping at Ulta. Admit it, readers, you do that at times!

Pink Buttercream are close enough, I suppose. Gotta say; this shade is super flattering on you! Very sun-kissed without veering into bronzer territory.

I’m glad you’re revisiting MAC blushes as it helps me a lot with selecting future shades to try. πŸ™‚
I have MAC Margin now in my curated 6 pan blush/contour/highlight palette (I find I don’t need more). After swatches (on hand) in store I initially believed it would be an alternative to Trace Gold (all time favorite) as a shimmery everyday bronzer. While it’s a nice color, it looks more peachy than copper on me so it’s more like an everyday blush. Otherwise, I totally agree with you on the review.

I remember we connected over this Blush and it was one of your favorite shade 8 /9 years back and you use to highly recommend it….
You are looking absolutely stunning as always ?….
Been going through a tough phase at the moment…. With hubby’s heart surgery in February this year, he is still not confident enough to travel for work…

Wishing you and your loved ones amazing day ahead…
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I hope your husband feels better soon, Rashmi! So glad he was able to have a successful surgery, though! Hugs!

I want to say that I really appreciate you reviewing some of these older, permanent shades, especially with how busy you must be with the constant stream of new releases. As someone who is relatively new to the world of makeup, it’s hard to find good reviews and swatches of some of these products.

We try to approve comments within 24 hours (and reply to them within 72 hours) but can sometimes get behind and appreciate your patience! πŸ™‚ If you have general feedback, product review requests, off-topic questions, or need technical support, please contact us directly. Thank you for your patience!