MAC Peony Petal Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Peony Petal Blush
MAC Peony Petal Blush

MAC Peony Petal Blush

MAC Peony Petal Blush ($20.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “bright blue pink” with a satin finish. It’s a blue-based, medium cotton candy pink with a very subtle satiny sheen. It’s not quite matte, but it’s very nearly so–maybe a modern matte, new matte, something to that effect that has just a very natural sheen. Now, this shade is a lot like NARS Gaiety, which is just slightly lighter. MAC Full of Joy is much lighter, paler, and more lilac than it is pink–but the differences are less detectable once they are applied, but you can see that Full of Joy is lighter and almost cooler-toned than Peony Petal. MAC Azalea Blossom is too purple to be a dupe. MAC Briar Rose is pinker, not as blue-based, and softer. Urban Decay Quickie is pinker and a tiny bit lighter. Bobbi Brown Nude Pink is not as blue-based–Peony Petal looks almost purple in contrast.

Color coverage is good with this shade; you can achieve a soft, sheer look without a fuss, but you can intensify the color to more true-to-pan color.  I did notice the texture if Peony Petal seemed a bit drier than the others, so the blending wasn’t as effortless as a shade like Full of Joy.  I liked that it wasn’t powdery in the pan, so there wasn’t a lot of excessive dust left behind.

This is one of the more pigmented shades out of the six, and you can easily get full color coverage if so desired, but a softer look is fairly easy to get as well. I could see this particular one not being as foolproof as some of the other shades, just because it has more pigmentation. It layers and builds up well, so you can begin application with a lighter hand and build up to ensure you get the right level of color you’re aiming for.

It felt soft to the touch without being powdery, and once applied, it blended out without difficulty when I used the 116. I’ve tested numerous MAC blushes in the past, and overall, they hold up between seven and eight hours. Out of this particular launch, I have only specifically tested Full of Joy (which stayed true to the average) but am in the process of testing Immortal Flower and Modern Mandarin to get a better average for this set of six (and at the time of writing, both have been on for four and a half hours and are still going strong).

Naturally, because of the strong blue undertones, this will compliment cooler complexions and require a little more attention to detail on warmer complexions (such as pairing it with the right eyeshadows/lip colors).  The pigmentation and color are strong and deep enough that this shade should work on deeper complexions as well, and not just as a sheer blush.

MAC Peony Petal Blush Review, Photos, Swatches


MAC Peony Petal Blush
MAC Peony Petal Blush

MAC Peony Petal Blush
MAC Peony Petal Blush

MAC Peony Petal Blush
MAC Peony Petal Blush

MAC Peony Petal Blush
MAC Peony Petal Blush

MAC Peony Petal Blush
MAC Peony Petal Blush

MAC Peony Petal Blush
MAC Peony Petal Blush (on right)

MAC Full of Joy Blush
MAC Full of Joy Blush (on left, included for comparison)


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Miss J Avatar

This one looks sooo pretty. It looks like NARS Gaiety and NARS Desire had an offspring. Gaiety was a little too pale and cool on me, and I can wear Desire easily, so hopefully this one will work since it’s not TOO pale with that cool undertone.

fabiola Avatar

This blush looks amazing on you Christine. Is one of my favorites. I can’t believe how many blushes you have tried in one day. Thank you so much.

Lilac Avatar

The comment is unbelievable – if you just read through this blog for few pages, you would realize that the reviews often cover full releases – this is not a “personal blog” in the way where bloggers show & review the products that they bought for their own use and according to their colouring. Already the sheer amount of products and reviews should show that Temptalia is a professional “full-time” blog about all kinds of make-up and the reviews of make-up are done in a certain pattern that is similar for all products, so that the products can be compared to each other. Thus it happens that some items are not matching Temptalia’s colouring, but she applies them all to show the readers how something looks. That’s even helpful when the result is “not flattering” on her, because the texture and look can be viewed, though, and people with other colouring can even figure out by deduction (with some experience regarding internet swatches and looking at truckloads of photos) how it would look on them – for example I`m fair / cool-toned and often what does not suit Temptalia is just right for me and what looks awesome on her is probably / very likely not flattering on me. So all swatches and photos are very helpful; especially in cases such as this, when the collection is not out yet and one has to think about what to order (or not) from a limited edition.

Christine Avatar

I am sitting here completely amused by envisioning you going, “Wow, that doesn’t suit Temptalia — YES! It will be perfect for me!” I love it, and thank you SO much for taking the time to look through the swatches and deduce for yourself how it will vary between the both of us. Like you, I know that how something looks on one person may be different on me, but you can make some judgments as to how it might appear on you just knowing they’re the opposite. Or if something is super sheer on someone who is fair, I have a good grasp that it’s not going to show up well on me either!

Lilac Avatar

well, you have swatches of everything and you make sure that the lighting is right (which is often a problem for “hobby”-bloggers, so the photos are not so colour-accurate).

I prefer to shop online (for LEs there often is no alternative anyways) and thus I need to look at many photos. After some years of experience XD I have become pretty good at judging them.

There are some other great blogs out there and some of the bloggers have similar colouring to mine, but your reviews are just the most in-depth and you have the biggest variety of products / items. So I read many blogs for seeing various pics and opinions, but yours definitely has the most information in its reviews and you cover a lot of things that are available to me, so it’s truly very helpful.

mumtaza Avatar

Ha ha! I do the same thing. I’m about NW10-15, very rosy, very pigmented lips. I have learned to calibrate the difference between my color and yours to get pretty accurate ideas of what I might like to buy. And sometimes I do say to myself, “Nope, put down the credit card! You are not an NC25-30. It’s not going to look like that on you.” On the other hand, a review like this where you say, “it’s not for me, it’s for You!” is totally helpful also. The other person i like to make up is an NW45-50, that along with my NW5-15, really makes me appreciative that you always comment on how things show up across a range of skintones. Thanks girl! (I think this blush looks really pretty on you by the way.)
Does this blush look anything like the pink side of Amazon Princess?
Oh my god I just ordered this! I hope I like it. If I don’t I can send it back right?

chel Avatar

I actually agree with this. I always check Temptalia for swatches because I know what looks good on her does not look good on me. =) I am also fair, cool, and Asian. Not as fair as you, but in the NC20 range. And I can never pull off anything warm or brown-tinge (oranges, peaches, corals, all the fun colors unfortunately.)

Leslie Avatar

Phew, thanks for saving me some money Christine! I’ve been lemming NARS Gaiety and was going to pick it up during Sephora’s VIB 15% off sale. Since these are so similar, I will definitely get Gaiety now (only $3 more than Peony Petal with the 15% off) and skip this.

Ivy Avatar

Thank you for posting all of the tres cheek reviews up so promptly! I want all 6 blushes but there’s no way I can possibly rationalize that. Especially since I want 2 of the highlighters from extra dimension line. How do you think peony petal compares to Mac mineralized blush feeling flush?

Laura Avatar

Good grief, I thought I’d narrowed it down to Full Of Joy and Lovecloud, but this is just so beautiful. What do, what do!! (what a terrible decision to have to make… :P)

Kim-Mary Avatar

I just went CRAZY online. I ended up buying all six of these blushes plus Pink Cult since I missed out on it the last time. Christine, would you say that Peony Petal is close to a strawberry colored blush? I remember reading somewhere that one of these pink blushes was a strawberry color and I can’t figure out which one that is. Tx! By-the-way, you always look beautiful with every makeup you swatch for us. I thank you for all the hard work you do.

Lucy Avatar

How much does Angelika from Nars compare with this blush, excluding the fact that Angelika has glitter and Pink Peony has none?

I find that with angelica has some warmth to it compared to most cool toned blushes I’ve seen.

Carla Avatar

Hiya, really enjoy reading your blogs.
I so want to buy full of joy, but i am worried if it will suit me? Im fair white skinned.
Ive been looking for a lilac blush for a very, very long time. It looks really lovely on you. Any advice, please let me no 🙂

Carla Avatar

Helo 🙂 Ive had my Mac Full of Joy over a week now, & I LOVE IT! Its perfect. I like how this looks VERY lilac in the pan, however on ur cheeks its a lilac pinky colour. Its gorgeous…. Thank you for your very help review & Feedback xx

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