MAC Pink Cult Blush Swatches, Photos, Review

MAC Pink Cult Blush
MAC Pink Cult Blush

MAC Jeanius: Pink Cult

MAC Pink Cult Blush ($19.50 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone neutral pink” with a matte finish. It’s a soft, neutral rose pink with a matte finish–it’s not cool-toned or warm-toned, but beautifully neutral. It has excellent color pay off, despite the lightness of the shade itself. If you like blushes like Blushbaby, I think you’ll enjoy this one. It’s not a dupe, as this is most definitely pink (and Blushbaby is more nude), but they have similar effects–a soft, subtle color that never looks overdone. To me, it is a softer, pinker version of Breath of Plum.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

final thoughts: I think this will be a very flattering blush on light to medium skin tones; with it being a little on the pale side for darker skin tones. The neutral undertones make it wearable for both cool and warm skin tones, too.

where to buy: MAC Cosmetics, March 3rd, 2011

MAC Pink Cult Blush
MAC Pink Cult Blush

MAC Pink Cult Blush
MAC Pink Cult Blush

MAC Pink Cult Blush
MAC Pink Cult Blush

MAC Pink Cult Blush
MAC Pink Cult Blush

MAC Pink Cult Blush
MAC Pink Cult Blush

MAC Pink Cult Blush
MAC Pink Cult Blush

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What a lovely colour. I’ve used both Blushbaby and Breath of Plum, and while I liked both, I often wished sometimes they were pinker. This looks like it’ll fit the bill! Thanks for the review!

hi christine, how does the color compare to the mac powder blush in cute? i’m about to hit pan on mine and i think its been discontinued or it was LE so i’m looking for a replacement.

It is very pretty but I’ve got enough blush for the rest of my life… (mostly thanks to sets)

Estee Lauder nude rose and pink kiss
BE desert rose (sm)
Korres 45 coral
Benefit Dallas (sm)
Duwop cheek venom cobra
thebalm Downboy & Hot Mama

The only two I use much are the MUFE and Korres & those are the only ones I actually purchased ($10 sale for the Korres).

Dallas, nude rose, & MUFE are all extremely close esp if you barely apply any. On very light skin blush can be pretty boring since you can end up looking scary if you apply more than a hint. At arm’s reach all you see is a tinge of rose or pink or coral with or without glitter.


I will definitely be getting this one. Well Dressed has been my go-to pink, but with my warm tones, I think this would work better on me. It really helps to see the swatches, thanks Christine!

I’m running to my MAC Pro in like 15 minutes and will arrive there in another 35….I’M SO EXCITED!! (Trust, I’ve never been this excited over matte pink powder before.)

Very pretty blush and really flattering on you, Christine. But I’m not sure if I need another pink blush – I’ve got Dame, Pinch o’ Peach, Oh So Fair Beauty Powder and Too Faced’s La Vie en Rose. So whether I need another pretty pink blush is debatable but I have the feeling I’ll cave when I see this in store!

thank you so much for the good work Chrisitine! oh my, i love this kind of shade. i have to have it! Isn’t it similar to Tenderling by MAC? πŸ™‚

ABSOLUTELY need this. I’m going to Cincinnati for spring break in a few weeks and I will DEFINITELY pick this up at the MAC store. I’ve been looking for something like this for a while. Looks like a slightly warmer Chanel Pink Explosion–something I passed on because of the price.

The swatches seem to look a lot like NYX Angel, at least on my hand (I’m sitting here at the computer smearing blush all over my arm LOL). But Angel looks browner in the pan.

Hi Christine! Thanks so much for posting the swatches! I really appreciate it. I’m sure it’s not easy putting on make up then wiping it off to put on another. Just wondering, how does this compare to Burberry’s blush in Cameo? Thanks! =)

Jane Bushing Blossom is a VERY close dupe to R&R Spank blush. I have both and take the Jane when I travel b/c Spank is too heavy! You can find Jane at Rite-Aid. Hope this helps πŸ™‚

I have Angel. Pink Cult is similar, in the same family, but they are not dupes. Angel is a brighter, pale pink. Pink Cult has brown/mauve tones, not as pink. Pink Cult is like a “muted” Angel, more neutral.

Do you think this is close to Pet Me mineralize blush?

Obviously the finish is completely different and to me it seems your look is much softer with Pink Cult. Too bad we won’t get Jeanius here, don’t know if this is worth the hunt on Ebay and such πŸ™


This is so pretty would you buy it if you were an NW15 and already owned Dame and Dainty? It seems different enough from the photos. It looks great on you! Thank you for the advice and great pics!

Hello Christine,

Thank you so much for the swatches but if you could… How does this compare to Well-Dressed… I am an NC 30-35 and I know you are similar… Do these compare? If they do which do you recommend more?

Well Dressed is lighter and bluer-based. I would recommend this over Well Dressed, but they are different.

I got this yesterday! When I swatched it on my skin, I almlost passed, but when the mac lady put it on (and yes she did put too much as always, but because of the colour it didn’t matter) I fell in love and caved. So happy I did!!! it’s sold out in a lot of places!!!!!!!!

what steps do you take when applying your blush and with what brush/es?
it shows on you, the true color as swatched. but when i apply it, it turns different in color. im thinking maybe its mixing with my powder/foundation. any suggestions? oh im NW25 if helps any

omggg. i bought this blush when it launched, but i was on a project 10 pan (i was buying LE stuff, but not using it till i was done) and now i finished and THE MAC LADIES GAVE ME BLUSH BABY INSTEAD!!!!!!! Like they tried to trick me?? but really they won because now they are gone!! SOOOOO MADDDD. I literally didnt take it out of the bag or touch it till 2 days ago. now im screwed. but I lost the receipt! blush baby, i dont like it at all ):

Hi christine, just a quick question, i really want to get pink cult as its completely different to any other blush that i have. However i tryed the benefit belabama or whatever its called lol…and thought it may have been abit to heavy. What do you think? As im fair white skinned. Just fancy something different and this looks LOVELY on you! xx

Β @Christine (Temptalia)
Β Looking for something completely different to what im used to. Haven’t got anything like this one. Just want a lovely soft pink / matte. Hopefully its like that? x

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