MAC Pink Tea Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Pink Tea Blush
MAC Pink Tea Blush

MAC Pink Tea Blush

MAC Pink Tea Blush ($20.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “neutral beige pink” with a satin finish. These blushes are really interesting, just because they tend to swatch and apply darker on the skin than they look in the pan. As I write this post, I’m staring at the swatch on my forearm going, “Really?” In the pot, it looks exactly as described: pale, neutral pink–almost looks a little gray–but swatched it takes on a light-medium pink with a hint of berry hue. It loses the neutrality and grayness entirely! It is crazy how different it appears swatched as well as when applied to cheeks. On cheeks, it looks a little more neutral as a result of not being terribly pigmented.

Illamasqua Chased is a bit similar, though cooler-toned. Chanel Tweed Fuchsia is a little lighter and more shimmery. Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink is a bit yellower. NYX English Rose is cooler-toned. And yes, it does bear a resemblance to Lovecloud, which is a little warmer (and on, Pink Tea is softer, more neutral). Also, while it seemed like it might be similar to also-releasing (in Reel Sexy) Pink Cult, they’re not quite–Pink Cult actually retains the grayish, slightly neutral quality that you see in the pan when swatched, and it’s much more pigmented. Pink Cult swatches more true-to-pan, so if you saw this shade and wanted something more like the pan, you may want to hold out for Pink Cult. Not entirely different but not quite the same.

Pink Tea had the sheerest coverage out of the whole bunch; it took some layering to build it up enough so you could see it in the photograph. I think on pale complexions, it could easily become a go-to everyday/natural blusher, but on medium to deep skin tones, it’s just not going to do much. The texture is dry but soft, and blending isn’t difficult, but partially, it’s a result of how little color gets deposited on the skin! I really thought I was going to fall in love with this one, but the way it changed colors on me conflicted with my expectations.  Have you ever had that happen?

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 only specifically tested Full of Joy (which stayed true to the average) but hope to try a couple more shades. If there are any discrepancies, I’ll be sure to update the review to reflect that.

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MAC Pink Tea Blush
MAC Pink Tea Blush

MAC Pink Tea Blush
MAC Pink Tea Blush

MAC Pink Tea Blush
MAC Pink Tea Blush

MAC Pink Tea Blush
MAC Pink Tea Blush

MAC Pink Tea Blush
MAC Pink Tea Blush

MAC Pink Tea Blush
MAC Pink Tea Blush (left)

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About the Reviewer

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 matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Christine! How you ever manage to churn out full reviews like this is beyond me! I personally wasn’t that interested in the blushes but I am consistently so impressed with your dedication and how much work you put into each review! *applause* You are truly the best and I just wanted to let you know that we all appreciate it!

Christine I pre order 5 blushes from tres cheek except this one and pink cult from reel sexy. Do you think there is such a thing as too many blushes? I just love blushes and is my favorite beauty product. Thank you.

Very pretty… I’d love to see a lighter swatch too…. As a NC15 I hate to have to blend down blushes so I don’t look like a clown… I know you said you had to build it up to get it to show on your skintone… Just wondering if it’d be perfect/easy to use out of the pan for someone very fair (without much work i.e. blending down)?

You wouldn’t have to worry about blending down at all – even on fair skin, you’ll have to swirl the brush in it 🙂

Thank you for these awesome reviews! I think I’ll be buying at least 3 of these lovely blushes because I’m often a bit heavy-handed with blusher, so on my pale skin these lighter shades will make it slightly easier for me with blusher.

One thing I will say more generally about blush, particularly MAC, is that I really do find it hard to KNOW if I have gone over the top with blusher or not – sometimes I think oh gosh, it’s too much, then when I see my face in shop lighting for example, it looks like it isn’t there! Frustrating!

I’ve been there, LJ! I’ll be in the bathroom, and it’s like, WHOA! Then I take a photo, and it’s barely there. What?

I’m tripping along with you on how different that blush looks on your skin vs in the pan. I guess it’s a good thing that w/me at NC30/35, it might be too light for me anyway.

Out of curiosity, how does it compare to Benefit’s Hervana? I have Hervana, and I really like how this looks but I don’t want to buy it if they’re dupes!

I really really liked this one and Modern Mandarin! You’re quite right about how these blushes give a spring vibe (just watched your video review). I guess it cos they look almost pastel in the pan but come out more pigmented onto the skin!

Would this be comparable to Well Dressed as far as sheer coverage? Well Dressed looks a little more blue toned but for my NC20 skin this looks like it would be pigmented enough for me.

This works perfectly for my NW20 skin. I also absolutely LOVE Immortal Flower and purchased backups. It’s beautiful on my skin tone.

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