MAC Sketch Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Sketch Blush
MAC Sketch Blush

MAC Sketch Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “rich plum [with a Matte finish].” It’s a blackened burgundy with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. Viseart Sculpting #3 (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Plum Attraction (LE, $45.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Film Noir (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC’s Powder Blush formula is supposed to be easy to apply, long-wearing, and have “fantastic colour.” It’s hard to generalize for MAC’s blush formula, because it varies a lot from shade to shade, even within different types of finishes! Some of them are very good, others are so-so, and a few are complete misses. The more frosted/shimmery shades tend to have the softest and smoothest textures and are easier to apply and blend out on the skin, while more satin and matte shades can sometimes be powdery, firm, or stiff, which makes blending more challenging. The wear is typically between six and nine hours but closer to seven to eight hours on average. Sketch is one of the hardest blushes to blend out that I’ve ever encountered: it does not want to diffuse, even out, or otherwise look half-decent on the skin. Perhaps it is due to the incredibly dry, powdery consistency that drags across the skin’s surface and has that patchy, uneven coverage even as a swatch that results in an absolutely disastrous application. It seems quite pigmented, but it just doesn’t seem to go on well–even when I tried it over primer and with various brushes, I really couldn’t get decent results at all. The mess that I did make, however, seemed to wear for eight hours, so there’s that.

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MAC Sketch Blush
MAC Sketch Blush

MAC Sketch Blush
MAC Sketch Blush

MAC Sketch Blush
MAC Sketch Blush

MAC Sketch Blush
MAC Sketch Blush

MAC Sketch Blush
MAC Sketch Blush

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MAC Sketch $24.00/0.21 OZ.
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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Make Up For Ever HD Foundation
  • Urban Decay Naked Loose Setting Powder
On lips:
  • NYX French Kiss High Voltage Lipstick

About the 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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Ah bummer, so you wouldn’t recommend it? It still looks lovely on you Christine. I like the warmth of the blush and it seems like a really nice eyeshadow too!

I feel the same exact way…Love this in eyeshadow form and thought wow a blush that us deeper skin folks could use in multiple ways (contouring, etc)…but when I was in MAC a while ago and swatched it I was like OH NO…lol…It’s way too dry and patchy looking…and it can make folks look bruised way too easily…I do love the Film Noir blush, I can actually contour with it… :)…Great review as always!!!

That would make sense – the eye shadow is also dry/powdery/patchy and isn’t much for blending out either. Reminds me of Carbon.

Your description of this product is both helpful and hilarious. The recent upgrades to the images & organization of this site have been impressive. However, I want you to know that your writing has always been top-notch and one of the main reasons I trust and respect your opinion.

Yikes, that swatch was pretty patchy! But you still make it work, Christine – it looks lovely on you. I wonder if that’s a very attractive blush color though? :/

They’re pretty much the same color, but the eyeshadow is a little easier to work with as it isn’t as powdery, but it may still have some issues with blending for the face.

Wow, the swatch says it all–dry, powdery, streaky. I’m wondering if this might work better on oily cheeks? Maybe the oil will help make it apply more smoothly, and the powder will soak up oil? IDK, as my cheeks aren’t oily but curious if anyone’s tried

I have oily skin, and I think you’re right Christine. This would be a nightmare on oily cheeks. It would stick and streak.

The only way I can imagine this working on anyone is to put it over powder or a nude blush and blend this on top. Honestly, I wouldn’t put in the work. Clinique Cola Pop isn’t as dark, but it’s in the same vein color-wise and much easier to blend. So that would that would be the way I’d go.

I had the same experience you did but several people online argued with me reporting this as an excellent blush! I did not, however, see any pictures of these people with it applied so I can’t speak to their level of taste or skill LOL

This was the worst blush I’ve ever used. Tried application with several brushes and also my fingers and it just wouldn’t blend! Even tried applying it under foundation thinking maybe I could smooth it out a bit but that didn’t work either. The best I could manage was looking like I got smacked in the face either BY or WITH an angry possum.

I’ve just never seen something not blend out like this! How much research and work is involved in making a product this unusable I wonder…

This review just hurt my feelings lol. I wanted this blush SO badly because the color looks perfect for my complexion but now I don’t know. It does look pretty patchy and I don’t like anything I have to fuss with too much. I’ll have to check it out in person

I was waiting for your review on this. I really like the shade, but I noticed before their darker/matte shades are difficult. You still made it look good on you.

Oh no, this is so sad. I actually have this on hold at my local MAC. It’s probably far too dark for my skin tone but it was so unique that I thought – why not. Originally, I’d wanted Film Noir but after the bad review it got, I changed my mind. Now I’m thinking that of the two, I should pick that one up after all?

Gawd what a bummer! This is a beeeaaauutiful color. I wonder why this and Film Noir are so patchy? Something with the particular color pigments?

Uhhhmmm??? What the heck was MAC doing to the formula of these deeper blushes, I wonder? Between this one and Film Noir, I am really disappointed. And saddened for all my deeper toned fellow makeup lover’s out here. It’s just sad and tragic that MAC messed up with these 2 blush shades. ?

LMAO…I totally spaced that this was called “Sketch.” I actually do own the eyeshadow. I shouldn’t have skipped caffeine this morning. OMG… πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜›

“The mess that I did make, however, seemed to wear for eight hours, so there’s that.”
Your comment made me laugh! It’s a shame the blush doesn’t perform better, the colour is interesting!

Just what we all want; either to look like we forgot to wash off our faces or like someone punched us. Thanks for the easy ‘no thanks’ decision, however.

Yikes! I bought the Devil & Film Noir blushes in July after a Mac MUA contoured my face with Film Noir in store. I was surprised Film Noir looked so nice and I received compliments all day. Devil is a no brainer on my NC50 skin. Because of my good luck with the 2 blushes, I later bought Sketch online but I haven’t tried it yet. Now I’m scared lol! I’ll try it with trembling hands…

Oh I am soooo glad it’s not just me. I looooove the color in the pan, tried it out wound up with the most ridiculous un-blendable blob of dark blush on my face. It went back the next day.

Wow, your face looks bruised. Or rashy, with all those little polka-dotty patches. πŸ™ The things you endure for us!

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