MAC Undercover Heroine Blush Review & Swatches

01/08

MAC Undercover Heroine Powder Blush
MAC Undercover Heroine Powder Blush
MAC Undercover Heroine Powder Blush
MAC Undercover Heroine Powder Blush
MAC Undercover Heroine Powder Blush
MAC Undercover Heroine Powder Blush
MAC Undercover Heroine Powder Blush
MAC Undercover Heroine Powder Blush
MAC Undercover Heroine Powder Blush
MAC Undercover Heroine Powder Blush
MAC Undercover Heroine Powder Blush
MAC Undercover Heroine Powder Blush
MAC Undercover Heroine Powder Blush
MAC Undercover Heroine Powder Blush
MAC Undercover Heroine Powder Blush
MAC Undercover Heroine Powder Blush
MAC Undercover Heroine Powder Blush
MAC Undercover Heroine Powder Blush
MAC Undercover Heroine Powder Blush
MAC Undercover Heroine Powder Blush
MAC Undercover Heroine Powder Blush
MAC Undercover Heroine Powder Blush
MAC Undercover Heroine Powder Blush
MAC Undercover Heroine Powder Blush

Undercover Heroine

MAC Undercover Heroine Powder Blush ($24.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a bright, medium purple with strong, warm pink undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single layer, though the firmer, thinner formula made it easier to pick up less product with a brush. I would highly recommend using a more feathery brush to distribute the product and then using a more rounded, denser brush to spread, blend, and diffuse the color over cheeks. It’s pigmented enough where a little can go a long way, and the matte texture can result in color adhering strongly to wherever it was initially applied. As long as I applied with a light hand, I didn’t struggle with blending, but it was a balancing act for sure. It stayed on well for almost nine hours before fading slightly on me.

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.

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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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Product Availability

MAC Undercover Heroine $24.00/0.21 OZ.
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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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Really pretty and one I would consider as I don’t have anything like it in my collection, however, my daughter thinks it would look like a bruise on my super pale skin. I think when looking at your photo it reads very pink unless I turn my computer and then the side glance looks purple. I will try it in person if still available when I go to the big city. I do like it and have found MAC blushes to be pretty good overall. Others that I have are super pigmented also and I have to use a very fluffy brush to keep from looking like a clown.

It’s much pinker than it is purple once applied + blended, IMO, because the undertone becomes more and more apparent the sheerer it is applied (kind of how red blush looks pinker).

Lovely! I have a few purple blushes and I’ll stick to them, but this is certainly a nice option for someone in the market for an unusual but flattering color.

Even though I ADORE my pan of UD Bittersweet, I actually love this tone much better for my skin tone! Truly a splendid and rich purple-fuchsia shade. πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

I got this! I was sure I had dupes for it, but nope! This one pulls pinker than all my other purple blushes, it’s really pretty. And yep, I agree with Christine, use a light hand and feathery brush, it’s super pigmented! It’s too bad MAC isn’t making this permanent

I was surprised that they weren’t! It made sense, and this particular shade is a different from their current line and very much not part of most competing lines!

This looks so pretty applied to your cheeks, Christine. Looking at the photo of it in the pan, I’d never have thought it would look so wearable and natural applied, but it really does look lovely on you.

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