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.
The average rating based on all reviewed shade(s) in this formula is shown below.
Designed by and for professionals. Formulated to provide fantastic colour with ease and consistency. Applies evenly, adheres lightly to skin to achieve a natural-looking application of colour that stays put all day. Five finishes -- Frost. An iridescent, lightly shimmering color that adds highlights and a frosted bloom to your cheeks. Matte. A flat, matte finish that goes on lightly, builds well and blends with the skin. Satin. A light-refractive sheen-style finish that adds subtle highlights to the skin. Sheertone. A sheer-on micro-refined powder with a non-transparent finish that goes on faint and looks real. Sheertone Shimmer. A jet-milled and micro-fine powder with just enough shimmer to make light dance on your cheeks.
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).
Based on 32 Reviews, 266 Quick Reviews
The Good: Blendable (156), Smooth (138), Easy To Apply (130), Long-wearing (81), Great Value (67), Travel-friendly (39), Buttery (29), Creamy (7)
The In-Between: Buildable (136), Natural (91), Highly Pigmented (87), Luminous (60), Sheer (21)
The Bad: Powdery (34), Fades (21), Emphasizes Pores (9), Hard To Blend (8), Chalky (4), Too Little Product (2)
32 Written Reviews
By Ana Maria 2 months ago.
I originally purchased MAC Margin to use it more as a shimmer bronzer, but on me it's definitely more of a blush shade. On my light-medium warm yellow toned complexion, the color matches the brand description (it peachy with a golden shimmer), it doesn't have anything copper or bronze. It's a beautiful color, maybe not the most flattering on me; I can see it being an amazing sunburned shade for some other complexions. Like most MAC shimmer blushes it's a very buildable and workable formula, easy to sheer out or bring to full pigmentation / opacity. The powder is soft, easy to pick up, but with minimal fall-out. It's as long wearing as my foundation; with a dewy light coverage foundation it fades during the day, with a matte long wearing foundation is lasts 8+ hours. The shimmer is not very strong, just the right amount for a healthy glow; but as most shimmer blushes it has the slight tendency to emphasize pores. I prefer to wear this shade in winter, spring and fall; it's a little too dewy and luminous on my complexion skin in the summer when I'm more oily.
By Rosie 8 months ago.
This has been my tried and true GOAT! A deep copper shade, this give a beautiful reddish brown shade which compliments dark skin lovely. The frost finish give it a bit of that "oomph" or "pizazz" that adds a nice glow to the cheeks. It lasts all day and is available in pan refill. If you have deep skin and looking for a subtle or natural blush, this is a good choice.
By Ana Maria 1 year ago.
MAC Springsheen is a classic pink coral (with a vibe of peach) with golden shimmer, definitely a blush shade that can fit into any basic `must-have` blush color. The MAC Sheertone Shimmer formula is quite powdery and this is no exception. MAC Matte and Sheertone blushes have a more soft, finely-milled and smooth texture, the Sheertone Shimmers have some `chunkiness` from my point of view (although not in a bad way). But MAC Springsheen still blends beautifully. The color pay-off depends a lot on the brush I apply it; the formula is quite buildable, from a dust of color with a loose soft brush, to a `in your face` deep pink coral with a stiffer denser brush. It's a color that will work well on the very fair to medium complexion, but on darker complexions I believe only the golden shimmer will show. The shimmer particles are visible, but not sparkly, emphasizing any pores (the primer used will impact how much of the pores show, still); but it's a forgiving shimmer, compared with other shimmery blushes. On my skin it starts fading after 4-6 hours, but not in a bad way. The shimmer will disappear if I touch up with blotting paper.
By Ana Maria 2 years ago.
MAC Breath of Plum is a gorgeous matte light plum with a hint of pink, that looks great on my yellow toned light-medium complexion (NC20-25) with dark brown hair and eyes. The Sheertone formula from MAC is simply amazing... sheer at first, it can be build up to a beautiful deep pigmentation. The color in itself is very natural and versatile on me, I can use it from barely there looks to full-glam make-up. It's long-wearing, as long as the foundation in itself doesn't move/transfer during the day. The powder has minimal fallout. I had my first Breath of Plum blush for almost 2 years (I trashed it when it reached 3 years from manufacturing day), use it regularly (sometimes it was my only blush) and I didn't hit pan on it.
By Marietta 2 years ago.
MAC blushes are almost always great in texture and payoff...the thing with "sincere" is that it's a really boring and unnatural colour. It reminds me of a very warm, almost orange, bronzer. It certainly doesn't suit MY skin colour (light-medium with N undertones), but I don't think anyone could wear this and look naturally flushed/bronzed...
By Tsarah 2 years ago.
This has been my OG and holy grail blush since high school. Despite the description says that its "sheer", I can't say that it's sheer at all. In fact, it's really pigmented to the point where one swipe produces natural flush on the cheeks. Also, its buildable even though its pigmented, so I am not afraid to build the color and there won't be any harsh blend that will overpower other makeup.
By Diane 2 years ago.
The color is super original and I think you cannot really wear it as a blush ( i'm NW45-47 and it looks like a bruise on me so I cannot imagine on a fairer skintone). I use it to contour and i really like it. As Christine said this is difficult to blend, because the formula is dryer. I use a real technique contour brush, and use the tiniest amount . I apply my contour in swirling motions and it works. If you are late don't do it. To me it worth it because those type of shades for darker skin tones is soooo hard to find in mainstream brand. Huge bonus, this is super long wearing, it lasts easily 11-12 hours on me.
By Ana Maria 3 years ago.
My complexion is light-medium with yellow undertones (NC20, maybe NC25 in the summer), and finding good a good shimmery bronze can be tricky for me. Most hyped shimmery bronzer are definitely too dark for me. The powder blush Trace Gold works on me more like a shimmery bronzer applied to my cheeks. It's coppery tone add a nice warmth to my skin, very natural if lightly applied. It's not very shimmery, but the frost adds just a little glow. Since I am already warm toned, this does not look warm on me. The texture is almost smooth, almost no powdery fall-out. The shimmer will emphasize pores, but that's what always expected. My natural go-to look definitely includes just a swipe of this on the cheeks. This doubles as an eye shadow too. I use it as an all over the lid muted shimmer.
By Marietta 3 years ago.
"Pink swoon" can be really scary when you first lay eyes on it since it's one of the most vibrant blushes MAC produces. But...when you take it home and play with it a little bit, you do realise that it's an extremely pretty girly pink. It makes you look awake and fresh even if you had a rough night. As for the product, it has great colour payoff and it lasts forever, since you only need a little bit to get that flushed cheeks effect.
By ximena 3 years ago.
This blush is very comparable to Nars Exhibit A blush. While it is a little less pigmented than Exhibit A, it is still very pigmented, so go easy on the application. The texture leans powdery, but not chalky. It blends easily, but due to the intensity of the red pigment you should apply very lightly and then build up to desired pigmentation. What stands out in this blush is that the color shows up beautifully across a diversity of skin tones. I have a medium tan complexion with golden/olive undertones and this color pulls a beautiful, natural flush of red. There is a slight sheen to it but it is very subtle. During the winter months when my complexion lightens significantly, I reach for this blush a lot because it makes my skin look healthy and perky. I think the color runs more red than true coral, but the tonal differences will depend on your skin tone. Formula is very long lasting and does not move around your face.
By Charley 4 years ago.
I have several MAC blushes and I love them but was nervous when I saw this thinking it would be too bubblegum pink . Not at all! Plus a little goes a long way. It is buildable without being powdery or chalky. My go to blush when I want to add a pink flush to the cheeks.
By Holly 5 years ago.
I use this as a contour shade. It looks perfectly natural because it is so subtle and blends so well! I love it and plan to buy an extra.However, this is clearly only a contour shade for fair skin. It actually appears lighter than my skin tone when swatched on my wrist, but somehow turns into a perfect soft shadow color on my face. Makeup magic.
By Julie 5 years ago.
On my NW35 skin this is not a blusher at all, but does work to help get that Jo Lo glow, the Miami bronzed glowing skin look on tan skin that is so pretty. It is a fairly sheer golden frosty powder and blends out easily, leaving a glowing gold look to the skin. I am not sure how it would look on a lighter skin tone, I think on medium to darker tones this would give a beautiful glow to the skin without a ton of actual color, just a light gold that will blend in well with the skin giving is radiance. It did emphasize pores a bit, it is shimmery and that is expected, but it worked well across my forehead, bridge of nose and cheekbones in place of bronzer. I will probably never use this enough to purchase again, but I am not sorry it is in my collection. I recommend for medium to dark skin tones, and will revise this if I ever get to use it on someone fair skinned and like it!
By Mariella 5 years ago.
It's a real shame that this blush isn't permanent because it would be a huge hit and there must be loads of people who never got the chance to try it. It is almost terrifyingly bright in the pan but applied lightly and with a fluffy, soft brush, it gives the prettiest "walking in the cold" flush to the cheeks and looks unbelievably pretty against fair skin. Even though I've sort of migrated to Tarte and Bobbi Brown blushes, I am still so happy I have this beauty.
By Mariella 6 years ago.
I love the Sheertone Shimmer finish from MAC and so had high hopes for this blush. It is powdery - when I pick up product with my brush, I can see bits of powder flying around - and it's not very pigmented but it can be built up easily if you want a more dense shade. The fact that it's not very pigmented helps it look natural but I find it doesn't last as long as most of my other MAC blushes; it fades much more quickly.
By Mshel 6 years ago.
I have and have had only the regular blush version of Strada. I think it is more nude, with a touch of pink. Wonderful for contour for pale and light skinned ladies - just use light hand. The LE version of Strada seems to be a different formula as well as slightly different color.
By Rad 6 years ago.
I have a medium/ olive skintone with yellow undertones. Although the colour of this blusher is fairly light, it does give a radiant peachy glow. I've been very impressed with all three blushers. This one in particular is subtle enough to wear every day with a brighter lipstick like Tangerine Dream.