MAC Powder Blush Review & Swatches

In this review I'll be sharing with you some of my MAC blushes that I have in my collection! :)

MAC powder blush; clockwise from top left: Dollymix, Well Dressed, Fleur Power, and Coppertone
MAC powder blush; clockwise from top left: Dollymix, Well Dressed, Fleur Power, and Coppertone

I have to first let you know about the packaging. These originally came in a standard MAC packaging (oh you know, the round packaging, black plastic base, and clear lid) which I later depotted so that I could put them together in one palette.  The photo above is the “depotted” version of the packaging, or as MAC called it the “Pro Palette Refill Pan”. If you have a lot of MAC blushes, I suggest you depot them too. Trust me, it will save a lot of space, and time. Plus it will also be easier to carry them with you for travel.

Dollymix

This one belongs in the Sheertone Shimmer Blush group. I'll agree with the “shimmer” part as this blush has some lovely micro fine shimmer in it. It doesn't look overly shimmery on the cheeks though, but rather a nice glowy sheen. The part that I have to disagree is the “sheertone” since Dollymix is anything but sheer! It's very heavily pigmented and thus, a light hand and a less dense brush such as a fan brush or stippling brush are required. It looks so intimidating reddish pink in the pan, but with careful application, it imparts a really gorgeous almost berry pink flush on the cheeks. The kind that would lighten up your whole complexion! Perfect for days when you don't want to do much but just want some color on your cheeks. Trust me, this one will not disappoint.

MAC powder blush in Dollymix
MAC powder blush in Dollymix
MAC powder blush in Dollymix
MAC powder blush in Dollymix
MAC powder blush in Dollymix
MAC powder blush in Dollymix
MAC powder blush in Dollymix
MAC powder blush in Dollymix

Well Dressed

Well Dressed is in the Satin finish family. The cool-toned pink color just looks so, so lovely in the pan but unfortunately it doesn't transfer well onto the skin. The pigmentation is extremely poor and I had a hard time swatching it even on my finger. To get anything to show up on the cheeks, you have to build, build, and build with a really dense brush so definitely go crazy on this one! It's hard to overdo but the bad part is once you put a lot on, the frost sheen will be amplified and that can make it look unnatural in the sunlight. For those with light/fair skin tones, this could look gorgeous on you, but us girls whose skin tone is darker than NC25 this could be a disaster since the sheen can really emphasize pores and wrinkles. I'm wondering if this shade was made not to be used as a blush by itself but rather to be used with another blush to give just a hint of sheen to the second blush? Or maybe it was meant to be used as a highlighter to add small glow or to brighten up complexion?

MAC powder blush in Well Dressed
MAC powder blush in Well Dressed
MAC powder blush in Well Dressed
MAC powder blush in Well Dressed
MAC powder blush in Well Dressed
MAC powder blush in Well Dressed
MAC powder blush in Well Dressed
MAC powder blush in Well Dressed

Fleur Power

If you are looking for a healthy flush on the cheeks, look no further! Fleur Power is also in the Satin family and I'd describe the shade as a perfect balance of bright coral and dusty pink. The color payoff is intense and the powder is so finely-milled. Just lightly touch the tip of a loose bristle brush in the pan and tap off excess color for a light, natural-looking flush. But since the color is buildable, you can also apply a few more layers to add that extra oomph on minimal/no-makeup makeup kinda days. I honestly think this color is a universally flattering shade that would look gorgeous on any skin tone.

MAC powder blush in Fleur Power
MAC powder blush in Fleur Power
MAC powder blush in Fleur Power
MAC powder blush in Fleur Power
MAC powder blush in Fleur Power
MAC powder blush in Fleur Power
MAC powder blush in Fleur Power
MAC powder blush in Fleur Power

Coppertone

This shade is the most unexpected one! Why? Well, in the pan the color looks kinda… dull (don't you think?). I mean, a matte peachy tan color? What would it do right? But that's the point! This color is one you use when you want a warm sunkissed glow on the cheeks without adding any color. It really does add ” that extra something” to the cheeks without trying too much. You can use this both as a blush to add warmth or as a contouring color for a bronzed look. Just be careful during application since too much can look too orange/muddy. This one is such an easy “neutral” color that won't compete with your eye or lip makeup and would go well with most skin tones. I just love how versatile this shade is and it's the one I reach for most often among the four MAC blushes I have.

MAC powder blush in Coppertone
MAC powder blush in Coppertone
MAC powder blush in Coppertone
MAC powder blush in Coppertone
MAC powder blush in Coppertone
MAC powder blush in Coppertone
MAC powder blush in Coppertone
MAC powder blush in Coppertone
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MAC powder blush (swatched on NC30); L-R: Dollymix, Well Dressed, Coppertone, and Fleur Power

MAC blushes are hit or miss depending on texture of the blushes and individual skin tone. The same shade may be a hit for one, but a total miss for the other so the best bet is to try it on your skin at the counter. I personally enjoy most of MAC blushes as they are more affordable and they are of good quality. The staying power is superb and the pigmentation is fantastic (well, except Well Dressed). They blend nicely and apply evenly too without any fallout. I've been using mine for more than a year and I've barely made a dent in the pan since they are so pigmented. They will last you a really, really long time.

Purchase

US$17 for refills; US$21 for regulars at NordstromMAC

฿1,120 at Central

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6 Comments

  • Great reviews and gorgeous photography! Of the blushes you have, I have Fleur Power (which I always mentally pronounce “Flur Pur”…) and it’s a beauty! Thanks for reminding me of how beautiful it is; I’ll have to pull mine out! Lovely blog!

  • I do think well dressed is pigmented, it’s just a very, very light pigment!!! :) definitely designed for those of us with lighter skintones. I’m NW15 and it’s my HG blush, whereas dollymix is just a scary disaster on me ! I like that MAC’s shades cater to such a wide variety of skin tones!

    • Thanks so much! :) Yeah, Coppertone doesn’t look like much at a glance but the color is quite special once you put it on! :)

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