MAC Powder Blush in Peaches – Review and Swatch
The first MAC blush I ever used was one I didn’t use on myself, but that a MUA put on me. It was Breezy and while it was pretty – I didn’t care for it.
You may or may not have noticed but I prefer a matte finish on my blushes, or at most a dewy finish. Anything else just makes me feel so circa 2001. My cheeks are oily enough on their own – they don’t need help in the shiny department. While it’s relatively simple to find matte finish blushes in the high-end range, the color selection I’ve been able to find has been pretty limited. Enter MAC’s Peaches.
This is my
love letter to review of this blush.
MAC blushes come in various formulas. The powders have Frost, Matte, Satin, Sheertone and Sheertone Shimmer finishes. Then there is the Cremeblend formula, Cream Colour Base and of course the Mineralize blushes.
Peaches is a Sheertone blush. Like most MAC Powder blushes, Peaches costs $19.50USD. I had the teeeeeniest bit of sticker shock when I saw this but I bit the bullet and bought it anyway. I mean – if I thought this was “too much” how would I ever justify the Stila Convertible Colors ($29USD) and Burberry Natural Blushes ($42USD) i’ve been eyeing? It may seem costly at first but I ended up believing that the price was exactly right for what I got.
This one was a bit harder for me to rate because I first saw peaches in the store. So to me it’s fairly accurate. But let’s take a look at the MAC website shall we?
(Have you figured out where the spicy orange/pink of the new design came from yet?)
So, I feel this color is fairly true-to-image once it’s been applied to the point where the color is most pigmented. And on that note…
I’d like to note that I tend to give low pigmentation scores when I expect pigmentation and it doesn’t deliver. This is a matter of personal incidence – for some reason (probably their oily nature) my cheeks don’t take well to color. HOWEVER. Peaches is a SHEERtone blush and thus is subject to different rules. I’ve read a few reviews criticizing the sheertone finish for not having enough oomph behind their color. Everyone gets their own opinion but I think that there really is a market for blushes that DON’T deliver oomphy color – I mean, who doesn’t love a nice semi-natural pop of color now and then? Also this color is pretty universally flattering, I’ve seen girls on all ends of the skintone spectrum wear it beautifully.
The above is about 2 full, blended in applications of Peaches. It’s a very sheer color – adding a natural peachy glow on the first sweep and only becoming a full on blush on the second application. It takes another 2 if I want it show up boldly on my cheek. It’s become my favorite blush because it’s so buildable, flattering and natural. It’s very easy to blend, I can apply it using any old powder brush. I don’t apply it with any brush designed to lessen the opacity of application because that’d make it all but invisible.
Peaches will last about 4-6 hours, weather, oily cheeks and rubbing-my-face nonwithstanding. If I put it on in the morning I do have to re-apply before going out again in the evening. But it’s so sheer and blendable that I don’t even use a mirror anymore!
I can see many reasons why others wouldn’t. It could be considered too expensive for people who don’t frequent the counters. Some people don’t want to apply their blush “just so” to achieve a desired effect and prefer sweep-n-go color. And I guess someone could ignore the “Sheer” in the name and say it’s not pigmented enough.
Color Accuracy: 5/5
Overall: B- (82.8%)
(As you can see – I’m rating things a bit differently. Gonna try it out for a bit to see if it improves the way the score relates to my feelings on a product.)
BUT I LOVE IT. It’s matte, it’s buildable and it’s pretty much my Holy Grail blush. I love Peaches. Do you?