Are You Excited about MAC Beauty Powder Blush?

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MAC’s new Beauty Powder Blushes hit counters next Thursday, March 13. The blush junkie in me cannot wait to check these babies out! Infused with fine, pearl shimmer, each of the eight limited edition shades promises to deliver a subtle, natural glow.



“The trick to wearing it is to find a shade right for your skin tone because ultimately what you want is a perfectly natural veil on your face,” says Gordon Espinet, Vice President of Makeup Artistry for MAC Cosmetics.

I’m all for perfectly natural cheeks, so I’m stoked about this release.

Beauty Powder Blushes ($17.50) are coming in the following shades:

  • Shy Beauty– Pastel apricot with gold pearl (satin)
  • Feeling– Dirtyplum with silver pearl (satin)
  • Sweetness– Intense blue pink (satin)
  • Joyous– Peach with gold pearl (satin)
  • True Romantic– Mid-tone pink with silver pearl (satin)
  • Serenely– Deep brownish red with gold pearl (satin)
  • Eversun– Neutral peach bronze with gold pearl (satin)
  • Secret Blush Dirty neutral plum with gold pearl (satin)

What say you about Beauty Powder Blushes?

I didn’t end up making it to the video store last night, so no Dirty Dancing for me, but Step Up was on TV. Watching that temporarily scratched my dance movie itch. I have a huge weakness for cheesy dance flicks with characters pirouetting, stomping, and boom-boom-kacking their way through life obstacles, and getting to watch Channing Tatum shake his stuff doesn’t hurt, either.



The sun’s out today, so I’m getting ready for a nice, long run around the neighborhood. I hope you’re having a good day so far.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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  1. Dao says:

    Happy Women’s Day, Karen! I need to see how these blushes are compared to the regular MAC blushes. The regular ones are too pigmented for me, I need something sheerer but with some shimmer. My current fave is “Theme Park” from Everyday Minerals. It’s pink and shimmery enough to my liking.

    Yesterday I went to Michael’s and got myself 2 Loew-Cornell brushes: one to apply detail eyeshadows and the other one to be used as a lip brush. LC brushes are about 1/2 inch longer than my regular brushes so I’m fine with them. Plus they’re very sturdy. I actually didn’t need any new brushes but couldn’t pass those pretty little things.

  2. Anna says:

    I have these already !!!!! I brought sweetness,Shy Beauty and Joyous both boootiful textures and colours !!!

    Weird than you guys in the US havet got these already !! I reside in London and these came out this week !!

  3. Holly says:

    Hi Karen,
    These blushes are already out in the UK they were launched as part of the Fafi range!

    I had a look at them today and was initially tempted but when I tried them out with the Kabuki brush they seemed to make little to no impact at all on my makeup!

    I think they may be best used as an all over face powder rather than a blush if you want a faint pink ish shimmer. The MA advised me that they could be used either as a blush in the usual way on the apples of the cheeks or as a light powder for the entire face. As my skin tends to be a tiny bit oily I have to use blotting powder and then over that i use bronzing powder so i just felt that the beauty powders would not be right to control my shine and i dont want to layer yet another powder over the top!

    I do however think they would be nice for ladies who dont need to use bronzing powder either because they are naturally tanned or like the pale look thats so now!

  4. TUPRNUT says:

    I cannot wait for these to launch this coming week! I have been saving up my nickes and dimes and plan to treat myself to a few as an early Birthday present.

    I’m on a blush kick right now and these will be the perfect additions to all the rest of my beauties.

  5. Glosslizard says:

    I’m torn. It looks like a beautiful collection, but blush is not really one of my big craves (I have three right now, and it seems like a lot)! If I like the finish I may get one (probably one of the plums) but I’m kinda on the fence right now! Gimme gimme eyeshadows and lipgloss!! 🙂

  6. Megan says:

    I’m with glosslizard…blush is not really one of my things…I may pick one up but I’ll have to try them out and see what i think first.

  7. PeeChee says:

    Hey Karen….

    I’ve started to become a blush junkie! I’ve bought about 6 blushes in the past few months…considering I was only using 2 different shades for the longest time. Now what MAC has blushes coming out next week…I might go crazy!! Any colors you might suggest for our skin tones….so I don’t break the bank!!!

  8. Karen says:

    Hi PeeChee!

    For the longest time I never wore blush, and then Blushbaby came into my life and was the lone blush in my stash for years. Now I have a whole drawerful and I wonder sometimes how the heck I lived without em.

    I’m most excited about Secret Blush. I like plum colored blushes and I have a hunch that the gold pearl will make it irresistible. I think Eversun is also going to be a contender as well!

    What colors do you reach for most often? I’ve been wearing Sunbasque for the last few days!

  9. Karen says:

    Hi Dao,

    Happy Women’s Day to you too! 🙂 Are you close to a MAC Pro Store? ‘Cause if you want sheer but no shimmer then one good option to try are the Loose Beauty Powders. I have both loose and pressed (from the Barbie Loves MAC collection) in a few different shades; they are sheer with shimmer that’s tasteful (no big chunks o’ glitter), and they are very pretty!

    Sounds like you found a few brush winners at Michael’s. What type of hairs are the brush heads made out of?

  10. Karen says:

    Hi Anna,

    Thanks for sharing your haul! I am a sucker for blush with nice texture so I can’t wait. Do you have a favorite out of the three?

  11. Karen says:

    Hi Holly,

    Yeah, to add another layer on would kind of be a pain in the bum. I am a big fan of blotting papers too. I can’t live without my Shiseido blotting papers! I’ve been using them for over 10 years. Do you have a favorite brand?

  12. Anna says:

    Hey Karen 🙂

    My fave at the mo is Shy Beauty !!-perfect for my NC35 tone. Sweetness is alot like Fashion Frenzy and Joyous is a 99% match for Hipness !

    What are you planning on checking out ?

  13. Karen says:

    Hi Tuprnut,

    I’m on a blush kick too – a two year blush kick, LOL. I don’t think it’s going to end soon. These will be such a nice treat for your upcoming birthday! Happy early birthday, my friend! 🙂

  14. Karen says:

    Hi Glosslizard,

    Yeah, I hear ya. It took me a few years to get on the blush train but now I can’t stop it! I have a buncha powder ones and I think cream blushes are the nexet obsession on the horizon.

  15. Karen says:

    Hi Megan,

    I thought of you today because I need to buy a new bottle of Seche Vite. Mine is really old and way too thick to use.

    Anyway, maybe it’s good that blush isn’t one of your obsessions! Those pans are big and they take up a lot of room. 🙂

  16. Dao says:

    Hiya Karen,

    The one I use as a detail brush has white goat hair (I think) that looks like the 239 brush but the head is 1/2 the size. There’s one that’s the same as the 239 from Loew-Cornell too and it’s the 3/8 Maxine’s Mop (it looks and feel the same which scared me a bit!) The one I got yesterday is the 1/4 maxine’s mop, really cute. The other one that I intend to use as a lip brush is the Filber #6 from American Painter. It has golden taklon fiber and I think is suitable to use as a concealer brush too.

    I tend to trash my brushes around a lot so I don’t think spending a lot of money on them is a good thing. As long as they don’t shed and age well, they’re fine. Rumor has it that the company that makes brushes for Sephora used to make brushes for Picasso, I saw in one episode of one show in the Beauty network a long time ago.

    I think you should check them out since they don’t look too odd to me (not 10 ft long :D)

  17. Karen says:

    Hi Anna,

    OH OH OH then I will have to check out Shy Beauty fo’ sho! Right now I am really excited about Secret Blush and Eversun! But I’m going to try all of them just for fun. You never know what’ll look good on you till you try it! Do you use them on their own, or layer them with other colors?

  18. Karen says:

    Hi Dao,

    LOL, seriously, the ones I saw at the art store were as long as my forearm! I just know I’d end up poking my eye out or doing something equally as tragic! Next time I go to Michael’s I go a-looking for your recommendations…

    I haven’t used sephora brushes in years, but somebody gave me a set a few months ago and they are surprising pretty darn good! They’ve improved a lot on their eye brush quality.

  19. looove blush and MAC. cannot wait! 😉

    makeuplovesme’s last blog post..weekend beauty blog network reads.

  20. breezy says:

    Oooh these sound sooooo yummy I can’t wait to check em out. I’m wondering who can really pull off the blue/pink shades really well. Not sure I can, but I love shimmery blushes that are subtle. Which one do you think is gonna go well on you Karen?

  21. Ping. says:

    I’m really excited for this…! something that i dont mind investing on.. its going to bea tough choie what colour to choose .. haha

  22. Susanne says:

    The Beauty Powder Blushes have been released here already and I love them! I bought Sweetness and Shy Beauty.
    They look very bright at first, but you should not forget that they are different from the regular blushes. The finish is very soft, you have to apply more than you are used to the regular blushes. They don’t give so much color off.
    Shy Beauty is comparable to IPP Sassed-Up by Fafi (but much less glittering) and Sweetness is a lovely pink shade for spring and summer! Don’t hesitate to try Sweetness if you see it first!

  23. Susanne says:

    And… I found out today that the Beauty Powder Blushes have a little less content than the regular blushes:

    5g = 0.17 US OZ (BP Blush) and 6g = 0.21 US OZ (regular blush)

    But to be honest the packaging seems to be the same for me. Mmh.

  24. Anna says:

    Hey Karen

    I wear them on their own, but cant resist layering Lune cremeblush pearl ( from the Lure collection with the green packaging) over the top ! Looks luurvley !

    Secret blush and Eversun are really nice too-would suit your colouring chick !

  25. Fie says:

    OH I have Sweetness! But alas, I have yet to try it. I can’t wait to get my hands on Joyous and Shy Beauty!!

    p/s: What foundation shade do you wear?

  26. Karen says:

    Hi Marina,

    Me too! I can’t live without my blushes 🙂 Hope you’re having a good weekend!

  27. Karen says:

    Hi Breezy,

    I’m pretty sure that Secret Blush and Eversun will look good. The blue-pinks look nice on me sometimes (depends on how blue it is!) so Sweetness might look good, too. Do you have any of the Beauty Powders? They’re an awesome product to get that subtle shimmer on cheeks! Happy Sunday!

  28. Karen says:

    Hi Ping,

    I agree. Blushes last me a long time and I use them every day so it’s a worthwhile way to drop one’s makeup allowance. 🙂 What are you up to this Sunday?

  29. Holly says:

    Hi Karen,

    I have actually never really tried blotting powders! I had some body shop ones years and years ago but I have never tried any from a decent brand! Chanel do them and I keep meaning to try them but we never have samples of them so I guess I will just have to buy some!

    I really love that MAC blotting powder that I bought a couple of weeks ago though! It is so much better than the Chanel!

  30. Karen says:

    Thanks for the info on the Beauty Powder, Susanne. It sounds like everything I’m expecting it to be. Lucky you to get your hands on it so early! Jealous! 🙂

  31. Karen says:

    Hi Anna,

    OH, that’s a great idea. I have a rapidly growing cream blush collection (love em, especially for layered looks) so I’ll try a few pairings! What are you up to this Sunday?

  32. Karen says:

    Hi Fie,

    Okay, I’ll definitely give Sweetness a go. 🙂 As for foundation, I have a few different types …

    In the winter when I have no tan I wear Chanel Teint Innocence Compact foundation in 50 natural. This blends perfectly into my skin!

    In the early spring when I have a lil’ bit of a tan (from running outside) I wear Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer in Almond.

    In the spring/late spring I wear Laura Mercier Oil-Free foundation in Suntan Beige.

    I don’t really have a shade for when I get really tan! I guess that gives me an excuse to go looking this summer.

    What shade do you wear?

  33. Karen says:

    Hi Holly,

    That’s great! Blot is a keeper. I always have it with me, or Shiseido blotting papers for touch ups througout the day. That reminds me, I gotta get a new puff for my compact, it’s looking a lil’ ragged! How’s your weekend been so far?

  34. Holly says:

    Hi Karen,

    Do you use the puff to apply the blotting powder when your are intitally applying your makeup or do you do that with a brush and then just use the puff for touchups??

    My weekend has been good up until now haha! Had a nice day shopping and then had lunch with my mum yesterday and today went to visit my grandparents which was hard work as I had to teach my grandmother how to work the new cell phone I bought for her! Not easy when she can hardly see the keys! And now I am just getting on with reading about clinical negligance funfunfun!!

  35. Karen says:

    Hi Holly,

    I use a powder brush if I’m at home, and for on the go touchups I use the puff. If I use the puff in the morning it makes the makeup look heavy, but later on in the day when more oil has broken through (sounds gross, but oh so true) it lays on enough to cut the shine.

    NOBODY in my family can figure out to use their cell phones. My mom keeps hers turned off (despite me telling her she doesn’t need to conserve her batteries), and my dad never answers his. I think my grandma has one too and she has the same issues with the key pads.

    Clinical negligance – what a hoot, j/k! Sounds interesting though. What made you decide to study law? I don’t know if I told you this before, but I was *this close* to becoming a law student ten years ago. I took the tests, applied, worked in a few firms, but in the end I knew in my heart it wasn’t what I wanted to do. Now I aspire to be a surf bum, LOL!

  36. Ping. says:

    hahaha my sunday is about sleeping… i woke up at 4pm…!

  37. Holly says:

    Hi Karen,

    thats what I do with the powder too, it seems to take very little in the morning to set my foundation so the brush is fine and then when i need to de-shine my t-zone the puff works great! I am totally hooked on it now! out of interest which shade do you use?

    Honestly I cant even remember what 1st made me want to study law but I think it had something to do with watching too much Ally Macbeal as a kid lol! I love certain areas such as medical and employment law so I know its the right thing for me to do for my profession but its such a struggle getting through the horrible boring things you have to cover at university in order to qualify! Anything to do with property,land or estates sends me into a Chanel/MAC filled daydream in minutes!!

    Haha what a change in career goals for you!! Law school is heavy going I think if your heart wasnt truly in it and you didnt have that end in sight that kept you going it would be impossible to finish! I have to say though the temptation to forget it all and work for Chanel forever is growing rapidly at the moment ha!!

  38. PeeChee says:

    Sunbasque was one of the blushes I recently got too (along with blushbaby, peachykeen to name a few). I like the “I’ve just returned from Hawaii” look so I would always just sweep some bronzer on. I’m tempted to get all the blushes coming out this week though…but I don’t have anymore room in my traincase that I tuck under the bathroom sink. I’ve got to reorganzie so hubby doesn’t get overwhelmed with my obsession all over the place. 🙂

  39. Karen says:

    Hi Ping,

    Sundays and sleeping are always a good mix! Did you stay out late last night?

  40. Fie says:

    Hi Karen,

    I’m from Malaysia so it has tropical weather all year round. Haha. I’ve been looking for the perfect foundation..hmm.. my shade in MAC is so weird. I can wear NC, C or NW.

    Studio Fix powder – C40
    Studio Fix Fluid – NC40 or MW35

    So weird. Haha. I’ve never really tried other brands for foundation. I would love to try out Laura Mercier

  41. Ping. says:

    No I didn’t really stay out late… not that i remember of.. haha

    Hi Fie! I’m from Malaysia too!

    oh my Karen, you really have global reader!!

  42. Victoria says:

    I am trying to resist buying a beauty powder blush _ I am kinda like you Karen – I never wore blush til about 6 months ago- and now I think I must have like 5 or 6 and I recently discovered I have 5 bronzer type powders- I am developing an addiction to blush/bronzers..I am trying to tame it down.. my favs right now are Laura Geller-blush and brighten in honey dipped and my MAC hipness…

  43. Karen says:

    Hi Fie,

    Oh, cool! I love tropical weather. That’s interesting you can wear those shades from MAC. Maybe you have neutral undertones (neither yellow nor pink dominates). I wish I could wear MAC because there is such a wide selection but unfortunately it breaks me out.

    I really like Laura Mercier a lot, because it has good coverage and doesn’t break me out. But I’m always looking to try new brands and formulas, so right now I’ve got a few samples of Armani that I’m looking forward to trying!

  44. Karen says:

    Hi Ping,

    Sometimes you just need to sleep in! I feel that way right now, *yawn*!

    The internet amazes me. It’s so cool how we can live so far away from each other but still get to know each other!

  45. Karen says:

    Hi Victoria,

    I dunno girl, trying to tame the blush addiction beast is quite hard! I’ve tried it a few times, LOL. I can’t stop!

    Blush instantly brightens my face and makes me look alive and non-zombie! I can’t live without it. I will look into Laura Gellar. I’ve heard of that brand but have yet to try. 🙂

    Happy Monday!

  46. Karen says:

    Hi PeeChee,

    Oh, I love bronzer too. Have you tried NARS Laguna?

    Speaking of overwhelmed hubbies, mine started complaining about swimming in makeup! It’s literally all over the place.

  47. Karen says:

    Hi Holly,

    I liked watching Ally McBeal too. The first few seasons were very funny! I can’t wait for the day you write me and tell me that you’re graduating. That’s going to be awesome. Maybe we’ll throw a lil’ graduation blog party for you, LOL, how fun! Enjoy every moment of school because when it’s done you just might miss it (I know I do…but I guess I’m a nerd that way).

  48. Grayburn says:

    I’ve got “Sweetness” already and it’s gorgeous! Come check it out 🙂

    Grayburn’s last blog post..Lined Eyes (Part I of II) – Tools

  49. Karen says:

    Hi Grayburn,

    Sure thing! Hope you’re having a good weekend!

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