MAC Unsung Heroes: Format Blush

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mac format blush

Well, damn.

I can’t find my pool key, which throws a wrench in my Fourth of July plans to laze about (slathered in sunscreen, of course) and frolic in the deep end.

I hope it turns up soon…before my Kauai tan is just a distant memory (or before I melt!).

Summer’s in the house, and it is HOT! Just like today’s Unsung Hero, MAC Blush in Format ($20).

It’s a bronzed, pinkish brown with a glint of golden shimmer, and it’s highly compatible with darker complexions and summertime tans. No third-party software required.

Bronzed poolside and beachside babes, don’t be afraid of Format based on how it looks in its pan. I was totally freaked out the first time I saw it, but then a friendly MAC artist insisted that I try “just a little bit” on my skin. It makes magic happen, she said, on skin tones from NC and NW 30-35 and up.

Hello, sun-kissed glow! Format brings the glam. Is that Beyonce in a Burberry bikini? All it’s missing is a wind machine to blow my hair back and Jay-Z (HOV!!) by my side, LOL!

mac format blush

mac format blush swatch

mac format blush

I like to wear it both as a blush and a bronzer, buffing a very small amount on my cheeks, across my forehead, down the bridge of my nose and on my chin with a skunk brush like the MAC 188 ($34). Because it is so pigmented, you probably won’t need to use a lot, and I find that when I do apply too much, it starts to look muddy.

Golds, teal, khaki and bronze get along famously with Format. A few colors I like to pair it with: Woodwinked, Powersurge, Teddy, Mulch, Tempting, Sumptuous Olive, Uniform and Oh Baby.

If you’re a darker damsel or a lighter lass rockin’ a summer tan, keep MAC Format in mind the next time you hit up a MAC counter. ๐Ÿ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


The MAC Unsung Heroes series features some of my favorite products from MAC’s permanent collection


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  1. Oh boy, this blush totally targets someone with my skin tone! It’s adorable on you, and since I already own many pieces you mentioned in the post… I might just have to take a look!
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  2. Wow this is pretty! Definitely an easy summer cheek product. I’ve honestly never even heard of Format blush, let alone swatched it. ๐Ÿ˜› I definitely will now though!
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  3. Chris25 says:

    I like the color of Format, but it does bring back bad memories. I once bought it for a person I am no longer friends with.

  4. musical says:

    Pretty! I love how it goes with the blue liner and coral lip ;).

  5. Nina says:

    Ahhh Format — I have this and this gets abused a lot! I particularly love it for when I want to look alive during a dreary winter day!

  6. antara says:

    i think it will suit indian skin tones perfectly… ๐Ÿ˜€
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  7. Mina says:

    Hey Karen, what lip products are you wearing with this look? So pretty!

    • blkrox says:

      I second this request! I went searching for this look after seeing the picture in your side bar for the Unsung Heroes posts – I’d especially love to know what your wearing on your eyes, that minty green is GORGE-io Armani, LoL

  8. This is one of the blushes that Senior Artist Vimi Joshi always recommends for Indian skins! Would work as a great bronzer for my NC30/35 skin!
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  9. My hg blush for many years! I’m NW45. It gives such a nice glow. I’ve moved on to other blushes but it will always have a fond place in my heart ๐Ÿ˜‰ I know this post is from 3 years ago, I was too busy being pregnant then ๐Ÿ˜‰
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