MAC Blushbaby Blush Review, Photos and Swatches!

mac blushbaby blush

MAC Blushbaby Blush 

MAC Blushbaby Blush ($20) is described as a beige-pink powder blush in the MAC Sheertone family. I purchased Blushbaby after looking for a neutral blush that I can wear every day, and was recommended to try Blushbaby. Blushbaby is the second most reviewed MAC blush on Makeupalley, and it’s one of MAC’s top sellers.

Blushbaby is a no-fuss shade that pairs well with just about anything. And as much as I wanted to love Blushbaby, because so many seem to favor it – but the first handful of times wearing it, I wasn’t impressed. I typically apply my blush right after my foundation, and I think because Blushbaby is super-finely milled and matte, it wasn’t applying evenly, thus looking dull and muddy on my face. Now when I wear Blushbaby, I always make sure to apply a setting powder to my cheeks before application and apply the blush with a fluffy powder brush for a natural wash of color. I buff the color in a bit, and the results are so much better.

On my NC30 cheeks, it gives off a natural rosy-pink nude hue. Liked I hoped, It’s a really great ever-day shade that gives my cheeks the right amount of color.

For those with naturally rosy cheeks, I can see this blush to possibly enhance ruddiness. Those with strong yellow undertones, it can pull slightly orange. It can also look “dirty” if too much is applied, and because it’s sheer, you may feel the need to pack on the color. But be careful, and apply a little at a time because it builds quickly.

mac blushbaby blush review
mac blushbaby blush review

Here are a couple comparisons-

From Left to Right: Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Blush, MAC Blushbaby Blush and Nars Madly Blush.

From the swatches above, you can see it’s a bit more red than Tarte Exposed. I actually prefer Blushbaby over Exposed because it seems to suit my warm skin better.

Overall, I’m very happy with Blushbaby, and if you have light to medium skin and are looking for a no-blush blush for daily wear, Blushbaby is a great choice. When I want something even lighter than Blushbaby, I like wearing MAC Cubic. For fair skin, MAC Tenderling is a popular choice.

The Round-Up

  • Sheertone formula – very soft, silky texture with sheer but buildable coverage
  • Gives the right amount of color to my face when I want something soft and understated on my cheeks
  • Doesn’t overpower any of my other makeup I’m wearing


  • Isn’t very long-lasting – fades by the end of the day
  • Can easily look dirty if too much is applied, or if the product isn’t applied evenly 

Price: $20, MAC.

3 thoughts on “MAC Blushbaby Blush Review, Photos and Swatches!

  1. Great review really informative thanks! I have medium-deep skin tone and on the hunt of some easy to wear blushes. I dont currently own any mac blushes. I did have trace gold but had to pass it on because it was too light.


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