I’ve been extremely busy these past few days. Aahh! It feels great to finally be able to just sit down in front of my laptop and type away. I have tons of skincare-related posts to write but before that, allow me to warm up first with a couple of product reviews. I really enjoy drafting reviews of the products I actually like and use a lot. It’s not very taxing on my part and I could just go on and on about it. Anyway, here’s my current favorite blush. Yup, it’s from MAC. I finally caved and bought one. πŸ™‚
Hidden Treasure was part of the Styleseeker collection launched last year, 2012. It is described as a β€œrich burnt red” shade although personally, I think it’s more of a matte medium/dark red with warm rusty undertone. According to its packaging, it’s supposed to have a velvet texture. I’m not really familiar with this but it’s soft on the skin and it glides on effortlessly. It offers a soft, subtle sheen sans the gritty shimmers/glitters.
As majority of MAC’s powder blushes, this came in the classic black container with tiny reflective particles. The pan is huge as it contains 6g of incredibly pigmented product. One thing that sets authentic MAC products from Singapore authentic (a.k.a FAKE) products is that the former doesn’t have a lower compartment nor does it come with a brush. You might want to keep that in mind when purchasing MAC products online.
It’s definitely a joy to apply as there was no fallout and the color pay off is beyond outstanding. It was a bit dry but it was not powdery or grainy in any way. It goes on nicely too.. but because it’s easy to go overboard with this shade, I suggest you practice/refresh your blending skills before you start brushing this on. Else, you’ll look like someone who recently went to the beach and got a bad case of sunburn. Know what I mean?
I know what you’re thinking, why exactly did I get this ultra bold shade.. the way I see it, if I get a shade that’s insanely pigmented and strong, I won’t have to layer on more product to get the intensity that I want. This means I won’t use as much the product in deepening the color. If I had gone with a lighter shade, I would need to layer on more, right? So with this one, if I want a subtler blush, I could just use a light hand on applying to control the color. I’d like to think that it’s all in the blending skills. πŸ™‚
There’s a reason why MAC, in general, is more expensive than normal blushes. And I think it’s because of its amazing staying power. Not once did I feel the need to bring my blush compact and brush with me because I never really had to retouch midday. It stays on for an incredible amount of time inspite of the humid weather and sweating. I got 6-8 hours of wear time without fading!

Now that I think of it, I don’t really mind paying a little more than I usually do for blushes. Simply because I know I’ll get more use of it given the very little amount of product I need each time and its wear time. Like they said, you get what you pay for. πŸ™‚

The color does look intimidating from the pan and when swatched heavily but I assure you, this shade looks absolutely stunning on darker, deeper skintone. It shows up really well on my morena skin and it doesn’t look as off as baby pink blush on me, provided of course that I use a light hand on applying. If anything, it makes my skin color look deeper but in a good and flattering way. This would also work for those with fairer skin but be totally cautious in applying it. One sheer layer would do the trick.
Price: $21(Php 1,200, I think)
Available at: MAC Counters
I got mine from Random Beauty by Hollie
So tell me, what’s your favorite MAC blush? πŸ™‚
See you on my next post ladies!