MAC Desert Rose Blush | For the Most Natural Looking Flush

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MAC Desert Rose Blush

MAC Desert Rose Blush was actually my first blush by MAC.  It’s part of their permanent line, which is great, because it’s become one of my favorites and clearly a staple in a lot of other makeup lovers’ collections!

The shade Desert Rose is described on the MAC website as a ‘soft reddish-burgundy’.  It has a matte finish (meaning there’s absolutely no glitter, shimmer, or sheen).  Despite looking rather dark (and maybe even a little intimidating in the pan), this blush can really work well for any skin tone depending on how light or heavy of a hand you use to apply it.

Here’s a swatch taken on my arm after applying two swipes of MAC Desert Rose.

mac desert rose blush swatch

Since I have a lighter skin tone (I’m around NC-25 in MAC), I find it’s best applied sparingly with a stippling (or less dense) brush like the MAC 187 duo fibre brush.  To apply, I’ll pat the brush in the pan very gently two or three times, tap off all the excess, then sweep it on the cheeks. I’ll repeat this process until it reaches the intensity I want.

Here’s a photo of me wearing MAC’s Desert Rose blush.  You can see it comes out to be the most natural looking color – a sort of reddish-pink – once blended in.  I think it resembles what most people would call their “just got back from a run”, or “been out in the chilly winter air” flushed look. 🙂

mac desert rose blush applied on cheeks

Because it’s neither too cool or too warm toned, it works well with really any kind of look.  Pair it with a cool pink lipstick (like I’m wearing below), or a warm coral lip – MAC Desert Rose blush will complement both!

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What’s your favorite MAC blush?


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