Sep 29 2015

Some new MAC Matte Blushes for Fall!


Hey beauties! How are you all? A quick post today to talk a little about some new MAC matte blushes I picked up for the Fall/Autumn season. I’d purchased them the same time I added these new Matte lipsticks to my collection. As far as I can tell, both blush shades were available in the past (and I believe, temporarily phased out) but were recently made permanent once again: Frankly Scarlet and Burnt Pepper.

MAC Matte Blushes

MAC Matte Blushes

These are definitely bolder shades that fit into that “scary in the pan” category for us paler skinned folks. But they both also look equally amazing on fairer skin as well as deeper skin. The key, of course, with lighter skin tones is a gentle touch and some blending.


Frankly Scarlet – Vivid rose-red (Matte)

MAC Matte Blushes Frankly Scarlet


Frankly Scarlet Swatch - Two Swipes (Left); Blended Out (Right)

Frankly Scarlet Swatch – Two Swipes (Left); Blended Out (Right)

Frankly Scarlet has cool-ish undertone and on me (NC 25), it gives that blood flowing to to the cheeks effect (i.e. when you’re blushing or cold or the so called “Snow White” cheek). For Fall/Winter, the shade works perfectly for a (believe it or not) natural look. It is matte and not as easy of a blend as a satin formula would be, for example, but just be sure to work quickly. Lasting powder is about 8 hours.


Burnt Pepper – Warm rich terracotta (Matte)

MAC Matte Blushes Burnt Pepper

MAC Matte Blushes Burnt Pepper Swatch

Burnt Pepper Swatch – Two Swipes (Left); Blended Out (Right)


Burnt Pepper is extremely pigmented, even more so than Frankly Scarlet – a little really goes a long way. It is softer with a silkier consistency than FS that blended out more easily as well. Again, it is a matte finish but has a sort of sheen to it that makes it come across as less flat (almost like a cross between a matte and a satin). This shade screams Fall to me and while I love it on my lighter complexion, I think it is definitely made for medium to medium deep skin tones with olive undertones. Lasting powder is about 8 hours.

As mentioned, the collection is permanent and can be found at MAC locations and online (U.S., U.K., Canada etc).


Do you own any of the MAC Matte Blushes? What are some of your favorite blushes for the Fall/Autumn season?





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  1. I love the look of both blushes but Frankly Scarlet is my favourite. I tend to be heavy handed when it comes to blush so I have to be very careful with those kind of bold shades but, I agree, they can look beautiful and ‘natural, when used lightly 🙂 x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

  2. both are gorgeous colors. i tend to go for more berry and mauve, but these would look excellent in my collection!

  3. Such lovely shades! I can’t wait to get some new blushes!
    Fix Me In Forty Five – A Beauty & Lifestyle Blog


  4. Both shades are equally gorgeous however Frankly Scarlet is the one that is drawing me in. It’s also perfect for Autmn!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  5. They are both quite gorgeous!
    I only have one MAC blush (a blogsale find) and it’s matte (Honey Jasmine). I am not a big fan of their blush formula in general (a tad drying) but I can’t deny they come up with pretty shades all the time. The Frankly Scarlet reminds me of Tarte Natural Beauty, btw. 🙂

  6. These blushes are gorgeous! Two of my favourite shades for blushes!

  7. I won quite a few matte MAC blushes, most of them neutral shades. I replay love the natural look they give.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • mybeautycloud on September 29, 2015 at 5:09 pm
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    I’ve never tried MAC blushes, but I absolutely love these two colors! Personally, I got for paler pinks, but I think that’s because I’m not very tan! Lovely post!

    • Lulle.Beaumiroir on September 29, 2015 at 8:29 pm
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    Both are really beautiful colors, but yeah, they’re a little scary for light skins! I think they could both work for me if blended really well though.

  8. Those look like beautiful shades- I can’t wait to see them in person!

  9. They’re both really pretty! Man, I haven’t gone MAC shopping in a while! I’m really digging Burnt Pepper so I might have to place an order soon. I’ve had my eye on some of those matte lipsticks as well. One can never have too many lipsticks. Or blush. Or any makeup lol.

  10. These are beautiful! I have never used a mac blush before 🙁 I am loving Burnt Pepper!

  11. I’ve never tried MAC blushes before, they are on my never ending list of things to try from the brand. I love the shades you picked up, so daring & pigmented but i do wonder could I get away with them on my skin tone x

    Beauty with charm

  12. thank you for the unblended & blended swatches! I love the sound of Frankly Scarlet! I used MAC – Warm soul before & I love the quality of their blushers!

    Serene | I Am Serene L

  13. Both of these look beautiful! xx


  14. Oh my gosh love the look of Burnt Pepper – I need to go and swatch that as it looks gorgeous for Autumn 🙂 xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  15. Oh wow, both Frankly Scarlet and Burnt Pepper are SERIOUS business! I think I prefer Frankly Scarlet but let’s face it, I have no need for another red blush since I already own a couple and I hardly wear them now.
    I much prefer matte blushes because I can always add highlighter to my cheeks if I want shimmer. One of my favourite MAC matte blushes is Buff, which I found out recently has been discontinued! It’s a soft muted peachy beige shade.

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