May 19, 2015

MAC Crisp Whites Powder Blush Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

MAC Crisp Whites Blush

MAC Crisp Whites Blush ($24.50) is one of two new, limited edition MAC Blush shades that launched with the MAC Wash & Dry Summer 2015 Makeup Collection.

Earlier this month I was talking about how the lipstick index seemed to be taking a nose dive and how makeup collections and beauty releases seem a little slower and I feel like the MAC Summer 2015 Collection is testimony to that. This is such a tiny release for Summer! Typically MAC releases Summer Collections in two parts because they are rather large. Wash & Dry is a really tiny collection. No worries, I’m sure we have plenty to look forward to from MAC this Summer including their Nordstrom Anniversary Exclusive Collection but still I sure do find it unusual for them to release merely two blushes for Summer.

None the less here’s some thoughts on the MAC Crisp Whites Powder Blush!

MAC Crisp Whites Blush comes housed in limited edition packaging features feature a gradating metallic compact in shades of grassy green, orange, and an green. It’s a nice compact and makes me realize why I enjoy MAC limited edition collections so much.

MAC Crisp Whites Powder Blush

MAC Crisp Whites Powder Blush

MAC Crisp Whites Blush Swatches

MAC Crisp Whites Powder Blush Swatches

Crisp Whites is described as a pale tangerine and that’s inaccurate as this really doesn’t have a lot of tangerine going for it. It’s a paler peach in the pot but applies orange-y on my cheeks with a sheerer almost chalky color pay off. The texture is soft and very smooth but at times it felt a little chalky during the initial application but blended out considerably nicer that the first application. It’s a bit of a drier blush formula and feels almost matte to me but does give cheeks a hint of a glow. I was surprised as the color goes on very subtly but it actually built well. That’s not to say it’s as pigmented as many MAC blushes are because it is not. However, it does build nicely so you can go from sheer to a bit deeper without easily overdoing it. Although I wouldn’t recommend it for those with medium or deeper skin tones as you might feel it isn’t nearly pigmented enough to show up well. This one seems best suited to lighter skin tones who want a touch of warmer blush that applies naturally and looks natural on.

MAC Crisp Whites Powder Blush fotd

I’m not sure I’d necessarily mark it as a must have as I’m more about pigmented blushes myself. But I do see it as having plenty of potential for those that like a more subtle shade that looks natural on and applies and builds without every looking over done no matter how much you build and layer!

MAC Crisp Whites Powder Blush is available now on counters or grab it and the entire MAC Wash & Dry Collection at

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Nikole

    Thanks Muse. I have enough blushes already, but if I did not have enough blushes I would absolutely consider purchasing this one. There are definitely some of us who prefer lighter, more natural looking blushes. This one sounds perfect ☺️ Thank you for the review.

    • Isabella Muse

      totally Nikole! Natural is sometimes just as awesome as vibrant 🙂 my pleasure dear!

  • Genevieve

    I agree with you Isabella, I like pigmented blushes myself. These could look ineffective on a number of complexions. Besides, I don’t know that many people have the time in the morning rush to bother layering their blushes – they could just use the real thing and be done with it.

    • Isabella Muse

      I hear ya Genevieve I like vibrant too 🙂 but natural can sometimes be pretty too!

  • Bonnie S.

    I’m not sure how it looks in the pot but it sure looks good on you so I might investigate. I really like the Wash and Dry collection, it’s small but so interesting.

  • Kyle

    Would you compare this to Immortal Flower, please?! I have that blush and it does not show up on me at all – even though I have a very similar skin tone to you. I have the same problem with the blush Coralista from Benefit everyone says is their favorite….no matter how much I apply – nothing. I even tried to scrap a layer off on that one. I don’t know if I have weird undertones that cancel it out or what?! I love peachy tone or orange blushes for the summer so I am extremely tempted. I would love to see a good comparison side by side swatched and on the cheeks. We all know this collection isn’t cheap and I have picked up a good amount of it already so I want to know if its going to work or if I should blow the cash on another makeup product (because who am I kidding thats what I am gonna do anyway…)

    • Isabella Muse

      Sorry I don’t have immortal flower so can’t really compare 🙁