Mac Pinch Me Blush

Usually, when I go into Mac I have a specific list of things I want to try/buy. I once found myself in an empty Mac with no particular idea of what I wanted. I took my time swatching and perusing everything, looking at products I didn’t already know the names of, till I landed my eyes on this!

As far as blushes go, after a lot of experimentation, “my” colour is definitely earthy and muted. Mac Pinch Me is a lovely earthy mix of brown and red. It’s a ‘Sheertone’ blush, sheer pigmentation with a matte finish.

I still use a light hand with this, for a sheer blush it’s very pigmented in one swipe. It blends so well! It kicks up quite a bit of fallout in the pan but none of that powdery mess on the cheeks. It looks amazing!

Another win for the formula, it lasts ages! After 8 hours it’s still perfectly intact and hardly faded. It also meshes really well with whatever base (or not) you’re wearing and looks very natural.

I initially felt Clinique Ginger Pop would be similar but it’s a lot more pink while Pinch Me is more red/orange. Nars Gilda on the other hand looks very similar in the pan but it’s a tinge lighter than Pinch Me.

You get 6g of product for $22 or Rs. 1350. It’s still a lot for a blush but the formula and colour is worth it.


Mac Blush in Pinch Me 1

Mac Blush in Pinch Me 2

Mac Blush in Pinch Me 3

Mac Blush in Pinch Me 6

Mac Blush in Pinch Me 7

Mac Blush in Pinch Me 4

Mac Blush in Pinch Me 5


L-R | Mac Powder Blush in Pinch Me | Clinique Cheek Pop in Ginger Pop | Sigma Blush in Cherry Apple | Nars Blush in Gilda

Mac Blush in Pinch Me 8




Name: Mac Powder Blush (Sheertone)

Colour : Pinch Me

Product Amount : 6g

Pigmentation : Very pigmented

Finish : Matte

Longevity : Around 8-9 hours.

Shelf Live : 3 years

Price : Rs. 1350 ~ $22

Available at : Nordstrom, Mac

Overall : 5/5


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  • Laarni

    If I were to choose between Gilda and Pinch Me, i’d choose the latter as it’s darker and I have a feeling it will look good on my warm skin tone too. Nice choice, this shade looks natural on you!


    • Xuvious

      Yes, I feel like I’d be comfortable wearing Pinch Me all year round whereas Gilda seems very spring and summer! :)

  • Divya

    Have you tried Gingerly? This looks so similar to that and so right up my alley! :-)


    • Xuvious

      I think I might have swatched but I might not buy it now since it is so similar. 😉

  • Lorraine Haigney

    Ooh, I really like the look of Gilda! Cheek Pops are my favourite. I rarely browse at MAC,I usually research online and am in and out of the store. I’ll linger next time :)

    • Xuvious

      Same here, I’m like a horse with blinds at Mac, probably also because it gets crowded there so easily. It’s very rare to find it empty! :)

  • Krithi Marla

    Mac makes nice blushes …i only have mocha and gingerly both are neutral color though
    nicely reviewed gal

    • Xuvious

      Ohh Mocha is a nice one too! I’ve swatched the ones you’ve mentioned but might not get them now. :)

      • Krithi Marla

        hehe i know i can understand babes

  • Linda Libra Loca

    I love MAC blushes, the formula is always on point.

    f I ever found myself in en empty MAC with time to swatch, this would do serious damage to my bank account.

    Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Xuvious

      Haha! The problem with Macs in my city is that EVERYTHING is almost always out of stock, you can’t buy much even if you wanted to! I’ve never been able to find Ruby Woo or Girl About Town in stock, I eventually had to buy it from duty free. 😉

      • Linda Libra Loca

        Oh, thats horrible. I used to get to know the girls there so well, they would put stuff aside for me. But that was back in the days when I was there almost every week.

  • Clever Girl Reviews

    That’s a really good color for your skintone!

    • Xuvious

      Thanks Erin! xx

  • fiona furtado

    This is going straight up my wish-list. Looks lovely on you darling.

    • Xuvious

      Thank you! It would look lovely on you too! xx

  • Agata

    Ohh, I love this shade and I love how well it goes with your lip color!

    • Xuvious

      Accidently found a great combo, I’ve never actually worn them together! 😉

  • Kiss & Make-up

    Oh yes, this one SO deserves top marks! Beautiful.

    • Xuvious

      Completely, the formula and colour is amazing. :)

  • Alina Bostan

    Wow that is a gorgeous shade and I don’t think I own anything like it in my vast collection. Th pigmentation and formula of it also sounds amazing, not to mention that it suits you perfectly x

    Beauty with charm

    • Xuvious

      Thank you! I talk a lot about Nars and Tarte in terms of blushes but Mac makes excellent ones too, need to reminded at use them more at times. 😉

  • Jennifer Monforton

    What a beautiful neutral blush! Glad you’re liking it! xo

    • Xuvious

      Thanks Jen, I love colour! xx

  • Corinne C

    Ohh, it’s always a bonus when you find the perfect shade for you. This looks lovely!

    Corinne x

    • Xuvious

      Yes I agree, it’s almost as satisfying as finding a great foundation match. 😉

  • TheProcrastinator

    What lip colour are you wearing in this look?!

    • Xuvious

      YSL Glossy Stain in Corail Aquatique! I’m actually reviewing it on the blog soon. :)

      • TheProcrastinator

        yay, looking forward to it!

  • nausheen

    The shade looks really good :)

    • Xuvious

      Thanks Nausheen, it would look amazing on you too! xx

  • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

    OOO this is a pretty blush on you! I have one of their limited edition Extra Dimension ones that might be similar, but I think you wear it better!

    • Xuvious

      Thanks Sunny! I think I vaguely remember which one you’re talking about but there are so many collections, I might have mixed it up. :p

  • MizzJ

    I love this color – it’s so rosy and romantic.

    • Xuvious

      Thank you, it suits that look perfectly. :)

  • Kristen / Glambunctious

    Beautiful! This blush looks fantastic on you, and that lip color is perfect! You have such beautiful skin!

    • Xuvious

      Thanks Kristen, it would look lovely on you as well! xx

  • Natasja

    It looks absolutely beautiful! I wonder if you really notice those differences in shades well on my cheeks because I have rosacea xD … but wow. What a beauty! It looks great on you too 😀

    • Xuvious

      Thanks! Probably up close I can tell the difference, maybe if it’s applied more heavily. I go very sheer with my blushes. :)

  • Carla @ Blush Parade

    This is such a pretty blush! Mac blushes are very good quality, and while they are on the expensive side of things, let me tell you something: it will take you AGES to hit pan on it, haha. They last quite long!

    • Xuvious

      Lol I haven’t hit pan on a single one yet. Also why I’ve decided not to buy anymore Mac blushes… 😉