Mac Mocha Blush Swatches & Review

by mehak on May 29, 2012

in Blush, Face Products, Grade A, MAC, Reviews

Mac Mocha Blush Swatches & Review

There are two kinds of people in the world- the Realists and those in Denial. If you withdraw from an ATM and always say ‘No” when asked for a balance receipt then honey you are in Denial (like me- i hate that little slip telling me x amount of money is left in my account. I dont want to know damn machine!)  . These same Denial Category people like me also realise that the new Mac Blush price of 1350/- is absolutely ridiculous (1 Mac Blush = 5 Movie Tickets= 10 KFC Zinger Burgers=5 Maybelline Lipsticks), yet they still live in Denial and continue to buy them. Though i have to admit spending that 1350/- this time was such a  ‘Dil Pe Chot’ ( Heartburn for non hindi speakers) , that after Mac Mocha i think i dont need any more Blushes (Except.. maybe…. Mac Sunbasque?  or Ambering Rose or Margin?)

No.  Mehak. NO. 1350/-. NO. NO. NO. You have a house to decorate. NO.

Mac Mocha Blush- The Color

Sigh. Its really all the fault of the MAC Makeup Artist in Dubai who used Mocha on me on my Mac Makeover and i absolutely fell in love with the natural, earthy flush it gave on my cheeks! Otherwise, i would just pass Mocha without so much as giving a thought to it. I mean, how boring is that in the pan? A muddy, matte plum pink that doesnt even look like it would show up on my skin tone. But show up it does, and gives one of the sweetest flushes- all soft, and earthy and dusty pink..very Everyday pretty. I dont even know why they call it Mocha honestly, its not the color of coffee or anything .It  is a  dusty pink that will look really great on pretty much everyone, except if you are darker than NC 42 then you may want to see whether this shows up on your skin tone. But otherwise if you are looking for a solid everyday blush, then Mocha is your baby!

Mac Matte Finish Blushes

Mac Mocha is a matte blush by MAC, but somehow it doesn’t have the typical characteristics of MAC Matte Blushes. Mocha is a bit less pigmented than regular Mac Mattes which are like full power colour. It also has a bit of a chalky texture in the pan,  and a bit of s hardness to it which means there is not as much *poof*  blush dust as Mattes can have (love saying that- *Poof* *Poof* *Poof*) , but on the cheeks what I love about this is that it melts into the skin. You cant even tell you are wearing powder blush when you wear Mocha- the powder is so fine it just seems to seep into the skin giving you the most smooth,  pretty, healthy pink cheeks. The texture of Mac Mattes are really really smooth, so they blend with ease even with the crappiest of brushes and last a very good mount of time of about 6 hours or so.

Mac Mocha Blush Swatch- Unblended

To see more pictures of the makeover and Mac Mocha used on me go here- Mac Makeover

Review Verdict: A

Price: Rs 1350/-

Recommendation: Mac Mocha is a matte, plummy dusty pink that is one of the nicest everyday blushes by Mac. Dont be fooled by the boring color in the pan or when you swatch it- use it on your cheeks and you will fall in love with the sweet  pink it imparts to your face ! It has a bit of  A hard texture but it is just the easiest damn blush to blend! If you are medium skintone this is great, but darker than NC 42 you might want to test out whether this shows on your skin!

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swastika May 29, 2012 at 10:57 am

It is sooo very pretty on you..but I think it is easily dupable..I have a Chambor one with half the price and very similar color…


rs May 29, 2012 at 11:44 am

Fabulous blush!Looks absolutely natural on you.This is going to be a must buy for me.How many days left for the wedding?Got an apartment?Must be the extremely busy now.Ok,before you go into a full-fledged wedding mode,one request.Please do a post on hair-removal or unwanted hair.I am not a ‘bhalu’ kind but nevertheless have always been a hairy person.The problem gets compounded because I am very fair and that makes the body hair very obvious.I am contemplating buying an epilator also but not very sure about it.Plz help.


mehak May 29, 2012 at 12:11 pm

lol i am actually a bhalu kin. Dude epilators HURT. BAD. Its easier to just get it waxed on the body and bleach on the face..


Sukanya May 29, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Mehak..even i would like if you do a post on totally into bhalu mode now..and damn scared of epilators (ouch* )
Btw, am totally loving the shade..except the price !! :X any dupe you can think of??? colorbar had some plummy shade na?? btw if you mix nyx dusty rose n colorbar just earth you get a close dupe i think …..


mehak May 29, 2012 at 2:32 pm

I wracked my brains for a dupe, but this one has plummy ness and brownness in it which wasnt there in anything else..ya nyx dusty rose + colorbar just earth sounds right…


Pooja@IBC May 29, 2012 at 2:43 pm

While we are on the topic of deforestation- I’m personally not a fan of self inflicted torture of any kind,Epilators just totally psych me out, I had a roomie during college days who would attack her body hair with a vengeance with her Epilators and it would sound like ‘rat-ta-tat-rat-a-tat’ OMG it sounded so terribly painful it emotionally scarred me for life I think! Waxing is d way to go girls


prerna May 30, 2012 at 12:47 pm

i second dat too!..if you can do a post for both body n facial hair removal methods wich one to pick better etc..if you have any idea about laser treatments effects or results you hv seen..need it so much :(..i knw ur very busy so jus in case its possibl!

and waxing is d best ..but sometimes wen the hair growth is not full it jus doesnt hapen those cases i thikn epilator comes handy…it is a lil painful ya but not so much if u do for shorter hair and mositurize ur skin well beforehand..i epilate smtimz wen realy wnt d to gt rid f d short hair pokin out bt dnt hv time for waxing


Neha May 30, 2012 at 1:03 pm

My sister went into for laser hair removal side locks and chin. She had some weird growth due to PCOS. And laser just fails, there isnt any permanent removal but only reduction. That too can only be seen for hard and course hair. For normal thin facial hair hardly any difference. Also, over a course of time she has kinda burnt her skin. Its been 3 years and she takes laser sitting after every 3 months (the frequency was high in the beginning).

There is also a cream of hair reduction, Eflora (google for details). And it worked for me, again you have to keep on using it. Once you stop, hair come back in a while. I personally prefer bleaching facial hair and waxing for body.


prerna May 30, 2012 at 4:34 pm

burnt her skin ? :(..
n laser fails too..ah i realy was thkng of getn laser for d face too but if fine hair doesnt go im gna b deprsd i thkn cuz f hair prob :(

is dis cream availabl in india?..hope i can get it over d counter den..


mehak May 30, 2012 at 5:11 pm

But my cousin had a really good experience with laser. though she mentioned it really matters whr u do it from
o burning or anthing. u do need to go for multiple sittings, but she ws aware of tht already


prerna May 30, 2012 at 11:10 pm

ah mehak can u please let me knwo from where she got it done?..and d hair grew back n al later?

Vish May 29, 2012 at 11:44 am

wow u r ryt it totallu suits u Mehak


Shivani May 29, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Suits u so well! love the shade! Gingerly is also in my list!


Pooja@IBC May 29, 2012 at 2:45 pm

I’ve been eying some blushes from MAC but oooof the pricing! Mocha sure looks great on u :)


Mehak May 29, 2012 at 10:39 pm

Thanks pooja ya it sucks th price! I’m thinking of switchg o nyx . Not great staying power but simila olors n good pigment


pavani reddy May 29, 2012 at 3:08 pm

this looks amazing on u mehak….fab shade…..


Mehak May 29, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Thanks pavani


Desi Girl May 29, 2012 at 4:26 pm

hey, luv ur posts. BTW, r u a NC or NW? and which number at that?…..cuz my skintone seems similar to urs and i was planning to buy a mac concealer.



mehak May 29, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Im an NC…NC 40 ..


mehak May 29, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Heres a post to help you know which shade you are- nc or nw :


Desi Girl May 30, 2012 at 2:43 pm

thnx a ton…………gr8 post!! Off 2 gt my 1st MAC concealer :)


Roopa May 29, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Hey Mehak

This really looks great on you!

I have rediscovered my love for MAC Mattes yest! I have Desert Rose which was neglected for quite some time now! However am wearing it today for the second time in a row …….

Ambering Rose is an amazing shade but it may have a dupe in Inglot!

P.S. I have a Inglot blush which is quite close to MOCHA (at least the colours in the pan look similar)…..


Mehak May 29, 2012 at 10:29 pm

Desert rose is really pretty too…another everyday one na


Mehak May 29, 2012 at 10:40 pm

N tell me the dupe!!!


Roopa May 30, 2012 at 10:22 am

MAC Gingerly, MAC Desert Rose and Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Pink Quartz are the only blushes that I really need! But the rest all are ‘wants’!

Regretfully, I donot remember the shade no. But do check – recollect that it was very close! And honestly, I find Inglot blushes almost as good as MAC!


Kejal May 29, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Lovely Natural flush..but 1350/- is “OUCHHHH” in bold, underlined and italics!!


mehak May 29, 2012 at 7:22 pm

i know :( :(
And i didnt know te price had gone up when billed it they were like 1350 i ws liek WAAAH??????


Jyoti May 29, 2012 at 7:47 pm

OMG! i feel in love wid it the moment i saw the swatch. <3 What a beautiful shade.
Umm though i always say Yes for the ATM receipt…i'll still go in denial and get it next time i am at the store. ;) It looks beautiful on you. :*


Jyoti May 29, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Err… i meant *fell in love


Mehak May 29, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Thanks jyoti


Nisha Khan May 29, 2012 at 10:28 pm

you look great Mehak n its lovey color.


Mehak May 29, 2012 at 10:38 pm

N tell me the dupe plss


corallista May 29, 2012 at 11:40 pm

I have this in the Wintercool kit that was launched along with the Christmas collections. The first 2 times I tried it, it felt dry and hard in texture and didn’t photograph well, I have to dig it out again!


mehak May 30, 2012 at 8:19 am

Ya it is hard but not dry… Maybe the kit quality different ?


Puja May 30, 2012 at 12:53 am

I personally love the MAC cosmetics…. n this one looks grrt. Thnx for sharing)


divya g May 30, 2012 at 1:37 am

To all you lovelies in India, it is not all that bad that the price is 1350 rupees, still cheaper then buying it in the UK so don’t feel to cheated!I should start buying MAC when im in India instead…x


mehak May 30, 2012 at 8:18 am

Really how much d oes it cost in uk


divya g May 31, 2012 at 5:07 am

It is around £17.50 for a blush, which I just checked is equal to 1522 Rupees. I was surprised too!x x x


LoveMakeUp May 30, 2012 at 2:04 am

True Mehak it looks dull in the pan but on cheeks it is amazing … it looks lovely on you adds a glow to your face

Nice post..



Fatema May 30, 2012 at 3:02 am

You’re right. It looks really boring in the pan, but does wonders for your skintone! :)


prerna May 30, 2012 at 12:52 pm

n lovely lovely color esp on ur skintone….! natural and prety…luvd d review


Bhumika May 31, 2012 at 3:29 am

Thats a pretty shade..perfect everyday kind as u mentioned :)


Rashmi May 31, 2012 at 8:05 am

Hey Mehak , i actually clicked on the MAC makeover link at the end of this post and went thru the list of products they used on u.. u said u dont use so much makeup everyday.. tell me which of these products is a must buy and really makes a difference to ur look post makeup..
Mac Fix + spritzed all over face
Mac Studio Fix Fluid NC 40 mixed with lustre drops
Mac Select Moisture Cover Concealer
Mineralized Skin Finish in Natural on face
Mineralized Skin Finish in a darker shade for contour
Mac Mocha Blush on Cheeks
Mac Cosmo Lipstick on Lips
Mac Woodwinked Eyeshadow all over lid
Mac Folie Eyeshadow in the crease
Mac Blacktrack gel liner on upper lash line
Mac Graphite Black Liner on lower lash line
Mac Zoom lash Mascara

thanks !!


mehak May 31, 2012 at 10:23 am

I would recommend
Mocha Blush
Cosmo Lipstick
Woodwinked eyeshadow
Any matte brown eyeshadow in cease(i personally love folie, but its just a flat brown u can get it in any drusgtroe)
Mineralised sin finish is a really good investment- you can get the same shade as yr skin if you want to use it as a powder, but i like it in a shade darker so i use it only for contouring…
Apart from that nothing much, im not a huge fan of mac foundations now…but the lustre drops r nice…you can mix them into any foundation for a nice sheen and glow..


tanveer June 2, 2012 at 10:17 pm

I had to get this blush after I saw this post… & I did today! Luckily I got it at the old price of Rs. 1150/- thanks to yr tip on twitter! It is a gorgeous shade :)


mehak June 3, 2012 at 12:57 am

Yayie!!!! So glad you got it and are loving it!!!


Neesh July 22, 2012 at 5:58 am

Mehak, when you went to the MAC store in Dubai did you ask for a makeover? I want to get one done but not sure how to go about it


Gayatri April 17, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Hi mehak,
The mocha looks great on you.have you ever tried shangai spice mac lipstick.its in their permanent collection.try Springsheen mac will fall in love with it.for shangai spice do not have a look through Internet just have a try. Actually I have a similar skin tone just like yours and a NC 40 user.i just love mac products.Today I was going to buy fashion city mac lipstick will tell you after I use it.the review I am giving is for office makeup.


mehak May 31, 2012 at 10:24 am

See the hair will always come back, but not as you go for one sitting …then it comes back..then you go for sitting number two…then yll see that when the hair grows there is a HUGE difference in volume…then after third theres not much growth..ill ask her…she went o hauz khas somewr frm wht i rememebe


prerna May 31, 2012 at 12:47 pm

oh ok..but lik u said it makes a differenc from where you get it done..ya if u could tel me the name of the palce she got done from.

thanks a lot man!


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