Monday, December 1, 2008

Product Review: MAC Red She Said Beauty Powder Blush in Stark Naked

At a Glance:
Price: RM80 / US$18 / Rs 1250
Weight: 5g 0.17 US oz
Made in: USA
Ingredients: Talc, Nylon-12, Zinc Stearate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dimethicone, Squalane, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract \ Extrait D'Orge, Silica, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Magnesium Myristate, Aluminium Calcium Sodium Silicate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol [+ / - Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), Iron Oxides (CI77491, CI77492, CI77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI77163), Blue 1 Lake (CI42090), Carmine (CI75470), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI77289), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI77288), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI77510), Manganese Violet (CI77742), Red 6 (CI15850), Red 6 Lake (CI15850), Red 7 (CI15850), Red 7 Lake (CI15850), Red 28 Lake (CI45420), Red 30 Lake (CI73360), Ultramarines (CI77007), Yellow 5 Lake (CI19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI15985)]

Product Description:

Silky-fine, shot with pearl, this blush inspires a subtle glow in tandem with a pure colour vibe. Ultra-smooth, delivers a light and alluring shimmer together with a sheer-colour payoff. Builds colour for ultimate effect. In every way luxurious. Limited edition.

Actual Product Pic:

Pigmentation & Color (Plus Swatches! :D):

This color is described as a Shimmery Mid-tone Mauve with Gold Pearl on the website, which i felt was quite accurate! On my NC20-25 skin, it appears as a really beautiful pinkish berry color with gold shimmers. This blush is rather pigmented, 1-2 swipes is definitely enough for the colors to show up! :)

Swatch from the Mac Website:

Actual Color:


This blush comes in the regular MAC flip-top blush pot.

This is a Beauty Powder Blush, so its texture is exceptionally smooth!!

Time Test:
This blush lasts about 7 hours on my cheeks before it started to fade, which is quite good! :)

Price & Availability:
This product is priced at RM80 / US$18, which is the same price as the regular blushers. This blush is LE though, so grab yours asap at your nearest MAC counter / Pro Store or on!

This blush looks really natural on me, so i believe it should be able to suit most looks!! :)

Possible Dupes:
This blush has been compared alot to the MAC Gentle Mineralize Blush. I don't own this blush so i cannot make a comparison between them, but user sleepyhead from has a clear pic of the two:

As you can see from the pic above, Gentle is more pink while Stark Naked is more mauvey :)

I dug out all my blushes for a comparison, and found that the True Romantic Beauty Powder Blush looked almost similar to this blush (minus the shimmers) in the pan!

Swatches of them side by side:

They're almost the same color with True Romantic being very slightly lighter than Stark Naked. Also, True Romantic has silver shimmers whilst Stark Naked has gold shimmers! :)

My $0.02:
This blush got so raves that i just can't help but to feel really frustrated for having to wait so long to check it out in person!! Alas, the long wait was worth it because this blush is just simply divinely beautiful!! It looks so natural on my cheeks, and i love how the gold shimmers are not over the top and just enough to give a nice glow! This has officially replaced the MAC Blooming blush from the Cult of Cherry collection as my favourite MAC blush of 2008!! :)

In a Nutshell:

The best MAC blush of 2008, IMHO!! :D

Likes: A really really beautiful color!!
Gripes: None!
Repurchase: Yes!

5 Stars ! This is my official favourite blush now!! :)

Credits: Product photo from Swatch from


  1. Thanks very much for the review! I'll go check it out tomorrow. Hopefully they've restocked the blush :)

  2. Hopefully they did!! :D :D

    You're most welcome girl!! ;)

  3. stark naked is OOS here

    no need for me to buy dy~

  4. Yep. OOS here. I just checked it out. I feel weird with pink blush la... oh, and I finally tried Gleeful.. it looked nice at first then it looked muddy. eh.

  5. Plue: ahaha... money saved then!! hahaha!! :D

  6. Connie: icic... get Dainty then!! :P:P Sure won't go wrong one!! :D


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