Review: MAC Melba Blush

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Continuing the project of reviewing every MAC Blush ($17 for refill pan, $21 for compact) in my collection, today I bring you Melba. Although I have a handful of their blushes, Melba has secured its place as one of my favorites. It's one of those no-fuss blushes that goes with everything! It's like that one bag that you constantly reach for because you don't have to think about if it matches your outfit or not. Usually, those types of barely-there shades are very beige or brown (like a neutral, think NARS Douceur or Tarte Exposed) but what I like about Melba is that it's a bit peachy so it adds warmth and stands out from the rest. 

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MAC Melba (left) and Peaches (right)
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The quality is consistent with most permanent MAC blushes: soft, blendable, long-lasting, pigmented, and generally easy to work with. It's somewhat similar to Peaches (also from MAC) which is why I photographed the two side by side. The difference is that Peaches has a stronger orange undertone and is less pigmented than Melba (because Peaches has a Sheertone finish and Melba is a Matte). 

If someone asked me which three blushes from MAC I recommend I would probably say: Melba, Warm Soul, and Fleur Power. Which three would you recommend?

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32 comments

  1. Melba is the one MAC blush that I would really love to get my hands on. It just looks so lovely and a lot of my more nuded blushes are more pink leaning, so I feel like this would be very unique in my collection!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

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  2. I do like this shade, it s a beautiful soft peach with a light brown undertone in my opinion which is exactly something I love! I love wearing shades that are warm and light brownish! Thanks for the recommendation I do plan to check out some of their blushes!

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  3. Melba is such a popular MAC Blush and I see why! ♥ It definitely would go with just about everything! :) x

    Jasmine Catches Butterflies ʚϊɞ

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  4. Melba was the very first blush that I bought from MAC. It's such a pretty colour and I love that it's matte as I'm not too keen on shimmery blushers X
    thefashion-junkie

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  5. This Blush is so gorgeous ! I love the shade !
    Sara,
    http://thecrimeofashion.blogspot.fr

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  6. I have a funny story about Melba. A gf of mine gave it to me while I was visiting her about two years ago and at first I wasn't going to use it and just back to mac it and one day i did and it is one of my top five blushes from MAC. Love it so much!!!

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  7. Soooo pretty on you! I actually don't own any MAC blushes which is a bit of a shocker for a makeup junkie ... but I don't know, they didn't appeal to me over the other offerings on the market from NARS/Tarte/Benefit/etc. I love your makeup here and Melba looks perfect on you.

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    1. Yeah, I mean, here in the U.S. MAC is awesome because its at a mid price point between drugstore and high end brands but in Australia and the U.K. it's just too expensive. xx

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  8. Looks like a lovely shade, I have Fleur Power and really love it xx

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    1. I have that one too! It's so pretty x

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  9. That's a beautiful color on you. MAC seems to have such excellent products, but the price is really putting me off :(

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  10. I also love Melba! I would recommend: Melba, Warm Soul, and Sunbasque or maybe Blushbaby. Blushbaby is a great everday blush as well and reminds me of Exposed by Tarte. I love Sunbasque on my medium skintone in the summer.

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    1. Yes, yes! I have Warm Soul and Sunbasque and I love them both. We seem to have similar tastes to I will have to try Blushbaby too :)

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  11. I haven't tried Melba before but it's definitely a nice one. I'll have to check it out! xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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  12. I love Melba but it was a perfect dupe for NARS Gilda so I returned it. I do love MAC Peaches too.

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    1. Never tried Gilda but that's good to know x

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  13. I really like this shade! I'm starting to gravitate towards blushes that aren't the run-of-the-mill pink with shimmer :D

    A Thing of Beauty

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  14. Ohhh Melba looks like a color that I would wear everyday! A no-brainer blush :)

    http://paolaysabel.blogpot.com

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  15. I've been wanting to get this blush for so long ! Next month, it's mine !

    http://pinupjet.blogspot.fr

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  16. I bought 'Peach Melba' by Natural Collection as I heard it was a dupe for this. I love it, it looks very similar.

    http://shemademebuyit.blogspot.co.uk/

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  17. Looks like a perfect, wearable neutral blush! Very pretty on you :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  18. looks very pretty on you dear :) xx
    www.ambifashion.com

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  19. Ohh this looks nice! I wanted Peaches but now that you mentioned that Melba is matte I definitely want Melba instead. :D

    Laura
    www.lauraneuzeth.com

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  20. I like Mocha and Eternal Sunshine :)

    www.ambermcniff.co.uk

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