Saturday, 17 September 2011

MAC Tenderling Sheertone Blush

After asking the utterly gorgeous Strawberry Blond for some tips on where a well feed face should apply its blusher she replied with a couple of links to You Tube videos showing how to contour and where you should put your blush. The Sam Chapman Contouring video was exactly what I needed, so good I had a go at contouring with Em's bronzer and whilst the colours were way off the effect was what I was after - out of the chub cheekbones appeared, well sort of!

Throughout the video Sam uses MAC Tenderling for her contouring.  Much googling later and I was pretty certain that it was exactly what I was looking for in a blush.  This is a hard thing to describe as the poor MAC SA in the Trafford Centre today found out!  I wanted to check that I wasn't totally wide of the mark with Tenderling so asked her if I could try it, she went to the stand and dithered about for a bit til I point it out to her (guessing she was relatively new!) and then told me it was much too pale for me and wouldn't show.  She tried to tempt me with Gingerlily (I think, it was very orange to my eye) then another that had shimmer, shimmer, she soon learned, was out, and in the end I relented and let her apply a sweep of a shade she thought would work on me.  At this point I was able to explain that the particular shade was exactly the colour I go when I am too hot and therefore made me looked flushed and uncomfortable.  She nearly tutted but did a commendable job of holding it in!  I then politely requested that she apply a bit of Tenderling to my other cheek. 

This is my MAC Tenderling being rained on, propped up on the dustbin by the back door so you can see the actual colour!  To my eye its the powder equivalent of Uncommon which I adored in a cream blush and which MAC decided to remove from their range. Bastards.  I loved that blusher, even if occasionally it mixed itself up with my foundation and gave me muddy cheeks!


This gives me just the merest hint of warmth.


And I completely love it! I am also wearing Clinique colour correction yellow stick, Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted moisturiser and Clinique Colour Correction powder in these pics, as you can see not as much pink as usual. Still promise a proper post on these soon.


  1. This is gorgeous and your photos are perfect!

  2. This is perfect on you hun, just so natural. I still have uncommon and its lovely i wish it wasn't discontinued.
    Another good one is the something special cream blusher which i think would be great on you too xx

  3. That is so pretty! It looks really natural too, which (in my opinion) is the best way to wear blush.

    I have had that same experience with MAC before though... I'm super pale and meandered by looking for foundation, and could tell by looking that I wasn't going to be able to wear any of theirs. I moved on quickly, planning to purchase my beloved SPF 50 Prep+Prime and a couple of lipsticks, but she wouldn't rest until she had slathered me with their lightest foundation. It had a lovely texture, but was far too orange. I spent the next ten minutes trying to scrub it off.

  4. Thanks ladies! I really like that it looks natural, it was exactly what I was trying to achieve so I am glad you all think I managed it! Nicoletta, will have to check out Something Special now too - duty free tomorrow morning at stupid o'clock I think!

    I hate whent that happens Kat, Em and I looked at the Illamasqua foundations yesterday and their very palest is super pale so you might have better luck with them.

    If you are pale and want a nice subtle blush I can definitely recommend Tenderling!

  5. That really is a beautiful blush.

  6. Aw thanks for mentioning me you sweetheart - and how gorgeous are you in these pics?! I love this blusher on you & your cheekbones look great to me, esp in the last pic!

    Nic xxx

  7. Hi Charlie, thanks for your comment, a week on and I am still very pleased with it! xx

    Nic, honey, gorgeous I am not but you are very kind even so! Your tips were very much appreciated. xx

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