I’ve got a Fever for the perfect fall blush | MAC Fever Powder Blush review, swatches, photos

The product: MAC Powder Blush in Fever (Matte)

So, weird little confession coming up. When I’m toeing the line between “vaguely healthy” and “deliriously feverish,” I actually look… healthy. Seriously, it’s like, the only time I ever have a “healthy flush.”

(A little less sickly and I’m just a weird interpretation of pale; a little more and I look like someone’s got me on a stretching rack. Probably because my brain is being held captive on a stretching rack by the flu.)

Where was I going with this?

Oh, right. MAC Fever! And the fact that it’s quite pretty.

MAC Fever Powder Blush swatches

Consider it a strange personality quirk, but I’m really into wearing tiny amounts of really pigmented products, rather than normal amounts of medium-sheer ones. With blushes like Fever, it’s just so easy to get that flushed-from-within glow, because you need so little that they wear like a stain – that is, you can’t see evidence of blusher on your cheeks, no matter how up-close-and-personal you get, and they just last and last and last.

Fever is a really intense, matte raspberry red. MAC describes it as a reddish-burgundy, but I’d go more along the lines of… I don’t know; a brownish raspberry. (Raspberry, oxidized!) It’s honestly just – god, the pigmentation is ridiculous, and the shade! It’s utterly perfect for that expanded-capillaries, blood-beneath-your-skin effect, and the amount of pigment (not to mention, the depth of colour) means it’ll show up on pretty much everyone.

Just as an afterthought: I had originally turned to Frankly, Scarlett for that “flushed” look, but I like Fever quite a bit more. There’s enough plum and brown in it to keep it pretty subd– actually, subdued is probably a bad choice of words, here, because it’s really not. But Scarlett was brighter than I was looking for; it’s a rather aggressively cheery red – spot-on for what it intended to be, no doubt, but I definitely prefer this one applied lightly for a natural cheek.

And I know; it’s crazy to suggest that something this pigmented could turn out a natural cheek. But it can! And it’s lovely!

Had two sets of swatch photos for this review. Still… not really sure why.

But anyhow, here are some extra MAC Fever swatches!

The verdict?

I love Fever. Yes, even as a super-pale makeup junkie, I love it. I love, love, love it, my dear readers! (Which is a fact that I am going to stop announcing now, because “love” is starting to look less and less like a word.)

Honestly, I don’t know why this isn’t more popular. The pigmentation is incredible, the tone is just spot-on, and if the versatility of the product isn’t enough to sway you, then surely the wear time will! I cannot express enough how much you need to check this one out – okay, so perhaps it’s not suited to someone who’s new to blush, but come on. I know there are more blush junkies out there! I can feel you through your monitors and I am infecting you with MAC Fever lemmings!

Edited to add: See Fever in action here and here!

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  • Reply JC Makeup Diary

    I could definitely see how that would look stunning on you.

    November 3, 2011 at 6:43 AM
  • Reply PinkGlitter

    I have a pale complexion and would never think to pick out a red blush like this. It's really pretty though and I might check it out.
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    November 3, 2011 at 6:56 AM
  • Reply @avainwoman

    Um.. ok now I want this *makes grabby hands*

    I absolutely agree with you though- I am much too lazy (and scared) to wear my pigmented blushers regularly, but I adore the way these reddish berry tones look on the skin.
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    November 3, 2011 at 8:27 AM
  • Reply dani@callitbeauty


    I must definitely check this out because it makes me think of Christmas and I always want to think about Christmas.

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    November 3, 2011 at 8:43 AM
  • Reply kelly

    hmm i will definitely have to check fever out! i guess i have never heard anyone rave about it…but i absolutely agree with your statement on how you prefer tiny amts of pigmented products over lots of med-pigmented products. the color looks gorgeous too! i love how there is a bit of brown in it. thanks for your thoughts! you have enabled me to want this!
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    November 3, 2011 at 10:51 AM
  • Reply Xiao

    I think the red in that blush is what makes it so flush-y. I can see why you like it! It reminds me of Chanel Rouge (or should Chanel Rouge remind me of MAC Fever? Hmmm)

    Get well soon, dear! Miss you on Twitter :( I’m also fighting the tail end of a cold that refuses to let go. So um, shares my chicken soup with you
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    November 3, 2011 at 11:27 AM
  • Reply Jenn A.

    I love Fever blush too. It really is great at giving that nice flush to the cheeks.
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    November 3, 2011 at 12:11 PM
  • Reply Eden-Avalon

    I love the IDEA of this blush, but red shades always make me look a bit ruddy. I'd love to get a better idea of how you wear it so I can try myself.

    November 3, 2011 at 1:43 PM
  • Reply Lilit

    Such a gorgeous colour, I can totally see it work well in Autumn and carry you over into winter too for that "flushed from the cold" look.
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    November 3, 2011 at 1:54 PM
  • Reply Rachael

    I wonder how it compares to Chanel's Contraste blush in Rouge from the byzantine collection. Its super pigmented and very very red. I love the fragrance on it. I think you're making an excellent point with Fever blush. While I don't really care for MAC you'd have probably sold me on it if I didn't already have a red blush! I so love the "winter flush." Its so much sexier than the orange of bronzers.

    November 3, 2011 at 2:57 PM
  • Reply @StealMyHeartLve

    Great review. This blush has been on my makeup wishlist forever!
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    November 3, 2011 at 6:02 PM
  • Reply BeautyReflects

    Ok, HOW come I DON'T have THIS??? Gorgeous!!
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    November 3, 2011 at 11:40 PM
  • Reply Jamilla

    This would look stunning on your high cheekbones!

    November 4, 2011 at 2:30 AM
  • Reply smashinbeauty

    Thanks for the review :D The blush seems nice
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    November 4, 2011 at 5:57 AM
  • Reply Liz (Reductionista)

    I spent all of last month debating whether I should get this or not, and finally decided I had enough blushes. BUT CLEARLY NOT! :D
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    November 4, 2011 at 11:52 AM
  • Reply Larie

    So, erm, I do own Frankly Scarlet, but now I still kind of want Fever. I feel like your swatches look different from the in-the-pan color, though, which is perhaps why I didn't buy this one.

    Also, this: " Consider it a strange personality quirk, but I’m really into wearing tiny amounts of really pigmented products, rather than normal amounts of medium-sheer ones." ME TOO.
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    November 4, 2011 at 3:53 PM
  • Reply Ryou

    Hey, using pigmented products sparingly only mean that they'd last longer. ;D

    I may have to pick up this shade. It looks really lovely! <3

    November 5, 2011 at 7:57 PM
  • Reply Alex

    Can you post a picture of you wearing it? I find blush so tricky sometimes and this is so bright! Lovely but bright.

    November 7, 2011 at 6:13 PM
  • Reply theNotice: a beauty blog » MAC Fever: a quick FOTD

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    November 7, 2011 at 8:07 PM
  • Reply Michelle

    I need!!!!!!!!!

    November 26, 2011 at 8:54 PM
  • Reply toyarosie

    Um yep – you definitely did create a massive lemming in me for this!! After I mentioned how much I liked it a couple weeks ago, I remembered you mentioned to check out the original post, and here I am. You're KILLING me with this Rae! I'm trying to only buy blush every three months as its getting out of hand, but I might *need* to buy this ASAP. Gah!!

    (But PS – Thanks for the heads up :P)
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  • Reply Lulu

    I have really pale skin and I recently bought this color to wear with darker lip sticks. I'm kind of a newbie with makeup and I'm still learning the tricks of makeup application. How do you suggest applying this color lightly?

    August 25, 2014 at 8:06 AM
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