MAC Frankly Scarlet blush


MAC Frankly Scarlet Matte powder blush £18
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After watching numerous tutorial videos from Tanya Burr where she repeatedly whipped out this little beauty, it was only a matter of time until the taunts led to a purchase and I added it to my own blush collection. Frankly Scarlet is one of those shades that I would never have voluntarily picked up when perusing the shelves of MAC – unless it is pink, coral or peachy-toned, it will rarely get a cursory glance. However, having seen Tanya use this blusher and convince me that it is much scarier in the pan than it is on the skin, I decided to give it a whirl.

Frankly Scarlet is a bright rose-red matte blusher. It has a slight raspberry undertone to it and when applied very lightly on the cheeks, gives you a natural rosy flush with a subtle satin finish. Softly softly does it though with this blush as there is a fine line between rosy cheeks and clown cheeks – and the first time I used this blush, I fell victim to the latter! But with a light swirl, tap and sweep of this powder, it is a lovely bright colour for your cheeks and a refreshing change from all my corals and pinks!

Have you tried Frankly Scarlet blusher?

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  1. 14th September 2013 / 3:21 pm

    Oooh, this looks really nice and gives you a healthy glow but I find that with pinks you also look wonderful!

    Loving the necklace and jumper!!! 🙂

    Layla xx

  2. 14th September 2013 / 3:31 pm

    oooh seriously make up envy right now!

    Emma |

  3. 14th September 2013 / 3:39 pm

    Oh this looks fab, this is something I'd be super scared to try but not so much now after seeing it on you. Beauts.

    Liza | Glambeautys | YouTube

  4. 14th September 2013 / 3:49 pm

    This looks so daunting at first but it's stunning on you! I feel like it's probably best suited to those with a tan though so I might leave it alone for now xx

  5. 14th September 2013 / 3:55 pm

    I'm with you on this one – I'd never pick it up – I guess I don't trust myself enough to have a light hand with such an intense blusher 😀 Better play it safe with some subtles. Takes a trained hand, I suppose and you've nailed it 🙂

    Renate from

  6. 14th September 2013 / 4:33 pm

    This shade really suits you!

  7. 14th September 2013 / 4:54 pm

    I have always wanted to buy this blush, but I am so scared! It's a pretty intense color. Alas maybe one day.


  8. 14th September 2013 / 5:06 pm

    It's such a pretty colour but entirely terrifying when you see it in the pan.

    It's very easy to blend and build up if need be and I think it's quite a versatile shade.

    Thank goodness for tutorials nowadays.

    Sej || What Would Grace Kelly Say


  9. 14th September 2013 / 5:49 pm

    Wow this is a colour I would never choose, I'm like you and stick to my corals and lighter colours etc. However seeing it on you makes me feel more comfortable in trying it out – defiantly one to apply very carefully!!

  10. 14th September 2013 / 6:07 pm

    This is such a gorgeous shade, I wouldn't normally opt for something with this much colour, as it does look quite scary in the packaging. Love finish though, think I'll be having a look at this now!

    Belle x
    Mascara & Maltesers

  11. 14th September 2013 / 6:43 pm

    Ooooooh this shade is amazing! Never seen this one. Great review and it looks great on you. Thanks for sharing hun.

    Confessions of a blonde

  12. 14th September 2013 / 7:23 pm

    That shade looks beautiful, it screams autumn winter to me! Love it!

  13. 14th September 2013 / 7:33 pm

    I think people get scared because this is is such a bright colour but when you apply it yes it can go clowny cheeks but if applied like you did it looks gorgeous on

  14. 14th September 2013 / 7:51 pm

    Wow it looks scary in pan but actually turns to a nice rosy glow on your skin – perfect!!

  15. 14th September 2013 / 7:51 pm

    Wow it looks scary in pan but actually turns to a nice rosy glow on your skin – perfect!!

  16. 14th September 2013 / 9:38 pm

    This looks so pretty! I probably would have passed on this because it is so red, but it looks very natural.

  17. 14th September 2013 / 10:44 pm

    I have to agree, wouldn't have given this a second look! But it looks lovely on you so I might check this out next time I'm at a counter as I keep buying peachy coloured blushers x

  18. 15th September 2013 / 8:11 am

    Such a beautiful colour! Like you I'd have been scared off, no one wants obscenely red cheeks, but this looks gorgeous, especially for the winter months ahead! xxx

  19. 15th September 2013 / 8:32 am

    This one always looks so scary in the pan but so pretty on the cheeks!


  20. 15th September 2013 / 10:17 am

    It really suits you, definitely keep it in your rotation!

  21. 15th September 2013 / 10:20 am

    Hello Milly,

    I love this blush so much, even the name is delicious!!

    But I am really pale so I am afraid it can be too bright for me.. But I will definitly try it!!

    Looks gorgeous on you


  22. 15th September 2013 / 5:52 pm

    I love this shade! I'd be too scared to over do it!

  23. 15th September 2013 / 6:07 pm

    Love the necklace you are wearing! I also love the shade of the blusher as it isn't as bright on as it looks in the pan xx