Product Type: MAC makeup
Newest Review: ... AVAILABILITY / APPEARANCE These blusher pots will set you back £19, and seldom can you find them cheaper. MAC don't have sales, but you m... more
As pretty in the pot as they are on your face!
MAC Mineralize Blush
Member Name: debbie41176
MAC Mineralize Blush
Advantages: Good colour and finish choices, easy application / long lasting. Very very pretty!!
Disadvantages: Not a huge choice unless there is a limited collection going on at the time of purchase.
REASONS FOR PURCHASE
I love MAC cosmetics in general, I love blusher, but I always give 'shimmery / sparkly' products a wide birth. Most of the mineralise blushes are indeed shimmery, but if you chose carefully, they aren't overpoweringly so.
I've added a few mineralize blushes to my collection, most of these from limited edition collections (MAC bring out a few each year), although there are some mineralize blushes in the permanent range too.
They're a couple of pounds more expensive than the standard MAC powder blushes, and generally a bit smaller, but a pot will still last you ages and they're nice for bumping up your collection.
ABOUT THE BLUSH
Here is what MAC have to say about their mineralize blushes:
"Baked minerals refined into a powder formula to provide exceptionally sheer and lightweight application. Colour builds lightly, layer after layer, without heavy coverage. Veils and enhances the cheekbones with a luminous, pearlized shimmer." - MAC Cosmetics UK
Apparently 'baked' products are only strictly counted as being 'baked' if they're in their little teraccota pans. MAC baked blushes are still in metal pans, so I guess that makes them imposters in the 'baked' world!? For me this doesn't make any difference whatsoever, but I thought it was quite interesting to know! They get their 'swirliness' from different liquids being merged together and when they dry (or are cooked / baked) into powder form, the pretty swirly patterns of different colours and finishes are your end result.
PRICE / AVAILABILITY / APPEARANCE
These blusher pots will set you back £19, and seldom can you find them cheaper. MAC don't have sales, but you may get lucky if purchasing MAC from one of their other suppliers (just Debenhams and Selfridges in the UK).
Be wary of purchasing MAC from ebay and other online shops. MAC is faked A LOT, although saying that, I haven't yet seen a fake mineralize blush. It's up to you if you want to take the risk or not!
You get 3.5g of product in a little sleek black pot. This is less than a standard MAC blush, but is still a good amount. The pan is about the size of a large Christmas chocolate coin, and the product itself is raised in a dome, so you do get a fair bit in there.
The little pots have a clear pastic lid, so you get to see just how attractive the blushes are. To give you a few examples, I have one that is called 'Daft Pink' and has lots of different pink and yellow tones swirled together. It looks almost like a plannet! And another I have is called 'Giggly' and is a simple baby pink colour, but with a shimmery lilac heart design baked into the middle.
Regardless of whether a blush is sheer or very pigmented, I like to use a smaller blusher brush to make sure I don't get carried away / end up looking like a clown!
I use a small MAC brush that isn't tapered / fanned (although these are just as good!).
You can apply your blush on bare skin, over moisurizer, tinted moisturizer, any type of foundation (be it liquid, powder, cream), and so on!
None of the mineralize blushes I've tried have been as pigmented as say, some of the matte blushes, but they do still provide a good colour payoff from product, to brush, to face.
Some may look very shimmery in the pot, but luckilyl shimmer is that that's there. No unslightly big chunks of glitter are present!
With these blushes, I like to start with a small amount, so may just swirl my brush over the product very lightly. I then always apply to my cheek bones in an upwards and circular motion. I take the blush as far up as my temples if I'm using a fairly sheer colour. I find this balances the look and adds a nice highlighting quality. I may then go and add a bit more to my cheek bones, depending on how much I love the colour and how carried away I get!
I haven't yet come across a mineralize blush with a bad colour payoff / finish, be it a peach, bronze, pink or lilac toned colour I'm using.
Once on, you can chose to set your blush with a transparent finishing powder. This might give you a few more hours of wear, but I tend not to favour this method because I find it 'mutes' the colour / finish of your blush a little bit.
Without anything to 'set' the blush, it'll last you as long as your foundation and everything else lasts. In fact, sometimes I'll notice my foundation has worn away, apart from the patches with blush on top! So I think the best indication would be to say that you'll need to reapply your blush if and when you reapply your foundation.
I like these for a change. I wear blusher every day and most days do automatically reach for a matte MAC blusher. However, some of my absolute favourites are mineralize blushes, I just tend to save them for a special treat!
I can't fault these products, but it would be nice to see more of them in the permanent range! At the moment there are only 4 or 5 permanent mineralize blushes and I'd like to see a few more!
If you love your beauty products to look as pretty in your makeup box, as they do on your face, I assure you that you won't be able to resist some of these!
They do the job as well as any other MAC blush (ie, very well!), and despite their high price tag, are a makeup box must have for me!
Summary: Gorgeous little gems that do the job as well as any other high end blush!