MAC Apres Chic – Mineralize Blushes: Photos, Swatches and Reviews

MAC has released three Mineralize Blushes with the Apres Chic collection… Two of these are brand new and one is part of the permanent lineup of Mineralize Blushes. These are all dramatically different and work for a variety of skintones. The cool part is that all of these can be used on anyone and look good, it’s just a matter of how and where you apply them!

Apres Chic Mineralize Blushes

Apres Chic Mineralize Blush Labels

MAC Mineralize Blushes are one of my favorite blush formulas of all time. They give off a radiant glow without being frosty. They have shimmer, but it’s subtle and they don’t contain the kind of shimmer particles that appear chunky or heavy. Mineralize Blushes have a soft, fine texture so they blend and layer beautifully. You can apply these sheer or heavy, depending on how much color and sheen you desire. If you want to apply these lightly, a MAC 188 brush is best and gives you the most control. To apply slightly more heavily, you can use a MAC 187 brush (the larger version of the 188). For the most intense application (which still doesn’t look too heavy), you can use something like a MAC 168, 116, or 129 brush. Mineralize Blushes offer about 6-8 hours of wear before fading. On oilier skin, they may not last quite so long. On extremely oily skin or on skin with large pores, these may emphasize shine and pore size. However, using a mattifying or pore minimizing primer, like MAC’s Prep + Prime Skin Smoother, should eliminate or at least help out with that issue!

Alpine Bronze and Amber Glow are both limited edition and have only been released with the Apres Chic collection, which came out the day after Christmas. Gentle is permanent, so it will always be available. Mineralize Blush contains 3.2g / 0.10oz of product and sell for $23.50. These are available now at your local MAC counter, store, or online at www.maccosmetics.com.

Alpine Bronze Mineralize Blush

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Mineralize Blush swatched on NC15 skin.Left:   Applied heavily     Right: Blended out

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Mineralize Blush swatched on NC15 skin.
Left: Applied heavily                                                 Right: Blended out

Alpine Bronze:   Alpine Bronze is a “midtone caramel”. It’s a medium, warm toned tan with a creamy golden sheen. It looks kind of orange in the pan, but it doesn’t apply like that. It’s well pigmented, but buildable, so anyone from fair to dark skin can wear Alpine Bronze… I’m about as fair as you can get and surprisingly, this even worked on me! Applied lightly on my own cheeks it appears as a brown based, slightly peachy tan that really warmed up my complexion without making me look like I applied some kind of weird bronzer, which is what most blushes this color look like on me. I think this would be a very nice, natural looking blush on medium to dark skin, especially for Spring and Summer!

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Amber Glow Mineralize Blush

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Mineralize Blush swatches on NC15 skin.Left: Applied heavily     Right: Blended out

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Mineralize Blush swatches on NC15 skin.
Left: Applied heavily                                                  Right: Blended out

Amber Glow:   Amber Glow is a “warm peach”… It’s a light, very soft, warm toned peach with a pale, cream shimmer. It’s nicely pigmented, but it’s so light that you have to build on it or layer it to get it to show up. I actually love this blush because I’m fair skinned, so it works both as a blush or a highlighter on me… I can’t see this working too well as a blush on anyone darker than light-medium or medium skin though. Amber Glow will double as a highlight on anyone from fair to medium deep or maybe dark skin, so it is versatile and usable by nearly everyone. This Mineralize Blush has the smoothest texture I’ve ever felt… It’s very fine and not super frosty, so it doesn’t emphasize pores one little bit! That makes it perfect for all skin types, even oily skin.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Gentle Mineralize Blush

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Mineralize Blush swatched on NC15 skin.Left:   Applied heavily     Right:   Blended out

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Mineralize Blush swatched on NC15 skin.
Left: Applied heavily                                                   Right: Blended out

Gentle:   Gentle is a “raspberry with gold pearl” and is part of MAC’s permanent range of Mineralize Blush. It’s a medium, ever so slightly cool toned pink with a warm golden, pearly sheen. The warmth of the pearl counteracts the coolness of the blush in a way, so this is wearable for both warm and cool skintones. Gentle has great color payoff and pigmentation, and Mineralize Blushes are so buildable that this is suitable for everyone, whether your skin is fair or deep dark. Gentle isn’t very frosty, so it works well even on people who have larger pores or oily skin.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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