MAC’s major Spring collection, A Fantasy of Flowers, isn’t just full of beautiful colors for lips and eyes… There are several products for cheeks too! There are two brand new Mineralize Blushes that were released with this collection that I’ll be reviewing in this post. I know this collection was released a little over a week ago, so I apologize for getting this post up so late. I’ve been working a lot and really got to play around with these products before reviewing them, though, so that’s a plus!
A Fantasy of Flowers is a big collection… It actually has two parts with separate displayers at counter, with one being green and displaying the more peachy and neutral colors, and one being pink and displaying the more pink and violet shades. There is one blush on each displayer as one is more warm toned and one is somewhat cool toned. All of these products can be mixed and matched, of course, but by dividing the colors a bit, MAC is just suggesting which colors work best with one another, so that’s kind of nice if you’re new to makeup or need some ideas!
MAC’s Mineralzie Blush is described as “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 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 as a light wash of color or more heavily for more color and coverage, depending on how much pigmentation and sheen you desire. The best part about these in particular is that they have this really beautiful, reflective almost iridescent pearl. I am OBSESSED with these!
If you want to apply these really lightly, a MAC 188 brush is best and gives you the most control. To apply a little more heavily or to a bigger area, 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 and/or pore minimizing primer, like MAC’s Prep + Prime Skin Smoother, should eliminate or at least help out with that issue!
These blushes are both limited edition and available now at stores, counters, and online at www.maccosmetics.com. They contain the usual 3.2 g / 0.10 US oz of product and sell for $25. These may or may not be in stock at all locations, but I know most in my area still have a couple of them left. I believe that Petal Power may be sold out online for the time being, but check back since sometimes MAC restocks limited launches online!
Azalea in the Afternoon: This blush is a “mid tone blue pink” with a glowy finish. It’s a light to medium (depending on how much you apply), slightly cool toned pink with some soft blue/lavender undertones and a really unique, almost iridescent pearly, glowing finish… It’s like the cool tones actually give a pearlized highlight to this blush once it’s applied to the cheeks. It’s SO pretty! Color payoff is great, though this blush tends to look a bit cooler on the skin than in the pan. Coverage is nearly opaque if you want it to be, or more sheer if you apply it more lightly. This is typical and exactly how Mineralize Blushes should be. It feels a little powdery but still applies, layers, and blends out easily. I got about 7 hours of wear with Azalea in the Afternoon before I started to notice any fading. One note though… Because this is a cooler toned pink, I recommend this for people with very fair to medium skin tones. When applied on any darker skin tones, it can look so cool toned that it makes you look washed out. However, if you are medium-dark to deep, you can always lightly layer this over another blush to cool down the color and add a glow!
Dupes: Dainty is the closest dupe I can think of that’s permanent, but it’s a warmer, more yellow based pink. It is a Mineralize Blush though, so it has the same type of finish. Other than that, you can try Well Dressed or Pink Swoon Powder Blushes, but they won’t have a glow. You can always layer a Mineralize Skinfinish powder over them (like Porcelain Pink or Perfect topping, which is from this collection), to add the Mineralize glow.
Overall Rating: 4.8 / 5
Color Payoff: 5
Wear Time: 4
Petal Power: This Mineralize Blush is a “coral pink with gold shimmer” and has a super glowing finish. It’s a medium, bright but still soft, warm toned pink with coral undertones and a beautiful, warm golden sheen. Color payoff is bright and a near perfect match to how this blush looks in the pan. Coverage is sheer to pretty much full, depending on what type of technique and brush you use to apply Petal Power. It’s very smooth and silky, so it’s easy to apply and layer even though the color is fairly intense. I didn’t notice and fading with Petal Power until I had it on for about 7-8 hours. This blush is warmer and bolder than Azalea in the Afternoon, so it works on a wider variety of skin tones… I’ve tried this on a lot of people from super fair (like me) all the way up to dark-deep and it’s flattering on most people. The only thing is, it may need to be layered over another similar, more pigmented blush on dark to deep skin to get it to show up well, or it can be used as a warm highlighter on deeper skin tones.
Dupes: NARS Orgasm is actually really similar but less pink and is harder to work with (in my opinion). For MAC dupes, I can’t think of any right now! If I come up with one, I’ll post it later. Petal Power is definitely unique enough that it’s worth stocking up on!
Overall Rating: 4.8 / 5
Color Payoff: 5
Wear Time: 4