Availability: MAC Stores & Online
Release Date: July 5, 2012
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.
This review is for the 4 new Mineralize Blushes releasing with MAC’s upcoming Heavenly Creature Collection. This post includes photographs and swatches of the following colors:
- Solar Ray: Peach and gold melange
- Ring of Saturn: Terracotta and gold melange
- Stratus: Amethyst and golden brown melange
- Supernova: Magenta and burnt gold melange
These blushes come in standard MAC packaging. The compacts are plastic and have flip-up, snap-shut lids.
Solar Ray is an strongly orange-toned gold with gold shimmer. This shade was extremely disappointing. The pigmentation shows through only when swatched heavily. If you use it as a blush or blend it out, it has almost no color and doesn’t even really leave a good presence of shimmer behind.
Ring of Saturn is a medium, terracotta color with a subtle, golden sheen. This is a great color to use if you want a bronzed-plus-peachy color on the cheek as an alternative to a flushed pink or red color.
Stratus is a deep terracotta color mixed with deep plum and golden shimmers. I have similar comments for this color as I do for Ring of Saturn. Stratus is deeper and has a purple undertone instead of a peach undertone.
Supernova is a pale brick color that leans pink and has light golden shimmers. The color has a much stronger pink tone once it is blended out.
Solar Ray is in its own disappointing ballpark when it comes to performance. But the rest of the colors have good pigmentation and apply very smoothly. They don’t have any chunky, unflattering glitter particles.
Ease of Use: 9.5/10
Because the formulation is smooth, application is easy and the colors go on evenly, giving strong color to the skin. You can layer to build up the vibrancy, or keep it sheer.
Solar Ray is the only outlier. The color didn’t not show up at all on the first layer, and still was barely perceptible with the second layer. You’ll probably need a dense brush to get this color to show up on the cheeks.
These blushes cost $23.50 and contain 3.2 g each. This is a $1.50 price jump from when MAC’s Naturally collection released a set of Mineralize Blushes. Regular powder blushes are $19.50 and contain 6 g of product each. It’s typical for mineralize products to be slightly more, but this is a huge discrepancy between product size and price.