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MAC Petal Power Mineralize Blush

MAC Petal Power Mineralize Blush
MAC Petal Power Mineralize Blush

MAC Petal Power Mineralize Blush ($27.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “coral pink with gold shimmer.” It’s a pop of light-medium pink with warm undertones and a heavy dose of gold shimmer. MAC Springsheen (P, $22.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Glisten (P, $28.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I802 Coral Pink (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). NYX Summer (P, $6.50) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Bashful (LE, $28.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Makeup Geek Romance (P, $9.99) is lighter, more muted, warmer (90% similar). Benefit Bella Bamba (Palette) (P, $29.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Benefit CORALista (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Flowerchild (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Blush (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Deep Throat (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Score (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Rose Gold (P, $6.99) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Soulshine (Together) (LE, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Milani Dolce Pink (P, $8.49) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Sand (LE, $68.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Natural High (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Sweet Vision (LE, $28.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Guerlain Blush G (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC’s Mineralize Blush formula is supposed to be a “blush that builds lightly” that has a lightweight feel and “luminous colour.” Petal Power was previously a limited edition shade, I believe, and it was added to the permanent line-up. I repurchased to see whether it had changed at all since its original launch, and I noticed it was significantly lighter and pinker in its permanent iteration (enough that they could be two different colors, really!). It had semi-opaque to totally opaque color payoff with a lightly dusty consistency that felt smooth and didn’t look powdery on the skin. This particular shade has a lot of shimmer, and it appears more metallic with a shiny finish on the skin, which did emphasize pores for me. On my skin, the color lasted for seven hours before breaking down.

MAC Mineralize Blush Petal Power
Petal Power
Petal Power
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

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MAC Gleeful Mineralize Blush

MAC Gleeful Mineralize Blush
MAC Gleeful Mineralize Blush

MAC Gleeful Mineralize Blush ($27.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “deep dirty blue pink with gold pearl.” It’s a medium-dark reddish-plum with strong, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Makeup Geek Covet (P, $10.00) is more muted, warmer (95% similar). MAC Love Thing (P, $27.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Realm of the Senses #2 (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #5 (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Soulshine #3 (LE, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush II (LE) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NARS Vengeful (Right) (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Milani Red Vino (P, $8.49) is more shimmery (95% similar). Illamasqua Allure (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Goulue (P, $30.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Contour (Softcore) (LE, $60.00) is warmer (85% similar). Surratt Beauty De Cherubique (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Taos (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Becca Dahlia (P, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Clinique Cola Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). MAC Hidden Treasure (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Gucci Beauty Cherry Nectar (P, $49.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC’s Mineralize Blush formula is supposed to be a “blush that builds lightly” that has a lightweight feel and “luminous colour.” Gleeful had semi-opaque color coverage, though it is easily sheered out or built-up for truly opaque coverage. The thinner, dusty consistency made it very blendable, but the thinness prevented it from looking powdery or dry applied, as it tended to “melt” almost once applied. This shade had a glowing finish that didn’t emphasize pores but produces a noticeable sheen. On me, there was noticeable fading after seven and a half hours of wear.

MAC Mineralize Blush Gleeful
Gleeful
Gleeful
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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MAC Love Thing Mineralize Blush

MAC Love Thing Mineralize Blush
MAC Love Thing Mineralize Blush

MAC Love Thing Mineralize Blush ($27.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “dirty burgundy with gold pearl.” It’s a medium-dark, reddish-berry with warm, golden shimmer. MAC Sweet Samba (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush II (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Milani Red Vino (P, $8.49) is warmer (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ravish (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Goulue (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Plum (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Sublimate (Shade) (LE) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Contour (Softcore) (LE, $60.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Gleeful (P, $27.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Callisto (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented, glossier (90% similar). NARS Realm of the Senses #2 (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Glow #5 (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Cle de Peau Pale Fig (P, $60.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Oasis (P, $30.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Pomegranate (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Cle de Peau Cranberry (P, $60.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). theBalm Cabana Boy (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Radiant in Rose (P, $24.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Tropic Hues (P, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Dolce Vita (P, $30.00) is darker (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC’s Mineralize Blush formula is supposed to be a “blush that builds lightly” that has a lightweight feel and “luminous colour.” Love Thing had semi-opaque, buildable color coverage that produced a luminous sheen when buffed and blended on the skin. I think this particular shade showcases the Mineralize Blush formula well, as you can achieve softer, sheerer color without much trouble, but you can just as easily build-up for true-to-pan intensity with two to three layers, which makes it something that many skin tones can wear. The texture was lightweight, smooth without being powdery, and it blended well on the skin. On me, the color lasted for seven and a half hours.

MAC Mineralize Blush Love Thing
Love Thing
Love Thing
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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MAC Gentle Mineralize Blush

MAC Gentle Mineralize Blush
MAC Gentle Mineralize Blush

MAC Gentle Mineralize Blush ($27.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “raspberry with gold pearl.” It’s a muted, medium rosy pink with warmer, gold shimmer. Cle de Peau Cranberry (P, $60.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Plum Foolery (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Sweet Samba (LE, $27.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Buddy (Shimmer) (LE, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Empowering (LE, $28.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Black Opal Orchid (P, $8.95) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Pale Fig (P, $60.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Clinique Heather Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Carnation (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #310 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). theBalm Houndstooth (P, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow (P, $40.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Giggly (LE, $27.00)(90% similar). NARS Outlaw (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Raindrops on Roses (LE) is less shimmery, brighter (95% similar). Sephora Love Sick (22) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Icing Sugar (P, $6.99) is lighter (85% similar). Tarte Embraced (LE, $28.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). NARS Oasis (P, $30.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Love is the Drug (P, $40.00) is brighter (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC’s Mineralize Blush formula is supposed to be a “blush that builds lightly” that has a lightweight feel and “luminous colour.” Gentle has a soft, lightly dusty consistency that blends easily and does “build lightly” as it tends to be sheerer but buildable. It’s an interesting hue as the base color is almost cool-toned, while the warmer gold sheen brightens and adds a lot of warmth to it. The finish has just enough shimmer to produce a luminous glow but stops short of emphasizing pores or the skin’s natural texture. I can see why this has been a long-time favorite (I picked it up to re-test after MAC updated the packaging). It lasted for seven hours on me before fading.

MAC Mineralize Blush Gentle
Gentle
Gentle
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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MAC Pink Swoon Blush

MAC Pink Swoon Blush
MAC Pink Swoon Blush

MAC Pink Swoon Blush ($17.00 for 0.21 oz. pan-only) is described as a “soft candy pink [with a Satin finish].” It’s a brightened, light-medium cotton candy pink with cool, blue undertones and a semi-matte finish. Urban Decay Native Blush (-) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Mochi (DC, $8.00) is more muted (95% similar). Colour Pop Above & Beyond (LE) is darker (95% similar). theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (95% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Blush) (P) is more muted (95% similar). MAC You've Got Me Feeling (LE, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Pixie Pink (P, $6.99) is cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Pink Ombre (LE, $55.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). MAC I'm the One (LE, $22.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Thumper (P, $8.00) is cooler (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Tu Me Fais Rougir (P, $32.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). MAC Peony Pavillion (LE, $21.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #210 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). Tarte Surreal (LE, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Milani Delizioso Pink (10) (P, $8.49) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Dream (LE, $28.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). NYX Flamingo (P, $5.00) is cooler (90% similar). theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Flush (P, $28.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). KIKO 110 Bright Pink (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC’s Powder Blush formula is supposed to be easy to apply, long-wearing, and have “fantastic colour.” It’s hard to generalize for MAC’s blush formula, because it varies a lot from shade to shade, even within different types of finishes! Some of them are very good, others are so-so, and a few are complete misses. The more frosted/shimmery shades tend to have the softest and smoothest textures and are easier to apply and blend out on the skin, while more satin and matte shades can sometimes be powdery, firm, or stiff, which makes blending more challenging. The wear is typically between six and nine hours but closer to seven to eight hours on average. Pink Swoon had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too dry or too powdery. It had more of a matte finish, and it was the kind of matte that seemed to darken slightly when applied to skin (if you have very dry skin, it may not darken at all, and if you have very oily skin, it may darken more noticeably). The blush started to fade after eight hours on me.

MAC Powder Blush Pink Swoon
Pink Swoon
Pink Swoon
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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ColourPop Medium-Dark/Deep Dark Strobing Kit

ColourPop Medium-Dark/Deep Dark Strobing Kit
ColourPop Medium-Dark/Deep Dark Strobing Kit

ColourPop Medium-Dark/Deep Dark Strobing Kit ($39.00 for 0.56 oz.) includes three Super Shock Cheek shades and three Lippie Stix shades. It is designed for darker skin, though two shades overlap with the kit for lighter skin tones (Parasol and Thistle) — I would have loved for them to have not repeated personally! The products are of good quality or better, and they’re easy to use, work well, and wear nicely.

Stryke is described as a “rusty red with copper and gold highlights.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark coppery–red with warm undertones and a soft, golden shimmer. It had good color payoff and a natural finish that didn’t emphasize pores or look too flat. The consistency was creamy without being too wet or tacky, and it blended easily on the skin. This shade wore well for ten hours on me. MAC Make You Mine (P, $23.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Na Pali Coast (P, $39.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 18 (P, $62.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented (95% similar). Colour Pop Bardot (LE, $8.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Non-Fiction (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Fervor (Right) (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Pleasure Model (LE, $25.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Hansel (Shade) (P) is less shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (85% similar). Becca Songbird (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NYX Bronzed (P, $6.50) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Clinique Fig Pop (P, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Black Opal Rose Gold (P, $8.95) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Avalon is described as a “true golden bronze with golden pink duochrome finish.” It’s a medium-dark copper with warm, orange-red undertones and a frosted sheen that shifts from gold to pink subtly. It had great pigmentation and lasted nine hours on me. MAC Glorify (LE, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Worldly Wealth (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Ibiza (P, $45.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Magnetic Appeal (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon (LE, $42.00) is darker (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $34.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Bronzed (LE) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Bronze (P, $46.00) is more muted, cooler (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Golden Sands (LE, $55.00) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Sunswept (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Unapologetic (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Papaya/Topaz (P, $27.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $42.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Glo Up (LE, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Sesso (Bronzer) (P) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Makeup Revolution Rock on World (P, $6.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 14 (P, $62.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Viseart Highlight #3 (P) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Parasol is described as a “soft peachy gold.” It’s a light-medium, golden copper with warm, orange undertones and a frosted sheen. It had buildable coverage, up to mostly opaque, that goes on sheerer when applied with fluffier brushes and more opaque with denser brushes or fingertips. The texture was smooth, blendable, and never sticky on the skin, as it dries down quickly to more of a powder-like product (so it is still blendable). It lasted for eight and a half hours on me. Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $24.00)(90% similar). NARS Jubilation (Right) (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). NYX Gold Rush (P, $6.99) is darker (95% similar). Becca Guava/Moonstone (P, $27.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Uplifting (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Indiscretion (P, $44.00) is cooler (90% similar). Smashbox Blow a Fuse Pearl (P) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). L'Oreal Rose (P, $12.99) is darker (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Angelique (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Smashbox Blow a Fuse Gold (P) is cooler (90% similar). Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Center of the Universe (LE, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Hot Sand (LE) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Crank It Up Gold (P) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bronze (P, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). Guerlain Terra India (LE, $53.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Sephora Secretive (19) (P, $14.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Pearl Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Glo Getter (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Toasty is described as a “dirty pink nude in a creme finish.” It’s a muted, medium plum with warm, orange undertones and a luminous sheen. It had mostly opaque color coverage with a creamy, glide-on texture that applied even, smooth color and never dragged. This shade lasted for four and a half hours and was lightly hydrating. Chanel Scenario (P, $37.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Script (218) (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Chai (P, $26.00) is darker, cooler, less glossy (85% similar). Tarte Praise (LE, $24.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte TBT (P, $20.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Bite Beauty Verbena (P, $26.00) is cooler, less glossy (85% similar). Buxom Runaway (P, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Calypso (LE, $6.00) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Amor Prohibido (LE, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Guerlain Forever Brown (305) (P, $37.00) is darker (80% similar). Hourglass Achiever (P, $32.00) is more muted, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Promenade is described as a “deep red blackberry in a sheer finish.” It’s a muted, medium-dark berry with cooler undertones and a natural sheen. It had sheer coverage, which is by design, and lasted for four hours–it had a more stained-like appearance on me–with light hydration. Tom Ford Beauty La Piscine (LE, $36.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Emotion (92) (LE, $37.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Sheer Rapture (P, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Recit (212) (P, $37.00) is cooler (85% similar). Revlon Plum Velour (P, $7.99) is brighter (85% similar). MAC Commotion (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Guerlain Black Perfecto (007) (P, $32.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Thistle is described as a “warm peachy nude in a creme finish.” It’s a medium-dark, rosy brown with warm undertones and a glossy shine. It had mostly opaque pigmentation with a light-medium weight to it–thicker and more noticeable on than other shades, but I wouldn’t call it heavy or goopy by any means. The color wore well for four hours and was lightly hydrating over time. Estee Lauder Discreet (P, $32.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Chanel Script (218) (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Sweet Maple (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Fresh and Frisky (LE, $20.00) is less pigmented (90% similar). Estee Lauder Irresistible (P, $32.00) is cooler (85% similar). Bite Beauty Moka (P, $28.00) is darker (80% similar). Urban Decay Liar (P, $17.00) is cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Colour Pop Strobing Kit Medium-Dark/Deep Dark
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
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