Thursday, March 24th, 2011

MAC Sakura Mineralize Blush
MAC Sakura Mineralize Blush

MAC Quite Cute: Sakura

MAC Sakura Mineralize Blush ($23.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a new and limited edition shade from MAC’s Quite Cute collection, due in-stores on April 7th. MAC describes this shade as “lavender with pearly magenta heart.” The outer edge is a pinked lavender with a pearled finish, while the heart is a darker pink, not quite magenta, and more of a frost finish. When swirled together, it creates a muted, medium-dark magenta pink with a soft frost finish and cool undertones.

It has the same texture issues as Miss Behave–powdery and sheers out too quickly. It is effortless to blend, but the problem I experienced while applying was it seemed to disappear during the blending process, and I would have to go back and reapply. I think it’s the powderiness of the texture that contributes to this problem, because the color doesn’t stay bound together and thus disappears.

P.S. — No, I wouldn’t normally pair it with those lips, but it was what I had on for swatches – I hope you understand.

The Glossover


MAC Sakura Mineralize Blush Swatches, Photos, Review

This shade will work on light to medium skin tones, and possibly on darker skin tones. It is on the sheer side, wihch is why I think it may not work so well on darker skin tones. It is also very cool-toned, which makes it more suitable for cool-toned skin.











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MAC Sakura Mineralize Blush
MAC Sakura Mineralize Blush

MAC Sakura Mineralize Blush
MAC Sakura Mineralize Blush

MAC Sakura Mineralize Blush
MAC Sakura Mineralize Blush

MAC Sakura Mineralize Blush
MAC Sakura Mineralize Blush

MAC Sakura Mineralize Blush
MAC Sakura Mineralize Blush

MAC Sakura Mineralize Blush
MAC Sakura Mineralize Blush

MAC Sakura Mineralize Blush
MAC Sakura Mineralize Blush

Product & Review FAQ

What makeup are you wearing?

MAC Cutie Eyeshadow Quad on eyes, Urban Decay Asphyxia 24/7 Liner on lower lash line, Buxom Lash Mascara, Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, MAC Sakura Mineralize Blush on cheeks, MAC Candy Yum-Yum Lipstick on lips... over remnants of Quite Cute lipstick.

Where can I purchase Sakura? How much is it?

MAC Cosmetics on April 7th in-stores, approximately April 4th online -- $23.00.

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

It's less pigmented and purpler than Overdyed; similarly, it is far less magenta and less pigmented than MAC Amazon Princess.

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79 thoughts on “MAC Sakura Mineralize Blush Swatches, Photos, Review

  1. Greta

    GORGEOUS. i need this in my life.

  2. Carrie Ann

    I really love this color. I don’t think there have been any other lavender Mineralize Blushes. Love the name, too.

  3. Stacey

    Oh gosh, this is so cute…

  4. susylovesmac

    drools 😉 AHHH perfect for my cool skin-tone NW15-20

  5. Jezi

    I’d call your look: Purple Bonanza.

  6. I’m new to mineralized blushes, how do these compare to other MAC mineralized blushes? Is the powderiness and sheerness true across the board or just for this collection?

  7. Cat

    Christine, how do you feel this blush compares to MAC’s Azalea Blossom?

  8. Jill

    I’m not crazy about it as blush, but I think it might be cute as eyeshadow.

  9. The overall makeup made you look like some kind of an alien 😀
    but it does give the “I’m feeling a little sick” look D:

    • Pamela

      The prob is the lipstick. I think those lip shades only look good in mags, fashion shows and on Halloween. The blush is pretty. But thanks, as always, Christine for reviewing them! xxxooo

    • Gaby

      I agree. I didnt like the color of the blush either =(

  10. BMO

    This blush is really gorgeous and POPS on deep skin. I’m an NC45/50 in MAC foundations and I applied this wet yesterday and it was AMAZING! These blushes are best applied damp if you want more pigmentation. The lighter ones make great higlight colors as well.

  11. chelsea

    How does this compare to MAC gentle blush?

  12. Sammy

    You certainly would turn a few heads wearing this look out. And not in a good way. lol

  13. Lilinah

    I was hoping this would be as blue-violet as it was in the promo photos. But i still think i’ll pick it up. I was so excited about this release when i saw the promo pics, but in reality, after seeing swatches of so many products, it is now rather hit or miss for me. I am loving some products and shrugging off others i thought i would get. But i remain eager for some Spring Cuteness :-)

  14. @maandym

    I usually look at the photos and then read the review. The lips made me cringe. XD

  15. fabiola

    Oh no! I don’t like this blush, christine you always look beautiful on any look, but this blush does not do you any justice. I think I won’t work on me either. This collection is not so much for me I am nc20 nc25, warms tones looks better on me. Thank you for your hinest review Christine.

  16. JustMe

    Really awfull

  17. Marian

    Not a good color for you, Christine

    • Thanks for letting me know! Good thing these are just swatches to show everyone else what they are – no matter how it may look on me.

      • Carrie Ann

        Some of these comments are on the rude side. Obviously, you’re just showing us what the colors look like. I appreciate your timely and thorough reviews. They’re extremely helpful. Your swatches are always the best.

        • Lils

          We appreciate you Christine! Thanks for all you do :-)

        • Lena

          i agree. perhaps it’s also because other blogs do only looks that ‘prettify’, i.e. only looks that they would wear day to day. so people are used to ‘appropriate’ or ‘politically correct’ looks only. christine, on the other hand, is our fearless warrior who goes where no other blogger dares.
          and i love you for it, christine!

      • xMissxAndristx

        I agree w/ Carrie Ann. Not every color is going to look good on every skintone. You’re practically a super hero w/ all the work you do for us, plus all the stuff you have to do in your personal/school/work life! I always know when a new collection comes out, from a ton of different brands, that I’m going to be able to see a fabulously done review from you almost immediately! You’re amazing.

      • SusyLovesMac

        I say at least Christine is not photoshopped!! Like almost all of these other bloggers! Christine, thanks for all you do!! :) Your blog is the best one out there with daily updates and always the earliest news available! :)hugs

  18. nonni

    Is there any shimmer in this blush? some other mineralise blushes seem really shimmery

  19. Gaby

    awww!! I wanted one of this blushes sooo bad! but now that I’ve seen how it look on the skin… =( just didnt like them

  20. ohh no…:(( are so cute with other looks,,buts much purple..:(

  21. Lucie

    I still want it!

  22. Jen

    this is nice, but not for me.

  23. stephanie

    reminds me of well dressed

  24. Julia

    That reminds me of melliesh blush I own, actually. All I thought with the last photo was ‘Christine, the purple people eater’! lol great review!

  25. Abby

    Hi Christine, since this is a mineralize product do you think using fix+ for application may help it adhere more and get more color since it’s so sheer/powdery? I love the idea of a light lavender blush but don’t want to purchase if there’s little color payoff! :/

  26. KHEN

    I will buy this just because that’s toooo CUTE! Just like the pro longwear concealer, I didn’t like it much but kept it anyways cause its so cute with its tiny pump (:

  27. Maddy

    This blush looks like a lush bath bomb to me :3 I can’t wear blush though, for some reason is makes my face look wider xD

    • Crissy

      That was my first thought too! It looks like Comforter bubble bar which makes me want it even more.

  28. baby1black

    so christine u think this blush is a no no for nc45 skin tones. Christine I think u should have someone with darker skin tone to also do swatches so that all skin tones would have an idea about how a product looks on them

    • Please understand that I spend anywhere from 30-60 hours per week on the blog, depending on what’s going on with school, and I might swatch at 7AM, 11PM, for one hour or six hours – sometimes a really buzzed about product arrives and I’m swatching it a minute later. It would be extremely unfair to take advantage of any friend and say, “HEY! I need you to be here… five minutes ago.” I’m not in the position where I can hire people and for that I deeply apologize!

  29. Fey

    I know it’s not what you’d choose to pair with the rest of your makeup, but I personally think that’s one of the cutest pictures of you! You look like a gorgeous extra from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or a fey creature.

  30. Pamela S.

    holey moley you are being too kind this will not possibly work on medium+ skin. as you are beautiful and we share the same skin tone i have to say no no no. but def good to have in a makeup artist collection so i might actually buy it. thanks for another great review.

  31. Does it make me insane that I probably would pair this blush with those lips?

  32. Marie

    Wow, this collection seems to be a total DUD! Boo hoo :( They really better step it up with the next one!!

  33. Lani

    Hi Christine, what shade do you wear in MUFE HD? Your skin is absolutely beautiful!

  34. Oooh, I think this blush is really pretty on you! It’d be really nice paired with a cooler nude pink. I’ve been looking for a lavender-leaning blush so I’ll have to check this out. =) Doesn’t hurt that its’ freaking adorable too. 😀

    Also, I just wanted to say how much I (and I’m sure plenty of others) really appreciate all of your swatches and on-the-face photos and understand that you don’t want to wash your face 7x a day in order to get through everything. =)

  35. I still think this blush is worth a try for the fairer skin tones. It just doesn’t look good on medium yellow skin tones like Christine’s. And if you just cover the “lips” with your hand, the blush doesn’t look that bad. It was too distracting for me!

    • Chrissye

      I think the blush is worth a try and I love the lips, but of course paired seperately I am MUFE 155 and I think it would work on olive/tan skin, the fact that it sheers out so much would be a plus also…I am actually looking forward to this collection.

  36. Vale

    The more stunning colour for a blush I’ve ever seen! O_O It must be mine!

  37. Aisha

    This somehow reminds me of petticoat MSF.

  38. Charlotte

    I’m really confused by all the love for this. It’s so blue toned you look like a corpse!

  39. Rachel

    Ahhh!! I wouldn’t want this color even if it were a great formula, but it’s soooo cuuutte! Why must I want it anyway?

  40. avos

    oh gosh, i remember looking at this post yesterday, and your lips were a pale purple! i actually liked the look, it looked cool! maybe it was my imagination. still, freaky.

    love the eyes, christine!

  41. Katie

    the lipstick is not working at all w/this look.

  42. sophie

    OH Cherry Blossoms
    I like the Japanese Names of this Collection more than the Collection it self lol

  43. Lady Di.

    This blush looks gorgeous on darker skin tone. I saw it on another bloggers reviews and it was beautiful. I think that everything will look different based on what your skin tone is so we shouldn’t immediately scratch this one off our list based on one review. Luckily, Im an NC40 and I think this shade is going to be perfect for me and other darker skinned women. I am hoping that lipstick works for me too because I do think its pretty on you Christine.

  44. La.pLebiitah

    OMG i NEED thisssss!! <3

  45. Soupy

    meh. i’m not impressed with this collection. i’ll pass.

  46. Laura

    I honestly don’t think it is bad, the product itself is adorable.. The colors totally would not work for my coloring/undertones though. & Really guys her lip combo is not as bad as people are making it out to be, it’s ok & if you all would read what she said, I mean – c’mon now – hahaha ;-).. Lovin the eye makeup though :-)

  47. I didn’t like this blush color at all.

  48. Edelmc

    I am loving this collection. I am nw10-15 and I am going to Defo pick up this blush, candy yum yum and the eye shadow quad. I also love the full face photos/swatches and I like to see the different items of the collection in one look. Thanks for all the info you give out x

  49. I want to buy it asap 😀

  50. dedra

    Sweet hart , you look so pretty in colorful makeup <3

  51. Shyra

    Hi Christine. How do you compare this to MAC’s Azalea Blossom and Brior Rose Beauty Powder? Thanks.

  52. Nessa

    I’ve Missed out on Mac’s “Two Virtues” and “hang loose” and azalea blossom,I am looking for a similar lavender purple blush,this looks good,but not exactly squat I’m looking for,can you recommend any more light purplish/ lavender shades of blush,ESP. Matte would be great,I’ve heard about the make up for ever matte blush/ eye shadows and was wondering have you ever tried the purple one 9 I think ? Thank you. Xoxo

  53. Awesome, I’ve been dying to find a lavender blush! I’m definitely going to check this out~

  54. This looks amazing in the pan! Too bad it had texture problems.
    And I personally think it looks awesome with that make up, including the lips, like you’re straight from Winter Wonderland meets Candyland :L <3