Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

MAC Solar Ray Mineralize Blush
MAC Solar Ray Mineralize Blush

MAC Solar Ray Mineralize Blush

MAC Solar Ray Mineralize Blush ($23.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “peach and gold melange.” The colors swirled together create a warm, peach-shimmered orange; reminded me of apricots. The individual shades are a orange-gold and a pink-peach. It’s surprisingly similar to MAC Warmth of Coral, which is nearly identical in color but has a much more matte finish. Illamasqua Lover is slightly darker and matte.

The finish isn’t over-the-top once applied, though there was some emphasis of pores/texture, because it has a more metallic sheen. I did not care for the overall texture of the blush, as it was a little gritty from the excess sparkle (see the golden orange vein–you can see the roughness of the vein itself in the photos!). A lot of the individual sparkles seem to get lost in the bristles of the brush rather than being applied to the face, which may be good or bad, depending on your tastes.

I had to build up the color quite a bit to get it to show up enough for photos. There’s just something about the texture that makes it all too easily blended out, so you might want to use a flatter and denser brush for application. Solar Ray didn’t perform well when worn; it only lasted for six hours before I saw separation and fading. It was interesting to see the different timelines of all four cheek products!

The Glossover

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product

Solar Ray

C+
Solar Ray does require heavier application to show up on medium to dark skin tones, though it should be just fine for lighter complexions. It's very warm toned, but there is some peach in it, so it may work for both cool and warm skin tones.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

Results
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Dupes
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MAC Solar Ray Mineralize Blush
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MAC Solar Ray Mineralize Blush
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MAC Solar Ray Mineralize Blush
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Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

MAC, $23.50.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

It's surprisingly similar to MAC Warmth of Coral, which is nearly identical in color but has a much more matte finish. Illamasqua Lover is slightly darker and matte.

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: MAC Bright Moon, Sky, and Earthly mineralize eyeshadows, Burberry Trench eyeshadow, Tarina Tarantino Kanzashi Eyeliner. On lips: MAC Cusp of Dawn lipstick.

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17 thoughts on “MAC Solar Ray Mineralize Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. I’m so glad I got this blush! It looks beautiful on you. :)

  2. Breakfastinrome

    I passed up on this for the exact fact that this is basically a highlighter on anyone NC30 or higher. Huge bummer.

  3. amanda

    How would you say this compares to NARS Luster? The color it shows up on your cheeks is similar to how Luster shows up on mine, but I am only nc15, so I’m wondering if it’s just my computer monitor making the color look so similar.

  4. It’s just a bit too orange and sparkly for my taste. It does look lovely on you though (as always)

  5. The color is reminiscent of Bobbi Brown Apricot Shimmer Bricks, which I already own. But the SB is not gritty and wears longer. Pass!

  6. Emily Lampron

    What happened to the last msf review?! Its my favorite from your swatches, anxiously awaiting a review :)

  7. Temptalia

    Emily Lampron There are 8 cheek products – I could only test the wear of 4 yesterday and that was doing the zebra stripe thing. I’m testing the other 4 today.

  8. This looks great on you, Christine! :) But I’m convinced you can pull almost all of these off. Thanks for swatching everything, as always.

  9. Ok, disregard my last comment in the previous post: THIS one is my favorite of the bunch. Pretty!

  10. wow…don’t know what happened. I just commented on the wrong post. Whoops! :P

  11. corallista

    I think u carry it well, it’ll be too orange on me though!

  12. Jackie K

    Hi! I wanted to know what Mac blush would be closest to the peach base color. I was thinking pinch o peach but I do not have it to compare.

  13. bea

    Hi! I decided to purchase this blush and was wondering what brush you use to apply it? Would you recommend the 130 or 188? :-)