Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

MAC Stratus Mineralize Blush
MAC Stratus Mineralize Blush

MAC Stratus Mineralize Blush

MAC Stratus Mineralize Blush ($23.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “amethyst and gold brown melange.” It’s a plummy brown with a satiny sheen. The compact contains two swirls of darkened peach-brown and plum. This is one of the lesser shimmered shades of the cheek products in this launch. On cheeks, it looked more plum than brown, so it ended up looking more different than alike once applied than Earthshine (which almost seemed like a dupe), which is darker and much browner. MAC Buddy Up is lighter. NARS G-Spot is redder. MAC Darkly My Dear is browner. Chanel Plum Attraction is more plum, more subdued. MAC Notable is lighter and more muted.

Stratus had a fairly smooth texture without being too dry or too powdery (could be a bit more blendable), and the finish was less metallic/frosted, so I didn’t feel like it turned my pores into beacons in the night.  There was some slight emphasis but very subtle and probably not noticeable to anyone but myself up-close.  The color can be very intense, so I recommend using a light hand when applying if you have light to medium coloring; you can be less careful on deeper complexions, but it will build up very nicely and be stunning on medium-dark to dark skin tones.  When I tested the wear, Stratus wore for six and a half hours well, but it looked noticeably faded after seven hours.

The Glossover

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product

Stratus

B+
The color can be very intense, so I recommend using a light hand when applying if you have light to medium coloring; you can be less careful on deeper complexions, but it will build up very nicely and be stunning on medium-dark to dark skin tones.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

Results
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MAC Stratus 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?

MAC Buddy Up is lighter. NARS G-Spot is redder. MAC Darkly My Dear is browner. Chanel Plum Attraction is more plum, more subdued. MAC Notable is lighter and more muted.

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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10 thoughts on “MAC Stratus Mineralize Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Avatar of Emily 18thCenturyFox

    Purdee… And it really looks.. Like a galaxy. Just ordered one yesterday and I hope mine looks similarly ovoid!

  2. Avatar of Amy xamyx

    This is, IMO, the prettiest of the lot, but alas, it would make me look like I’ve been left too long in the sun. However, from what I’ve been reading lately, this is the sort of color that will be on trend this Fall.

  3. Avatar of Corliss Corliss

    Stratus look great on you. You just made my decision

  4. Avatar of Mariella Mariella

    Weird – the swatch looks so orangey but on your cheeks, it looks so much more wearable (for someone of my colouring who looks dreadful in orange).  Yeesh, I feel the money just flying out of my wallet with these and thanks so much for the info on your eyes – I love that liner and think I’ll pick one up this weekend (I’m going on a bit of a spree over the border).

  5. KK

    I actually REALLY love this! You look like you just worked out, but that’s not a bad thing! I like the deep flush!

  6. damn Christine, you’re pulling this one off. It looks so pretty on you, I never would have considered a color like this normally but now I’m definitely going to need and have a swatch at the counter

  7. I like it when brands also make good (and pretty looking) products for dark/darker skin tones! I’m pretty pale myself but I can imagine other people being very happy with a blush like this.

  8. melissavanost

    I really love this – even on light skin tones. I think it’s perfect for fall. I’m glad I ordered it just based off a swatch. Can’t wait to try it out.

  9. Lavanya310

    What are you wearing on your lips Christine?

    •  @Lavanya310 On eyes: MAC Bright Moon, Sky, and Earthly mineralize eyeshadows, Burberry Trench eyeshadow, Tarina Tarantino Kanzashi Eyeliner. On lips: MAC Cusp of Dawn lipstick.