MAC Gentle Mineralize Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

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, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Sweet Samba (LE, $29.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Buddy (Shimmer) (LE, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Carnation (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Black Opal Orchid (P, $8.95) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Icing Sugar (PiP, $6.99) is lighter (85% similar). Cle de Peau Pale Fig (P, $60.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #310 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Clinique Heather Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Empowering (LE, $29.00) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). theBalm Houndstooth (P, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Giggly (LE, $29.00)(90% similar). NARS Outlaw (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Raindrops on Roses (LE, ) is less shimmery, brighter (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Love is the Drug (P, $40.00) is brighter (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow (P, $40.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Sephora Love Sick (22) (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Smith and Cult Cool Pink (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Tarte Embraced (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, cooler (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.” 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.

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MAC Gentle Mineralize Blush
MAC Gentle Mineralize Blush

MAC Gentle Mineralize Blush
MAC Gentle Mineralize Blush

MAC Gentle Mineralize Blush
MAC Gentle Mineralize Blush

MAC Gentle Mineralize Blush
MAC Gentle Mineralize Blush

MAC Gentle Mineralize Blush
MAC Gentle Mineralize Blush

MAC Gentle Mineralize Blush
MAC Gentle Mineralize Blush

MAC Gentle Mineralize Blush
MAC Gentle Mineralize Blush

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About the Reviewer

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Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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That is a beautiful color! It’d be a great fall-winter shade for medium to dark skin. I really like the Mineralize formula, even though it isn’t as long lasting, because the finish is so lovely and there’s a lot of shades.

So pretty and fresh! I also really love that it has a cool base with warm golden shimmer. Same type of interesting effect as UD Rapture Afterglow blush. This one goes on my list of blushes to check out, and possibly buy, depending on how it looks on me.

Hi Christine! I was always a follower but this is my first comment. I love your honest reviews. Emphasizing pores don’t sound good to me at all as I have moon craters! 🙁 The only MAC blush I own (IKR?) is sea me, hear me from the Alluring Collection which I love! I really like this one too but out here in India, MAC prices are always hiking! 🙁
You look flawless! <3 xx

I like this shade. It gives you such a pretty glow! I gave my new Clinique Pops away to visiting relatives (adorable teen nieces). I think I’ll pick this one up 🙂

This one seems to show pick up a bit of texture in your skin, but gosh it’s pretty. I’m not really one for ‘coloured’ blushes these days and prefer a nuder cheek, but subtle rose coloured blushes can sometimes win me over. I like, just not sure if it is a must have.

Coincidentally this is the blush I wore yesterday and today. It’s an old favorite of mine that I’m getting back into. Back in the day I was planning on getting NARS Sin and then I saw this little guy.

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