MAC Pret-a-Papier Collection: Blush & Mineralize Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Garb Blush

MAC Pret-a-Papier Collection: Blush & Mineralize Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

For whatever reason, I must have spaced, because I did not realize that Pret-a-Papier was such a large collection.  I kept thinking it was a dinky little collection, but it’s a full collection.  It includes two sheertone blushes and one mineralize blush duo.

Blush ($18.50 U.S. / $22.00 CDN)

  • Garb is a darkened nude with an orange undertone. It has a near matte finish, though there is a subtle shimmer in it that’s really not very noticeable.  Though it’s only a bit on the warmer side, the obvious orange tone may not work well with the fairest of the fair.
  • Instant Chic is a slightly coraled pink with a powdery look. It’s sheerer than Garb, and I found it more difficult to build up the intensity, though. I like the shade, because it’s not quite like anything in MAC’s permanent line, and I don’t know if I’ve seen something like this in recent collections either. I do wish it was a bit more pigmented–I fear it may be a wash on those with deeper skin tones (think NC/NW45 or darker).

Mineralize Blush ($23.00 U.S. / $27.50 CDN)

  • Light Over Dark is a duo of golden copper and a darkened, reddish copper-bronze. Both shades have a very frosty finish to them. The size of the compact is large enough to be able to use the shades separately or together, I’d imagine. I’m personally not a fan of this, because it does have a rather frosty finish, which turns out pretty gnarly in photographs!

Instant Chic is the most unique of the three blushes, despite not having the best color pay off (it is a sheertone, though).  It’s coral enough to be perfect for summer and add some brightness to cheeks, but it’s not so warm that only warmer skin tones will like it.  I do think it’s a better shade for light to medium skin tones, and if you’re of a deeper skin tone, you may want to swatch it in person first.

Any of these catch your eye?

See photos & swatches!

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Garb Blush

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Garb Blush

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Garb Blush

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Garb Blush

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Instant Chic Blush

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Instant Chic Blush

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Instant Chic Blush

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Instant Chic Blush

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Instant Chic Blush

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
Blush: Garb (heavily/lightly), Instant Chic (heavily/lightly)

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Light Over Dark Mineralize Blush Duo

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Light Over Dark Mineralize Blush Duo

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Light Over Dark Mineralize Blush Duo

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Light Over Dark Mineralize Blush Duo

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Light Over Dark Mineralize Blush Duo

MAC Pret a Papier Collection
MAC Light Over Dark Mineralize Blush Duo

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Reviewer

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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I didn’t think I’d like the blushes but Instant Chic looks really nice! I’m unsure about Light Over Dark. I don’t own any mineralize blushes, so I will have to see it in person.

Love it! But I don’t think I want anything, I have a big make up collection and almost certainly already have some colors like the blushes.

Hi Christine,
Thanks for your impressively quick review 🙂

I was wondering how close instant chic is to NARS blush in Gilda and how close NARS Gina is to Garb

Thanks!

Tried both on my cheek and Instant Chic is slightly more pink than Gilda. On my skin (NC42-44), it’s kind of similar and Instant Chic looked like a “I’m already out all day and my blush mingled more with the oil and dirt” version of Gilda. It also feels chalkier than Gilda. That’s just my opinion though, HTH!

looking forward to seeing the two blushes in person…i love sheertone blushes, so it’ll be nice to have some new shades to play with.

Garb looks beautiful. Is it close to Cantaloupe at all? I’ve been lemming that one forever but haven’t been able to get my hands on it.

Wow, Instant Chic is very pretty! Light over Dark looks like an odd color and finish for blush and would certainly look too dark on me, but they look like they would make nice eyeshadow colors! 🙂

how would you say instant chic compares to style blush (in terms of colour) – i know style is a frost and this is a sheertone… but colourwise they look about the same on my monitor!

Are you familiar with Goddess blush from the Raquel Welch collection? It was a peachy pink I’m wondering if Instant chic is a good dupe, thanks!

the “dark” side (haha, starwars) of the mineralized blush duo, is it comparable to metal rock’s dark color (sans the glitter?)

Hmm, I don’t own Amour, so it’s hard to say exactly, but I remember Amour being a little pinker… but it’s definitely more pigmented.

In person Instant Chic reminds me a lot of Shu Uemura’s blushes in texture and color. It’s sheer, silky smooth and gives a doll-faced glow.

Instant chic is gorgeous, i already got it! Perect for summer. I was DISSAPOINTED in coral Crepe! Its too orange rather than being a coral.

OMG, Totally Chic is the perfect everyday light pink blush!!! I bought pink swoon thinking it would be it, but it totally wasn’t…LOL, and I need another blush other than Pinch O’ Peach to use everyday, and I wasn’t thinking about buying anything from this collection( saving for IMATS) but I think I will give in on this one. =-)

Hi Christine! Just curious, I’m warm toned (I’ve no problem with it being too orange! haha)Would you agree that Instant Chic is more pink and Garb is more coral? Thanks!

Opps~ Another question! Is the Light Over Dark too frosty to work as a bronzer? Would you agree that it is more matte than the earlier released mineralized blush duos? Thanks, Christine!

I have a blush that I love from MAC, I bought it quite a few years ago and it was in a Cosmetic Company Outlet in the UK (so it was probably already discontinued or limited editon when I bought it! The name has long since rubbed off, but I think it may have been called Cheek. Does that sound familiar? It’s a pale-ish pinky peachy colour. Do you know it? If so, is instant chic similar? Or do you know of any others that are? I think I may finally run out of it soon! Thanks.

I love instant chich blush ! It’s been on my list since I seen the collection pictures. Christine I have a question I know that it’s a light blush would you recommend a creme blush that will make it pop more? It will really help if u answer thank you 🙂

I recently purchased the Estée Lauder blush from the Michael Kors collection, the coralish one (Sunset Coral) – do You happen to know if it’s any similar to Instant Chic? (not sure You had the chance to review it)
Btw, I really like Sunset Coral, it’s very buildable and soft without any shimmer – it seems similar to me,maybe pinker, so those who find Instant Chic sheer, amy want to look into it. 🙂

Thanks as always for all the swatches! Do you think Instant Chic is different enough from Hipness (Fafi) to warrant having both? It looks kind of similar in the photos.

I think I’m going to have to pass on these. Instant chic is the only one that caught my eye — I’m a very fair NW20. However, I am a blush gal and based on your description, I know I’m going to have to swatch it first. Light Over Dark looks extremely unwearable as a blush… too frosty!

Hi Christine,
Which blush would you recommend for me I’m an NC40? I initially thought I would get both but I’m not so sure now. Thanks!

Garb – Instant Chic is pretty sheer, seriously! I am NC25ish and it took a bit of building to get it to show up on me.

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