MAC Solar Ray Mineralize Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

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!

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MAC Solar Ray Mineralize Blush
MAC Solar Ray Mineralize Blush

MAC Solar Ray Mineralize Blush
MAC Solar Ray Mineralize Blush

MAC Solar Ray Mineralize Blush
MAC Solar Ray Mineralize Blush

MAC Solar Ray Mineralize Blush
MAC Solar Ray Mineralize Blush

MAC Solar Ray Mineralize Blush
MAC Solar Ray Mineralize Blush

MAC Solar Ray Mineralize Blush
MAC Solar Ray Mineralize Blush (Diffused Flash)

MAC Solar Ray Mineralize Blush
MAC Solar Ray Mineralize Blush (Studio Lighting)

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About the Reviewer

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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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.

Β @Christine (Temptalia)Β  thank you so much! I forgot to check for your reply, but remembered today, as I was waffling on whether to order it.

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.

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.

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