MAC Stratus Mineralize Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

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.

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MAC Stratus Mineralize Blush
MAC Stratus Mineralize Blush

MAC Stratus Mineralize Blush
MAC Stratus Mineralize Blush

MAC Stratus Mineralize Blush
MAC Stratus Mineralize Blush

MAC Stratus Mineralize Blush
MAC Stratus Mineralize Blush

MAC Stratus Mineralize Blush
MAC Stratus Mineralize Blush

MAC Stratus Mineralize Blush
MAC Stratus Mineralize Blush (Diffused Flash)

MAC Stratus Mineralize Blush
MAC Stratus 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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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.

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).

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.

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.

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