Pat McGrath Electric Bloom Divine BlushPat McGrath Electric Bloom Divine Blush ($38.00 for 0.34 oz.) is a vivid, medium-dark orange-coral with a semi-matte finish. It had medium, buildable color coverage, which was more in line with the brand’s marketing of the formula than most shades in the range. It had the type of pigmentation that wasn’t so intense that it could be diffused and sheered out if one forgot to use a lighter hand, but it still needed to be used with a light to light-medium hand for sheerer coverage. I had better luck getting a sheer wash by using a fan brush as well.
The texture was soft, moderately powdery and more prone to kick up in the pan compared to other shades in the range. The powder applied evenly to bare skin and blended out well without sticking unevenly to places on bare skin, which can often be an issue with more matte finishes. It wasn’t satin-like in its sheen, but it was “natural matte” so it did not appear dry on my skin. It stayed on nicely for nine hours before fading noticeably.
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$38.00/0.34 oz. - $111.76 Per Ounce
The formula is supposed to be "featherlight, long-wearing" that "build effortlessly from sheer to subversive." The blushes are available in two finishes--demi-matte and satin pearl--and range from more muted to more vivid in color. The biggest "downfall" of the formula was that it was rather pigmented than buildable, so one could use a lighter hand to get more buildable coverage, but I found I had to use a light to moderate hand to ensure I didn't over-apply each shade.
The consistency was smooth, silky, and lightly creamy to the touch; it was a touch powdery in the pan but had more slip than most powder blushes on the market, but it was definitely a powder-based formula. The product applied well to bare skin as well as over foundation, as it diffused well along the edges without picking up base products.
The satin pearl finish was luminous but not overtly shimmery, so it did not emphasize my skin's natural texture. They wore around nine hours on me before fading visibly.
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Mica, Alumina, Aluminum Hydroxide, Zinc Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Methylpropanediol, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenylpropanol, Red 7 (Ci 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140).
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