Makeup by Mario Pale Petal Soft Pop Blush StickMakeup by Mario Pale Petal Soft Pop Blush Stick ($ 28.00 for 0.37 oz.) Is a medium pink with warmer undertones and fine, golden pearls in a dewy finish. It had a transparent to semi-transparent color coverage when applied and blended onto bare skin as it tended to come out pretty easily as the more emollient texture spread well on bare skin (or over foundation).
When applied straight from the tube and left unmixed, it appeared to be more pigmented, but that level of pigmentation could only be achieved by building layers – it was designed as a transparent, more buildable formula that lived up to expectations. The consistency was smooth, mild, and moderately emollient, which gave it a very dewy finish that never dried out completely, but wasn’t sticky on my skin. It took a good eight hours before it faded noticeably.
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$ 28.00 / 0.37 oz. – $ 75.68 per ounce
The formula is said to have a “transparent, buildable coverage” with a “healthy and radiant” finish. If you love a really dewy finish, the formula might just be right for you. If tau is your archenemy, go further as this lives up to its “radiant” claim. There wasn’t any real dehydration, so it wasn’t as transfer-resistant, although it didn’t slide off my face as quickly either – most colors lasted between seven and eight hours.
The opacity seemed pretty pigmented when applied or when I rubbed my finger over the product and made a single, unmixed swatch of color, but in practice it was semi-transparent, buildable as the consistency was moderately emollient, like a gel and creamy spreadable, which naturally shines through. All of the nuances were very easy to apply as they were easy to apply to both bare skin and foundation as the formula doesn’t lift the base products.
At the bottom of the side there is a brush (so that the tube is effectively double-ended) with small bumps that are supposed to “center” the “product receptacle” for a “more even, more fluid application”. It definitely works for its intended purpose, although it can feel a little big depending on the size of your cheeks. I also found it was difficult to put the brush back into the tube without some of the bristles splaying / catching.
The brush head is removable, which makes more sense for cleaning, but it’s hard to hold in your hand so it wasn’t convenient to actually pick up the product (more for hiding the product that stays attached to the bottom tube).
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Diisostearyl malate, octyldodecanol, polyglyceryl-3-diisostearate, polyethylene, mica, microcrystalline wax (Cera Microcristallina), hydrogenated microcrystalline wax, synthetic wax, pentaerythrityl tetra-di-T-butyl-hydroxyhydrocinnamate, dicalcium phosphate1, tin oxide (ci 777), titania, 891, tin oxide Iron oxides (Ci 77492), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850).
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