MAC Warm Soul Mineralized Blush is a favourite of many (lighter skinned folk). After years I was finally motivated to pick this colour up because Tiffany from MakeupByTiffanyD mentioned it once more. It looked especially promising as a very natural flush of colour based on the WOC I spotted on Google.
Now I know that Mineralized blushes contain a lot of shimmer/sparkle (some more than others). But a lot of sparkle paired with such a light shade already made me especially weary.
[on the face]
In the swatches online, particularly the ones by Karen from ‘Makeup & Beauty Blog,’ it looks like an beautiful natural flush. This was not the case for me. Warm Soul was subtle, almost to the point of being non-existent. And when I tried to really build up the pigmentation it became too powdery and sat on my cheekbone in a very unflattering, pore exaggerating manner.
If I had worn it with a contour or on top of a crème blush there would have been more dimension and it also would have lasted longer than the four hours of wear time I got. I find that mineralized blushes aren’t the longest lasting. But as an everyday blush it just doesn’t pack enough punch to make it worth the hype for darker skin.
Note: It might work well as a highlight during the summer, or a shadow, but I don’t really have need for either (because everything can be a highlight on darker skin haha).
I can see this looking lovely on fairer South Asians, East Asians and fairer black/biracial women. Overall it was a dud for darker Indian/Desi skin. I’m still on the hunt for a corally-brown blush that gives a natural sun-kissed blush, so if you have any recs let me know!