Makeup by Mario Raspberry Soft Pop Blush StickMakeup by Mario Raspberry Soft Pop Blush Stick ($ 28.00 for 0.37 oz.) Is a deep, flushed plum with subtle, cool undertones and a dewy finish. When applied to bare skin, it looked more pigmented, but it shimmered quickly because the texture was smoother and more spreadable, resulting in semi-transparent to medium coverage in one layer. The pigmentation could be built up into a semi-opaque cover with a second layer as marketed. I also felt like it looked less plum and rosier when I applied it, and it affected my skin tone, which is not a pro / con but a note.
The texture was smooth, mild and pliable without being too slippery. While it never dried out and wasn’t transferable, it wasn’t sticky and didn’t slide quickly over my face. The product is applied evenly and is easy to spread on bare skin and foundation. It lasted a good eight hours before showing signs of use.
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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 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, though it didn’t slide off my face as quickly either – most of the colors lasted between seven and eight hours.
The opacity seemed quite 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 gel creamy and spreadable, what shines through naturally. All the nuances were very easy to apply as they were easy to apply to both bare skin and foundation as the formula does not lift the base products.
At the bottom of the side is a brush (so that the tube is effectively double-ended) with small bumps that are supposed to “center” the “product pick-up” 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 that 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, microcrystalline wax (Cera Microcristallina), mica, hydrogenated microcrystalline wax, synthetic wax, pentaerythrityl-tetra-di-T-butyl-hydroxyhydrocinnamate, dicalcium phosphate1, tin oxide (ci 777), titania, 891, tin oxide Gelber 5er See (Ci 19140), Roter 28er See (Ci 45410).
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