Pat McGrath Electric Bloom Divine BlushPat McGrath Electric Bloom Divine Blush ($ 38.00 for 0.34 oz.) Is a vibrant, 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 for the formula than most of the hues in the range. It had the kind of pigmentation that wasn’t so intense that it could be dispersed and cut out if you forgot to use a lighter hand, but it still had to be used with a light to medium light hand for purer coverage achieve. I was more lucky to get a clean wash by using a fan brush as well.
The texture was soft, moderately powdery, and tended to rise in the pan when compared to other hues in the series. The powder was applied evenly to bare skin and blended well without sticking unevenly to bare skin, which can often be a problem with matte surfaces. It wasn’t satin-like in its sheen, but it was “naturally matte” so it didn’t look dry on my skin. It stayed on nicely for nine hours before noticeably fading.
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$ 38.00 / 0.34 oz. – $ 111.76 per ounce
The formula should be “light as a feather, long-lasting”, which “builds up easily from pure to subversive”. The blushes are available in two finishes – semi-matt and satin – and range from muted to livelier colors. The biggest “downside” to the formula was that it was pigmented rather than buildable so you could use a lighter hand to get more buildable coverage, but I found that I had to use a light to moderate hand to make sure that I don’t over- apply every shade.
The consistency was smooth, silky and felt slightly creamy; it was a little powdery in the pan, but had more lubricity than most powder blushes on the market, but it was definitely a powder-based formula. The product is easy to apply to bare skin and over the foundation, as it diffuses well along the edges without absorbing basic products.
The satin pearl finish was bright but not overtly shimmering so it didn’t emphasize the natural texture of my skin. They carried with me for about nine hours before they visibly faded.
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Mica, aluminum oxide, aluminum hydroxide, zinc stearate, caprylic / capric triglyceride, methylpropanediol, octyldodecylstearoylstearate, caprylyl glycol, sodium dehydroacetate, phenylpropanol, Red 7 (Ci 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140).
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