Makeup by Mario Raspberry Soft Pop Blush Stick Review & Swatches

by Jeremy

Makeup by Mario Raspberry Soft Pop Blush StickMakeup by Mario Raspberry Soft Pop Blush Stick ($28.00 for 0.37 oz.) is a deep, reddened plum with subtle, cool undertones and a dewy finish. It appeared more pigmented when initially applied to bare skin. Still, it was quick to sheer out as the texture was more emollient and spreadable, resulting in semi-sheer to medium coverage in one layer. The pigmentation could be built up to more semi-opaque coverage with a second layer, as marketed. I also felt like it looked less plum and more pinkish when applied and sheered out on my skin tone, which isn’t a pro/con but a note.

Makeup by Mario Raspberry Soft Pop Blush Stick Review & Swatches

The texture was smooth, balmy, and emollient without being too slippery, so while it never dried down and was not transfer-resistant, it wasn’t sticky and didn’t slide down my face quickly. The product is applied evenly and blended out easily over bare skin and on top of foundation. It stayed on well for eight hours before showing signs of wear.

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like the scent).

Formula Overview

$28.00/0.37 oz. – $75.68 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have “sheer, buildable coverage” with a “healthy and radiant” finish. If a genuinely dewy finish is something you love, the formula might be right up your alley; if dewy is your arch-nemesis, move along like this very much lived up to its “radiant” claim. There wasn’t a natural dry down, so it wasn’t all that transfer-resistant, though it didn’t slide off my face too readily either–most shades lasted between seven and eight hours on me.

The coverage seemed quite pigmented when swiped on or rubbed my finger against the product and did a single, unblended swatch. Still, in practice, it was more semi-sheer, buildable as the consistency was moderately emollient, like a gel-like cream, and spreadable, which made sheer out naturally. All the shades were straightforward to apply as they went on well over bare skin and foundation as the formula did not lift base products.

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