Happy Valentines Day! Say hello to the perfect spring/summer blush and highlight! And to another product that gives you a rosy and healthy, positively glowing look that is perfect for today's occasion. Yes, you've heard that right! For a few weeks now this product had quickly become one of my favorites. Sorry to my MSF Soft and Gentle which I have particularly bought as a highlight but Blonde is better since she doubles up as a blush.
It's a good think that MAC has a protective plastic shield between the actual product and the packaging or else this would've shatter the entire thing. It seems like I'm very unlucky on MAC products when it comes to their packaging. My first mineralized blush, Dainty, which I ordered from Macy's also had a defective packaging. The acrylic cover with the MAC logo and product name came off when I opened the blush. I had to glue the acrylic cover back into the black plastic lid. For the Blonde I used lash adhesive in order to glue it back into place.
Now that I have that part covered, I want to tell you how amazing I feel about this product. It's lightweight and highly pigmented. Also, compared to the Soft & Gentle wherein you should be a little careful on the application because of the shimmers, you can be a little generous with Blonde since she's not all that shimmery. It has a gradient of soft peach to pink. In using this as a blush, most of the time I use only the right part which is the pink side, however mixing the shades have a very nice effect too and has a very subtle difference than only using the pink side. Sometimes I would even wear this on top of the NYX Cream Blush for a glowy, blushing finish. For the peach side, I mostly use this to highlight the bridge of my nose, the temples and the Cupid's bow. The overall finish is really pretty: subtle and natural.
In the photo below I used the Blonde as both blush and highlight. I applied it on my cheeks, cheekbones, bridge of my nose and Cupid's bow.
I should've lined my waterline with black liner instead of white (I was experimenting) and now I have a weird look
Here are the swatches for the MSF Blonde:
Swatch of the lighter side and the darker side
Swatch of all the shades together
Happy Hearts Day! :)
PS: I just realized how every time I do a review I always say I'm gonna buy more and test more makeup. Tsk. By the end of my lifetime I'll be a makeup hoarder. :)