Makeup by Mario Desert Rose Soft Pop Powder Blush Review & Swatches

by Joseph K. Clark

Desert Rose

Makeup by Mario Desert Rose Soft Pop Powder BlushMakeup by Mario Desert Rose Soft Pop Powder Blush ($24.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had medium, buildable pigmentation (as marketed) to primarily opaque coverage with a second layer.

The texture was soft, silky, and smooth without being too powdery or firmly pressed into the pan. The product applied well to bare skin and over foundation, which was a surprise, as the thinner, silkier, and matte texture often darkens or turns patchy on bare skin. There were signs of fading visible after eight hours of wear.

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

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Formula Overview


$24.00/0.16 oz. – $150.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have a “buildable,” healthy-looking flush of color” that “blends effortlessly” thanks to the “silky” texture. They came in a soft, satin-to-pearl finish and a matte finish. The pigmentation ranged from medium to primarily opaque, and they were buildable to more opaque coverage from wherever they started. They stayed on well for eight hours on average.

The texture was soft, smooth, and finely milled without being overly powdery, and while it was a thinner powder overall, it didn’t prove to be an issue during application. The blushes were applied evenly to bare skin and over the foundation without lifting base products. I didn’t have problems with the very matte finish darkening much or becoming patchy over a more emollient base (often the biggest issue with matte finish blushes!).

Browse all of our Makeup by Mario Soft Pop Powder Blush swatches.


Talc, Silica, Alumina, Boron Nitride, Zinc Stearate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Squalane, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, May Contain (+/-): Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Red 6, Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Ultramarines (Ci 77007).

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