Makeup by Mario Dusty Rose Soft Pop Blush Stick Review & Swatches

by Joseph K. Clark

Makeup by Mario Dusty Rose Soft Pop Blush StickMakeup by Mario Dusty Rose Soft Pop Blush Stick ($28.00 for 0.37 oz.) is a medium pink with warmer undertones and a dewy finish. It had semi-sheer, buildable pigmentation when applied and blended out on my face; it was a formula that naturally sheered out, so while it may have seemed more pigmented initially, it was sheerer and more buildable as described by the brand. The product layered well for more excellent coverage, too.

The texture was smooth, creamy, and moderately emollient with many glides, though it wasn’t tacky nor prone to lifting base products when applied over them. It is also used evenly and blended out well on bare skin. It wasn’t transfer-resistant, as it didn’t seem to have much dry down, but it tended to fade over time (about eight hours of solid wear) without much sliding/migrating.

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

Mario Dusty Rose

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  • Clinique Peach Pop (02) (P, $21.00) is shimmery, darker, and warmer (90% equal).
  • MAC Sweet Sweet Fantasy (LE, $24.00) is shimmery, darker, and warmer (90% similar).
  • Merit Beverly Hills (P, $28.00) is lighter and cooler (90% similar).
  • ColourPop Snickerdoodle (PiP, $8.00) is darker and less glossy (90% identical).
  • Salt New York Peach (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar).
  • Makeup by Mario Earthy Pink (P, $28.00) is darker, brighter, and cooler (90% similar).
  • ILIA Temptation (P, $32.00) is warmer (90% identical).
  • Rare Beauty Nearly Mauve (P, $21.00) is shimmery, darker, and less glossy (90% similar).
  • ColourPop Hotline (P, $7.00) is darker and cooler (90% similar).

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.

All the shades were straightforward to apply as they went well over bare skin and foundation, as the formula did not lift base products. The coverage seemed quite pigmented when I swiped or rubbed my finger against the development 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, making sheer out naturally.

There is a brush on the bottom of the side (so the tube is effectively double-ended), with small raised bumps that are designed to “centralize product pickup” for a “more even, fluid application.” It works for the intended purpose, though it may feel a little large depending on the size of one’s cheeks. I also found it challenging to put the brush back in the tube without some bristles splaying/catching as I did so.

The brush head is removable, which makes more sense for cleaning, but it is hard to hold in hand, so it wasn’t comfortable to pick up the product (more so to blend out the product, leaving it attached to the bottom of the tube).

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


Diisostearyl Malate, Octyldodecanol, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Polyethylene, Microcrystalline Wax (Cera Microcristallina), Dicalcium Phosphate, Mica, Hydrogenated Microcrystalline Wax, Synthetic Wax, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Red 6, Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850).

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