Makeup by Mario Poppy Pink Soft Pop Powder Blush Review & Swatches

by Joseph K. Clark

Poppy Pink

Makeup by Mario Poppy Pink Soft Pop Powder BlushMakeup by Mario Poppy Pink Soft Pop Powder Blush ($24.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark pink with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque color coverage in a single layer, which made it more pigmented than marketed. The soft, silky, and thinner texture made it more controllable, so one could use a lighter hand to achieve sheerer, more buildable coverage if preferred–it just wasn’t innately buildable.

The texture was soft, finely milled, and smooth, with powderiness in the pan but none on my skin. The blush is applied evenly to bare skin and blended out with little effort, which is impressive as this vivid hue, coupled with the matte finish, is often only workable over powdered skin. It stayed on well for eight and a half hours before fading noticeably.


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

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  • Zoeva PK040 (P) is warmer (95% identical).
  • MAC Rosy Does It (LE, $30.00) is shimmery, darker, and cooler (95% similar).
  • ColourPop Tuned In (P, $8.00) is darker (95% similar).
  • Pat McGrath Cherish (P, $38.00) is lighter (95% identical).
  • ColourPop Island Shine (LE, $8.00) is more delicate (95% similar).
  • Kevyn Aucoin Grapevine #2 (PiP) is shimmery and and darker (90% similar).
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  • Salt New York Blackberry (P, $16.00) is shimmery, darker, and cooler (90% similar).
  • ColourPop Seed U Later (P, $8.00) is darker and cooler (90% similar).

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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