Makeup by Mario Pale Petal Soft Pop Blush Stick Review & Swatches

by Jeremy

Makeup by Mario Pale Petal Soft Pop Blush StickMakeup by Mario Pale Petal Soft Pop Blush Stick ($28.00 for 0.37 oz.) is a medium pink with warmer undertones and fine, golden pearl throughout a dewy finish. It had sheer to semi-sheer color coverage when applied to bare skin and blended out, as it was inclined to sheer out quite readily as the more emollient texture spread well on bare skin (or over foundation).

It seemed more pigmented when applied directly from the tube and left unblended. Still, this level of pigmentation was only achievable through building up layers–it was designed to be a sheerer, more buildable formula, so it was in line with expectations. The consistency was smooth, balmy, and moderately emollient, giving it a dewy finish that never thoroughly dried down but was not tacky on my skin. It lasted nicely for eight hours before fading noticeably.

Makeup by Mario Pale Petal Soft Pop Blush Stick Review & Swatches

Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like the scent).
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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, which made 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 purpose intended, 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 picking 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, Mica, Microcrystalline Wax (Cera Microcristallina), Hydrogenated Microcrystalline Wax, Synthetic Wax, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850).

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