Brushes with Blushes: The MAC Too Fabulous Mineralize Blush Duos

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MAC Too Fabulous Mineralize Blush Duos

Morning, ladies! I can tell it’s going to be a good day because I’m blushing already. 😳


Blushing like these MAC Mineralize Blush Duos ($23) from the upcoming Too Fabulous collection (in stores March 4).

Corny morning greeting? You betcha, but I happen to really like MAC’s Mineralize blushes, despite their frosty metallic finish. Some ladies (and gents!) aren’t big fans, but I find that I can do different things with them (from a candlelit glow to a blast of cheek color) depending on the brushes I use.

If you decide to give these Mineralize Blush Duos a try, here are four brushes to consider…

Its black and white brush head led to it being nicknamed the “skunk brush,” but this bad boy’s no stinker. It applies a sheer whisper of color onto the cheeks and allows me to build my color and shimmer slowly. TIP: To create a “glazed” cheek look, try spritzing the brush head lightly with MAC Fix+ ($18) before swiping it against the pan.

The baby version of the 187. It’s a little smaller and has a flatter top, which makes it great for precise application to areas like the bottoms of cheekbones. I love using it to layer different blush colors.


I find this brush works allows more of the color of the blush to show through. I do notice that my cheeks look very shimmery when I use this brush, but I sometimes I’m in the mood for that effect.

Fingers work great in a pinch (LOL!). Use ’em to apply a wash of shimmer to the apples of the cheeks, cheekbones, eyelids or anywhere you’d like to shimmer. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beautyaddict,



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  1. Devs says:

    These are some great tips! I am usually afraid to put shimmer on my cheeks, but I hope I can make these work because they are so beautiful!

    • Karen says:

      If you’re nervous about the shimmer maybe try using your fingers for very specific color/shimmer placement. They’ll give you a lot of control over the product!

  2. Fie says:

    These look gorgeous, but I was never a fan of their mineralize products. 🙁 Damn you, oily skin!

  3. NINA says:

    I have both 187 and 188 and for some reason, I reach out for the 188 more. I also use my fingers to apply some shimmer to the top and sides of my cheeks.

    Im slowly but surely becoming an MSF and Mineralized Blush addict …. 😀

  4. Tiffany says:

    I love the mineralize blushes and can’t wait to check these out! Thanks for the brush tips!

  5. Sharon says:

    I LOVE the skunk brush. I use it for my more intimidating blushes like Nars exhibit a and it instantly transforms it from scary to wearable

  6. Aniela says:

    Karen, you’re absolutely right…all of these products don’t work nearly as well unless you have good, quality brushes, and no1 makes a brush like MAC does! Love the mineralized blushes tho…haven’t tried them yet but they look really pretty!

  7. Lu says:

    I love MAC’s mineral blushes. Those are great! I can’t wait for this collection. I use a huge brush from Sephora. It allows me to add just a little color over the whole cheekbone.
    .-= Lu’s last blog post… I’m Pic Heavy Today… =-.

  8. Vonvon says:

    The blushes are so pretty and tempting! Besides my craze for eyeshadows, I think blushes might be my craze!
    .-= Vonvon’s last blog post… Mirror Mirror On The Wall, Which Is My Truest Match Of All? =-.

  9. Shannon Steele says:

    excited about these blushes and my favorite brush for blush is my fingers as well. my cheek area is super small and most brushes reach way beyond both sides of my cheek bones. and i’m really feeling both the top and middle lefts.

  10. lexi says:

    Okay I do have the travel sized 187 bought 2yrs ago from one of the brush gift sets….and I did preorder the bright pink and violet blush. I usually stay away from the MSF blushes like the plague but since I’m ready for spring time these colors jumped right at me. Plus the Azalea Blossom ombre blush just wasn’t for me. Hopefully the combo of the brush and this blush will be a match made in heaven – well at least throughout the spring/summer – for me!

  11. amy says:

    I see at least two to three I want to pick up: pink/gold; pink/purple; and coral and purple.
    .-= amy’s last blog post… FOTD MAC Colour Forecast 1 Stack 1 Crush Metal Pigments in Pinks and Purples =-.

  12. Michelle says:

    I used to be afraid of the mineralized blushes, but once I tried Warm Soul, I was hooked (it’s subtle shimmer, not sparkly glitter). I hope some of these new blushes work — they look gorgeous!!

  13. Aleksis says:

    huh…didn’t realize these wouldn’t be $18…were the last ones $23? But anyway I have two on my list but I am trying to pick a third…these are my FAVORITE!
    .-= Aleksis’s last blog post… Poor skin =( =-.

  14. With my recent splurge on the blush ombres, I might have to pass, but they are gorgeous! Mineralize blushes blend so well into the skin.
    .-= Kajal Couture’s last blog post… How to Highlight Your Face =-.

  15. Catherine says:

    Ooh, I never thought to use my fingers hehe. I have a 187SE and my SO just got me the 188 for our 3rd anniversary but I sadly don’t really like either! The 187SE is a little too big (plus it bleeds like no other =/ mine’s from the HK brush set and I just can’t get it to stop bleeding) and the 188 is a little too small and I feel like I can never get an even finish with it, though perhaps it’s not really meant for applying blush to that large an area? It may also be the blemishes I currently have on my cheeks that just makes it look uneven… =/
    .-= Catherine’s last blog post… Valentine’s Day Love from Lulu ♥ =-.

  16. Angela says:

    These are very great tips. I have never thought about getting my brush wet before dipping them in the blush. I will give this a try. And the upcoming collection looks amazing. I will definitely be checking it out.

  17. Katie says:

    I really don’t like the mineralized blushes, but maybe I’ll pick one up and try applying it with my #187 brush. 🙂
    .-= Katie’s last blog post… Viva Glam Gaga Lipstick Look (Part 01) =-.

  18. bubbles says:

    Hi Karen 🙂 first time leaving comment here 🙂 hehe.. what do you think about 131 for the application ?

  19. I cannot wait to see these new blushes! They look really pretty 🙂
    .-= Princesa Livia’s last blog post… Blog Sale~!!! Please Buy My Stuff! ♥ =-.

  20. julie says:

    I’m dying to try these out, but I also have combo skin. Does this mean they won’t show up? I did try By Candlelight and all I saw was highlight, no color. Is this what happens?

  21. marisol says:

    *shakes fist in the air*

    Darn you MAC… why do you come out with such awesome products?

    Anytime I use MSFs, I use Fix+ for that glazed look.
    .-= marisol’s last blog post… Fun in the Snow =-.

  22. Tessa says:

    I just bought my first MAC product : the sun & moon blush! Even though I never spend much money on cosmetics, I adore it, I can just stare at the package and it’ll make my day. Its sooo pretty!

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