A Magical Potion of Pink, Bronze, Pizza, Shimmer, Matte and a Highlighter/Blush: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Rio

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MAC Rio Mineralize Skinfinish

Cheeks, meet MAC’s Rio Mineralize Skinfinish ($30)


Oh, snap! Please pardon my overuse of caps. My pinky got stuck on the CAPS LOCK button (no, it didn’t), so I decided to just roll with it, since it pretty much also summarizes how I really feel about MAC Rio.

We fell in love! — when I wore it a couple days ago out to dinner with El Hub. That day it got hot in hurrr. I mean, it was like over 90 degrees, and I didn’t want to cook, so we went to this Italian place nearby called Tavola for dinner.


Who knew that mixing wine, pizza and MAC Rio on a hot summer night could add up to something so cool?

Pizza from Tavola restaurant in Novato, CA

The Neopolitana pizza from Tavola restaurant in Novato

I don’t know what laws of physics were involved, but there was something magical about biting into a hot slice, washing it down with a sip of chilled white wine and wearing MAC Rio… It electrified all of the pleasure pathways in my brain. Perhaps it was just a convergence of so many awesome things at once — carbs, cheese, wine and a bright, opalescent bronzed pink highlighter/blush. πŸ™‚

MAC Rio Mineralize Skinfinish

Rio Mineralize Skinfinish, $30

Yeah, blush! You could wear Rio as a highlighter (tops of your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, your Cupid’s bow and chin), but my favorite way to wear it’s as a blush.

Say we bumped into each other at a MAC counter today and you said, “But, K-Dawg, all I want from a blush is that it’s easy like Sunday morning,” I’d steer you away from Tropical Taboo’s blushes, and point you in Rio’s direction. “Let’s do this, babes,” I’d tell you. “Trust.”

MAC Rio Mineralize Skinfinish swatch

Not that there’s anything wrong with the Tropical Taboo blushes (I think they’re really beautiful). They just require a bit of work due to their level of pigment. Rio still has a healthy amount of bronzy pink color, so your cheeks will look flushed from a single layer, but it’s not so intense that you’ll find yourself spending valuable pool time buffing out the edges or worrying about applying too much.

If your pores are stressing out, tell them to relax! Rio’s shimmer is the bomb. Neither too glittery nor chunky, it’s just a very fine pink pearl. Your pores (those worry warts) will be fine, long as you don’t go too far overboard on the product, and perhaps layer a primer underneath. It’s not necessary, but it could help.

PRICE: $30
AVAILABILITY: Available now at MAC counters, stores and online

Even more Rio!!

Rio Pacheco Says WASSUP

I feel a wave of childhood nostalgia sweep over me when I wear MAC Rio because the name reminds me think of Rio Pacheco from the Jem and the Holograms cartoon.

If you’re a teenager today, you probably have no idea what I’m talking about. The quick backstory: Jem and the Holograms was a children’s cartoon about a young woman named Jerrica who had a magical pair of earrings that transformed her into a pink-haired rock-star alter ego named Jem…who was really a hologram.


Yes, we ate this sh*t up back in the ’80s.

Rio Pacheco was the band’s manager, and he was also in a sordid love triangle with both Jem and Jerrica, who were technically the same person.

I suppose the more accurate description would have been to say that he was trapped between love parallel lines… Shout-out to 10th-grade geometry.

Ugh, Rio. He was very wishy-washy about choosing between Jem and Jerrica, and even though I was only 8 at the time, I wanted Jerrica to dump his @ss.

I mean, c’mon! I didn’t know much about the world, but I knew that even in the realm of cartoons, there had to be other guys with purple hair and mullets who were faithful to their girlfriends and didn’t pine after others on the down-low.


My friends Cindy, Jen and I still, to this day, still talk about that show and about our deep resentment toward Rio Pacheco… It comes up at least once a year.

On that note, SHOWTIME SYNERGY! I’m off to Old Navy to look at tankinis.

Gonna try to hit the pool this weekend. πŸ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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So far, 24 people have commented on this article. How cool is that?

  1. Rachel says:

    Don’t forget old navy has $1 flippy floppies on Saturday!

  2. Daisy D Alary says:

    ummm… it’s Jerrica, not Jess… how sad am i that i know that…

    btw, that blush looks so good on you! πŸ™‚

  3. Olivia says:

    Gorgeous! That pizza looks delish too…my dad is making some on his new grill pizza stone right now!

  4. RedWeather Tiger says:

    Hey, Karen! Great review…I bought Rio and can’t wait to get her. I think you may be just a teensy bit mistaken on the price, though…I think I got mine for $29 on Nordstrom’s site.

  5. kate says:

    I just bought this today, my daughter noticed and complimented me on it. For your readers my coloring is quite different from yours so this shade could be for many women

  6. Tania G says:

    I just got mine today at macys. it’s absolutely stunning. I got mine for $30 though, not $42.

  7. Nikita says:

    Karen. This entire post makes me HAPPY. That pizza looks delicious, the white wine sounds amazing, and Jem is icing on the cake.

    And yes – Rio was so indecisive! Jerrica really should have left him.

  8. Tiffany says:

    So much goodness in one post! I love allllll msf’s! πŸ™‚ hope you’re having a happy Friday! PS I think tiger up there was referring to your little recap where is says price: $42 πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Ah, got it! I just realized that now. What can I say, I’ve been in the sun all afternoon. It has fried my brain. Just fixed it. πŸ™‚

  9. Anna says:

    One of my favorite posts! Equal parts awesome product review and your unique perspective. Keep up the great work!

  10. Heidi says:

    Mmmmm…. pizza! Sorry, that’s as coherent as my over-heated brain can get right now. You’d think the pizza wouldn’t be so tempting since I just had dinner a little bit ago, but there’s always room for good pizza!

  11. Agata says:

    I really like this one, I like how you can use it as a blush and as a highlighter. Maybe I should get it…

  12. Jennifer says:

    Truly Outrageous!

  13. Jeanne says:

    Great review and the pizza looks great.

  14. denise S says:

    Yay good review! can’t wait to get mine in the mail!

  15. Kim says:

    I heard her name was Rio and she dances on the sand…

    I’m going to make you feel younger by admitting that I was too old to ever watch Jem and the Holograms. Duran Duran, on the other hand. πŸ™‚

  16. Anitra says:

    Yes!!!! Karen you are hilarious! I love Rio too, it’s the only one I purchased πŸ™‚

  17. Um, this is why you’re the bomb, Karen. You bring together all things awesome: food, makeup, and the 80’s! I wish I had a dose of Showtime Synergy sometimes at work – it would really liven things up! This CRACKED me up so much: “there had to be other guys with purple hair and mullets who were faithful to their girlfriends and didnÒ€ℒt pine after others on the down-low.” Words to live by! πŸ™‚ Happy weekend, doll!

  18. CA says:

    The name is Rio because of Rio de Janeiro, the city in Brazil!

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