You’ll Look Like You’ve Been Dancing All Night Long Wearing One of the Three Bright New MAC Tropical Taboo Mineralize Blushes in Exotic Ember, Simmer and Sweet Samba

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MAC Simmer Mineralize Blush from the Tropical Taboo Collection

Simmer Mineralize Blush from the MAC Tropical Taboo collection

Guess who just got cast in a new reality TV show!?

I know! It’s called So You Think You Can’t Dance, and it’s still pretty new, so it only has a small following of just one husky tabby cat.


For now. But I’m sure it’s going to catch on soon. It has a winning formula.

The season premiere was last night…in my living room. Yeah, it aired while El Hub and I were watching So You Think You Can Dance, when after every one of the show’s dance routines, we danced around our living room, hootin’, hollerin’ and twirling around like reject ninjas.

“Okay,” one of us would say in complete seriousness, “now it’s time for our contemporary routine!” Then, no matter what type of dance we were supposed to be doing, El Hub would end up doing the robot, and I’d do the cha-cha.

Being the only contestants on the show, the odds of us winning this season are good. ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s fun, but I really just want to practice my Latin dance moves so that I could keep up with the three new $25 MAC Tropical Taboo Mineralize Blushes…

MAC Exotic Ember Mineralize Blush

Exotic Ember Mineralize Blush, an orange with bronze pearl

Exotic Ember, Simmer and Sweet Samba shimmy onto MAC shelves and into hearts and stores tomorrow (but they’re available online now!), and they’re ready to lead MAC girls (and guys) through a glamorous and tropic-themed routine on the dance floor.

Just don’t be surprised if they try to hog the spotlight, because they’re hella pigmented.

MAC Simmer Mineralize Blush

Simmer Mineralize Blush, a burnt rose with peach and gold pearl

Hips grind, skirts twirl, heels spin and skin glistens as you work yourself into a frenzy on the dance floor. These blushes are a flurry of intense pigment and luminous, opalescent shimmer, and with any of them on your cheeks, you’ll look like you’ve been shaking what your mama gave you all night long.

MAC Sweet Samba Mineralize Blush

Sweet Samba Mineralize Blush, a dark pink with tan pearl

With MAC’s Mineralize Blush formula, there’s always the chance you’ll run into a shade with chunky glitter that flies all over the place or an uber-frosty finish that acts like a foghorn for your pores (WE’RE KAREN’S PORES! CHECK US OUT, Y’ALL!!), but that hasn’t been the case for me with any of these shades.

All three have a shiny finish, which is typical of the Mineralize Blushes, but their shine comes from fine pearl particles that create flushed, bright cheeks that catch the light without appearing metallic or frosty.

MAC Tropical Taboo Swatches Mineralize Blush

Mineralize Blush from the left: Exotic Ember, Simmer and Sweet Samba

These blushes are also pigmented, so if you want very dramatic, flushed cheeks for, say, a stage performance (which I think these would be awesome for!), then a regular ol’ blush brush should suffice, but for everyday looks, I’d opt for a fan brush.

MAC Sweet Samba Mineralize Blush from the Tropical Taboo Collection

Sweet Samba

With a fan brush, I get the most natural results — a flush of color and an opalescent shine. Of course, you could always apply another layer (or two) for brighter cheeks.

MAC Exotic Amber Mineralize Blush from the Tropical Taboo Collection

Exotic Amber

Because these blushes are so pigmented, they should suit gals/guys rocking a tan well, although I think lighter lovelies and pale princesses could also rock ’em… May want to keep those fan brushes nearby, though (and remember to swipe the bristles on a paper towel or napkin first to unload any excess product).

Some thoughts on the individual shades…

  • I think Simmer, the burnt rose with peachy golden pearl, is the most wearable of these three because, while pigmented, it’s not overly bright. I can see it working well on most skin tones as the most natural-looking one here.
  • Sweet Samba, an intense pink with tan pearl, sure looks bright on my cheeks! Use a light touch with this one, and keep a blending brush on standby. I really like this one, but it does take work.
  • Exotic Ember, an orange with bronze pearl, tends to look muddy if I overdo it. I don’t feel like it’s particularly flattering on my cheeks (makes ’em look kinda dirty, actually, like I just finished mud-wrestling). Not my favorite one of the bunch, but it might be one to consider if you’re a bronzed beauty or a dark-skinned damsel.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Lauren says:

    My parents love Dancing With the Stars ๐Ÿ™‚ My favorite was when they had Niecy Nash on! But she didn’t last too long, unfortunately.
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  2. Oh wow you can actually pull off Exotic Ember! I saw swatches of that earlier and was thinking “who on earth could wear that??”. Definitely one for the darker complexions! ๐Ÿ™‚ As for Sweet Samba, I knew that one would look awesome with your skin tone and it does! Too bright for me personally though :/ And i try to stay away from these Mineralize blushes because I have SUPER large pores and oily skin so it would def not work out so well for me :/
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  3. Lorraine says:

    LMAO! and I thought the only dancing was happening in my living room during that show! This is my fave reality contest and I am wondering what Tabs thought of all this- or was kitty running away from the madness? I wish there was a show called “So you Think Your Cat Can Dance?” My cat would never make it to Vegas, but it would be a fun show to watch!

  4. Monica P says:

    I like when make up companies do the ‘dual’ products. It makes me ‘think’ that I’m getting 3 in 1 product ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Simmer is really pretty! I agree it looks the most wearable for sure. I’ll have to check this one out as I do love MAC’s Mineralize Blushes a lot.
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  6. CrystalCandy says:

    I love Sweet Samba on you, it’s very pigmented but I really like the flushed look it gives.
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  7. Kim says:

    I am definitely laughing at you and El Hub – it’s great that you guys are bonding to DWTS. ๐Ÿ™‚ I actually thought Exotic Ember looked good on you!! Of course, now I’m associating it with mud wrestling, which is less flattering! HAHA!

  8. They’re all so pretttttty! I love Exotic Ember.
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  9. Let says:

    Simmer and Sweet Samba look very pretty!

    On another note, Karen, how different is Sweet Samba from Hot Nights (from Temperature Rising collection)? Thank you in advance ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Danielle says:

    I really love Simmer!! Although Sweet Samba is also cute.
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