Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Review: MAC Intenso

I'm no longer a MAC mineralized virgin! I recently bought MAC Intenso from CCO and have been trying it out for a few weeks now. It looked so irresistable on the shelves and once I swatched it, I knew it was coming home with me (the normal CCO discount of $5 didn't hurt either). I'd describe Intenso as a peachy/rose with a lot of gold running through it.

This blush is quite different from anything else in my collection. I have matte blushes from Coastal Scents, and Dream Mousse blushes by Maybelline. With those, I just need a light touch to get the color payoff I need, and I usually use a stippling brush for them. However, with this, a light hand will only give you gold specks on your cheeks. So I build several layers with a contouring brush before getting the payoff I want, and then this is the final result:
Applying this blush is almost fool-proof. You can't apply too much (though you can apply too little), and no matter what brush you use (contouring or stippler), you'll never get a streak of color; it'll always look diffuse and airbrushed. 

Having said that, there IS quite a bit of gold on this. It can work in the daytime, but I'd stay away from it if I was wearing very heavy eye makeup. I'd say this looks utterly stunning with neutral defined eyes and peachy, dewy lips. Its just the right flush for a youthful, natural look.


Beautygirl24 said...

Intenso looks so pretty against your skin!

Lilladylife said...


Tanveer said...

God, This looks great on your skin! :D Good buy :) :)

Mz. More said...

very pretty!

Anonymous said...

That looks gorgeous!! =)

Cynthia Z said...

This shade must look fab on's so gorgeous!

Ashwini said...

Thanks girls!! An addendum to this post is that I think this blush will be great for tan skin, not fair skin. I think if you're very fair, you might look like you were slapped. But if you're tan, it'll be a gorgeous flush of coral!

rene said...

I've been lemming for their mineral blush!

DivaDebbi said...

That looks great on you! I recently purchased "Dainty" from their mineral blush collection...My equally beauty obsessed cousin, swore it was the perfect color and went with all. I like a one blush philosophy. It is a gorgeous pinky peach, less peachy than both or prior fave, that old standby, Nars Orgasm.
Loving it!
Anybody try their mineral bronzer??? That's next on my list!


Divija Reddy said...

LOL...slapped? I want to see that! trying to visualize....u r very funny, ash :)

200% agreed on color pay off! Esp. baked stuff! I never get it right!

Ashwini said...

@Rene: Try CCO if you want to buy it. I got Intenso for about $5 less than the original price.

@Divija: I know, the payoff is a nuisance. I don't reach for it on weekday mornings cuz I know I'll sit there layering this stuff for minutes. But on weekends, its a go!

StuddedLilly said...

thats a really pretty shade of golden peach! i can see why you love it so much :) its time for me to stop by CCO too hehe


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