What it is: The Natasha Denona My Mini Dream Glow Blush is a mini cheek trio based on the larger cheek palette from the earlier My Dream Collection release. It contains 2 matte blushes and 1 highlighter all pressed artfully into a single pan. The color of the deeper matte blush is the same as the one from the larger palette in the collection.
Price/Quantity: $20.00 for 4 grams
Shade Range: 1 shade option.
Packaging: Plastic compact with a soft-matte finish and feel that opens most of the way but not completely flat and has a magnetic closure. It has a fairly large mirror inside the lid and the pan inside is not removable. The weight feels lighter than expected in the hand but otherwise it still feels like well-made, nice quality packaging.
The pan is about the average size of a blush (see comparisons below). The side that contains the matte blushes is plenty large enough to fit a normal sized blush brush into without dipping into the shimmer next to it. It’s not super easy to pick up only one of the matte shades though as they are very slim and somewhat splotched into either. I can only realistically mix the two mattes but the resulting shade works well and is neither too light nor too dark.
Smell/Fragrance: Smells like absolutely nothing to me.
Expiration/Shelf Life: 24 months after opening.
When mixed, the color of the matte blushes is a very slight warm-leaning medium mauve. It is similar and very comparable to several other blushes that have been favorite go-to shades. The color payoff is easy to control. I can apply it lightly and build it up easily to look more intense. Either way, the color goes on evenly and sits smoothly, almost seamlessly, on the skin. It doesn’t look dry or powdery even up close. The finish of the matte side is like a natural-matte. It’s not totally flat and dull but does not have any visible shimmer in it.
The shimmer is fine, not chunky or sparkly. It has a good amount of reflect that is very buildable. I can apply it very lightly and get a subtle glow or build it up to something more dewy looking. It gives a smooth, soft glow. It’s not a blinding metallic sheen but it can be built up to be strong enough to look a bit “unnatural” if that’s the type of highlight you prefer. It has a slight rosy-neutral tone to it but still looks very neutral/nude on my complexion, definitely not pink. Though it is a powder, the texture is almost “creamy”. Not dry in the least and melts into the skin well.
There is a bit of powdery kickup in the pan if I try to mix the blushes and highlight together all in one swirl. If pick them up separately, I don’t get as much kickup. I think the shimmer is pressed a bit looser or just crumbles much more easily when touched than the mattes do. The amount of kickup is a noticeable but I don’t think it’s too excessive.
After one wear test of 9 hours, the blush was still visible by the end of the day. It faded a little bit but I was touching my face occasionally over the course of the day. For this test, I used the highlighter as a topper on one side of the face and mixed into the blush on the other side. The highlight on the side where I used it as a topper faded much more than the side where I mixed it together with the matte blush.
Pros and Cons
Things I like:
- Color works well for me personally. The type of shade I’d reach for when I’m not sure what blush to pair with the rest of my makeup. Very “neutral” on me. “Goes with everything” kind of color.
- Buildable color payoff. Easy to add subtle color or build up the intensity.
- Even application of color without patchiness whether applied lightly or heavily.
- Not inexpensive but not unreasonably priced for the quality.
- Pan is large enough to use just the mattes or the shimmer if I want.
Drawbacks and other considerations:
- There is only this one shade. I like the formula and having the blush and highlighter together but more shades in this format would be awesome.
- There is some kickup when using a brush to mix the highlighter and blush together in the pan.
- The color of the matte blush is easily dupable.
Do I Recommend It?
Yes. Even though the color isn’t the most unique, I really like how both the blush and the highlighter apply and sit on the skin, and the presentation is super cute. I like the convenience of having the highlighter included and being able choose to just use the matte side or swirl it all together for a more glowy and slightly lighter looking color.
The first two swatches are of the Natasha Denona Blush and the rest are:
- Too Faced Cloud Crush Blurring Blush in Velvet Crush
- Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed
- Benefit Rockateur (discontinued)
- Benefit Wanderful World Blush in Willa
- Essence Satin Touch Blush in Satin Love (discontinued)
- Essence Pure Nude Baked Blush in Rosy Rosewood
- Nars Blush in Orgasm
There are some similar shades, especially of the matte portion of the Natasha Denona blush. It’s not super unique in color but it does have a slight warmer peachy nuance.
Above I have:
- Fenty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Lightning Dust
- Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone
- Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal
- Benefit Cookie
- Benefit Dandelion Twinkle
- Maybelline Master Chrome Highlighter in Molten Rose Gold
- Essence Pure Nude Highlighter in 10 Be My Highlight
The Natasha Denona highlight is brighter and has a slight pink tone to it compared to the others. On the face, I don’t find that it actually looks pink, though. The reflect I get from it is right in the middle, not being as shiny as something like Benefit Cookie but more reflective than Essence Pure Nude Highlighter and Benefit Dandelion Twinkle.