I've tried the Sephora Collection products with a varying degree of success. The Mircosmooth Baked Blush Duo in Mangobeam has been one of Sephora's products that's really wowed me and has become a staple for my everyday makeup.
When I was first shopping for a blush my very first instinct was to look at some of the more higher priced lines. But the last blush I got from Nars was a big flop. Then I saw the Microsmooth Baked Duo Collection and I thought perfect! I'll be able to get a blush and a highlighter all in one!
It was definitely well within my price range. In fact because I was able to save some money on blush I was able to buy some super cute nail polish for my spring look so I'm really happy. The blush and highlighter are both really smooth and creamy, I had absolutely no problems blending either of them out.
Mangobeam is a very unique color, somewhere between an apricot mauve and a brown, but leaning more towards the red side and not quite as orange. The matte side is quite close in color to the shimmering side. I've been using the matte side as a blush and the shimmer side as a highlighter.
The matte side is gorgeous, the color is quite flattering on me. I have very dark brown hair and brown eyes along with fair skin. I have red hyperpigmentation spots on my cheeks from photo sensitivity. The Mangobeam blends really well over my powder foundation and it doesn't accentuate my red cheeks. The Mangobeam gives me a nice, subtle flush that looks completely natural.
The shimmer side of the Mangobeam duo is also high performing! I love using highlighters so having a side of the duo I could use as a highlighter is awesome. I'm happy with this multitasker in my makeup box. The shimmer isn't glittery or chunky, it's extremely smooth and easy to blend. The color works well with the blush but is definitely a different texture due to the shimmer. You could probably use the shimmer side as a blush but I prefer my blushes not to shine. As a highlighter it's excellent for daytime.
Both sides of the duo are easy to apply. I've used my fingers, a fan brush and also a large powder brush and each time I was apply to apply both the blush and highlight quite easily. The results are quite natural looking, providing a healthy flush with a lovely, low key glow.
I was extremely pleased with the Microsmooth Baked Blush Duo, so pleased I decided to try two other colors. I can't wait to try them, but I'll definitely still be using Mangobeam in my daily makeup routine.