Friday, February 1st, 2013

MAC Cream Soda Blush
MAC Cream Soda Blush

MAC Cream Soda Blush ($23.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “light neutral coral” with a satin finish. It’s a light-medium peach with orange and very slight pink tones. The finish looks mostly matte initially, but the more you blend and buff it out, the more the subtle satin sheen comes through. MAC My Highland Honey is much, much more orange. MAC Melba is darker–it’s like the richer, more intense sister. Chanel Espiegle is similar, though a touch more orange and less peach. NARS Gina is darker and more orange. I suspect MAC Peaches is a bit more beige.

The blush has good color payoff, and it is true-to-pan, but as such a light color, it may not show up well on darker complexions. I’m around NC25/NC30, and it just barely shows up when I applied it; on my skin tone, it looks like a soft bit of warmth on the cheek. If you have natural redness in your cheeks, the peachy coloring of this blush should help neutralize it. The texture of the blush is soft, finely-milled, and smooth–but there is a bit of excess powder that kicks up. It looked good at the seventh hour of wear, but by nine hours, it was mostly faded.

The Glossover


Cream Soda

It's very soft, blendable, and because of its light color and natural finish, very hard to overdo (and easy to correct). This will work better on very fair to light-medium complexions.











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MAC Cream Soda Blush
MAC Cream Soda Blush

MAC Cream Soda Blush
MAC Cream Soda Blush

MAC Cream Soda Blush
MAC Cream Soda Blush

MAC Cream Soda Blush
MAC Cream Soda Blush

MAC Cream Soda Blush
MAC Cream Soda Blush

MAC Cream Soda Blush
MAC Cream Soda Blush

MAC Cream Soda Blush
MAC Cream Soda Blush

MAC Cream Soda Blush
MAC Cream Soda Blush

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

MAC, $23.

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

MAC My Highland Honey is much, much more orange. MAC Melba is darker--it's like the richer, more intense sister. Chanel Espiegle is similar, though a touch more orange and less peach. NARS Gina is darker and more orange. I suspect MAC Peaches is a bit more beige.

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: MAC Caramel Sundae Eyeshadow Palette, Burberry Trench Eyeshadow (highlighter), MAC Black Swan Pearlglide Eyeliner (left), MAC Lord It Up Pearlglide Eyeliner (right), MAC Optimum Black Mascara. On cheeks: MAC Flatter Me Pearlmatte (left), MAC Cream Soda Blush (right). On lips: MAC Stay Sweet Lipglass.

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69 thoughts on “MAC Cream Soda Blush Review, Photos, Swatches (Archie’s Girls)

  1. This reminds me of MAC Peaches. I am iffy to get it because I don’t want to of the same color. :( Thanks for the quick review Christine!

  2. sarah

    what a shame it’s so light cause i love peach blushes. i’m nw40 and i doubt this would show on my skin :(

  3. Jackeline

    OMG I love this blush when I went to Mac the girl I tried this and I fall. I felt the most beautiful woman when I saw myself in the mirror lol

  4. Hanie

    YAY!! was waiting for this review all day :) So glad I ordered it, I found my highland honey to be too orange for me so this should be perfect! thanks for the review! <3

  5. Ally

    Hi Christine! I was wondering if you could tell me how this blush compares to Immortal Flower and Legendary. Thank You!

  6. fabiola

    It looks very natural on you. I think is so pretty, and gives you a nice glow for everyday. Thank you so much Christine, this is a lot of work, that you have put on this collection.

    • Desiree

      Ditto! Simply shows how dedicated and passionate she is. Thank you so much, Christine! Your reviews are extremely helpful. This will definitely help me pick which ones I’m getting on the 7th. :]

      P.S. I’ve been on Temptalia the entire day, hitting the refresh button like crazy. Heh.

  7. Lisa

    I’m happy I ordered this and glad that it turned out to be more peach than coral.

  8. Krystle

    Thank you for the swatches! How would u compare this to Illamasqua Lover blush? It looks quite similar from the pictures.

  9. Lisa

    Thanks for the review! Is this similar to Nars Sex Appeal or Benefit sugarbomb?

  10. Rachel Marie

    You have the best blog but I wish you were pale! Everything looks good on you and I can’t always tell if it’ll suit me. Oh well, definitely looking at this in-store regardless.

  11. Isela Valenciano

    What about in comparison to Immortal Flower and Supercontinental both by MAC?

  12. Josiane D

    I love this on you!

  13. julia

    how does it compare to legendary and launch away?

  14. Angelina

    Thanks for your reviews and great work! I always look to you for swatches because I’m nc25-30 so it really helps to see everything on you! You’re amazing :)

  15. I have some redness in my cheeks so like you mentioned, hopefully it’ll even that out. I’m really liking everything in this collection which is unusual for me because usually when MAC comes out with a collection, there’s sometimes only 1 or 2 items that catch my attention. This seems like it would be a good everyday blush though that I could wear to work with a neutral eye.

  16. Sabrina Nogueira

    Is your skin light or light-medium???

  17. Margo

    How does it compare to Immortal Flower from last year’s Tres Cheek collection?

  18. Chris

    Christine, is this the perfect blush for that “peachy glow” i’ve been looking for(for my fair asian skin that has a quite a bit of redness on the cheeks and therefore leans cool)?! ><

    i've been looking for something non-coral (i find the coral just emphasizes the red) and more orange/peachy that is bright/light enough to use so it doesn't look like i have sunburnt cheeks… i skipped out on this one but your swatches are making me reconsider as it is less corrally and more orangey which is what I was hoping for.. thanks! :)

  19. Susan

    Great review! How similar is this to Nars sex appeal? Thanks! :)

  20. Precious

    Thanks for doing all the reviews so quickly, Christine. . :) By the way, is this similar to Bobbi Brown’s Nude Peach?

  21. ¿Do you see this working on NC20 skin?

  22. REGINA

    Can you please compare this to Amber Glow from Apres Chic collection?

  23. arely

    are the blush and face powder similar ,would you get both or which is better for nc25

  24. VickyM

    I love how neutral and soft this is, I will consider buying it when I see it in person once the collection arrives in my country. It seems like I´m more Betty, I prefer her colors better even though as a child I favoured Veronica :p .

  25. Michelle

    Ok. I have a dilemma Christine! Do you think that Flatter Me and Cream Soda are basically the same blush color?? Is it worth getting both?

    Also, I’m NC15 (I live in Canada hahaha) and was wondering what would look better? Flatter Me or Veronica’s Blush? I have warm undertones but with a natural flush in my cheeks!

    Thanks so much for yet another informative review and know that your basically an international superstar for all your hard work!! =)

  26. Ryna

    Hi, how does it compare to MAC Fun and Games from Hello Kitty collection?

  27. Bex

    This is a deliberate dupe of Illamasqua Lover…!!

  28. ra

    It’s quite similar to Nars Sex Appeal I think. Only maybe Sex Appeal is a bit pinker.

  29. arely

    thanks a lot you really helped

  30. Vivian

    Is this similar with Fun & Games from the Hello Kitty collection??

  31. AvrilFloreal Espinosa

    Hi Christine! How can you compare this with Marilyn Monroe’s Perfect cheek and Legendary blush?

  32. Pahola C.

    I’m NW22, will this work for my skin tone?

  33. Marcella giraldo

    Cream soda it’s beautiful

  34. Katherine

    Hi Christine! I’m really confused if I should get this blush or Flatter me. Looking at your pictures it seems they have the same effect. The only difference I see is flatter me has more sheen to the cheeks. I’m around NC20-25.. Which do you think is worth the purchase? This will be my first MAC blush :)

  35. Anne

    Hi Christine,
    I was wondering if Cream Soda is anything like Benefit’s “Coralista”?
    And: I’m pretty pale with more yellow undertones (Benefit’s Hello Flawless foundation in I’m pure 4 sure is just the tiniest bit too dark): which of the blushes and/ or pearlmatte face powders would you recommend? I love the collection so much but can’t seem to reach a desicion…
    Thank you so much in advance!

  36. Kelly

    Do you think that this “Cream Soda” Blush is similar to Mac marilyn monroe “lengendary” and/or Hello Kitty “fun & games”? In the pan, they all look so similar to me.

  37. Jaclyn B

    I found by chance that an almost perfect dupe for this is Benefits Georgia peach. The only difference I found was Georgia peach had a bit more shimmer. However the color is pretty much exactly the same. So anyone dying to pick this up but didn’t have a chance go check out Benefit :) Hope this helps! Good luck!!