Friday, February 25th, 2011

MAC Cremeblend Blush
MAC Cremeblend Blush

MAC Cremeblend Blush: So Sweet, So Easy, Something Special, Tea Petal

MAC Cremeblend Blush ($19.50 for 0.19 oz.) are back, and this time, MAC has made them permanent in six neutral shades. In this post, we’ll be taking a look at: So Sweet, So Easy (bright yellow pink), Something Special (light coral), andTea Petal (mid-tone reddish brown). Cremeblend Blushes made their debut in Lillyland, back in January 2010. There were four shades released, and only one of them has made a return (So Sweet, So Easy).

  • So Sweet, So Easy is a pale pink. On me, it always looks ghastly–it only succeeds in washing me out. I’m NC25/NC30, so I think this is a shade best suited to lighter skin tones. This shade was originally released with Lillyland.
  • Something Special is a soft, peached coral. Depending on how much you are willing to build, it could work for darker skin tones, but it will tend to suit light to medium skin tones best.
  • Tea Petal is a plummy brown that can worn sheerly or built up to medium coverage. I think this shade would work for light to dark skin tones.

my thoughts on the formula: The shade range tends to be more neutral, and so the color tends to enhance the natural tones of skin without adding significant color, with the exception of Tea Petal (which is deeper and can be built up). They have a soft natural finish, which means there is some sheen, but they do not look oily/greasy. Wear is good–they last six to eight hours without setting powder–and can also act as a base for your favorite powder blush. They apply very easily, and the color is buildable, so it’s difficult to overdo it. These blend out seamlessly whether you use a stippling brush (like the 188) or your fingers.

The Cremeblend Blushes, since permanent, are also available in pan form ($16.50), though I think those are only available at PRO stores and perhaps online will make them available, too (since you can buy powder blush pans online now). They are the same size as the ones in the pot–both of wihch are the same size as powder blush–and fit into MAC’s 6-pan palettes ($14.00).

The Glossover


MAC Cremeblend Blush Swatches, Photos, Reviews (Part 2)


I like that they arenโ€™t tacky like Blushcremes were, which was probably their only downside! The shade range in the new Cremeblends is a little limited, and it could use some deeper/more saturated shades for medium to dark skin tones.











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Where can I purchase the Cremeblend Blushes? How much are they?

MAC Cosmetics and MAC Counters on March 3rd, $19.50 each.

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No, they are all permanent.

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52 thoughts on “MAC Cremeblend Blush Swatches, Photos, Reviews (Part 2)

  1. Toni

    Yea these wll drfinitely nor work much on NW47-50. How disappointing

  2. Lisa

    Hmmm. I’m not sure if it’s because the pictures are small but they all with the exception of the light ones, kind of end up looking the same to me.

  3. Kimmie

    I like how you added the six panel photo thing at the bottom! So helpful! Thanks Christine! <3 (:

  4. Kat

    Hopefully this is just an introductory range and MAC releases some more for darker skin tones soon. That being said, I’m really liking Ladyblush and Something Special, although since they’re permanent I think I’ll wait a bit to pick them up. Thanks for getting the reviews up so fast!

  5. Carrie Ann

    They’re all pretty, but nothing stands out to me. I already have the original Posey and So Sweet, So Easy. It’s a little weird that these have the same names as their predecessors, but aren’t necessarily the same shade. Posey is definitely different and my So Sweet, So Easy looks brighter.

    • Christine

      I was just thinking the same thing. I wanted to get another one of the so sweet, so easy but this new one looks like a baby pink. My other one is much brighter too.

  6. I need Tea Petal like.. now. <3

  7. Svetlana

    I’ve never used a cream blush before so I may give So Sweet So Easy a try. When I use a cream blush as a base for a powder blush do I first set the cream blush with my Prep & Prime translucent powder and then apply the powder blush, or I don’t need prep & prime?

  8. Ali

    honestly…they all look the same.

  9. Anna H.

    How are these similar to and different from new urban decay creme blushes?
    which of the two would you recommend more?

  10. Solangel

    They all kinda look the same on your cheeks :/

  11. Shasa

    I’m sad :( the majority of these seem to be geared towards lighter skin tones. I wanted to be able to use something special & ladyblush but they look to light for my deep skin tone. I love posey though! A gorgeous coral pink color. Do you think there could be a way for me to use something special without it looking like to much of a contrast? Also, thank you so much Christine for taking your time do to these great reviews and swatches! Without you to show what so many products are actually like before I purchase them I don’t know what I’d do!

  12. stephanie

    thanks for the swatches, christine!

    did you happen to have a chance to compare the lillyland ‘so sweet, so easy’ to this collection’s version of it? i’m wondering if they are exactly the same or if there are any differences. for some reason, the newest ‘so sweet, so easy’ swatch looks more blue-toned to me than the lillyland one did.

  13. I like the something special! :)

  14. How would you say So Sweet, So Easy compares to Well Dressed? I sort of like the idea that there may be a cream blush that is in the same category as Well Dressed, I love that powder blush!

  15. Kat

    Christine how would u recommend applying a cream blush? I love them but never bother with them because I’m afraid I cannot apply them right, especially sine I use liquid foundation. Should I apply my foundation and then use a stippling brush instead of my fingers? ( I usually use my fingers for liquid/cream products )
    Thanks so much for all your work!

  16. Faerie

    I really like Tea Petal on you. Thanks for all the swatches!

  17. I’ve noticed that my Cremeblend blushes from Lillyland always get crusty on the top of the product if I let them sit without using them for more than a month, I have to scrape away at it otherwise it gets all mucky on the skin. I ended up having to depot the product into a container that’s more air-tight. Sort of a “blah” point for me… I bought them cause they were “limited edition.” LOL! I should have just stuck to using lipstick like I did before ๐Ÿ˜›

    I DO so wish that MAC would release more gel blushes like the one that came out with A Rose Romance though… I love that little guy :) Still use it all the time, I’d like to see at least an orange one and a wine/plum colored one…

    • I just checked mine and they seem fine, and I don’t think I’ve used them since Lillyland came out… with any exception that I’ve swatched one for a dupe comparison, LOL!

      Were you fan of the blushcremes?

      • I never really used them – I didn’t have any myself but I have friends that had a few and I got to play around with them a little bit – I’m still a fan of just using my lipsticks as creme blushes. I have TONS more color options and they work exactly the same.

  18. Christy

    Can these blushes be used on lips?

    • I know that some artists have said you can. I personally find them very drying and unflattering on lips, though… and kind of gross to taste.

      • Christy

        thanks Christine-good to know! btw, I really appreciate all the time you take to do this-your reviews and looks really help me decide what to buy! This blog rocks!

  19. Heyy Chrsitine, I really think that you should tell us which you like most. I think reviews are really impersonal. You should tell us more :)

    • I do – please just give me some time so I can write the overall/recommendation post. But at the end of day, my goal is to give you information, not to try and sway you into things I like just because of my personal tastes. I want to recommend products that work for *you.*

  20. Victoria

    I think I’ll stick with my beautiful NYX cream blushes (you should really give them a try! they last 8+ hrs, super pigmented, creamy, not tacky/sticky, blends wonderfully, AMAZINGG!)

  21. Marianna

    Hi there ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Since I use to set my foundation with MUFE HD loose powder, should I apply the cream blush before or after that powder? And which shades, in your opinion, will work better with a NC20 skintone? Many thanks ^^

  22. sarah

    i really had my heart set on so sweet so easy but it won’t look right at all on my skintone! ill skip these!

  23. k

    not your color at all and too shiny

    • The pictures are to show you what they look like – since I am reviewing the collection, not everything is going to be perfect for me. If I only showed what was flattering on me, there wouldn’t be a blog!

  24. Tina

    Im debating between Something Special and So Sweet, So Easy

    Do you think something special would work with cool skintones?? Im NW20.

  25. aradhana

    christine, not sure if you’ve already mentioned this in another post…(i subscribe to your rss feed, but sometimes one or two posts get lost in the ether!)…i was wondering how tea petal compares to sur from the mickey contractor collection? i missed that one, but maybe if this one is similar i wont be as sad…

    also, i like the mini full face pics comparing all 6 blushes together! it’s a great addition!

  26. aradhana

    ….sorry one more question…is that a sheen supreme on your lips in the swatch pics?
    very nice!

  27. Chantal

    It is so weird that you can get the exact same pose in each and every;D

  28. Louise

    It is quite strange. The swatch of Tea Petal looks browner on Karlasugar, but appears redder on you.

    They all, except So Sweet So Easy, look great on you.

    Thanks for the swatches and review.

  29. Paola

    What is the best type of brush to apply creme blushes?