Friday, February 3rd, 2012

MAC Optimistic Orange Cremeblend Blush
MAC Optimistic Orange Cremeblend Blush

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MAC Optimistic Orange Cremeblend Blush ($20.00 for 0.19 oz.) is described as a “bright orange.” It’s a medium-dark orange with a natural sheen. It looks lighter in the pan, but after you swipe the first layer off, it looks a bit darker (truer to the swatch). Make Up For Ever #12 is similar but a little more tangerine. Make Up For Ever #5 is redder and darker.

This shade has plenty of color payoff, so you do not need much product to get a pop of color on the cheeks. I find it’s easier to build up the color than it is to blend it out. It’s blendable, but it’s only so blendable. I recommend using a stippling brush or a light hand when applying. I went with a medium application of color so you could see it in photos and get a better grasp of what the color looks like on skin, but it can be more both more intensely as well as more subtly.

Cremeblend Blush has an interesting texture that’s creamy but slick; it’s not thick like a traditional cream blush; it almost feels like a gel or cheek stain in feel, but it applies and looks like a cream blush. Like Florida, I also re-tested the wear of Optimistic Orange earlier this week (since it’s a repromote), and it wore for seven hours before it began to fade.

The Glossover

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product

Optimistic Orange

B+
I like the lightweight texture of Cremeblend Blushes, and the natural slip they have makes these very easy to spread across the skin. It dries down to a soft sheen, so it doesn't look oily or dewy once applied.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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MAC Optimistic Orange Cremeblend Blush
MAC Optimistic Orange Cremeblend Blush

MAC Optimistic Orange Cremeblend Blush
MAC Optimistic Orange Cremeblend Blush

MAC Optimistic Orange Cremeblend Blush
MAC Optimistic Orange Cremeblend Blush

MAC Optimistic Orange Cremeblend Blush
MAC Optimistic Orange Cremeblend Blush

MAC Optimistic Orange Cremeblend Blush
MAC Optimistic Orange Cremeblend Blush

MAC Optimistic Orange Cremeblend Blush
MAC Optimistic Orange Cremeblend Blush

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

MAC, $20.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

Make Up For Ever #12 is similar but a little more tangerine. Make Up For Ever #5 is redder and darker.

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65 thoughts on “MAC Optimistic Orange Cremeblend Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Ivana

    this one looks so pretty on you, i definitely have to check this one out!

  2. Torn about getting this blush! It`s sooo pretty & I love orange blushes.

  3. Marieke

    That picture is funny, and kinda cute. With two different cheeks.

  4. Nessa

    Hey Christine I was wondering is this the same color as the my paradise blusher from surf baby, I mean w.out the gold glitters?

  5. Avatar of Shaquana About Face

    when is this product available?

    • It’s available online now. I already sent an email to MAC asking whether the release date changed officially or not, because the press release states February 9th.

  6. Avatar of fabiola fabiola

    So pretty, do you think this looks like nars taj mahal on your skin. I love the color pay off. Thanks Christine.

  7. Avatar of Holly Holly Benson

    I love this one!

  8. starchild

    I like this! Although I think this one should’ve been named Florida instead of the other one.

  9. Miss J

    Thanks for swatching, Christine! This one looks like it would go great with NARS’ Taj Mahal!

  10. I love orange cream blushes, and this one looks especially bright and pretty. :)

  11. ThriftStoreJunkie

    Very nice. Is it okay to top this specific cosmetic product off with a touch of a powder blush or highlighting product?

  12. Loving the dual-blush look – maybe you’ll start a trend (a la mean girls)!

    Also, what lipstick are you wearing? It’s really lovely.

  13. Jay

    Do you think this will work on darker skin tones? I’m nc45/50

  14. This is really pretty! Orange works so well on so many skintones! I think I maybe get this.

  15. Chloe

    Loving the lip gloss, Christine.. which one have you applied?

  16. Avatar of Amy Amy

    How does it compare to Illamasqua’s Libido cream blush?

  17. Avatar of Aiman Aiman

    It looks really good on you Christine!

  18. Brittany

    What’s on your lips I love it!

  19. Christina

    the blush is pretty, but your lipcolor is GORGEOUS!
    what are you wearing, christine?
    thanks always for the reviews (:

  20. Avatar of Lily lily

    I like how I can see the other blush on your cheek for comparison!

  21. Caroline

    What lipstick are you wearing?? Love it!

  22. I love how your cheeks are two totally different colors in this picture! :D This orange looks surprisingly wearable on you!

  23. Kimberly Nguyen

    This is surprisingly pretty, didn’t think I’d like it at first glance

  24. Hehe, I can finally see you wearing different shades of blush on each cheek. XD

  25. Aditi

    DEFINITELY picking this up!

  26. Melanies

    frown face! why couldn’t it have been a matte orange powder blush.

  27. Toni

    How different is this from devilish orange ccb?

  28. Mango the mango

    I have a slightly random question: what do you do when you have a distinctly different bright color on each side and, say, the UPS man comes by? Do you open the door and act like nothing’s up, open the door but cover half your face, wait for him to go away, …?

  29. Roxanne

    Oooo the blended swatch and how it looks on your cheeks really reminds me of Revlon’s colorburst lip butter in Tutti Frutti! I have been wearing it as a blush lately because it’s really flattering!!

  30. Jessica

    Omg I need this!!!

  31. Jeanen

    Would this look good on someone who is NC37?

  32. K

    I couldn’t wait to scroll down to see what it looked like on the skin – I would never consider this colour for myself!

    I think this is the first time I’ve seen you only swatch 1 cheek vs. both! Unless you normally do 1 and since it’s a rosy shade I can’t tell…

    • I’ve done it before, but it depends on the angle – sometimes I can get it so that just the one color shows :) I can do the right side of my face better than the left!

  33. Tamara

    how do u think this would look on a light/med cool skin tone? i don’t know my any number to describe my skin

  34. Hi, can you think in a similar or identical lipstick color????

  35. Ordered one, so glad they re-promoted this, I missed out on Lillyland. :)

  36. Cristy

    HI Christine,do you know, or Anyone knows if there´s a lipstick identical to this pretty orange blush?

  37. Skipper

    Would you recommend this shade for fair skin tones?

  38. Barbara

    Thats is so a natural color,
    in the package it looks so bright,
    but i love it.

  39. Hannah

    Hi Christine, Did you use a brush to apply the blush, I’ve ordered Florida and I’m thinking of getting Optimistic Orange too! Just wondering if I need a brush while I’m at it!! Can you recommend a MAC one? Thanks! xx