Thursday, September 27th, 2012

MAC The Perfect Cheek Blush
MAC The Perfect Cheek Blush

What’s the Perfect Cheek Look Like Anyway?

MAC The Perfect Cheek Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “neutral pink beige.” It’s a rosy pink with neutral undertones and a matte finish. MAC Have a Lovely Day is similar but in cream form. Illamasqua Ambition is similar in color but also has shimmer. MAC Pink Cult is grayer.  This is a repromote, though it’s been awhile.

The color is buildable, and it had good color payoff; you won’t have to pack it on if you have a deeper complexion. Because it is a medium color, it won’t look too dramatic on lighter skin tones even if used heavily.  It had a soft, finely-milled texture that was easy to blend and diffuse on the skin.  I used MAC’s 116 brush to apply to cheeks, and it had a lovely natural look–didn’t look too dry or the like, even though it has a matte finish. There’s no powderiness, so it tends to “melt” into the skin once applied.  I wore the original that came out previously earlier this week, and it wore for eight hours with very minor fading around the edges. I’ll be testing the latest iteration for wear today. If there are any discrepancies, I’ll be sure to update.

Keep in mind, online retailers like Nordstrom, Macy’s, Dillard’s, and Bloomingdale’s will also launch the collection online. These retailers typically launch close in time to the in-store release date (October 4th).

The Glossover

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product

The Perfect Cheek

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It had a soft, finely-milled texture that was easy to blend and diffuse on the skin. This type of color is easy to wear, because it looks natural and pairs well with a variety of looks.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

Results
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MAC The Perfect Cheek Blush
MAC The Perfect Cheek Blush

MAC The Perfect Cheek Blush
MAC The Perfect Cheek Blush

MAC The Perfect Cheek Blush
MAC The Perfect Cheek Blush

MAC The Perfect Cheek Blush
MAC The Perfect Cheek Blush

MAC The Perfect Cheek Blush
MAC The Perfect Cheek Blush

MAC The Perfect Cheek Blush
MAC The Perfect Cheek Blush

MAC The Perfect Cheek Blush
MAC The Perfect Cheek Blush

MAC The Perfect Cheek Blush
MAC The Perfect Cheek Blush

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

MAC Cosmetics; technically September 27th online at maccosmetics.com and October 4th for in-store. $22.00.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

MAC Have a Lovely Day is similar but in cream form. Illamasqua Ambition is similar in color but also has shimmer. MAC Pink Cult is grayer.  This is a repromote, though it's been awhile.

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: Chanel Apparence Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow, Chanel Harmonie du Soir Eyeshadow Palette (taupe), Burberry Trench Eyeshadow, MAC Smolder Eyeliner, and Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Waterproof Mascara. On cheeks: MAC The Perfect Cheek Blush. On lips: MAC Little Rock Dazzleglass.

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51 thoughts on “MAC The Perfect Cheek Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Aida

    This is the blush I ordered this morning (I didn’t get both) and I’m so happy it got an A from you, Christine :)).

  2. Tiffany

    In your opinion, how similar is The Perfect Cheek to MAC Blushbaby or Tarte Exposed?

  3. xamyx

    Very pretty, and if it were not going to be a PITA to acquire, I’d buy it. I’ll check out the Illamasqua dupe.

  4. Is it similar to Illamasqua Naked Rose?

  5. I ordered this and Legendary! I usually wait for your reviews to order, but I figured I should scoop them up before they were sold out! So glad I took a chance! Thanks for the reviews, Christine! :)

  6. tnmdsn

    It’s already sold out on the website!! ;(

  7. Lizz

    I am so happy that I ended up ordering this blush. It will be my first ever MAC blush, and I can’t wait for it to arrive :D Thank you so much for getting these reviews up so quickly! There extremely helpful!

  8. Cat

    I’ve been looking for a good “neutral” blush– I own a ton of coral blushes, which I love, but I need something a little different from time to time.

  9. Blackbirdxo

    I ordered both blushes and I cannot WAIT =D (I went a little crazy when this collection went up… and I’m okay with it)

  10. Lauren

    I thought this color would be lighter than the legendary one! Yay! This one looks great. I will be buying it! :)

  11. Laurence

    Gorgeous ! Illamasqua Naked Rose looks really similar though so I won’t be buying it !

  12. Courtney

    Hrm…I think I’ll skip this one. I already have Pink Cult and I don’t need more of the same.

  13. If I did not already own Illamasqua Ambition, I would be seriously considering this blush. It’s always a treat when a company really nails a true neutral coloured eyeshadow/blush/whatever.. I can tell just looking at the swatches this would work really well on me. This hits a very positive note for me with this collection and I’m pleased to see a quality product.. a product that lives up to its name! Looks wonderful on you too, Christine :)

  14. melanie

    How does this compare to Blooming from Cult of Cherry?

  15. Brenda

    It does add a nice warmth to your cheeks, not a lot of colour, which I like.

  16. bria

    Do you think this blush will work for NC45 skin tone?

  17. szlamizita

    Is it too similar to Pink Cult? I have that and I thought I would like this blush from the collection but now I don’t know :/
    Could you help me out Christine?

    • szlamizita

      Oh and I have Have a lovely day…

    • I don’t think they’re too similar – but if you never wear Pink Cult, you might not wear this often either.

      • szlamizita

        Oh sorry,I didn’t write it right. I meant that I really really love Pink Cult and Have a lovely day but because I have these I was wondering that would it make sense to buy this one. I like colors like this because it suits well my nw10ish skintone. If its not too similar then I’m gonna check it out :)
        Thank you Christine! :)
        By the way,what the hell happened to the prices???
        If I convert it to us dollars this is 33$ here. Special collections were always this pricey?

  18. Sarah

    I can’t decide between this and Legendary. Realistically I know I should only go for one but… it is their holiday collection after all!

  19. Oh great, another blush that I NEED! :P I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect pinky-nude blush lately and I think this one may be it (of course I’ll have to swatch and compare it to the other ones that made my final list…). It’s doesn’t contain a lot of brown tones like the others do (Nars Douceur) and I like that. Can’t wait til its available!

  20. Ruca

    I got this and Legendary both yesterday, and this one was an instant favorite for me! I’m NC15, and this is really a fabulous, versatile color. I thought it looked a bit like Pink Cult, but they really are not that much alike; in fact, I ended up using Pink Cult to contour with my 109. Legendary, to me, looks a lot like Immortal Flower, but the pigmentation is better. I still prefer this one.

  21. lilly04

    I hope i will get it. It release in germany at October 12th, can´t wait for that.

  22. Pam

    Happy Days — I had this the first time it was out and did not realize it was a limited edition. Was heartbroken when I went to get more and found it had disappeared – lol. Will but two this time!!

  23. CiCi

    Hello, how does this compare to Nars Douceur and Tarte Exposed? Does it resemble either?

  24. Stephanie G

    Hi Christine! This blush looks similar to Mac satin blush in Cubic. Would you say they are similiar? Thank you :)

  25. Kathrina Bagtas

    Hi Christine! How does this compare to Illamasqua’s Naked Rose? Thanks

  26. Deb

    Hi Christine,

    I ordered this today but I’m now wondering how close to Blushbaby it is. They looked similar based on your swatch.

    Thanks so much for getting this up so quickly!

  27. cloudburst

    This is one of my favorite MAC blushes ever – perfect to pair with a bold red lip! I’m stocking up.

  28. Thanks for reviewing the MAC x Marilyn Monroe collection so quickly! I’ve been wondering how these were going to be…. I have a MAC makeover next Saturday but I’ll probably only buy The Perfect Cheek blush from this collection.

  29. Moran

    Hello, how does this compare to Mac Cubic? Does it resemble it?

  30. Jenny

    I don´t know why, but the swatch of this blush reminds me a lot to my beloved Dame blush by MAC :)

  31. sarah

    o gosh just when i decide to skip this blush…GORGEOUS

  32. Akanksha

    Hi Christine – Will this look natural on someone with a lighter skin tone? I’m somewhere around NC25 with balanced undertones. Would you recommend this one or Legendary?

  33. This looks so pretty. This is one of the items from this collection I’m considering buying. I hope it doesn’t sell out too quickly in The Netherlands since I have to work tomorrow when the collection comes out and I want to see it before I buy it because it’s very hard to return cosmetics in my country.

  34. Huda

    Hey christine.. firstly congrats on your wedding! secondly do you think mac blush baby is a dupe for this?? thanks again!

  35. Sonia

    Gorgeous I love this blush