Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Make Up For Ever HD Blush

Make Up For Ever HD Blush:  Truth or Dare, Walk of Shame, Quickie

Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Blush ($25.00 for 0.33 oz.) is an incredibly lightweight, cream blush. The HD Blush really surprised me, because I wasn’t quite sure whether this was going to be as amazing as the buzz over it already was. (Buzz makes me skeptical, I can’t help it!)

Much anticipated, it is now available through Sephora. The blushes are reasonably priced, and I imagine one jar will last you quite awhile as you hardly need any for enough color on your cheeks. These are pigmented if you want them to be, so go easy on the amount you use if you want subtle color. They also dry down quickly, so work fast to blend the color out so it looks natural and luminous. I used my 188 brush to apply it to my cheeks, and I found it worked just right to apply and blend out the color. (I used #6 Quickie very lightly in this look!)

When I wore these to test (I worn #6 Quickie on one cheek, #4 Walk of Shame on the other!), they lasted a solid eight hours without fading or budging. I think these are going to be perfect for summer, particularly for those in more sticky and humid climates.  What is particularly nice is there is a huge shade range of fourteen different shades.

  • #3 Truth or Dare is a vibrant fuchsia pink. Even when used lightly, it still packs plenty of color. It has a satin-y finish–slight sheen but not shimmer.
  • #4 Walk of Shame is a pretty bubblegum pink that can be applied very sheerly or built up for a more intense pink. On me, I find this color a little too light/pale — it’s not a go-to shade for my medium, warm-toned skin, but it can work.
  • #6 Quickie is a coral-orange with a satiny feel. It can be sheered out nicely if you want just a light coral flush or used more generously (and still, by “more generously” I mean, use just the tiniest bit more) for a deeper flush.

I can’t speak to the packaging, as the samples I received were in sample jars, but the packaging looks similar to other pump-jar packaging (but I imagine it might be smaller/shorter). The only thing I would be a little wary about is whether the pump pushes out too much, because you really need a tiny bit. Not even a pea-size amount!

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 3/5

Recommendation:  If you are a cream blush fiend, I think you’ll like the newest ones from Make Up For Ever!

Availability: Sephora

See swatches!

Make Up For Ever HD Blush
Make Up For Ever #3 Truth or Dare HD Blush

Make Up For Ever HD Blush
Make Up For Ever #4 Walk of Shame HD Blush

Make Up For Ever HD Blush
Make Up For Ever #6 Quickie HD Blush

Make Up For Ever HD Blush
Make Up For Ever #4 Walk of Shame HD Blush

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56 thoughts on “Make Up For Ever HD Blush Review, Photos, Swatches (Truth or Dare, Walk of Shame, Quickie)

  1. Shweta

    Oh Christine, I am sooo happy to see this post. I’ve put off buying these until your review and swatches. I don’t have a Sephora anywhere near me and you are my only reliable source. Yay!! Thanks once again.

  2. These look fantastic! I love Make Up For Ever, but I was skeptical about these like you were. I think I might pick up Quickie and Walk of Shame, Truth or Dare is a little too magenta for me.

    Thanks for this :)

  3. Dee

    I saw another review from someone with the pump and he said one pump is entirely too much product so you’re right, that’s something to look out for.

  4. Casey

    These blushes are gorgeous! I wish I wasn’t afraid of cream blush…I’m so afraid it will run or look streaky on my oily skin.

  5. Wow, I love all of the colours of this that you posted! I’ve been hearing so much about the MUFE HD blush that I can’t wait to try some.

  6. Crissy

    Oh my goodness, these are gorgeous! I want all 3!

  7. macpixie55

    Gorgeous! How similar are Walk of Shame and the MAC Cremeblend So Sweet, So Easy? I missed out on it and have been trying to hunt one down, but if they’re similar, I’ll probably just get this!

  8. Ivette

    quickie looks soooooooo pretty!! too bad we don’t have makeup forever where I live :(

  9. alisha

    oh i LOVE Quickie, I need to have it!

  10. Julie

    I’ve been waiting for this review!!! Thanks so much!

  11. kalopsia

    LOVE LOVE LOVE IT

  12. Kristina

    What makes them HD? I don’t understand what makes these different from other cream blush. Are they a dewy or matte finish? Because the swatch is freshly applied, I can’t tell from the picture alone.

    Also, what is the texture of these? Mousse, thick, liquid? I am trying to understand the purpose of a pump design.

    • Hi Kristina,

      They’re like a thick liquid, and they have a matte finish with light reflecting particles, so they’re not truly matte, which is why I said that they’re more like a satin :) They have that semi-matte finish but there’s still a little something there that reflects/sheens.

      The swatches shown are dry, though, FYI!

  13. sharon

    Christine, how do you think these compare with the mac creme blushes from the lilyland collection? Florida in comparison to #3. Do you think that a 188 blush is the way to apply? I’m actually headed to sephora to pick one up after work. These blushes look awesome :)

    • The texture is pretty different, just ’cause this one is almost a liquid cream as opposed to a thin solid-ish cream like Cremeblends. Florida is a little more purple, IMO. I like the 188 quite a bit with it – no complaints! I liked the result (soft, natural, blended) and didn’t have to work hard to get there. I know that MUFE has their own brushes, but I haven’t tried them to compare!

      • Sharon

        I went to sephora and they didn’t have them… or know what I was talking about :( I’m seriously disappointed, ’cause I was seriously trying to kill my lemming for florida. I guess I’ll order

  14. Christina C

    I can’t wait to check these out. My Sephora hasn’t gotten them in yet. :(

  15. #3 and #4 look too cool-toned for me, but I’m really digging #6!

  16. Ashley

    Those look interesting! I’ve been contemplating integrating a cream or gel blush into my routine before applying sheer powder (I do not wear foundation).

    How would you say these compare to other cream/gel blushes you’ve tried, and would you say it’s a good product for us girls with dry tendencies on their cheeks? Oh and, did you notice any issues with it causing irritation or breakouts? My cheeks are most prone to breakouts and irritation.

    • Hi Ashley,

      I like these a lot, actually. My favorite cream blushes tend to be MAC’s blushcremes (very creamy, smooth, and they last awhile on me), but I really enjoyed these. These are incredibly lightweight and feel like you’re wearing nothing at all, yet they last and last. I also like that they have a huge shade variety. I don’t think these would be a problem with those with drier skin, but since my cheeks are normal (not really oily or dry), I can’t say for sure. I didn’t, personally, have any breakouts or irritation!

  17. Victoria Maria

    I need one, that more red – like my cheeks would be when I’m out in the cold. I actually really love the Just a pinch from MAC – it works so well…..

  18. DoDe

    Thank you for the review. I wonder how these compare to sonia kashuk’s liquid tints. They come in a pump form too!

  19. Holly

    I love love love creme blushes because I have a lot of trouble with powder blushes staying put/showing up on my skin, and these look incredible! I plan to check these out on my next Sephora trip.

  20. Hmmm, these sound awesome for the summertime. Might have to go swatch them. Quickie is such a cute color.

  21. shontay

    Well, you know I love me some MUFE, but I can’t get behind these. I do love that there’s a wide color range and you only need the tiniest bit for satisfying color, but I have some problems with it. First I’m not a pro at non powder blush. Second, the texture is like mousse or something. I blend out the hard edges to the point where the color is dull. Maybe my extra dry skin is to blame. These just require too much work for me, but I’m sure pros at creme blushes will adore this.

    Christine, you must must get your hands on the MUFE cream shadows that have been released. It comes in every color under the sun. I don’t know when Sephora will get them, but they are to die for. I bought three from NYC.

  22. I am eyeing the Quickie Blush! It’s such a gorgeous orangey color for spring!

  23. Alexis

    I have been waiting forever for this to come to my local Sephora – i cannot wait to test this baby in person then I’ll have the daunting task of deciding which one I want!!

  24. Vanessa

    Holy cow! Those look awesome!

  25. N

    shouldn’t the overall grade be B+?

    • Hi N,

      It should actually be an A- (which I just edited — I was calculating, originally, with packaging as 4/5 before I figured I’d just take a look at the packaging online at the very least, since mine is in jars), but if you read the rating system guide, there is a “fudge” factor, where I may round up or down depending on my general feel on the product.

  26. strawberry

    i would really appreciate a cream blush application tutorial. and a stain/gel as well. i can’t seem to put them on properly without wiping away my foundation :/

  27. Brittany

    Thank you so much for the review!!

  28. Steph B

    Can you describe how you used the 188 to apply? I’m assuming with the pump, you’d pump some onto your hand and dab the brush into that swatch. I’d be concerned about picking up too much on my brush. These sound perfect for DC’s swampy summers.

    • With a pump, then I’d pump it onto the back of my hand, then tap the brush into it. Then I tap the brush on my cheeks from the apple towards the temple, then I swirl and blend everything together.

      You could also just use your fingers to blend the color onto your cheeks from pump to finger to cheek!

  29. amy

    Quickie and Walk of Shame are both very pretty.

  30. jenna

    i love MFE stuff but it breaks my wallet!!! i wish they would have a sale sometimes!!!!

  31. I’d love to try theses, but my Sephora MA said they won’t get them in for another two weeks most likely. SSsooo I have to wait. I’m not bold enough to buy them online. Thanks for the swatches!

  32. virgg

    when do these come to sephora stores?

  33. Lisa

    I have walk of shame and first kiss. The packaging is like the HD foundation but really small, but that’s okay because like you said you only need very little.
    Quickie looks so pretty.
    The only thing is that the packaging doesn’t have the sassy names labeled on it.

  34. Luisafer

    interesting…. this reminds me when grandmas used to use lipstick as blush LOL

  35. kelly

    quick question…do these dry to a powder finish so that you can put powder blush over them if you wish?

  36. Jen

    How similar are these to M.A.C.’s Lillyland (Lilly Pulitzer) Collection cremeblend blushes?

    • Jen

      To clarify, I mean, in terms of the color, are they dupes of “Joie-de-Vivre”, “So Sweet, So Easy”, and “Florida?” I have those three already and wonder if I need “Quickie”. Thanks!

      • Hi Jen,

        Truth or Dare is a little pinker than Florida (not quite as fuchsia/purple), Walk of Shame is pinker than So Sweet, So Easy, but they’re similar. Joie-de-Vivre (a little more coral) is similar enough to Quickie that I think you could skip these shades — I’d probably look at one of the other 14 shades!

  37. I have got to see the other colors and tryout Quickie.

  38. Tasmin

    How I wish we had sephora in the U.K. I also rely on temptalia for swatches. You’re doing a great job Christine. I’m NC40/NC42 trying to decide which of these MUFE HD creme blushes would suit me.

  39. Thank you Thank you and again Thank YOU for posting these swatches and reviewing them. I am new to the Make Up For Ever HD line of cosmetics. I always loved them since I came across their intensely pigmented Star Powder. At the time they were like 17.00 a piece and my bf at the time bought all my favs….that was then now look what they have created a great foundation HD and I am a 115 and I love getting to see all these colors for the HD line so now I will know which to pair with my foundation for a good blush!

  40. anonymous

    love these blushes. pump is tricky but worth it for sanitary reasons. huge range but IMO #8 is the most natural versatile that will work on anyone light to med skin and #11 for med to dark skin.

    (11 was workable on extremely light skin, just more of a light touch/evening look, 8 should work for dark skin but need more building, both very neutral shades)