MAC Cheek Pollen & Spellbinder Blushes Reviews, Photos, Swatches

MAC Cheek Pollen Blush
MAC Cheek Pollen Blush

MAC Cheek Pollen Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “warm nude [with a Satin finish].” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a satin shimmer-sheen finish. It was richly pigmented with a really soft, smooth, almost buttery consistency that applied well to the skin. It blended out beautifully, while the satin finish gave the skin luminosity without emphasizing pores. On me, it lasted for eight hours. Becca Rose Gold (P, $41.00) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). NARS Cheek Studio III (LE, $30.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Ganymede (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). ColourPop Fashion District (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Sensation (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Melt Cosmetics Lynx (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Sweet Pea (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Laura Mercier Earth (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Glow With It (P, $37.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NYX Bronzed (P, $6.50) is cooler (85% similar). NARS Cheek Studio II (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Takeover (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Love Joy (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Liberation (Right) (LE, ) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). LORAC Unapologetic (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Perfectly Lit (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Marsala (LE, $25.00) is lighter (85% similar). Melt Cosmetics Sundown (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Paranoid (DC, $26.00) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Spellbinder Blush ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “pastel yellow pink [with a Satin finish].” It’s a slightly softened, light-medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had good color payoff and a soft, smooth texture that blended out easily on the skin. The sheen becomes more pronounced the more it is buffed into the skin. This shade wore well for eight hours on me before fading. Kaja Aura (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Dance 'Til Dawn Blush #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). CoverGirl Light Rose (DC, $9.99) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Dainty (P, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (DC, $9.99) is more muted (90% similar). ColourPop Soul Mate (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Effect (LE, $40.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Bowery (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Patrick Ta She's Passionate (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Pretty (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Divine (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Legendary (LE, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Milani Petal Primavera (P, $7.99) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Guerlain Blush G (LE, $65.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Bumpy Ride (P, $30.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Blush Camelia Peche (LE, $45.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Blind Date (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Cheek Pollen Blush
MAC Cheek Pollen Blush

MAC Cheek Pollen Blush
MAC Cheek Pollen Blush

MAC Cheek Pollen Blush
MAC Cheek Pollen Blush

MAC Cheek Pollen Blush
MAC Cheek Pollen Blush

MAC Cheek Pollen Blush
MAC Cheek Pollen Blush

MAC Cheek Pollen Blush
MAC Cheek Pollen Blush

MAC Spellbinder Blush
MAC Spellbinder Blush

MAC Spellbinder Blush
MAC Spellbinder Blush

MAC Spellbinder Blush
MAC Spellbinder Blush

MAC Spellbinder Blush
MAC Spellbinder Blush

MAC Spellbinder Blush
MAC Spellbinder Blush

MAC Spellbinder Blush
MAC Spellbinder Blush

Makeup Look
On face:
  • Make Up For Ever HD
On eyes:
  • Cle de Peau 313 Eye Color Quad
  • Sephora Love Affair Eyeliner
On lips:
  • MAC Softly Lit Cremesheen Glass

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Kira Avatar

Just wanted to update that Cheek Pollen is an incredible blush! I’m thinking of getting a backup of it. Smooth and rich color, and natural looking satin-y finish. On my olive/tan/medium skin, it gives me a sun-kissed look. I also love Pearl Sunshine, the beauty powder from this collection. I used a sweep over this blush and it made it glow! Borderline “too much makeup for work,” but I’m okay edging that line, haha.

P.S. I also bought a mattress 😉

Katie Avatar

Beautiful! When my SIL drags me to the mall the day after Christmas to go through the clearance racks, I will be headed straight to the MAC counter!

Traycie Avatar

Christine I love your eyeshadow!
But dang it !!!! I was thinking these would be skip able !!! Aghhh!!!! After your review I want these now!!! Lol

Sam Avatar

I’m really excited for this collection! I just can’t decide if Cheek Pollen will flatter ultra-fair skin. would it be a nudey flush or more of a luminous bronzer? the struggle lol

Ishita Ray Avatar

Hi, Christine. I loved Spellbinder. It looks so gorgeous. Is it a limited edition one? BTW your reviews just hook your readers. They are so perfectly crafted with minute details

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