MAC Cheer Up Glow Play Blush ($30.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a brighter, light-medium coral with subtle, pink-leaning and moderately warm undertones paired with a satin sheen. There was very faint and fine pearl throughout, so it didn’t have a full-on matte finish but did not appear overly shimmery either.
The texture was smooth to the touch and malleable where I could push against the surface and get a lasting indent, but it didn’t have the traditional wetness of a true cream blush. It felt more like powder once it came into contact with my skin, and I didn’t have issues with the product lifting up base products when I patted this over my liquid foundation. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage with a fingertip and more semi-sheer, buildable coverage with a brush. It wore well for eight hours before fading visibly.
MAC Glow Play Blushes launch February 6th and will be available in 11 shades; see the collection information here.
FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).
- ColourPop Cat's Eye (LE, $12.00) is darker (95% similar).
- Makeup by Mario Creamy Peach (P, $24.00) is warmer (95% similar).
- ColourPop Interstellar (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar).
- ColourPop Holiday (P, $8.00) is cooler (90% similar).
- LORAC Technicolor (PiP, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).
- Tarte Crave (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).
- Rare Beauty Nearly Neutral (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).
- NARS Day Dream (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar).
- ColourPop Oh Gingersnap (PiP, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).
- ColourPop Magic Moon (LE, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar).
$30.00/0.25 oz. - $120.00 Per Ounce
The new, limited edition formula is supposed to have "eight-hour, fade-free wear" with an "ultra-blendable" formula that has "sheer" but buildable coverage with a "gel-cream texture" that is "bouncy." It's gel-to-powder blush that has a lightly emollient, slightly sponge-like quality to it--more like a smoother, more emollient clay-like texture to me--that feels more like powder as soon as it comes into contact with my skin.
The pigmentation was definitely more sheer to semi-sheer, buildable to medium to semi-opaque coverage with some of the deeper/darker hues in the range having more coverage and better building capabilities. I preferred using fingertips for application as I felt it was easier to faster to apply, though fingertips will yield slightly higher coverage compared to a brush. The formula applied well--most of the time--over bare skin as well as over base products like liquid foundation without lifting it up. They wore eight hours before starting to show signs of fading.
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