MAC Cheer Up Glow Play Blush Review & Swatches

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MAC Cheer Up Glow Play Blush (Swatched with Fingertips)
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Cheer Up

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).

Formula Overview

$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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About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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not gonna lie…just going by the description, this straight up sounds like a dupe for maybelline’s dream bouncy blush (lol)

Cheer Up has the perfect name, doesn’t it? Very fresh and cheery shade. If I didn’t already have MAC Spring Flock, I’d be game for this!

Another really pretty blush with an easy to use formula. I do have two of the dupes so not likely to pick this up. It does appear pale enough to flatter my pale skin tone though. I do like MAC blushes and have several that I have had for 20+ years and they seem to be going strong still so these are good value for money.

20 years is amazing. I still have an old Clinique blush from the 90s that I used oh so lightly in high school! Alas, I depotted it a few years back and regretted ever since. The package was retro Clinique.
God bless the molecule of paraben that allows these products to last forever!
I have a bunch of old MAC blushes and also depotted them (whyyy?? 😭) but they are good as new also.
Agree MAC blushes are amazing.

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