MAC No Shame Glow Play Blush ($30.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a medium-dark pink with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had sheer coverage applied with a brush, which was buildable to semi-sheer coverage, while it had more medium to semi-opaque coverage when applied with fingertips.
The texture was smooth to the touch with more of a cream-powder feel where I could press on the surface and leave an indent behind, but it was thin and more powder-like once it came into contact with my skin. The texture was a bit thinner and I felt like brushes were harder to use as they just didn’t pick up color very well. For someone who is very fair, that might work just fine, but on my skin tone, I felt like I had to apply three or four layers to get visible coverage.
The color applied fairly evenly and blended out without a lot of effort, though I had to take more care when patting it over liquid foundation to avoid it lifting the base off (slightly). It wore well for eight hours before fading noticeably on me.
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).
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$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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