MAC Optimistic Orange Cremeblend Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Optimistic Orange Cremeblend Blush
MAC Optimistic Orange Cremeblend Blush

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MAC Optimistic Orange Cremeblend Blush ($20.00 for 0.19 oz.) is described as a “bright orange.” It’s a medium-dark orange with a natural sheen. It looks lighter in the pan, but after you swipe the first layer off, it looks a bit darker (truer to the swatch). Make Up For Ever #12 is similar but a little more tangerine. Make Up For Ever #5 is redder and darker.

This shade has plenty of color payoff, so you do not need much product to get a pop of color on the cheeks. I find it’s easier to build up the color than it is to blend it out. It’s blendable, but it’s only so blendable. I recommend using a stippling brush or a light hand when applying. I went with a medium application of color so you could see it in photos and get a better grasp of what the color looks like on skin, but it can be more both more intensely as well as more subtly.

Cremeblend Blush has an interesting texture that’s creamy but slick; it’s not thick like a traditional cream blush; it almost feels like a gel or cheek stain in feel, but it applies and looks like a cream blush. Like Florida, I also re-tested the wear of Optimistic Orange earlier this week (since it’s a repromote), and it wore for seven hours before it began to fade.

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MAC Optimistic Orange Cremeblend Blush
MAC Optimistic Orange Cremeblend Blush

MAC Optimistic Orange Cremeblend Blush
MAC Optimistic Orange Cremeblend Blush

MAC Optimistic Orange Cremeblend Blush
MAC Optimistic Orange Cremeblend Blush

MAC Optimistic Orange Cremeblend Blush
MAC Optimistic Orange Cremeblend Blush

MAC Optimistic Orange Cremeblend Blush
MAC Optimistic Orange Cremeblend Blush

MAC Optimistic Orange Cremeblend Blush
MAC Optimistic Orange Cremeblend Blush

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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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It’s available online now. I already sent an email to MAC asking whether the release date changed officially or not, because the press release states February 9th.

I have a slightly random question: what do you do when you have a distinctly different bright color on each side and, say, the UPS man comes by? Do you open the door and act like nothing’s up, open the door but cover half your face, wait for him to go away, …?

Oooo the blended swatch and how it looks on your cheeks really reminds me of Revlon’s colorburst lip butter in Tutti Frutti! I have been wearing it as a blush lately because it’s really flattering!!

I couldn’t wait to scroll down to see what it looked like on the skin – I would never consider this colour for myself!

I think this is the first time I’ve seen you only swatch 1 cheek vs. both! Unless you normally do 1 and since it’s a rosy shade I can’t tell…

I’ve done it before, but it depends on the angle – sometimes I can get it so that just the one color shows 🙂 I can do the right side of my face better than the left!

Hi Christine, Did you use a brush to apply the blush, I’ve ordered Florida and I’m thinking of getting Optimistic Orange too! Just wondering if I need a brush while I’m at it!! Can you recommend a MAC one? Thanks! xx

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