Being a makeup reviewer is hard! Especially if you use a product and you just end up forgetting to review it. I don’t know where my head was at, but in March I had the MAC Glow Play blush in Heat Index in my Shop My Stash and I completely forgot to review it. But I loved it, and so I felt that even if this review is 2 months late, I could still come on here and rave about a blush that had me fall back in love with MAC blush. Because MAC blush was never my favorite and I decluttered all the ones I got originally despite the hype. But then I tried this and I didn’t look back.
Review: MAC Glow Play cream blush Heat Index
MAC blush was one that I felt wasn’t worth the price point. This Glow Play blush is a cream to powder formula that has a putty feel much like a Colourpop Supershock. At €30 it is a bit more expensive for a blush but still not the most expensive blush ever. This comes with 7.3 grams of product and I bought mine through Douglas on a 25% off deal. Where MAC never used to go on sale, they are now no longer as exclusive of a brand which is why they now do go on sale from time to time. So you definitely don’t have to pay full price.
What does this blush have to offer?
I was sceptical when these Glow Play blushes became a bit of a hype. I thought they were a limited edition release so I wasn’t initially feeling like going after these. But then I spotted them online and I felt I could give one a whirl. These are a very different formula from most blushes: it’s not quite a cream, not quite a powder and therefore you can use this however you wish. You could use this with a brush or with fingers and it will always work. You can kind of press it down and it will feel a bit like play doh. There are quite a few shades from very neutral to very vibrant and I went with one of the more vibrant shades.
What is the blush like?
Shade wise this was a banger of a shade. Online it looked more orange than in real life. It is more like a cool toned coral without it being too red or pink. It is very pretty and can work for many different skin tones. On my fair skin I only need a little bit but if you have deep skin you can build this up for a lovely flush. And with cream blush I feel I am better off buying deeper and more vibrant shades. I just feel it works better that way as they typically sheer out a lote more easily than with a powder brush.
How does this blush swatch?
Here you can see that interesting finish: yes you can apply it quite well with fingers, but you can see there is still this diffused powder like finish to the blush. It is a matte and once applied to my skin the shade pulls on the cooler undertone of my skin and it even looks a bit plummy in places. Very pretty, very seamless and a shade that may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it is mine. Wear time wise this is great too. If you’re afraid that cream blush may not last as long, I had no issues with this fading or not staying on. The powder like texture this has makes this stay on vibrant and beautiful looking even throughout the day.
What does this blush look like on?
As you can see here on my cheeks this blush shade is far less intimidating once applied than when you see this in the pan. The key with any blush is that it will hardly ever be so intense that it will go on as pigmented as in the pan. A blush should sheer out and look like a pretty flush and Heat Index definitely does that. It blends into my skin and looks like it is supposed to be there. I think that is also down to the shade: this looks between a natural flush and what my skin looks like when I get a sunburn. So I am sure you can easily use this over your nose or other high points for that more sunkissed look that seems to be a trend nowadays.
My final thoughts
The MAC Glow Play blush in Heat Index made me fall back in love with MAC blush and for a good reason. This blush is vibrant, buildable to suit many different people with many different skin tones and just an allround banger in terms of formula. I find the texture easy to work with (I prefer using fingers with a product like this) and you can easily control how much you apply. It is longwearing and just a pretty look for a that bright summer cheek.
Would I recommend the MAC Glow Play blush?
Yes I would! In fact, I loved this formula so much that I picked up another shade from the line. That one is more plummy though and therefore much better for the fall time. But I think I can attest to how much I love this product simply because I couldn’t just have one of these, but I wanted more. This has quickly become one of my favorite blush formulas and there are many that I already loved.
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