Sunday, March 24, 2013

Review: Maybelline Cheeky Glow & Clear Smooth Blush

Hi darlings~ Did everyone have an awesome weekend? I hope you did, bcuz I spent mine by having fun with my BFF and frenz ^-^

Well then, today I'm gonna write a review of Maybelline Cheeky Glow Blush in wooden rose, and also Maybelline Clear Smooth Shine Free Blush in Freh Apricot which I bought a while back (December 2012 if I recall).

 Left: Maybelline cheeky glow, Right: Maybelline clear smooth shine free blush
 Cheeky glow in wooden rose, and Maybelline clear smooth in fresh apricot

I accidentally dropped my cheeky glow and broke the cap. lol.

Here's a lot of swatches of the blushers for you~
 Taken with AWB setting, under natural daylight.

The skintone is more accurate on this photo, but the swatch of maybelline cheeky glow is not that accurate. It looks kind of chalky, matte, and leaning towards milky pink with a hint of purplush color? which isn't really what it actually looks like =(

Swatches with flash! the swatch looks a bit more natural and more accurate :) so if you're looking for an accurate swatch, please refer to this photo ^

Indoor lighting - the cheeky glow turned out more pinkish here. But the swatch of clear smooh fresh apricot is accurate.

Maybelline Cheeky Glow in Wooden Rose:
It's a peachy light salmon color combined with dessert sand, with subtle and very fine gold shimmer. The color is like a darker version of Stila bronzing powder in pacific coast highway. At first I was a little iffy with this wooden rose shade, as I thik that it is so sheer or light that the color barely shows up. But the Beauty advisor on that Maybelline counter said that it has a good color pay-off, which is true :)

It's not look as chalky irl (the swatches don't do justice!) it may show up well and not chalky on people with fair skin, but I'm afraid it will leave a chalky finish on darker skintone.

What I like about it:
★ Pretty and natural shade without being too over the top
★ Price! It's SUPER cheap, one of the cheapest blusher I've ever bought (USD $ 3.5)
★ Subtle shimmer
★ Packaging design that is not-so-drugstore (but still, I hope they will use a sturdier plastic)
★ Ease of use, without the worry of  blushing too much.
★ It's a cute shade that's perfect for nude make-up~

What I don't like:
- Not as long -lasting. Need to retouch at least once/day.
- You drop it once, the packaging will break. Drop it twice and it's the end~

forgyff my small bumps TT^TT... I just use a very very VERY SMALL amount of the cheeky glow  because I don't like an obvious blush. And you know, I'm the quite satisfied one with the result :) it gives a healthy glow finish without being too over the top, and without the feel of 'too much effort', if you know what I mean~


Maybelline Clear Smooth Shine Free Blush in Fresh Apricot:
On the pan, it's a dark vermillion reddish orange. It looks beautiful on the swatch, and that's the reason why I bought it on a whim. It's really really pigmented, just a little amount of it could build up a decent color pay-off. It has a fine and subtler shimmer too, not too obvious as the shimmer in cheeky glow though. I love the color, but I need to pay extra attention no to put it too much, else it will look too obvious, which of course I hate.

I'm bewildered by its name, shine-free. Is it reffering to its oil control properties? or its subtle shimmer? Nah I'm not sure about that. It has no oil control properties though (at least for me).

It's too red to my liking and it may sometimes give an unnatural look, which I do not fancy too much. The packaging is too basic and not as cute as cheeky glow, and it looks BORING D: You know~ pretty much the feel of drugstore packaging.


Repurchase? Nope, I won't repurchase both of the blusher (eventhough I LOVE cheeky glow in wooden rose so-damn-much!) I simply want to try other brands :3

Anyhoo~~ talking about the haul post that you've been asking for. One of the package delivery is delayed o: The seller said it will arrive next week, oh gosh I just hope it will arrive sooner! So I can make a post of my first wave of haul *fingercrossed.

See you loves~!


  1. Thanks for the interesting review! I look forward to your haul post too :P

  2. Wanna try it soon. Penasaran banget dari kemaren2 beli gak yah, beli gak yah? well, musti dicoba nih^^

    thanks ya ripiuwnyah :D

  3. The Fresh Apricot blush is my favorite; I think it would be flattering on almost anyone :)
    They're such pretty colors! It's too bad about the lasting power :(

  4. Wow, this is SUPER natural! o:
    I really want to try it now~ >u<
    Thank you for sharing~

  5. Oh really cute review both are really cute blushes!


  6. Your skin is too perfect xD
    Thanks for the review, I feel like the red could be too red for me and the other too light :P

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  7. i love cheeky glow in wooden rose too! gold shimmer nya itu loh, bikin glowy banget~ :3

  8. The colors are really nice, but I don't use blush because my cheeks naturally get really red. Using blush will make it even worse xD

    Have a nice day,

  9. the cheeky blusher looks so cute! might try it some time c:

  10. The wooden rose is a very pretty color! :)

  11. Wooden rose is really nice on you :"> subtle glow is best!! ^_^

  12. wooden rose looks good on you and fresh apricot seems to be a good color if your look focus is your cheeks, :)

  13. i love maybelline! it's affordable but effective. the blushes look so pretty on u :)


  14. I love the Cheeky Glow in Creamy Cinnamon :) It's a peachy-pink shade which goes on the skin very naturally :)
    I'm not very fond of the clear smooth blushes though. I have one in Fresh Coral and it's SUUUUPER PIGMENTED and a bit difficult to blend(which makes me end up having Pikachu cheeks)
    I also agree that they break up easily coz of the super soft texture. xP

  15. not really a fan of blusher but I like to use some for special occasions like wedding party hehe :)
    can't wait for your haul post :D

  16. I was just looking at the cheeky glow blush yesterday, but hesitated to buy since the packaging looked like it was gonna break easily. I was right! Thanks for your honest review, so glad I skipped this..hehe
    Random Beauty by Hollie

  17. I can't live without blush since my face has no natural color. I really like the cheeky glow but I can understand why you wouldn't repurchase it.

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  18. gorgeous blush - the colours are so nice, subtle

    J <3

  19. Awww... Looks so naturally stunning! :3

    Btw, I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! =D

    Pastel Kisses,
    Sie Cajilig

  20. I love to use bush to add a natural flush to my face. The Wooden Rose is also my favorite from the ones you listed! Great review!


    Xiang Jiao @

  21. Great review! Love the natural colour glow of those blushers. :) Btw, the last pretty picture of yours kinda resembles with Davichi's Kang Min Kyung!

    Rachael @

  22. Cute colour! You have such gorgeous skin! ^^

  23. I love this blush...the colours are super cute

    The Blah Queen
    Maybelline Cheeky Glow Blush Review

  24. Great review! I think the blushes are great complement for your skin tone.
    ~Pauline @ Urban Decay Philippines