MAC Cremeblend Blushes in Florida and So Sweet, So Easy from the MAC in Lillyland collection $18.50 each at maccosmetics.com
MAC's newest blush formulation is called Cremeblend, and is replacing the old Blushcremes. I confess, I only owned one of the Blushcremes, and it was a Blushcreme Pearl, so I can't compare the old formula to the new and still feel like a responsible reviewer, so I'll just tell you about these and what I think about them. They are both wearable, despite the scary photos, and can also be worn on the lips.
Both of these blushes are very creamy and have a light and slippy texture on the finger. I normally apply cream blushes with only a brush, but these apply flawlessly with the fingers as well because they absolutely glide across the skin. The smooth application is not without a caveat; they do tend to lay on the skin a bit and smoosh around a bit, and strangely enough for a cream blush, seems to work a little better over powder. A little goes a long way with these, especially Florida. While these are a cinch to apply with fingers, for the best results I really suggest using the MAC 188 with these, especially Florida. They apply almost like a powder when used with the 188 and it sheers the blush out to a translucent coverage giving a lit-from-within glow.
I've got a soft spot for hot tropical pink blushes, and Florida doesn't disappoint. I must admit that I nearly bought this for the name alone when preliminary details about the Lilly Pulitzer collection came out, but once I saw it was of the beloved bright fuchsia variety, I knew it was meant to be. Just a tap of the fingertip will give you a flushed cheek that will go splendidly with your "boat hair" this summer. The texture is very light and airy but packed with pigment.
Described as a "light yellow pink" by MAC, So Sweet, So Easy is one of the most unique blushes I've ever come across. In fact, I think the cream format of this blush allows an effect that I'm not sure can be duplicated with a powder. Most "light pink" blushes just get darker and pinker the more you apply, while So Sweet stays the same light sweet pink, even as you add intensity by adding more layers. This blush reminds me of what a baby's cheeks look like, fresh and angelic; innocent. So Sweet is what I hoped NARS Penny Lane cream blush would be, but the NARS fell woefully short of the task of being my everyday simple light pink cheek by simply not showing up on my NC25 skin. If you can believe it, this blush seems almost lighter than my skin but still shows up as a perceptible but natural wash of color. I think that this could be worn by any skintone imaginable.
So Sweet, So Easy and Florida on NC25 skin
Florida - Crushed Bouganvillea Cream Colour Base - So Sweet, So Easy