Review: Cheek Stains, Part IV — MAC Just a Pinch gel blush

By Voxy  

Just a Pinch gets just a quickie review here.

I wasn’t really planning on further installments of the cheek stain review series, but I picked up a MAC Just a Pinch gel blush at my CCO the other day and thought it was worth mentioning. Although this was from a LE seasonal line, you can still get them at CCOs and on eBay (shop carefully). I hope they’ll be doing more of these, because this is a great little product. Although it is in the form of a gel, it’s really a cheek stain, so I’m lumping it in with that category of reviews.

Just a Pinch looks frighteningly red in the pot, but when applied on skin it is a beautiful sheer red color. That description still seems like it would be too much for cheeks but it really is not. Unlike the Tarte and Smashbox cheek stains, which are so user-friendly that they are hard to screw up, this one takes a bit more skill; you do have to dab your finger in the pot and then spread it on your cheeks, and you will want to blend quickly and decisively in order to avoid clown cheeks. Merely touching your finger to the gel surface is enough to get some pigment on there, and as usual it is better to put on a little less and then build up than vice versa. You can layer the product to make it more intense, but you will probably not want to do very much of that. There is not a lot of room for forgiveness with this product, as the stain happens almost immediately, so aim carefully! You can also use it as a lip stain, but with my pigmentation this doesn’t look as good, so I’ll probably just keep it to the cheeks. The color is almost a true red, but I would say it’s just a little on the cool side. You can barely see it in this photo (I swatched very lightly), but it’s on my arm around and below that light freckle. The flush is quite natural and if you have a light touch you can really get a good result.

Although the stain is powerful at first, ultimately this is not as long-lasting as either the Tarte or Smashbox products. I still get several hours’ of wearlength out of it, but the other two are all-day affairs, and this one fades after probably about seven or eight hours. However, it would be easy to throw in your purse for quick midday reapplication, so that’s not a dealbreaker for me.

Watch out for it at your local CCO or online!


MAC Just a Pinch gel blush (link not available as LE line has left stores)

Provenance: Purchased

Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): Good; CCOs are always a good place to save a little bit of money

Purchase again? No reason why not.

(Have you used this product? Love it? Hate it? Want it? Give a holler in the comments!)

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