How is this color not more popular? It's so gorgeous it's made me rethink what blush should do to a person's face! This is a sexy color. I don't say "sexy" casually (it feels sort of cheesy). But this product is so perfectly deep and warming and brightening and cute enough that I think the only word for it is "sexy."
For reference, I'm medium-toned Japanese - Kevyn Aucoin SX08, which is described as "Medium: Warm Gold Undertone." I usually land somewhere in the NC30 range.
MAC describes Pinch Me as "medium dirty rose coral," and I would say that's right but not enough. That description doesn't do justice to the depth of the rose - it's almost a red, though not as scary as a red - or the warmth of the coral - just warm enough, though nothing close to orange. It's sheer enough that you can build it, though one swipe is usually enough per cheek. It's matte, which to me means you can or can not layer a little shimmer over it if you so choose.
Whatever it is, I love it. The fantastic makeup artist directed me towards Pinch Me as his absolute favorite blush color, though I'd originally come in for Peachy Keen. I was skeptical as it's not a very pretty color in the pan, but he told me to "just try it" and Holy God. I bought both and he was right - Peachy Keen is a nice option but I reach for Pinch Me every day. Sometimes we don't really know what we want, do we?
He taught me a few pointers:
Use Pinch Me as a base blush color (as it's matte), and if you want, use a swipe of Peachy Keen as a highlight on top of cheekbones. Really, any slightly shimmery blush will do.
Swipe the brush onto the pan once, and shake excess off - he tapped the wooden part (not the bristles) hard on the side of his hand, so loose dust on the bristles would shake off by proxy. It's "sheer" but still strong, and good to be careful.
Done right, it strikes a perfect balance between pink, red, and orange that looks like heat coming from within. It works on my yellowish ("slightly olive," I've been told), fair-medium skin tone. Compared to NARS, I don't think it lasts as long, but I wouldn't trade it for any NARS blush I've come across so far. I like those too and own a couple, but my MAC Pinch Me is in daily rotation and I trust it to make me look good no matter what. A little sexy, a little cute, and very pretty. A definite BUY.
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Price: $18 for 0.21 oz. I'd say the pan is about two inches in diameter? for those of you who've never bought a MAC blush. continued >>
Mac blush in pinch me looks gorgeous on my NW45 skin tone. I was surprised that the color looked nice on me but its pretty versatile. When applied lightly it looks really natural and brightens my whole face. I gave it 4 lippies because I cant apply it as much as I like because I'll break out. Whats the point of glowing if you have pimples! lol...Anyway the fact that I break out has more to do with my skin and not the blush.
Excellent color, especially when used with Peachykeen. I use Peachykeen all over and then Pinch Me just on the apples of my cheeks for an additional pop of healthy color. This is matte, so it doesn't have the shimmer of Peachykeen, and is more intense. The color is long-lasting and very high quality. The price is right and you get a lot of product for the money. It is kind of an intense apricot/plum/red. I think it's beautiful when used in moderation. You can use a light hand with this and still get a flattering glow. I think this would flatter just about any skin tone.
To me Pinch Me is a matte rose, maybe "dirty rose" color. It compliments my light skin tone beautifully. It is very pigmented and I use a light hand when applying. Pinch Me is my fall/winter color. This blush is also very close to my natural skin flushed look. I had been running recently and my cheeks stayed flushed for hours after. I did an experiment by putting MAC Eversun on one cheek and MAC Pinch Me on the other. The Eversun was so obvious, but the Pinch Me blended in perfect and evened out blotchiness. Hummm Maybe I will have to incorperate this blush into the summer.
Great matte peach blush. love it for day and accents my tanned skin perfectly. it's probably the only peach blush I've tried that gives me cheekbones too. can wear any eye look with this one. love it for warm and darker skintones.
This is my current HG blush; it's great for every day neutral makeup looks and complements my South Asian (indian/dark olive) skin tone perfectly.
A great everyday blush for darker skintones! No shimmer. It is a sheertone but the colour payoff is good. You will not have to layer like crazy. I wear this with a MAC blushcreme underneath for a little extra punch and the combination is a subtle and very pretty flush - perfect for the office.
This is my go-to blush when i don't want to think about what lighting i'll be in throughout the day or what i'm wearing or the color of my eye shadow =P ... it gives a natural flushed look - very rosey deep pink. Goes on sheer but it's definitely buildable for a more dramatic look. It really does look like you pinched your cheeks!! It's an absolute staple in my makeup case and would buy it again and again and again!
For reference - i'm asian (with dark hair) and wear NC37
I use this blush daily. It give a very natural rosy flush to my NC30/C35 skin. I apply this lightly high on my cheekbones for a youthful look. This color works best on medium to deep skintones as it is a deep warm rosy-red and would overwhelm fair skin. This lasts most of the day on my very oily skin. It starts to fade late in the afternoon, but a quick touch-up does the trick.
It's a dark orange blush, great for brunettes with olive or tanned skin. Depending on the light you see a red shade, similar to Guerlain Blush and Sun 3, but without the shimmer. The sheertone MAC blush is the best to apply, cause it kind of matches with your skin and it's never too much.