Guest Review by Sreeparna Ganguly (Skin type- Combination to oily, acne-prone; Skin tone- Fair)

A few years ago Maybelline came up with an affordable blush range called “Cheeky glow” which had a shade with the same name as this one. The shade was similar too. The company has improved the formula, hiked the price and re-launched it in as the “Color Show” collection. One of my friends had this shade from the earlier collection & I had used it many times. One day I was surfing through an e-commerce site when I saw this new blush on 46% discount. Without losing a minute I placed the order. In today’s review, I am going to present a comparative view of this Color Show blush with the older Cheeky glow one which is already reviewed on P&B. You can read it here.

Claims : Maybelline’s Color Show Blush has a silky smooth and light texture for an exquisite feel. Its fresh colours complement natural skin colour. It is designed to provide ‘a luminous glow’ and ‘natural finish’.

Packaging : This blush comes in a tiny plastic pan. The pan is shiny black. There is a see-through lid that shuts tightly over the pan to secure the product from damage. The front side of the packaging mentions the product name and company name while on the back side you will find the specifications and the ingredient list.

Shade : The Color Show range by Maybelline has three shades like the previous Cheeky Glow collection and the names are also kept same; “Fresh Coral”, “Peachy Sweetie” and “Creamy Cinnamon”. My shade is Fresh Coral which is basically a coral toned powder blush with red-pink hue to it. The shade is warm (warmer than the older version) and would suit all Indian skintones. This shade looks different on different skin tones. The more dusky the skin gets, the shade looks pinker. On lighter skin tones, it looks reddish.


Pigmentation : The pigmentation of this coral blush is pretty intense. So, less is more with this product.

Texture : The texture of this blush is quite smooth and blendable. The finish is matte. The powder is finely milled yet tightly packed in the pan. The Fresh coral shade of the previous range had fallout issues and chalkiness problem. This new product has been improvised to reduce them.

Fragrance : It smells somehow medicinal to me as the company did not add any artificial perfume to it. Having acne-prone skin, this seems nice as fragrance-producing chemicals often irritate my facial skin.

Staying Power : Blushes often begin to fade quickly, but that is not the case with it. The previous version used to stay 3-4 hours on my oily face. But this new one stays intact for 5-6 hours and then it starts to lighten.


Effectiveness : This coral blush is a perfect choice for everyday use as well as for special occasions and parties because by controlling the amount of the powder, both no-makeup and dramatic looks can be created. The shade looks natural on me. I often apply a little bit of it to wash my cheeks with a hint of colour after applying my BB cream for a minimal day look. For the evening looks, I just deepen it and I am good to go. This blush gets easily blended with a few swirls of my blush brush. Although no applicator is provided with the product, I do not take it as a con. At this price-point, the quality Maybelline provides is simply awesome in my opinion. Another huge plus point for me is that this blush is non-comedogenic. That means it won’t clog facial pores. I have type 2 acne-prone skin, so I get pimples whenever I use any pore clogging products. I am very happy to find an affordable blush in the Indian market that I can use without fearing break-outs.



  • Shade is gorgeous yet pocket-friendly.
  • No artificial fragrance is added.
  • Full ingredients list is mentioned.
  • Staying power is good.
  • Suits all Indian skin tones.
  • Non-comedogenic


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Verdict : A+

Price : INR 299 for 7gm

Recommendation : I would recommend this coral pink matte blush to people who are searching for an affordable yet good quality blush that would be safe on acne-prone skin.

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