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Review: Revlon Pinch Me Sheer Gel Blush

Get your cheeks glowing with Revlon's new gel blush

Author: Charlotte Kuchinsky June 18 2007

Revlon Pinch Me Sheer Gel Blush

Revlon challenges its customers to “Get Cheeky” with their new Pinch Me Sheer Gel Blush. Being the makeup junkie that I am, I rose to the challenge and decided to give this new product a try. I did hesitate for a brief minute since I’d never heard anything positive about blush gels, but ultimately I decided to jump on in. I’m glad that I did!

Choosing the right Gel Blush color

I picked up the color called Peach Afterglow. The name really caught my attention, plus I look better in peach and coral tones than I do in pinks, roses, or plums. However, for those who prefer something different, Pinch Me comes in four colors:

  • Peach Afterglow
  • Cheeky Cherry
  • Playful Pink
  • Plum Flushed

Applying the gel blush

Although the packaging refers to this as a “gel blush”, I think it better fits into the category of one of the newer “cheek stains.” The translucent formula is extremely lightweight and very easy to blend, and is much more forgiving than traditional gel blushes.

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I got a little too much with my first application, but found that I could easily blend it into my skin, and it didn’t look at all heavy or artificial. It really did look like my grandmother had just pinched my cheeks; hence its name “Pinch Me.”

The peach color I chose is amazing and really gave my skin a very fresh “tease” of color. It highlighted my cheekbones with a perfect sheer wash that was absolutely natural. Best of all, the color stayed on all day, unlike blush creams that often smudge or powders that perspire away in the summer heat.

Revlon’s Pinch Me Sheer Gel Blush advertisement claims that you can also use the stain on the lips. However, I don’t recommend that; I tried it once but found it made my lips very dry and uncomfortable.

The bad news

The downside to this product is the pump bottle delivery system. I discovered rather quickly that one of two things generally happens. Either nothing comes out when you pump the bottle, or the product spurts out in a big glob - and not necessarily where you want it to go.

I finally found it much easier to pump the product out onto a paper towel or styrofoam plate and then dab the gel from there. That process works beautifully and is a small price to play for such a wonderful product.


I checked on the cost of similar blush gels and cheek stains and was surprised to find that most are two or three times more expensive, at $30 and up. Revlon's Pinch Me Sheer Gel Blush retails for between $9.99 and $12.99, for 0.5 ozs, depending upon where you purchase it. It is available at most drug and discount stores as well as online.

I wish I could give this one a full five stars because I truly love it. However, I have to deduct one star for the pump delivery system, which really needs an overhaul.

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Posted on 18/03/08 23:10 by: Pamela Bodger

I completely agree that the pump needs work - I got either a stream of liquid which drips all over, or an awkward glob - lots of wasted product. I love gel blush and stuck with it to the end of the container, but was frustrated & unhappy with the pump - didn't they test this thing before releasing it on the market? Otherwise a good product, but I'm not buying it again until that pump gets an overhaul.
Posted on 13/09/08 13:58 by: Karen

I love this blush. I was searching for a good cream since Clinique is now limited to practically none. I found Revlon's sheer blush gel. It is amazing, as it goes on smooth, sheer, not powdery, not drying. I love it, but, the problem is, that I cannot find it anywhere to buy again. HELP!!
Posted on 16/09/08 23:50 by: Charlie Kuchinsky

Let me do some research and see what I can find out about it. If it has been discontinued, I may be able to find some outlet sites that still carry it. Check back here in a few days. Hopefully, I will have some info for you.
Posted on 19/09/08 01:04 by: Charlie Kuchinsky still shows that they are selling Pinch Me Blush. You should be able to purchase it through them. The site can also probably help you find some local retailer that carries it. I hope this helps.
Posted on 18/11/08 19:56 by: May

Just bought it at Ulta today. Has anyone tried the Lorac cheek tint? It's about $19 so I thought I'd pass.... you can use the $3.50 coupon at Ulta, too.

Posted on 31/01/09 00:37 by: Corvix

I just bought the Peach Afterglow one from the 99 cent store and I like it very much.
Posted on 12/12/10 20:37 by: jenny

They sell it online eg ebay and amazon.

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Product Detail

  • Product Name: Revlon Pinch Me Sheer Gel Blush
  • Price: $10.00
  • Manufacturer: Revlon
  • Verdict:

    Pro: great color, great effect, easy to apply, long-lasting, inexpensive

    Con: badly-designed bottle pump

    Overall: a great product and value for money too

  • Rating:rating 4/5


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