Maybelline Cheek Heat Gel Liquid Blush review

Milabu Rating

  • Overall

Price Category: Value

  • $7.99 Retail

Sign up for a discount

100 sign ups needed for 10% off
Learn more


  • Beautiful pigment
  • Easy to use
  • Forgiving formula
  • Natural finish


  • None

Maybelline Cheek Heat Blush Review

Don’t be fooled by the vivid color in the tube, Cheek Heat Gel-Cream Blush plays nice! It’s easy to use and gave my face a beautiful healthy glow.

Sign up for a discount

100 sign ups needed for 10% off
Learn more

Some links to purchase are affiliate.

Cheek Heat Gel-Cream Blush: Dewy, natural flush in a flash.

I love the healthy glow that blush adds to my face. That rosy cheek pop instantly brightens my look and my mood. From cream blush to liquid stains to pressed powder, this beauty staple comes in an array of formulas. A standout at the drugstore (and one of my personal favorites) is Maybelline Cheek Heat Gel-Cream blush. Developed as water based, liquid gel, this unique rouge is very pigmented, but forgiving when applying. It looks vivid when you squeeze it from the tube, but it applies easily and leaves your face with the perfect, natural flush. Let’s Dive into Maybelline Cheek Heat Blush Review.

Promises vs. Performance: Buildable blush with a dewy finish.

Maybelline’s website describes the attributes of their Cheek Heat Gel-Cream Blush, which is an Allure Best of Beauty Award winner. The oil free, gel formula is said to instantly provide natural looking blush color and cheek tint. It contains colorful pigments that are realistic looking but buildable. In six flattering shades to choose from, including pink, coral, nude, fuchsia, and berry hues, this product should glide on smoothly to produce a soft dewy finish.

My Review Thoughts: Maybelline Cheek Heat Blush

I have Cheek Heat in Nude Burn, a pinky neutral, and Coral Ember, a warmer shade, and like to first swatch them on the back of my hand before applying. Right away I notice their juicy color and silky gel texture. Both blush colors are beautiful on their own, so why choose? I find that they blend together beautifully to create a custom fleshy hue. For those who wonder how to apply blush of this kind, Maybelline suggests dotting it onto your fingertips and tapping it into the cheekbones. I have success with dabbing it onto my face using a fluffy brush. And, as Maybelline promises, am I able to achieve a natural flush in no time? In a word, yes! The application and stunning results are equally quick and easy, no to mention long lasting.

Let’s review How It Compares: Maybelline Cheek Heat is the best drugstore blush for healthy glow.

I love how user friendly Maybelline Cheek Heat Gel-Cream Blush is, especially for such a unique formula – I loved my review time with it. Don’t be intimidated by the fluid gel consistency or vibrant colors. This blush is versatile, mixable, and forgiving enough for even makeup beginners. It can be applied lightly for a subtle glow or layered for more intensity. It may even add a happy flush to bridal makeup looks. You may be wondering if anything performs as well as this bomb blusher. Although I really like Cheek Heat (obvi), I have to give props t e.l.f. Putty Blush, which is widely considered the go-to in this price range.

Whether you reach for Cheek Heat or Putty Blush might come down to finish. While both cream products will give your face a flushed glow, Putty Blush has a soft matte texture, while Cheek Heat gives light sheen. Some also find that the putty formulation applies slightly easier than gel. Putty Blush is part of e.l.f.’s celebrated Putty family, along with Putty Primer and Putty Bronzer. These products are fan favorites with great performance reputations, and Putty Blush is no exception. Because of this, it may have the edge over Cheek Heat. You really can’t go wrong with either of these stellar drugstore options, both for around just $6, depending on the retailer.

Milabu Beauty Method: How to get a natural rosy glow with Cheek Heat.

A very forgiving formula, this applies like a dream and couldn’t be easier. Here’s how!

  1. Dispense the product in a dime sized amount onto the back of your hand. (Feel free to mix shades to create your own!)
  2. Take a fluffy blush brush into the product and dab it very gently across your cheeks, along your cheekbones and on the apples.
  3. Layer a bit more blush on the apples for an extra pop of color or brightness, if desired.

Advertised Product Highlights

Maybelline New York Cheek Heat Gel-Cream Blush

SHADE: 15 Nude Burn; 30 Coral Ember



COVERAGE: Buildable

LONGEVITY: No claims

SKIN TYPE: No claims

BENEFITS: Glides on easily for a soft, dewy finish; Can be toned up or down for a natural flushed look

OTHER: Not tested on animals; Oil free


Edited by Virginia

Back to top