May 11, 2012

KATE Cream Cheek Review & Swatches

Japanese brand KATE, released a few shades of their Cream Cheek Blush for Spring 2012. Not being a terribly big fan of cream blushes I decided to indulge anyway as these were really cheap, really cute, and I wanted something I could easily take with me on travels.

Let’s take a peek at KATE Cream Cheek and see what the fuss is about.

These come in small glass jars with a screw top lids. The packaging is much like KATE’s gel liners so if you’re familiar with those that is indeed exactly what you are getting with these but a tiny bit bigger.

They come in four shades and around 990 yen per pot ($10-$12 USD or so).

They are actually a really cute cream blush and I like the formula a lot. These are a matte, dense cream that you can slip a finger into and apply directly from the pot. Mmm, not so sure I love dipping my finger into the pots but that is the best way to apply.

Colors aren’t terribly pigmented but they blend easily and no matter how much you put on they are never, ever over done. The color is the real joy here as each shade I tried gave my cheeks a healthy, doll-like finish that was very, very pretty.

Typically I’m a little scared of orange shades from Japanese brands as they tend to go very dull on my skin but PK-3 is a lovely shade of glowing orange. I also indulged in PK-4 which is a lovely apricot pink.

PK-3 and PK-4



Overall, these are a really cute little pick if you like cream blushes. Wear time will vary but I find they fade fairly quickly so a touch up is required. But I adore how they give my skin a soft, healthy glow without looking too bold and/or vibrant. These are well worth a pick up for Summer looks.

I’ve seen them online for around $12-$14 per pot which isn’t too badly priced (although Japanese retail is far nicer a price).

These deserve a Muse Approval.

Do pick them up!

Very cute.

I recommend AlphabeautyUK on E-bay for a purchase.

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with the seller in this post merely offering a suggestion for purchase.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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    • the Muse

      mmm prob look bad on lips due to the cream finish plus not great putting on lips and face…! you don’t wanna dip your finger in apply to your lips and than your cheeks, bacteria, etc.

  • Cj

    Wow these look really good! There’s 2 more colors too 😀 I’m gonna order the orange one and the pk-2 color which looks like a nude peachy pink or something like that.

    Ps: You should totes be getting something from alphabeautyuk lol, you don’t wanna know how much stuff I bought from them thanks to you lol!

    • the Muse

      hehe ;-D they are fab right? ;-D I LOVE that shop! You’ll love these CJ, really pretty and subtle!

  • Tammie

    I want PK-4!! Price isn’t so hot on eBay though, but I’ll watch list it for now anyway 🙂

  • Sung

    I am so tempted by cream blushes but how do you apply them? It doesn’t look streaky when applied with fingers? Can cream blushes be worn over mineral makeup? Help!

  • Jenny

    Goddess… on Ebay they´re almost $20 without shipping! 🙁 I´ll try to find them in other online shops because I´m in love with the PK3 blush! (If someone knows other sites where you can purchase these blushes please let me know!) I searched in the AlphabeautyUK store and they have the gel liner brush which I´ve been trying to buy for a long time. I read reviews on that brush and the bloggers say it can do a really thin line with gel eyeliner, have you tried this brush Muse?

  • Popblush

    What gorgeous flattering shades! Pk-4 reminds me of my YSL Creme de blush in #2. I find my cream blushes last longer if I light dust a powder blush to set it. Thanks for the swatches!

  • vivavoomz

    They look really yummy. Would love to gt my hands on PK-3.

  • Shannon

    your swatches makes me want them! except I’m not a fan of cream blushes, and i’m additionally not a fan of blushes that don’t last. x___x I already feel rather disappointed by the highly popular Canmake cream cheeks. I actually own the whole set because it was ranked so highly and i as in japan at the time…but i realyl hated how it lasts like an hour on me (even after i set it with a powder), so i sort of gave up. x____x if these have lack of lasting power as well, i’ll probably skip them…

  • Dana

    I have this in PK-2 and I love it! Amazing quality and buildable color.

  • Maisie Lau

    Bought them (PK3 and PK4) tonight and thanks for the lovely review. Both colours are so beautiful on my skin and I cant wait to wear them!

  • AB

    Thanks for the review! The colors look so pretty…I’ll have to check it out since i live in Japan!!! Will see how much it costs in Japan!!

    • the Muse

      my pleasure ab, the Japanese price is listed in the post. Hope this helps!