March 10, 2021

MAC Black Cherry Extra Dimension Blush Review & Swatches

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2 stars out of 5

MAC Black Cherry Extra Dimension Blush recently launched in three shades here in the US for Spring 2021 and I immediately had to have all of them! The promo images made these look like shades I’d totally love especially the shade Look, Don’t Touch! which is the shade I’m featuring in this review.

I’m probably in the minority here but I was so disappointed when these arrived. I was expecting luminous glowy blushes but they actually apply quite flat and almost matte. Also, the colors are misleading in promo images. Love, Don’t Touch! looks like a glistening golden apricot in pictures but it applies more like a cooler, sheer pink. I think I commonly associate shimmer with the MAC Extra Dimension Blush and the combination of that plus the shade offering in the Black Cherry Collection is what tempted me to grab all three colors but I have some regrets about that.

MAC Black Cherry Extra Dimension Blush is $31 and 0.14 oz. It comes packaged in a limited edition pink metallic case with a gorgeous cherry blossom face plate. This is seriously one of the very few MAC Collections that’s tempted me a while. The packaging, the colors, it all really spoke to me.

Look, Don’t Touch! is described as a soft coral apricot. It does have elements of apricot but not coral in my opinion! It has a bit of pink in the packaging and I think it applies very pink on my cheeks. The surface a hint of a sheen but it applies almost matte on my face and quite sheer. I was left wanting more shimmer, more glow, more luminosity after applying the color. It just fell flat on my cheeks and looked rather meh. You can actually see it has a nice soft sheen on my wrist swatch but that fails to appear after I apply it on my face.

The powder is fairly dense but has a very smooth consistency that was easy to pick up with my brush and it blended and applied very easily. It didn’t have a single bit of powdery kick up no matter how hard I swiped across it with my brush. Once applied it wore quite well without fading for a solid several hours and had a very smooth finish that didn’t adhere to drier areas on my face and cheeks.

This was just not what I was expecting for some reason. It might look nicer on a different skin tone than my own! It looked like a very sheer, dull pink on me. I wish it applied more apricot but it sadly did not. I think Extra Dimension Blush is a formula I commonly associate with a pretty glow and that’s likely one of the biggest faults I found with this shade (and the others from this collection). There’s no glow or pretty shimmer here!

Oh well!

Did anyone grab any of the MAC Black Cherry Blushes?

Did you like them?

Where to buy

Saks Ulta MAC

MAC Black Cherry Extra Dimension Blush is a new, limited edition launch celebrating Spring and the cherry blossoms in Japan. The blush is available in three shades here in the US (more in Japan) and is $31 for 0.14 oz. Each blush comes in limited edition pink metallic packaging with a pretty cherry blossom face plate. The box also has the same design giving this launch a pretty and elegant look and feel. The promotional images are misleading as they make the blush appear a bit more luminous than they are in real life and what we know from past Extra Dimension Blush launches. I thought the color I choose would be a pretty glow-y apricot but in applied somewhat flat with no glow and almost looked matte in finish. The blush itself is dense and produces absolutely no powdery kick up when a brush is swiped through it but that didn’t make it dry! It applies and blends quite nicely if not a bit sheerer than I expected! It seemed impossible to overdue it with this color. It wore for a solid several hours on my drier skin without fading.


  • Beautiful packaging.
  • Applies very easily without being overdone.
  • Dense and firm texture but is still easy to pick up without a bunch of powdery kick up!


  • Promo images are misleading in regards to the colors and finish.
  • Seems to apply almost matte.
  • Looks dull and flat on cheeks.
  • Sheerer than expected.
  • No glow, no sparkle, or luminosity as is common with this particular blush.


MAC Black Cherry Extra Dimension Blush is great if you like a more natural, sheerer blush.

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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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  • kjh

    You had fried clams! That’s what my friend and I call it when something does not meet your expectations and therefore is an epic fail. Example: If Julia Child came back from the grave and made me her best fried clams ever, they would never meet my internal standard: the Clam Box in Ipswich, MA. You’re right. You see an Orgasm type shimmer in the pan that never makes it to your face. You have a lot better similar shades in your stash. Unfortunately, it IS rather meh.

    • Isabella Muse

      HAHAHA this is accurate ๐Ÿ˜€ and you’re right! I see an Orgasm type shade and I jump you know me too damn well!

  • Kimmwc03

    Aww…too bad. I bought Dilly Dolly but haven’t tried it out yet as it just arrived yesterday. Glad I just bought the one. I was also expecting this to look more like Orgasm.

    • Isabella Muse

      right!??!?! Me too! The shades just gave off that vibe and that’s totally why I was into them but ehhhhh ! Dilly Dolly is such a light pink not sure if it’ll show up on me!

      • Kimmwc03

        I finally wore it today and you’re probably right about it not showing up well on your skin. I’m fair so it works for me. It’s pretty but much more subtle than I expected. I’ll have to build it up more next time.

        • Isabella Muse

          I mean the good news is at least it can’t be overdone right? ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Melaina

    I ordered this shade, don’t touch it, and it’s pretty – but your review is spot on. I was most disappointed about the pretty packaging that feels super cheap. I mean, maybe, they could have at least added mirror to hide the exposed black plastic insert.

    • Isabella Muse

      Use it please I need to know what you think about the color. That disappointed me most of all! I just wasn’t into the shade nor the finish ๐Ÿ™

  • Jujubes

    I bought Under My Plum, which is the least pink of the three. It did not have the illuminating effect like you said; it appeared fairly flat on my fair skin (I’m NC15). I do use a light hand because the shade is dark compared to my skin, but I didn’t notice any special finish like their regular Extra Dimension blushes have.

    The most disappointing thing about it is the packaging! The compact is super light and flimsy, it was such a big letdown. Sigh.

    • Isabella Muse

      Weird right? I associate this formula with sparkle and a pretty glow and I got nothing from the two shades I tried so far ๐Ÿ™ I got Under My Plum too and your review disappointed me as I had hopes that one would at least give me a pretty glow! I liked the packaging tbh! I think it’s very pretty but I do agree it is very light and feels like a toy : (

  • Christina

    I still consider this a coral shade. On me, it definitely shows up and is pretty glowly. Not super shiny, but luminous. I like it. I knew it’d be a pink coral because I was on Japanese and Korean sites looking up swatches, so no surprises for me. If it was an orange based coral, I’d be super disappointed because I hate coral on myself; Look Don’t Touch is tolerable for me.

    I actually kind of regret not picking up Dilly Dolly because I wear and love light pink blushes. I have so many, but this one looked so shiny that I was afraid it’d look more like a highlighter. I’ll take yours if you don’t want it. Haha!

    • Christina

      I forgot to say, it Look Don’t Touch still looks pretty on you. It’s very fresh.

    • Isabella Muse

      I WISH it was. On me it’s more pink! You’re lucky it shows up coral on you! I think the swatches I saw on a lot of different sites were very heavy (even on some Japanese sites). I got your txt! I’ll swatch it for you tonight sorry for the delay been swamped at work ๐Ÿ˜€ Dilly Dolly is actually still available on Saks I think but you’re welcome to it if you want it. It’s unswatched right now and brand new! No charge obviously bc we are buds ;-D

  • Marie Abate

    I agree! I wanted these to show up more. I got the pink and plum and I can barely see the pink at all, and the plum isn’t really shimmery like I thought it will be. I think I’ll keep the plum because it’s usable but I’m definitely returning the pink. How disappointing!