Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink Blush
Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink Blush

Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink Blush ($25.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “pink rose.” It’s a light-medium, cotton candy pink with blue undertones and a satiny finish–not quite matte but not quite a full-on sheen. NARS Gaiety is cooler-toned, bluer-based. NARS Angelika is darker, sparkly. MAC Pink Tea is more shimmery. MAC Peony Petal is cooler-toned. Tarte Dollface is a touch lighter. Bobbi Brown Nude Pink is more muted, slightly lighter.

Normally, I like Bobbi Brown’s blush range for a formula that’s mostly matte, pigmented, and blendable, but Pastel Pink was so dry and stiff. This was another shade from the collection that I had to scrape off layers of color just to get a “heavy” swatch of color.  I really had to swirl and pack on the color to get enough payoff to show up on my skin tone for photographs and testing. If you have any scratchy brushes, I’d recommend using it with this, because it will help dig into the product to yield more payoff.  While I can appreciate that fairer skin tones often prefer a blush that’s not so intense so they can use it with ease, the texture makes this one hard to use even if all you want is soft color.  It’s not very blendable and really needs to be buffed and worked into the skin as it has a tendency to stick and look splotchy.  It lasted for seven hours well, and after eight hours, there was noticeable fading.

The Glossover

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Pastel Pink

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I felt like I was in the twilight zone, because this blush almost felt as if I were trying to swatch from a plastic pan of color instead of a pan of powder. It did not want to yield anything! The texture is just so dry and stiff that it makes it such a total pain to use.

Product

4/10

Pigmentation

5.5/10

Texture

4/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

2.5/5

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Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink Blush
Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink Blush

Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink Blush
Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink Blush

Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink Blush
Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink Blush

Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink Blush
Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink Blush

Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink Blush
Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink Blush

Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink Blush
Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink Blush

Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink Blush
Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink Blush

Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink Blush
Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink Blush

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

NARS Gaiety is cooler-toned, bluer-based. NARS Angelika is darker, sparkly. MAC Pink Tea is more shimmery. MAC Peony Petal is cooler-toned. Tarte Dollface is a touch lighter. Bobbi Brown Nude Pink is more muted, slightly lighter.

What makeup are you wearing?

On cheeks: Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose (left), Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink (right). On lips: Guerlain Browny Clap (402) Gloss d'Enfer.

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48 thoughts on “Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Usually Bobbi Brown’s make up is much better than that!

  2. Leianna

    Why would this get a 5.5 for pigmentation then? I’m very confused by this review.

    • It’s possible, just takes a lot of product to get there!

    • Avatar of Veronica Veronica

      Well, a 5.5/10 is a 55% score. In most of my college career, that has not been considered a passing grade. :P

      • Amelia

        haha, my college physics class just got our test grades back and we were informed by the professor that the class mean grade of 56% was “about right” so there wouldn’t be a curve since we “did pretty well”

  3. Avatar of Trillium Trillium

    That’s insane, especially for the price. Pretty color though!

  4. So many blushes in comparable shades of better quality to choose from! Despite being a BBrown fan, curiously enough, I don’t own any of the blushes.

    • That’s at least the upside, lol – plenty of dupes to choose from.

    • chris

      she has many many gorgeous blushes though.. i own many blushes, and her peony and pink coral are my favourite pinks aside bella bamba/benefit and dainty/mac!

    • Avatar of Elizabeth Elizabeth Cunningham

      Wwendalynne, if you can get some of her blushers in the core color range, you’ll be impressed with her ‘go-to’ colors. I still reach for Slopes, Tawny, Sand Pink, Nectar all the time! Let the counter girls guide you a little. And her bronzers are really great.

  5. The colour reminds me of several Illamasqua powder blushes, only they go on wonderfully!

  6. Avatar of Maggie Maggie

    Insane. I normally see decentd reviews on here for Bobbi Brown products and I love everything I’ve purchased. How surprising that this blush and that last palette have gotten awful reviews. It just goes to show that even some of the “best” or “most reliable” brands will definitely have some misses. I thank you for your honesty.

    • No problem, Maggie! I’ve had some problems with recent palette releases (though this one seemed really bad!), but I don’t remember having quite such issues with her blush before!

  7. Doll

    Oh what a shame. I was looking for a shade like this but I’ll pass.
    This actually happened to me once when I tried (and I swear I tried so hard) to swatch a Chanel blush at the counter.. I didn’t realize it was plastic, it looked so real.. LOL I felt so awkward.

    • I once received a press sample and the pan of product WAS plastic. I was like……..oh. LOL!

      • OMG, I nearly died laughing! Christine, you should have done a mock review on that plastic sample :) Texture? F
        Color payoff? 0
        Dupes? Plenty, in any tupperware isle.

        Doll, your story is super cute, too :) They shouldn’t even put things like that within customer’s reach, because there is no point, if it can’t be swatched!

  8. Avatar of Kathryn kEG

    I have never had a lot of luck with bobbi brown products, I thought it was just me. I can’t seem to get a good color payoff from their eyeshadow or lip products, so I’m not terribly surprised about this review

  9. Avatar of Amanda Amanda L

    So strange – I have this and love it! Mine works so well and looks so great!

  10. Maggie

    that’s too bad…looks very nice on you!

  11. Yikes. I’m fair-skinned, but it sounds like even I’d have to work to get this one to show up. I have plenty of soft blushes that I don’t have to scrape at to get a good result!

  12. Avatar of rebecca blueraccoon

    I really like her “Pretty PInk” blush but this is a total skip. I prefer soft color but I don’t want to work *that* hard to get it.

  13. JQ

    Wow, that’s really inexcusable. I’ve been into cream blush lately anyway, but still! I would expect better quality control from a brand like Bobbi Brown.

  14. Lilly

    Sounds like this could have been an A+ loose blush instead of pressed.

  15. VickyM

    This is a very pretty color, very unfortunate that it´s so hard to work with. Hope this and the eyeshadow pallete doesn´t indicate that Bobby Brown is losing quality…

  16. Avatar of AngieButterfly AngieButterfly

    Wow at Bobbi Brown just bombing all over the place lately… you are a very appreciated resource! I hope people see your review before buying! BB has a reputation and I feel bad for those who will buy this based on that. They seriously need to regroup.

  17. OMG! Good thing I was able to read your review regarding this product. I was actually planning to buy one but with this review of yours, I think I’ll just stick to my MAC products. Thank you so much! It looks good on you, though.

  18. Isa

    Oh this one is very transparant on the skin :(

  19. Liz

    The color doesn’t appeal to me. I’m surprised about the quality. I have 3 Bobbi Brown Blushes and I’ve never had a problem with any of them.

  20. oh I also have this blush and I love it:) I am very pale and it looks really nice on me:)

  21. Awe, I wish this wasn’t such a bust.

  22. Angelika

    Oh wow I never thought I would see an F next to Bobbi Brown. I appreciate your honesty! I really like this color though.

  23. emelie

    This is interesting cause I wanted to get it when I saw it initially and then I swatched it in store and thought it was really horrible as I got hardly any product and it didn’t show up (and i’m super pale) so I forgot about it. Then I was flying from Heathrow and tried it again there and it was really amazing, so I bought it and I’m really pleased with it! Nothing like the one I initially swatched… Thought it was a different colour at one point cause the difference was so huge!

  24. vivi

    I love Pastel Pink, I actually bought it over Peony and Pretty Pink. I was looking for a pop of pink and tried on these 3 blushes and the Pastel Pink appealed to me most.. I am NC40 and warmed toned (which makes me wonder why it looked best on me as it’s supposed to be for cool tones).