6 Red Blushes for Maximum Rouge

We may call it rouge, but there are far less red-hued blushes on the marketplace, though luckily, we have some and many of the permanent ones are fantastic. Here are three warmer and three cooler takes on red blush. When working with deeper or more richly pigmented shades, my best tip is to use a fan brush, which will allow you to build up the color and intensity slowly and easily. Also, it’s nice to have a buffing brush on hand, or if you use liquid foundation, use the residual product left on the brush to tamp down over-applied blush.

  1. Clinique Cola Pop — A Warm Red with a Luminous finish.
  2. NARS Taos — A Warm Red with a Pearl finish.
  3. Kevyn Aucoin Fira — A Warm Red with a Satin finish.
  4. Surratt Beauty Rougeur — A Cool Red with a Satin finish.
  5. MAC Frankly Scarlet — A Warm Red with a Semi-Matte finish.
  6. Urban Decay Quiver — A Cool Red with a Satin finish.

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Top 10: Luminous Blushes (Cool-Toned Edition)

For those who prefer their cheek colors on the cooler side, today’s edition features cool-toned options for blushes with a more luminous sheen (see yesterday’s warm-toned picks).

  1. Laura Geller Plumberry — A Cool Berry with a Luminous finish.
  2. Becca Gypsy — A Cool Pink with a Luminous finish.
  3. Colour Pop Monster — A Cool Lavender with a Pearl finish.
  4. Urban Decay Bittersweet — A Cool Purple with a Satin finish.
  5. Clinique Pansy Pop — A Cool Lavender with a Satin finish.
  6. MAC I'm a Lover — A Cool Pink with a Satin finish.
  7. Makeup Geek Head Over Heels — A Cool Pink with a Luminous finish.
  8. IT Cosmetics Magical in Mauve — A Cool Plum with a Luminous finish.
  9. Clinique Berry Pop (03) — A Cool Fuchsia with a Satin finish.
  10. MAC Peony Petal — A Cool Pink with a Satin finish.

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Top 10: Luminous Blushes (Warm-Toned Edition)

If you’ve followed my favorites, you’ll know that I favor more shimmery blush, and specifically, luminous blush. The kind of shimmer that doesn’t read frosted or metallic but more of glowing sheen. Here are some of my favorites of the moment!

  1. Chanel Golden Sun (280) — A Warm Brown with a Luminous finish.
  2. Laura Geller Ballerina — A Warm Copper with a Luminous finish.
  3. Chanel Malice (71) — A Warm Coral with a Luminous finish.
  4. MAC Make You Mine — A Warm Copper with a Satin finish.
  5. Makeup Geek Love Affair — A Warm Pink with a Satin finish.
  6. Clinique Peach Pop (02) — A Warm Coral with a Satin finish.
  7. NARS Lovejoy — A Warm Plum with a Pearl finish.
  8. MAC Love Thing — A Warm Plum with a Luminous finish.
  9. Burberry Blossom — A Warm Coral with a Luminous finish.
  10. Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust — A Warm Coral with a Frost finish.

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Round-up: Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer Overview & Thoughts

Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer ($18.00 for 0.13 oz.) made some really big claims, and unfortunately, fell short of most of them. They’re not smoothing, and they’re not long-wearing; they’re more in line with your average lipstick–three to five hour wear and lightly wearing with some shades applying/looking smoother than others. I had the best luck with the brighter and darker shades in the range, while the lighter shades tended to have application and wear issues.

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Clinique Cherry Pop & Wow Pop Pop Lip Colour + Primer Lipsticks

Clinique Cherry Pop Pop Lip Colour + Primer ($18.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “rich, blue red creme.” It’s a bright, medium red with cool, blue undertones and a soft shine. It had mostly opaque pigmentation that covered the lips evenly and smoothly, and this was the longest-wearing shade that I tried from the range, as it lasted six and a half hours with a strong stain left behind. It was moisturizing while worn. Buxom Scoundrel (P, $21.00) is glossier. Guerlain Garconne (P, $51.00) is darker, glossier. Urban Decay 69 (P, $22.00) is brighter. Maybelline On Fire Red (P, $7.49) is brighter, glossier. Guerlain Greta (P, $51.00) is glossier. MAC Evening Posh (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Vampire Kiss (LE, $50.00) is lighter, brighter. Guerlain Rouge Parade (820) (LE, $51.00) is lighter, warmer. Too Faced Melted Ruby (P, $21.00) is cooler, glossier. Estee Lauder Vengeful Red (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter. Tom Ford Beauty Luciano (LE, $32.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Alejandro (LE, $32.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Clinique Cherry Pop Pop Lip Colour + Primer
Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer Lipstick Cherry Pop
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
90%
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Clinique Love Pop, Plum Pop, Grape Pop Pop Lip Colour + Primer Lipsticks

Clinique Love Pop Pop Lip Colour + Primer ($18.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone shimmer raspberry.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium-dark berry-red with fine gold and berry pearl. This shade had the most shimmer out of all the shades I bought. It had near full coverage, but there is some translucency where the natural lip color will peek through. It lasted for five and a half hours and was lightly hydrating. Urban Decay Sheer Shame (P, $20.00) is less shimmery. Guerlain Lou-Ling (LE, $35.00) is less shimmery, darker. Bite Beauty Brandy (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker. Buxom Moonlighter (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, cooler. MAC Gospel (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer Lipstick Love Pop
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
7
Application
5
Total
86%
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