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Top 10 of 2013: Best Blushes

I went through all of the blushes I’ve reviewed in 2013, which was around 200 in total, and these were some of my very, very favorites. I could have given you a much longer list, so when there was just a really amazing formula, I limited myself to picking just one shade, but I’ve included a link to the formula itself where you can also check out other shades available! Naturally, as these are my personal favorites, you’ll likely notice a warmer tone to most, plus an inclination towards coral… I cannot tell a lie: I love coral blushes!

What were your favorite blushes this year? What makes your top ten? (Or top five!)

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Givenchy Magnolia Organza, Mandarine Bolero, Carmin Escarpin Le Rouge

Givenchy Magnolia Organza (301) Le Rouge Lipstick
Givenchy Magnolia Organza (301) Le Rouge Lipstick

Givenchy Magnolia Organza (301) Le Rouge Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright reddish pink.” It’s a bright, bold, medium-dark pink with warm, reddish undertones and a luminous sheen. The color payoff was incredibly rich and yielded full color coverage in a single stroke. It wore well for five and a half hours and was hydrating while worn. MAC Pleasurefruit (LE, $16.00) is pinker. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) is lighter. Maybelline Shocking Coral (P, $7.49) is darker, slightly warmer. MAC Watch Me Simmer (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Heart to Heart (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Force of Love (LE, $15.00) is lighter, pinker. Guerlain Gracy (LE, $49.50) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches.

Mandarine Bolero (304) Le Rouge Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “muted red orange.” It’s a muted, coral-orange with a luminous sheen. It had smooth, opaque color coverage, and the consistency applied evenly. This shade wore well for five and a half hours and was lightly hydrating while worn. Givenchy Rose Dentelle (203) (P, $36.00) is somewhat pinker. MAC Sweet Grenadine (LE, $16.00) is more orange. Chanel Pygmalion (LE, $34.00) is slightly pinker. MAC Lady at Play (P, $22.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Carmin Escarpin (306) Le Rouge Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “warm poppy red.” It’s a orange-red with warm undertones and a soft, luminous shine. The consistency was lightly creamy, easy to apply, and applied evenly. The color coverage was very nearly opaque, and the lipstick lasted six hours and left behind a soft stain and was nicely hydrating. NARS Future Red (LE, $26.00) is slightly redder. Urban Decay Bang (P, $22.00) is more orange. Maybelline Orange Edge (LE, $7.49) is very similar. Maybelline Infra-red (LE, $7.49) is redder. Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin (P, $7.49) is similar. Maybelline Neon Red (P, $7.49) is also similar. MAC Sail La Vie (LE, $15.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches.

Givenchy Le Rouge Magnolia Organza (301)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total
Givenchy Le Rouge Mandarine Bolero (304)
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total
Givenchy Le Rouge Carmin Escarpin (306)
10
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

Givenchy It-Girl Purple Le Prisme Blush

Givenchy It-Girl Purple Le Prisme Blush
Givenchy It-Girl Purple Le Prisme Blush

Givenchy It-Girl Purple Le Prisme Blush ($44.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a cool-toned, light-medium pink with blue undertones and a satin finish. NARS Mistinguette (LE, $29.00) is lighter. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $21.00) is a smidgen darker. theBalm Argyle (P, $22.00) is darker. theBalm Down Boy (P, $21.00) is comparable. NARS Gaiety (P, $29.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Well Dressed (P, $21.00) is similar. MAC I’m the One (LE, $21.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Nude Pink (P, $26.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches.

The texture was incredibly soft and finely-milled, and at times, a bit powdery, though it did not show on the skin–it looked soft, lightly luminous but never dry or powdery. It blended out easily, and the color was buildable and nicely pigmented. The blush lasted almost eight hours on me before it started to show signs of fading.  The satin finish gave off a gorgeous sheen and luminosity that didn’t emphasize pores.  I think this would be particularly lovely on cooler complexions as a go-to everyday shade.

Givenchy Le Prisme Blush It-Girl Purple
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Givenchy In Vogue Orange Le Prisme Blush

Givenchy In Vogue Orange Le Prisme Blush
Givenchy In Vogue Orange Le Prisme Blush

Givenchy In Vogue Orange Le Prisme Blush ($44.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a brightened pop of tangerine orange with a soft, barely-there satin finish. MAC Honey Jasmine (LE, $21.00) is similar. NARS Puerto Vallarta (LE, $39.00) has a golden sheen and is a cream product. NARS Gina (P, $29.00) is more muted, slightly browner. MAC Warmth of Coral (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery. MAC Blazing Haute (LE, $25.00) is yellower. Inglot #45 Face Blush (P, $10.00) is brighter, darker. See comparison swatches.

The Le Prisme formula is supposed to have “a higher pigment concentration [so that] the color on the cheeks is immediate.” It contains four shades, and “the upper right shade for the blush is the reference shade for the final result when mixing together.” The compact itself is small–the right size for a blush brush but not much larger–so if you wanted to use the shades individually on the cheeks, it’s not practical. You can certainly concentrate the brush on two or three of the shades, though. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and smooth, and when applied to the skin, it sat beautifully and gave skin a soft, luminous glow and warmth. It had good pigmentation, though it was more buildable than it was pigment-packed. It wore well for eight hours before it showed signs of fading.

Givenchy Le Prisme Blush In Vogue Orange
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

Givenchy Brun Cachemire, Rose Taffetas, Rose Dentelle Le Rouge Lipsticks

Givenchy Brun Cachemire (104) Le Rouge Lipstick
Givenchy Brun Cachemire (104) Le Rouge Lipstick

Givenchy Brun Cachemire (104) Le Rouge Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “plum brown.” It’s a warm-toned, rosy brown with a smooth, satin finish. The color coverage was opaque with one pass, and the consistency was lightly creamy but not so much so that it slipped around once applied. I thought Brun Cachemire left lips looking smoother and softer than they actually were. It wore well for five hours on me and was lightly hydrating when worn. Givenchy Brun Createur (103) (P, $36.00) is pinker. Urban Decay Protest (P, $22.00) is slightly pinker. MAC Glamour Era (P, $22.00) is browner. NARS Lodhi (P, $25.00) is lighter. MAC Style Surge (P, $22.00) is also lighter. Guerlain Avarice (P, $49.50) is rosier. Buxom Two-Timer (P, $21.00) is a smidgen lighter. See comparison swatches.

Rose Taffetas (201) Le Rouge Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “light pink coral.” It’s a warm-toned, medium pink with a lightly glossy, luminous finish. It had opaque color coverage, and the formula on this shade felt somewhat more emollient/had more slip compared to other shades in the range, which gave it a shinier finish. It applied evenly for the most part. It wore well for four and a half hours and was nicely moisturizing during that time. Buxom Mistress (LE, $21.00) is very similar. Urban Decay Streak (P, $22.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Rush (P, $22.00) is more muted. MAC Viva Glam Nicki (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. Chanel Hyde Park (LE, $34.00) is brighter. MAC Hoop is more matte. See comparison swatches.

Rose Dentelle (203) Le Rouge Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep rose.” It’s a rosy coral with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had rich pigmentation and yielded full color coverage when applied to the lips. It was moderately creamy and applied smoothly and evenly. It’s definitely a formula that makes lips appear healthier, fuller, and softer. It wore well for five hours on me and was nicely hydrating during that time. Givenchy Brun Createur (103) (P, $36.00) is lighter, more matte. Too Faced Coral Fire (P, $21.00) is also a bit lighter. Urban Decay Protest (P, $22.00) is lighter. MAC Lady at Play (P, $22.00) is brighter. MAC Elegant Accent (P, $22.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Givenchy Le Rouge Brun Cachemire (104)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
Givenchy Le Rouge Rose Taffetas (201)
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total
Givenchy Le Rouge Rose Dentelle (203)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

Givenchy Beige Mousseline, Beige Plum, Brun Createur Le Rouge Lipsticks

Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) Le Rouge Lipstick
Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) Le Rouge Lipstick

Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) Le Rouge Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “light beige.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-beige with soft, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had full, opaque color coverage, and it applied smoothly and evenly. It wore well for four hours and was somewhat hydrating. MAC Antonio’s Girls (LE, $15.00) is slightly pinker. Urban Decay Naked 2 (P, $22.00) is a touch browner. Edward Bess Forbidden Flower (P, $32.00) is warmer. MAC Sweet & Sour (LE, $15.00) is lighter. NARS Biscayne Park (P, $25.00) is browner. MAC Yash (P, $15.00) is more matte, browner. MAC Wholesome (LE, $15.00) is less peach. MAC Cozy Up (LE, $15.00) is similar. Burberry Pink Apricot (301) (P, $30.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Beige Plume (102) Le Rouge Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “peachy beige.” It’s a light-medium, coral with beige and a natural finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage, but the consistency of this shade had more slip than others, so it didn’t apply as evenly as others. This shade lasted four hours on me and was somewhat hydrating. MAC Antonio’s Girls (LE, $15.00) is less pink. MAC Gotta Dash! (P, $16.00) is warmer. Chanel Peregrina (P, $34.00) is darker, shimmery. MAC Reel Sexy (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Coral Bliss (LE, $15.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Brun Createur (103) Le Rouge Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “dusty rose.” It’s a medium, warm-toned rose–almost like a rosy, but muted, coral–with a satin finish. This applied beautifully with full color coverage that made lips look smooth and full. It wore well for five and a half hours and was nicely moisturizing.  Too Faced Coral Fire (P, $21.00) is slightly warmer. Urban Decay Liar (P, $22.00) is a touch browner. Urban Decay Protest (P, $22.00) is similar. NARS Dolce Vita (P, $25.00) is more matte. MAC Elegant Accent (P, $22.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Givenchy Le Rouge Beige Mousseline (101)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Givenchy Le Rouge Beige Plume (102)
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
Givenchy Le Rouge Brun Createur (103)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

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