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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MAC Divine Divine & Personal Statement Retro Matte Liquid Lipsticks

MAC Divine Divine Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “light creamy pink.” It’s a brighter, light-medium pink with cooler undertones and a matte finish. It applied really evenly, especially for a lighter shade like this. Unfortunately, there was some “cracking” after it dried down and I smiled. The color wore well for six hours, and it did have a tendency to fade from the center a little more than the rest. It was moderately drying. MAC Steady Going (P, $17.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). MAC Silly (LE, $17.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Kat Von D Melancholia (P, $20.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Pink Sugar (P, $7.99) is darker, warmer, glossier (90% similar). Maybelline Ravishing Rose (P, $7.99) is darker, glossier (85% similar). Tarte Fomo (P, $20.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Divine Divine Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Divine Divine
A-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
90%
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MAC Dance With Me & Feels So Grand Retro Matte Liquid Lipsticks

MAC Dance With Me Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep cranberry red.” It’s a deepened, dark, pinky-red with cool undertones and a matte finish. It was semi-opaque, making it one of the less-pigmented shades in the range (but it’s definitely not sheer). Since the formula is amenable to multiple layers, you can get opaque coverage with a second coat. It took about forty-five seconds to dry down, and it lasted well for eight hours with fairly even fading. It was moderately drying after four and a half hours of wear. Milani Romance (LE, $8.99) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Silk (LE, $5.00) is darker, glossier (85% similar). MAC Salon Rouge (LE, $17.00) is warmer, glossier (85% similar). Colour Pop Blood (DC, $5.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (85% similar). Maybelline Rich Ruby (P, $7.99) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Dazed (LE, $5.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Dance With Me Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Dance With Me
B+
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
89%
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MAC Snuggle Up, Marvel-Lush, Love Buzz Huggable Glasses

MAC Snuggle Up Huggable Glass ($20.00 for 0.08 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright pinky lilac.” It’s a medium, fuchsia-tinted purple with subtle, warm cool undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation with a smooth consistency. Applied, it was uneven and streaky. I didn’t notice the gloss in lip lines too much, but it did become more noticeable as the day went on. This shade lasted for four and a half hours on me. Urban Decay Bittersweet (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 500 Lilac (P, $19.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Narcissus (LE, $20.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever 501 Purple (P, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC How Chic is This (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Sephora Collection Fig Jam (31) (P, $14.00) is lighter, less pigmented, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Snuggle Up Huggable Glass
MAC Huggable Glass Snuggle Up
B-
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
9
Application
3.5
Total
81%
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MAC Back in Vogue & Lady Be Good Retro Matte Liquid Lipsticks

MAC Back in Vogue Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “peachy nude.” It’s a light-medium peachy coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had opaque color coverage with a consistency that emphasized every line and imperfection on the lip while “cracking” as soon as I smiled. It dried down in about thirty seconds, though it was fairly easy to apply and work with. I noticed quite a few streaks when I was applying, but the majority of them disappeared once the formula dried, which was a nice surprise–so better to get fairly even coverage and let the streaks take care of themselves rather than keep fussing with it! It lasted for six hours but was very drying for me. MAC Oxblood (LE, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Peppermint (LE, $5.00) is darker, glossier (85% similar). MAC Margherita (LE, $17.00) is brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Rayezor (P, $5.00) is darker, glossier (85% similar). Too Faced Melted Coral (P, $21.00) is brighter, glossier (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty James (P, $35.00) is darker, glossier (85% similar). Colour Pop Chella (LE, $5.00) is cooler, glossier (85% similar). NARS Lodhi (P, $25.00) is darker, glossier (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Twist of Fate (LE, $50.00) is darker, glossier (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC Back in Vogue Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick
MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour Back in Vogue
B
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7.5
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
83%
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MAC Tease Me, Temper Tantrum, Velvet Teen Velvetease Lip Pencils

MAC Tease Me Velvetease Lip Pencil ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “light pink.” It’s a light-medium, bubblegum pink with cool, blue undertones and fine pearl. The texture was thin and unforgiving on the lips, as it accentuated lip lines and the natural texture of the lips, despite having a seemingly-smooth feel on the lips. The color wore for three hours but settled noticeably into lip lines and was drying.

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MAC Tease Me Velvetease Lip Pencil
MAC Velvetease Lip Pencil Tease Me
D+
Product
6
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7
Longevity
6
Application
3.5
Total
69%
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