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5 Blushes to Try for Fair Skin Tones

I’m often asked for recommendations for blushes, and I thought I’d put together an updated, three-part series on blushes for fair, medium, and dark skin tones (I’ve done this at least once before). I’d love for you to share your favorites for your skin tone as well 🙂 The more suggestions, the better! (Keep in mind, this is only a jumping off point–five recommendations at various price points, finishes, and undertones, but there are certainly many more that would suit!)

  1. NYX Flamingo — a cool-toned, matte pink
  2. Illamasqua Peaked — a cool-toned, pink-plum
  3. Tarina Tarantino Neopolitan Lane — a muted, rosy brown with a matte finish
  4. Makeup Geek Spellbound — a soft, warm-toned pink with a satin finish
  5. Make Up For Ever #310 — a medium, warm-toned pink

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

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5 Coral Blushes to Try This Summer

A few of the new coral blushes that I’ve recently reviewed, plus one long-time favorite that I always reach for when I want a coral blush. I am a fiend for coral blush, I’ll have you know! 🙂

  1. Becca Lychee/Opal — a shimmery, light coral that can be used as a highlighter or blusher
  2. Clinique Peach Pop (02) — a medium coral with a luminous finish
  3. Tom Ford Love Lust — a warm, orange-coral with a luminous finish (if there could only be one coral in my life, this would be it)
  4. IT Pretty in Peony — a rich, vibrant coral-pink
  5. NYX Pinched — a coral-pink with a soft shimmer

>> See them all side-by-side! <<

What are your favorites?

5 Orange Blushes to Try This Summer

When I thought about what my top picks for orange blush would be for summer, I had to go for at least a few of the bolder, more vibrant shades. Perhaps I could put together a post about peachy shades as an alternative to these bolder shades? If that’s something you’d like to see, let me know in the comments! 🙂 Onward to my current recommendations…

  1. NARS Taj Mahal — a bright, tangerine orange with a gold shimmer
  2. NYX Cinnamon — orange-red with a satin finish
  3. Make Up For Ever #420 — a slightly muted, medium orange in a cream formula
  4. MAC Modern Mandarin — a shimmery orange with warm, red undertones
  5. NARS Exhibit A — a bold, orange-red with a matte finish

>> See them all side-by-side! <<

What are your favorites?

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NYX Flamingo Blush

NYX Flamingo Blush
NYX Flamingo Blush

NYX Flamingo Powder Blush ($5.99 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “baby pink with blue tone.” It’s a brightened, cool-toned, pinky-lavender with a matte finish. MAC Peony Petal (P, $21.00) is slightly darker. NARS Gaiety (P, $29.00) is more lavender. MAC Pure Femininity (LE, $20.00) is warmer. NARS Mistinguette (LE, $29.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

For someone who’s been on the hunt for a pinky-lavender with cool undertones for under $10, NYX’s Flamingo is worth considering. The texture is soft, silky, though a bit powdery, but it is easy to blend and apply to the skin. It’s buildable to mostly opaque color coverage, but it tends to apply most readily with medium coverage that can be layered for greater intensity or sheered out for a softer look. The finish is matte but not a flat, dry-looking matte, so it doesn’t look caky or powdery applied. This shade lasted for seven hours on me, which is an hour shy of the average blush on me.

NYX Powder Blush Flamingo
Flamingo
Flamingo
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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NYX Mauve Blush

NYX Mauve Blush
NYX Mauve Blush

NYX Mauve Powder Blush ($5.99 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “matte light mauve.” It’s a medium, rosy pink with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. NARS Anguilla (P, $39.00) is warmer. Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is warmer. Burberry Misty (P, $42.00) is lighter. Illamasqua Naked Rose (P, $26.00) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is similar. MAC Formal (LE, $21.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture was soft, fairly silky, and very blendable on the skin, so it was easy to use and difficult to overdo, as it could be sheered out for a softer color if you felt like you over-applied. It had good color payoff that went on with true-to-pan color. I could see this shade working well as an everyday blush for someone with a fair to medium skin tone. If some of the cooler-toned, rosy pinks haven’t worked out for you, this one might with its warmer undertone, which is what made it more unique within my stash. Applied, the color wore well for almost seven hours before starting to fade.

NYX Powder Blush Mauve
Mauve
Mauve
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total

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NYX Dusty Rose Blush

NYX Dusty Rose Blush
NYX Dusty Rose Blush

NYX Dusty Rose Powder Blush ($5.99 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “matte rose pink.” It’s a light-medium, rosy pink with neutral-to-warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. NARS Anguilla (P, $39.00) is lighter, warmer, cream. Divergent Misty Rose (LE) is darker, warmer, less pink. theBalm Houndstooth (P, $22.00) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is lighter. bareMinerals Glamour (LE, $19.00) is lighter. NARS Love (LE, $29.00) is warmer. Tarte Elevated (LE, $26.00) is browner, less pink. Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is lighter, warmer. Make Up For Ever #330 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s a more buildable formula that can be applied more subtly but is still very pigmented and can be applied with true-to-pan color. The texture of Dusty Rose is very soft, silky, and smooth–but it can be a little powdery, so use a lighter touch with your brush to avoid kicking up excess product. The pigmentation was excellent; it was easy to get full-color coverage, but it could also be sheered out or applied with a lighter hand for a softer blush. When I wore it on my cheeks, the color was true for seven and a half hours before it started to fade.

NYX Powder Blush Dusty Rose
Dusty Rose
Dusty Rose
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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