The Estee Edit First Lover (01) The Barest Blush
The Estee Edit First Lover (01) The Barest Blush ($28.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a muted, medium rosy brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. By Terry Tropical Sunset #6 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $10.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Coppertone (P, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Cantaloupe (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Gina (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Mademoiselle (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Satisfy (P, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). Zoeva Burning Up (P, $11.80) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Chaleur (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Milani Bronze Burst #2 (P, ) is cooler (85% similar). Surratt Beauty La Rosée du Soir (P, $32.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Bad Girl Gone Good (LE, $23.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Ray (LE, ) is cooler (80% similar). Make Up For Ever S400 (P, $23.00) is cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
The formula is supposed to be a “natural-looking blush” that blends to create “even” color. First, the shimmer is an overspray; it doesn’t seem to go all the way through, and a few back-and-forth sweeps with a large blush brush makes it disappear (which is what I do prior to swatching a product with an overspray), which leaves behind a mostly matte finish. Second, I purchased all four shades, and every single pan was extremely wobbly in the compact–at this price point and knowing it’s made by Estee Lauder Companies (which has plenty of manufacturing experience!), I was pretty disappointed. Onto the product, though, things got better as it was soft, silky, and smooth while remaining blendable on the skin and had more of a “natural matte” finish that didn’t read flat on the skin. The blush had semi-opaque, buildable coverage that could be applied with a lighter hand for sheerer coverage or layered once or twice for true-to-pan color. It lasted for eight hours on me before starting to fade.