Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Estee lauder Sensuous Rose Pure Color Blush
Estee lauder Sensuous Rose Pure Color Blush

In Love with Sensuous Rose

Estee lauder Sensuous Rose Pure Color Blush ($28.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a pale pink-beige with a soft, satin finish. It has subtle warm undertones, but it’s just barely warm. I almost wanted to describe it as coral, but I think the muted quality of the color makes it something else–that’s where the beige tones come in. Tarina Tarantino Feather is pinker. MAC Ladyblush is a bit darker (and a cream product).

Pure Color Blush is supposed to be “fresh, radiant color [that] lasts all day, won’t streak or fade” with an “ultra-silky powder [that] sweeps on sheer for a natural glow” or “builds for contoured and sculpted definition.” It’s a blush that you don’t have to worry about being too heavy-handed with, but if you need more color, it’s buildable. It’s also supposed to wear all day without streaking or fading.

I’ve only tried this shade from this formula, but it was a stunner and more than impressive! It’s extremely soft and silky-smooth–absolutely finely-milled–and looks that way on the skin. The way it melts onto the skin gives such a great natural finish and sheen, so it never emphasizes pores or skin imperfections. Estee Lauder really nailed the pigmentation, too; it applies easily and evenly without going overboard, but it still shows up on my skin tone (I’m about medium in color) even with just one sweep of color. The color is buildable to more dramatic (true-to-pan) color without having to pile it on. It wore for a full ten hours, and it very slight, noticeable fading after twelve hours–incredible wear.

The Glossover


Sensuous Rose

An impressive shade: long-wearing, buildable color, silky texture, and looks good on the skin. This would be a nice everyday shade that adds a little color and warmth but not too much shimmer.











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Estee lauder Sensuous Rose Pure Color Blush
Estee lauder Sensuous Rose Pure Color Blush

Estee lauder Sensuous Rose Pure Color Blush
Estee lauder Sensuous Rose Pure Color Blush

Estee lauder Sensuous Rose Pure Color Blush
Estee lauder Sensuous Rose Pure Color Blush

Estee lauder Sensuous Rose Pure Color Blush
Estee lauder Sensuous Rose Pure Color Blush

Estee lauder Sensuous Rose Pure Color Blush
Estee lauder Sensuous Rose Pure Color Blush

Estee lauder Sensuous Rose Pure Color Blush
Estee lauder Sensuous Rose Pure Color Blush

Estee lauder Sensuous Rose Pure Color Blush
Estee lauder Sensuous Rose Pure Color Blush

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Nordstrom, $28.00.

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

Tarina Tarantino Feather is pinker. MAC Ladyblush is a bit darker (and a cream product).

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: Estee Lauder Violet Underground Eyeshadow Palette, LUSH Feeling Secure Liquid Eyeliner, and Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Waterproof Mascara. On lips: Revlon Sweet Tart Lip Butter.

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71 thoughts on “Estee Lauder Sensuous Rose Pure Color Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. I’m always happy when you rate an Estee Lauder product with an A! Just because I love the brand and I want other to see these beauties too πŸ˜‰

  2. A helluvalot cheaper than Tom too! I love this colour. It looks rather peach in the pan, but I can see the pinky/beige in your photographs and it’s beautiful on you. It also reminds me a bit of MAC Lilicent? Another cream blush that I’ve been trying to find a powder dupe for ages.

  3. GUSnail

    Estee Lauder is a brand I’ve never given much thought to, but I’ve noticed they’ve been getting a lot of good reviews from you, Christine. And I like many of the colors they’ve come up with lately. I’m still lemming the eyeshadow pallette you reviewed recently.

  4. It looks nice on you! I might get this for my pro kit. I need a soft pink blush for fair skinned clients.

  5. nichole

    Estee Lauder blushes are my new favorite. I can’t wait for them to come out with another shade. Their 3 LE blushes that came out in May/June (Macy’s only) are beyond phenomenal.

  6. NeenaJ

    This is a gorgeous color. I swear, Tom Pecheux is a god among men. You look absolutely stunning in these colors. It’s enough to make me lem the blush and the e/s palette!

    • Katherine

      @NeenaJ she does look stunning doesn’t she? It looks like Pecheux is systematically reworking all of Estee Lauder’s makeup! His work has continued to amaze me over the last couple of years. In fact, I had given up on Estee except for their foundations and now…I can’t get enough! Love it!

  7. i love this colors.. its more peachy then rose.. i have this color in rimmel for almost 2 yrs.. and i use it every single day.. just love it..

  8. This is prob my favorite of the bunch! When these launched it was the first one I bought! :) Love it!

  9. Aditi

    Thanks for the review! It looks really pretty on you:) I hope you will review more colors from this range they look like just the kind that I like- subtle but long lasting.

  10. Yellowlantern

    Yesss! You got to reviewing this blush! I’m glad its performance is up to par. I hope you can look at the other colors in the range eventually too. :)

  11. Cammie

    It looks good on you. What brush did you use to apply it? Thanks in advance if you answer. :)

  12. I definitely have a weakness for shades like this, it’s very flattering and it doesn’t look like you’re wearing a lot of make-up.

  13. Ann

    What are you wearing on your lips in that picture? Beautiful color, and it looks great on you.

    • On eyes: Estee Lauder Violet Underground Eyeshadow Palette, LUSH Feeling Secure Liquid Eyeliner, and Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Waterproof Mascara. On lips: Revlon Sweet Tart Lip Butter.

  14. A.F. Ganistan

    Why only 4/5 on packaging? Seems worthy of full points on that.

    • Plastic, so it’s not as durable and less likely to hold up well if dropped, and also, shows fingerprints on the exterior.

      • Rachel

        I know that Nars’ compacts are more durable than plastic but they hold dust, finger prints, and stray product like nobodies’ business. It just irks me to no end and I just don’t find them worth the hassle.

        • I don’t have any problem with my NARS compacts showing or holding dust or fingerprints, actually! Durability, however, is a bigger component of packaging than something like fingerprints :)

        • I have to agree with that! I love the way Nars packaging looks, but it seems to get incredibly dirty within seconds for me, and impossible to clean up well.

      • A.F. Ganistan

        Aren’t most compacts plastic? I would rather wipes the fingerlings off this than try clean NARS compacts after they get dirty. I thinks it’s such a pretty compact. To each their own I guess.

        BTW It looks great on you! I think we are about the same color NC30 so I would hope it would look as goon on me! :)

        • A.F. Ganistan

          *fingerprints* and *good* . I hate auto-correct.

        • That’s why most packaging is only 4/5 :) I’ve never had to clean any of my NARS compacts – even if I travel with them, which I have. I don’t rate on prettiness at all – only things like functionality, durability, mirror, no mirror, plastic, metal, droppability, hinges, does it stay open, is it easy to close, what happens if I drop it, etc. I can drop rubberized and cardboard packaging from 6-9 feet over tile and have very little or no damage – but plastic from even 2-3 feet can cause completely shattered powders or broken hinges. Similarly, if I put rubberized/cardboard packaging in a makeup bag and jostle it, everything is good. With plastic, I have to be a lot more careful unless I want chips and chunks of powder.

          • Rachel

            If you don’t rate products based on ‘prettiness’ then why did you give “shows fingerprints on the exterior” as a reason why this blush got 4/5 on packaging in another reply? It seems like it would fall into the appearance category.

            • Hi Rachel,

              Prettiness such as “oh! that’s cute!” “oh! how pretty!” “oh! it’s pink!” – your packaging staying clean or getting dirty IS important and quite different than saying something is or isn’t pretty. :) I look at whether it gets dirty easily, scratched readily, etc.

  15. Amy

    How does this compare to MAC’s Supercontinental and BB Nude Peach blush? I’m NW25 and trying to decide which one of the three to get, as I don’t have any blushes similar to this! All three look beautiful on you Christine, which makes it even harder to decide!

  16. Lily Kelley

    I have the Estee Lauder PC blush in Lover’s Blush and I love it!

  17. It looks absolutely gorgeous on you! Would it show up on slightly darker complexions, would you recommend it for NC35 skin tone?

  18. Zabby

    The color looks beautiful! If only I didn’t JUST buy Naked Rose by Illamasqua (thanks to your review :P).
    I wish they wouldn’t waste packaging by including a brush. It just makes the compact less compact, and it’s pretty well garbage.

  19. blueraccoon

    This is a really gorgeous shade. I kind of really want it now.

  20. Lisa G

    I picked up Electric Pink this summer…and I love, love, love it!

  21. monique

    What lip color do you have on with the Sensuous Rose EL blush, you look so pretty

    • On eyes: Estee Lauder Violet Underground Eyeshadow Palette, LUSH Feeling Secure Liquid Eyeliner, and Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Waterproof Mascara. On lips: Revlon Sweet Tart Lip Butter.

  22. This is beautiful. I’ve been thinking about getting this one for a while–but I still haven’t even swatched it in person. Really need to get on that! I love the soft, satiny-finish!

  23. Sanguine13

    Gorgeous blush! I haven’t paid much attention to Estee Lauder in the past, but I might have to check them out sometime.

  24. Liz

    That looks really nice on you. It’s probably too light for me though.

  25. Vincent

    Am I the only person who gets annoyed when a company puts a brush in the packaging? I think it just makes the packaging bulky and most of the brushes are terrible and can’t do the job at hand.

    • AZSunshine

      I agree…sometimes LOL. Estee Lauder’s little brushes don’t cut it for me, but Chanel’s and Dior’s are actually pretty good.’

    • Zabby

      Yep, totally agree, as per my previous comment!
      Its also strange to me that a lot of high end brands such as Dior, Chanel, etc do this. I feel like if someone is spending that much cash on a blush, chances are they own their own, good brushes. Not that a good brush even needs to be that pricey.

    • dakotacheryl

      I totally agree…EL should ditch all these stupid brushes and make the package smaller…and while I’m dreaming…I’d like all of these products to be easily removed from the original package so that I can put them in pallettes of my own preference.

  26. Hisa

    This blush looks gorgeous! It makes me want to check out the rest of the line.

  27. AZSunshine

    I have three of these blushes and could not be happier with them! They truely are fantastic and worth every penny!

  28. Ellen

    Looks much orangier on your photo than it does in person. This is the first blush I bought from this collection, and on my very fair skin it came out very bright pink, totally different from the way it looked in the pan, although it did look much pinker than your pic did. Returned it for Lover’s Blush, a very light beigy pink in the pan. Looked perfect in the pan. Whenn swatched, and on my face, also comes out much pinker than implied by the color in the pan. A lighter pink than sensuous rose, but much more pink and cool toned than I like. I haven’t returned it yet because I don’t think there are any colors in this line that are truly warm toned, other than the bronze color which will surely be orange on me! I miss the previous incarnations of Estee Lauder Blushes. There was always a color with sand in the name that was a pinky/brown color. I even contacted the company about this and they claim that “allluring rose” in this line is a medium brown rose. From swatching it, I don’t thins so!! Just a darker pink than sensuous rose! I want to see how Lover’s Blush works as winter approaches. I still have the receipt!!

  29. Ellen

    I think different skintones will pick up these colors differently. Your skin has a lot more yellow in it, thus the shade appears corally (if such a word exists) on you. My skin is very fair with a lot of pink in it, especially on my face, thus the shades appear very pink on me. I guess that means the formulation is sheer, it certainly is velvety, but everyone should definitely test these on their own skin, don’t go by swatches or website monitor colors. Its an expensive product, although you do get a lot for your money. Also, the compact is rather poorly designed, its kind of hard to open. So for $28 for a blush, make sure the color is great on you!

    • Jenny

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks that. It’s been a while since I looked at this in the store, so I thought I was misremembering and maybe the lighting altered my perception but I swear this leaned more in the pink brown/mauveish color range.

  30. Nell

    Really pretty and there’s another Revlon Lip Butter I have to get now! Thanks a lot Christine! LOL πŸ˜‰ j/k

  31. Wow, this is gorgeous! So stunnning.. I’ve been looking for a new natural barely-there blush and this could be it! Thanks for the review, Christine! :) x

  32. Dana

    Christine, how does this compare to Burberry Peony??

  33. Sandra JT

    This blush really is absolutely dropdead GORGEOUS. I tested it out instore last week & loved it. I haven’t picked it up as of yet as it’s not limited edition, but I’ll be going back in the next couple of weeks to buy it as it’s been on my mind non-stop ever since. I just wish EL had a much larger range of shades & finishes in their blushes, such as corals and other slightly shimmery shades, as the texture of them is beautiful and their finish on the skin is utterly flawless, not to mention their stunning packaging. Until the last year or two I had absolutely no interest in EstΓ©e Lauder products – they always came across as a granny brand to me – but they seem to be getting better and better since 2010/2011, when I actually started considering buying them. I’ve now got several of their products and love every single one of them, from their Double Wear foundations, cream shadows & gel liners to their eyeshadow quads (which I much prefer to Bobbi Brown eyeshadows all the way), their single pan Cyber shadows which make me absolutely crazy with lust & their Mercury gelee highlighter. I’ve also got the Shimmering Sands gelee highlighter/blush on the way from a blog sale Can’t wait to see what they have planned for next year! Hopefully a lot more blushes in a variety of different shades & finishes!

  34. Ilaria

    Hello Christine, thank you for this review :)
    Is this blush similar to Mac’s Melba? :)

  35. Coco

    These el blushes are my new favorite they are amazing I want to collection all the colors