Friday, July 9th, 2010

An Underappreciated Lancome Blush

Lancome Shimmer Mandarin Sky Blush ($29.50 for 0.18 oz.) is one of the prettiest shades of coral-pink with peachy-gold shimmer and sheen. Even though it seems reminiscent of such cult favorites as NARS Orgasm and MAC Springsheen, the way the gold sheen reflects light makes it stand out. It’s so wearable you could wear it as an everyday blush, but it can be worn subtly or intensely, depending on the look you’re going for. It blends beautifully with skin because of the soft, smooth texture of the powder. I always forget how gorgeous this shade is until I pull it out. It’s even pretty in the pan, but it’s truly at its best when worn. Very glowy without being shimmery.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you’re a fan of coral blush, definitely check this shade out next time you’re near a Lancome counter or Boutique.

AVAILABILITY: Lancome, Macy’s, Nordstrom

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Lancome Mandarin Sky Blush

Worn very lightly

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130 thoughts on “Lancome Shimmer Mandarin Sky Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Your post yesterday has created a new lemming for me! I wish Lancome wasn’t so expensive, otherwise I’d be all over this.

    I also would have loved to get my hands on the Pop’n Cheeks blush. That was gorgeous as well.

  2. inaya

    oh wow! u lined your upper lashline. hope that works out well. you look gorgeous and i love the blush

  3. shontay

    Do you think a NC45 should consider this?

  4. Annoula


  5. Diana

    i love it, what lipstick/gloss are you wearing here? you look so pretty.

  6. Kathy

    You’re killing me here Christine! lol :) When I saw the tiny swatch you had up of it yesterday against Stero Rose, I was instantly smitten with Mandarin Sky…been lusting after it ever since. Sadly, as far as I know, it isn’t available here in Canada *brokenhearted*

  7. LNU

    You look stunning in this picture, the dark upper lash liner really suits you!

  8. Annalogik

    You look gorgeous Christine!! I love all (all!) of this make-up :)

  9. Anna

    You look absolutely fresh!!! What products did you use on your eyes Christine?

  10. Mewwy

    Hi Christine,

    What are you wearing on your lips in the pic? It’s really pretty!


  11. Hend

    amazing! , this is more wearable than Nars Orgasm

  12. Varsha C.

    This is SO pretty. I’m having a seriously hard time deciding whether I should get Stereo Rose or not (my first coral blush) because the collection is out here in Hong Kong on July 12. Now I’m leaning towards this. It looks like the perfect blend between pink/coral and the lippie complements it perfectly. What shade is it? :)

  13. katye

    its too bad you had some irritation, christine. this eye look is soooo pretty. i’ve never loved gold on lids but this totally changes my mind. is there already a tutorial/list of products for it?

  14. Kelsey

    That blush looks really good on you! It makes your skin look perfectly tan and glowy!

  15. Dini

    Great color. I will have to go check this one out in person. So happy that the swatch comparisons for MAC Stereo Rose brought this blush to my attention and that you decided to do a review!!! Thank you!

  16. i saw this shade in your comparison and went immediately to my lancôme counter. unfortunately this shade isn’t available in europe.

  17. Oh I love this blush! I just realized… I’m into coral toned blushes! 😀

  18. Isheeta

    You r looking so pretty, Christine!

  19. A really pretty color! I love the gold sheen.

  20. Amanda

    So pretty! What’s on your lips in this pic?

  21. kim

    you, mi’lady are a ‘trendsetta!’ now everybody wants to have their bf/husband review stuff, crazy!

  22. Wendy M.

    Looks so lovely!

  23. Adelinky

    That blush just might be my first Lancome purchase ever! Btw, did you post this makeup look before? I’d love to see what products you used on your eyes :)

  24. Nikki C.

    you look absolutely stunning:]
    sorry the upper lashline didnt do go well
    hope all is better now

  25. Stephanie

    What are you wearing on your lips? It’s beautiful!

  26. So pretty! Thats such a shame about your upper lashline Christine :(
    What lipstick are you wearing in this picture?
    Hope your well tc Skye :)

  27. Helena

    Thirty dollars…I can do that…for something so puuurdy…oh, God, what’re the dupes.

  28. Jennifer

    That’s a definite must for me next time I get some money.

    It’s a permanent shade right?

  29. sandrine

    Gorgeous shade. I may have to get one.

  30. Oh wow, I might need to get this now!!

  31. Dawn

    What a beautiful colour!

  32. Gabrielle

    You look stunning, very summery and fresh. But the eyebrows kinda spoil the fresh look, they are a bit too dark. I think you don’t need to fill in your eyebrows cause they must be fine naturally. I personally don’t fill in my eyebrows for this particular reason. I remember reading something about the aging factor of too harsh eyebrows so I just stay away from that. But that’s my personal view. Love your blog Christine xx

  33. Melanie

    Is there a good dupe? Maybe Mac or Benefit? It also could be less golden for me.

  34. deeeee

    I left a comment about your lash line yesterday and I had absolutely no idea that it caused you so much irritation!

    Now I feel like a dope and I’m so so sorry if I caused any upset, I love your blog and I think you’re wonderful (and very pretty!). <3

    • No worries — it doesn’t upset or bother me in any way! It’s definitely something I so rarely do that I can imagine it causes a few questions! And I don’t expect that everyone should just know why I don’t, you know? :)

      Thanks, Dee!

  35. egon

    This looks GORGEOUS <333333 I'm definitely picking up this blush tomorrow

    BTW I like Ur eyes way better w\o lining the upper lashline !! strangely it makes Ur eyes look smaller =(

  36. OOo… Lancome has some really beautiful blushes. Even worn lightly on you, it gives a nice peachy glow.

  37. This is gorgeous! Will have to track it down. :)

  38. Is this a limited edition one btw? Can’t see it on :(

  39. LostcauseFoundeffect

    I like the lip color too! What is it?

  40. carly

    what color is on your lips? its gorgeous!!

  41. i want this! can’t find it on the UK website though :'(

  42. Cindy

    I love this range of blushes. This is my go to warm, Shimmer Pink Pool is my fave pink, and Shimmer Mocha Havana works on me (NC15) as the perfect not-orange bronzer. It’s funny – the chemical waxy smell of their lipsticks totally puts me off, but Lancome blushes rock.

  43. S

    Looks great on you! What lippie are you wearing with it?

  44. You are so pretty on this picture! You should do a tutorial with this look! I really love it! The whole combination with the lips cheeks and eyes is perfect.

  45. Bel

    Is this blush similar to MACs Springsheen?

  46. This color has been on my wish list forever. I love Lancome blushes!!

  47. Yaz

    Is it a limited edition blush?

  48. Ashley

    Super pretty! What are you wearing on your lips? It’s gorgeous

  49. Ana

    You did a review of Mandarin Sky ^^ thank you! I sow in the other post that you answered me =)

  50. Diana that is more worthy of hype than Stereo Rose. That’s gorgeous.

  51. hananh

    your lip colour is gorgeous in the photo! what combination is it?

  52. Roberta

    The picture on the Lancome website looks so off, I would never think to buy it off the website. They should link directly to your beautiful swatch. I totally want this blush now, its gorgeous.

  53. Sabrina

    Oooh, so pretty! How does it compare to theBalm Hot Mama?

  54. mrigakshi

    i am absolutely crazy about blushes–my all time favorite is the Chanel–tea rose blush–its an everyday blush and i have never liked anything more–if you can you must check it out

  55. Rosie

    This blush looks so pretty mostly in that comparison post with Stereo Rose. I’ll have to pick it up sometime!

  56. Brynn

    Hi Christine! Wondering if you think this colour would look good/show up on NC42 skin tone?

  57. Ann

    Will this show up on tan to dark skin tones? Would you recommend it for cool and/or warmer skin tones?

  58. Helene

    Do you think it’s good for darker skin tones? Sometimes coral/peach blush looks ashy on my cheeks.

  59. vero

    i swatched this playing at the lancome counter and dreamt about it for a while before i ordered it :) it is underppreciated. shimmer coral sunset is a must try as well.

  60. Pat

    Hi, can you please tell me what are the products you use in this look?

    Thank you.

  61. Krista.K

    This blush looks absolutely gorgeous on you!

  62. cherryglass

    Lancome blushes are SUPERB! I much prefer them over NARS, although regrettably they don’t appear to have the same kind of panache. How similar is this to Orgasm? Too close to have both I suspect. Btw, I really love your eye tutorials. I don’t line my upper lid 99% of the time and refer to you blog for ideas. You look pretty with or without liner or makeup in general.

    • Thank you so much 😀

      I find it a little different — less pink, and the way the golden sheen looks in this blush is so different than Orgasm.

  63. CeeBee

    I’ve been on the hunt for this – sadly the first Lancome counter I went to had TWO blushers – ONLY TWO! And neither of them was this… (mentally makes a list of all the other Lancome counters in a 30km radius…)

    It’s funny, apart from Juicy Tubes I kind of ignored Lancome until about a year ago – now I really like their cream Color Fever lipsticks and the color design eyeshadows – though I notice they have recently changed their e/s quad packaging and the pan size drops from 1.2g to 0.7g – almost half!!! I bet the price didn’t drop any either :-p

  64. Christina

    Beautiful!!! I think it’s better than stereo rose! The texture looks so silky and finely milled – perfect for a quick swipe for a healthy glow!

    Btw Christine, how would you rate the brush that comes along with it? I’m always wondering how those miniature blush brushes work. We all know the sponge-tip e/s applicators are duds ;P

    • It’s decent, though I would still stick with my full-size brushes. I find included blush brushes tend to be better than the eye ones!

  65. Rosie

    I love this look on you. The eyes, cheeks & lips. You look gorgeous!

  66. Alyssa

    this looks a lot like the blush in the ELF brush/bronzer duo!

  67. Ann

    Will this look nice or show up on tan/warm to dark skin tones?

  68. Elena

    You and I have the same skin color and it looks better on you than NARS Orgasm looks on me. What are you wearing as a foundation? I think this is a really good look!

    I also tried Stereo Rose because of you and I thought it was gorgeous. :)

  69. Q.

    I’m either NC15 or NW15 — can’t really figure it out. I look best in warm colors and gold jewelry, but I can wear silver jewelry okay and have ruddy undertones. none of the “cool” colors work on me, though, so I have no idea if I’m a cool or a warm complexion. Anyhow, what are the odds this would be too pink on someone who habitually rocks orange eyeshadow like it’s going out of style?

    • It sounds like you’re probably warmer rather than cooler, if you feel warm colors look best and cool colors don’t work at all. Either that or slightly warm, maybe neutral – I would still lean warmer based on what you’ve said.

      But I think this is a *great* blush for warm tones!

  70. Hilana

    Wow. Gorgeous colour. I am forever looking for a colour like this. Peachy with some gold specs in because it’s so flattering. And the good thing is that Lancome is actually widely available here in South Africa. I would check in with the Lancome stockists and see if and when they might get this.
    Beautiful. Thanks for the review!

  71. Scarlett

    When I worked for Lancome, we could barely keep this in stock because everyone we showed it to would buy it. It manages to brighten up everyone’s face regardless of skintone.

  72. kerzy

    I love it. Absolutely no doubt!this is perfect for those who loves make up.

  73. mary

    i love this blush. must get it. i have to admit i was disappointed with stereo rose and didnt see what all the hype was about. however this looks gorgeous! btw christine, have u ever thought of doing bangs? i think it would look great on u

  74. lidia

    I really like lancome blushes, Thanks for showing this one.

  75. Carla25

    Hiya, Ive been trying to get this, but every photo i see makes the blush look very dark…so im abit confused :S even on the website it looks dark, ….. i really wanna get this blush  :(