Saturday, May 18th, 2013

Maybelline Coral Burst Blush
Maybelline Coral Burst Blush

Maybelline Coral Burst Blush ($5.99 for 0.09 oz.) is a bold, brightened, medium orange with a soft, golden sheen and a satin finish. MAC Optimistic Orange is a cream product and less golden but still similar. NARS Taj Mahal is lighter, less red-toned. MAC My Paradise is somewhat redder.

Coral Burst is incredibly pigmented–very, very intense, so darker complexions will have no issues with it showing up on their skin tones, while lighter complexions will want to use a light hand and a stippling or fan brush to apply this.  The texture is soft, smooth, and fairly blendable on the skin.  It has a subtle golden shimmer that gives it a luminous, satiny finish that glows but isn’t too frosted, so it doesn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture.  Coral Burst wore seven hours well on me with slight fading becoming noticeable after eight hours.

Also: can we show some love for Musings of a Muse? I can never find the limited edition collections at my local drugstores, and whenever she spies something new, she always texts me to alert me of her finds!

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Coral Burst

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Coral Burst is incredibly pigmented--very, very intense, so darker complexions will have no issues with it showing up on their skin tones, while lighter complexions will want to use a light hand and a stippling or fan brush to apply this.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4.5/5

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Maybelline Coral Burst Blush
Maybelline Coral Burst Blush

Maybelline Coral Burst Blush
Maybelline Coral Burst Blush

Maybelline Coral Burst Blush
Maybelline Coral Burst Blush

Maybelline Coral Burst Blush
Maybelline Coral Burst Blush

Maybelline Coral Burst Blush
Maybelline Coral Burst Blush

Maybelline Coral Burst Blush
Maybelline Coral Burst Blush

Maybelline Coral Burst Blush
Maybelline Coral Burst Blush

Product & Review FAQ

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

MAC Optimistic Orange is a cream product and less golden but still similar. NARS Taj Mahal is lighter, less red-toned. MAC My Paradise is somewhat redder.

What makeup are you wearing?

On lips: Revlon Wild Watermelon Colorburst Lip Butter, Dior Ambre Lumiere Gloss.

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56 thoughts on “Maybelline Coral Burst Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. I love this blush! I picked it up at Harmon’s a few weeks ago. And fair, redheads: you can wear this with a light hand!

    • Annie

      Ditto for super fair brunettes! I’m Bobbi Brown Alabaster pale, and this blush with a stippling brush is so good I bought backups!

  2. Perfect colour for my NC 42 skintone :) and this one I can afford!!

  3. sara

    Muse has a wonderful blog, I love you both! I picked this up this blush, and it’s beautiful:)

  4. Three cheers for Musey! :

  5. This look suits you really well, Christine. You’re glowing. Happy birthday to your dad, by the way. Have a great weekend! :)

  6. Two of my fave beauty bloggers working together across the coasts in harmony……….Love that like how I love a coral blush!!! :)
    I got this a few weeks ago & I was so impressed. Its pigmented enough to show up on me now (NC42) and when I get much darker in summer..LOOOOOVE IT!

  7. I love Coral Burst!! That color is so gorgeous that I use it with NARS Gina and MAC Whisper of Gilt EDSF and love the combination of them!

  8. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Julie Julie

    Love Muse’s blog too! Really digging her current Asian skincare/cosmetics spotlight this month. I am always looking for reviews for Holika Holika and Etude House, and she has a lot!
    Blush looks beautiful on you, btw.

  9. Avi

    Picked this up a few weeks ago on impulse and love it so much! Taj Mahal can look a little harsh on my nc15 skin but this orange seems to pull pinker on the skin-making it a perfect coral for everyone!

    • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Barbara Barbara

      Precisely why I’m now eyeing this blush. I’m about the same shade as you so I’m glad to hear it’s working out well!

      • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Ioana Cami

        I had to do a double take when you said you were about an NC15….”but she’s Levar Burton!”

  10. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Pamela Pamela

    I just swapped for this blush–it’s incredibly beautiful. Love it, love it, love it! All coral/orange fans should have this!

  11. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Cat Cat G

    Temptalia and Musings of a Muse are my top two favorites! So cool that you support each other!

  12. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jen Jen

    This is a good alternative to Nars’ Taj Mahal for me. I didn’t want to spend the money but I wanted a blush like this.

  13. So pretty! I’m currently obsessed with orange blushes so I’ll be picking this up as soon as I can find it!

  14. Meredith

    I saw it once and now I can’t find it. :(

  15. caitlin

    I love Muse!! I have been trying to find this blush since she reviewed it! Have had no luck yet :(

  16. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jae Jamie

    Wearing this blush today and when I was putting it on I was thinking “Why is no one raving about this”?! I love this stuff but I am an NC15 so I have to be very very careful but believe it or not it’s very natural when used with a light hand.

  17. what a lovely blush, i shouldn’t buy any make up but you make it quite hard this way :P

  18. Roxanne

    Yay so glad you finally did a review on this. Unfortunately i couldn’t wait so i purchased it about a month ago and am in LOVE with it! It gives my NC44 skintone such an amazing summery glow without being overpowering. I am also amazed at the quality for being a drugstore brand. I’ve never really had much luck with Maybelline but with this collection they’ve really stepped up their game =)

  19. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Corliss Corliss

    Love it, I’ll be looking for this one.

  20. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of KRISTANNA kristanna

    I loved all three shades. They went on well and lasted..i wish maybelline would do a whole permanent collection of these pigmented beauties. This made me think twice about drugstore makeup.

  21. clare

    is this a good blush if you have really fair skin? what color would you recommend?

    • I’ve only tried this shade! It would be great on fair skin, you’d just have to use a lighter hand so you can control how much pigment you want!

  22. RedHead Tea

    I’m a sucker for orange. I’d have to pick this up if it ever comes to my country. It will be my 10th orange blush. :)

  23. Oh jeez, that’s bright. You can pull it off Christine! I would possibly only use it as an eyeshadow rather than blush and even then it would have relatively limited use (not a fan of orange in any form).

  24. Jaz

    Bought one and a back up. :) Love this blush on my Nw45ish skin.

  25. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of A. A.

    This blush looks so pink on me, I can’t figure it out.

  26. Ok am I going crazy? I just looked EVERYWHERE for this blush and I can’t find it listed online anywhere. Not on Target’s website, not on Walmart’s website, not even on Maybelline’s own website! Is it not available yet!?

  27. I was already spending waayyy to much time and money in Sephora LOL. NARS Taj Mahal was the last blush I wanted to purchase but when I saw this for only a few bucks…I couldn’t pass it up. Great value. Maybelline is winning.

  28. I like this blush, but I’m kinda scared to try it myself.
    I like coral blushes that are more pink, but this one is so orange.
    Didn’t know about the golden shimmer though, that’s a nice touch.

  29. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Meg Meg

    I put off buying this because I was scared of such a bright orange but I’m so glad I finally caved and got it, it’s gorgeous! I always have the hardest time finding the limited edition stuff too, luckily my Walgreens had this one.

  30. Suz

    The second I saw this, a few months back, I immediately bought it. Very comparable to my Taj Mahal. Since Coral Burst is Limited Edition, I went ahead and bought a backup! This is a great blush!

  31. Wow that’s bright! And I do love Musings of a Muse. What sweetie.

  32. Stacey

    The Muse (if I truly would like to know her name) is a doll. I wish I have her Asian collection….esp. the Japanese products…And I think she has every BB and CC cream under the sun…..And those words she crayons out on her blog is delightful. Sometimes, she posts out all those drugstore brand products that just comes out. Because of her…I bought my Lambie slippers last Christmas.

  33. This looks stunning on you! I have this too and I love it :)

  34. I have to say, in the pan this is just totally stunning. I love bright oranges.

  35. Katie

    I can’t wait to try this! I’m very fair but love the color too much to pass it up!

  36. Christina

    Love the Muse! She is a beauty buddy and a fellow NYer, so we commiserate about the local makeup scene. Her blog, like the Muse herself, is fabulous.

    BTW love this blush, too, so much so that I bought a back up!

    And for the record, love your blog, too, Christine. I often refer to your reviews and swatches when decided to make a purchase. Thank you!

  37. stacey

    Could colored blush to pair with MAC’s sounds like noise lipstick in the Hayley collection.

  38. Zaheera

    Can anyone pick one up for me :(

  39. Angie

    How similar is this blush to tarte tipsy? Do they look the same if this blush was to be applied with a light hand?

  40. CKG

    Hmm, I’ve been eyeing Taj Mahal for a long time, perhaps this is a cheaper alternative :-)
    Christine, do you know if this blush is from this image (think it’s from a 2011 Maybelline calendar): http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-y1jzDWgKb38/T2A1jaClXeI/AAAAAAAAAS4/N1hcisNRlps/s1600/Makeup-Tips-For-Dark-Skin-for-blush-on.jpg ?
    I see that pic and this http://content.eyeslipsface.com/upload/images/blush.jpg all over the net without a credit to the products and I would love to get something similar

    • Oh, man, that first looks so photoshopped. The second does, too, but the first looks color-altered.

      Taj Mahal would do it, though, IMO, or Coral Burst for that matter.

      • CKG

        Thanks, it does look quite intense!
        Taj Mahal looks so unique, I may wait and splurge on that :-)
        BTW, any recs for that pink shade in the second pic?