Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Smashbox In Bloom Cheek Duo
Smashbox Blushing/Peony In Bloom Cheek Duo

Smashbox In Bloom Collection: Blushing/Peony

Smashbox Blushing/Peony In Bloom Cream Cheek Duo ($26.00 for 0.26 oz.) contains two shades of cream blush: a dark pink with subtle lighter pink shimmer and a part-pearl, part-frost sheen and lightened pinky-coral with a pearled, frost finish.  It’s new and limited edition and is part of Smashbox’s spring collection.

Both shades have a dewy, natural finish that’s not really shimmery, but they are definitely not matte.  With a cream blush, I do like a more natural finish, because they give that very fresh, almost stained look that’s never heavy.  These dry down quick enough so they don’t slide down your cheeks but not so quickly that they’re difficult to blend.  Each shade packs a good amount of pigmentation so getting the color you want should be no problem, but of course, use a light hand if you want a subtler look.  When I tested these, they wore for five or six hours well before beginning to fade.

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  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

FINAL THOUGHTS: I like it, but I wish these lasted just a touch longer on the cheeks.  The shades will work for a variety of skin tones, as well as light to dark skin tones, because these can be blended out for a sheerer look or built up for more intensity.

WHERE TO BUY: Sephora

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Smashbox In Bloom Cheek Duo
Smashbox Blushing/Peony In Bloom Cheek Duo

Smashbox In Bloom Cheek Duo
Smashbox Blushing/Peony In Bloom Cheek Duo

Smashbox In Bloom Cheek Duo
Smashbox Blushing/Peony In Bloom Cheek Duo

Smashbox In Bloom Cheek Duo
Smashbox Blushing/Peony In Bloom Cheek Duo

Smashbox In Bloom Cheek Duo
Smashbox Blushing/Peony In Bloom Cheek Duo

Smashbox In Bloom Cheek Duo
Smashbox Blushing/Peony In Bloom Cheek Duo

Smashbox In Bloom Cheek Duo
Smashbox Blushing/Peony In Bloom Cheek Duo

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase Blushing/Peony? How much is it?

Sephora, $26.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

For the darker pink, try NARS Cactus Flower (which has gold shimmer). For the coral-pinky, try MAC Blossoming.

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26 thoughts on “Smashbox Blushing/Peony In Bloom Cream Cheek Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Stephanie

    “FINAL THOUGHTS: If it were more moisturizing, this would live up better to its name–but since it’s supposed to be moisturizing and it’s not, that hurt the quality score. This is a red that should work on a variety of skin tones, particularly cooler ones.”

    Is the deeper shade red? I thought it was dark pink. I’ve always had trouble with cream blushes (mainly the blending & not-overusing part!) so even though the colors are pretty I’ll probably skip this.

    • Oops – refresh the page – “I like it, but I wish these lasted just a touch longer on the cheeks. The shades will work for a variety of skin tones, as well as light to dark skin tones, because these can be blended out for a sheerer look or built up for more intensity.”

  2. Jenn

    Christine, did you hear that MAC is discontinuing their cream blushes? I just got myself hooked on them too!

  3. Traci

    I like these. Very spring-like. I wonder if they can b worn on lips too?

  4. Andrea

    it look more like a lipgloss than a blush it looks tooo thin

  5. Hannah

    Christine, what is your guideline for when makeup products should be thrown out?

  6. Kaarani

    Ahhh I hate having oily skin! Peony In Bloom looks lovely…

    I just got the In Bloom Eye Shadow Palette and I have to say I think I like it more then my UD Naked Palette.

  7. Heather

    Pigmentation looks good and colors seem flattering

  8. Caitlin

    these are so pretty! i def will be getting these :)
    and do you think you could wear these on the lips?
    thanks christine! :)

  9. Vivian

    The colors look gorgeous and definitely easy to play with. I’d probably like this better than the o-glow.

  10. Is it currently at all the sephora stores? I was at one today and they didn’t have anything from the bloom collection.

  11. If I did not have oily skin, I would have loved wearing these.
    What totally beautiful colours. Flattering and so feminine.
    And I LOVE the name “Smashbox” :):):) Whenever I see the name I just smile because I think it’s so punchy! ha!

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

    omg, soooo pretty.
    can’t wait for your to review the rest of the collection!

  13. I am loving the colors!!

  14. Ginnia

    I wonder if setting it with a powder blush in a similar color would help staying powder. Do you feel like that just defeats the purpose?

  15. I love the lighter shade its like a nude pink, its gawjus! i wud wear it on a everyday basis and im a guy, i wear light makeup anyway but this is fabulous =D

    Gawjus for that monochrome, natural, no makeup makeup look xx

  16. Ru

    You said you wished these lasted a bit longer- past the 5-6 hours you noted. What blush do you recommend that lasts longer than that?

  17. Janet

    Hi Christine,

    Do you happen to know if these colors are lip safe? And not sure if you have it for comparison, but how does the coral color compare to bobbi brown’s calypso coral pot rouge?

  18. Maritza DE La Torre

    Where can i get this? I like the color!!!!