Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Smashbox Paradise Blush

The First Blush of Spring:  Smashbox Paradise Blush Rush

Smashbox Paradise Blush Rush ($24.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a lightly golden shimmered peach with just a smidgen of pink in it. It’s more like an orange-coral, perhaps, but the pink really is downplayed. Paradise isn’t the most unique shade, but Smashbox’s Blush Rush formula is particularly lovely. It’s smooth, soft to the touch, and applies beautifully to cheeks. The color always look natural and never overdone, but they offer buildable color for those who want a light cheek and others who want a more intense look. Paradise is just one of those shades that’s incredibly easy to wear with a variety of looks from the everyday to the bold and dramatic. If you like blushes like MAC Springsheen and NARS Orgasm, Paradise is right there with ‘em!

I’ve always liked Smashbox’s permanent product packaging — it’s functional and sleek.  Cute packaging is fun, but it’s gotta be functional, too.  It just has a very clean look to it, which I dig.  Price-wise, it’s a little more expensive than your average blush at $184/oz. (compared to MAC blushes at $88/oz. and NARS blushes at $156/oz.), but actual investment is in line with NARS ($25) and Illamasqua ($23).

You can see me wearing Paradise in this look! :)

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 5/5

Recommendation: If you love your peachy blushes, Paradise may be a good one to add to your stash!

Availability: Sephora

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Smashbox Paradise Blush

Smashbox Paradise Blush

Smashbox Paradise Blush
Smashbox Paradise Blush

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23 thoughts on “Smashbox Paradise Blush Rush Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Tasmin

    Smashbox Cosmetic have just been launched in the U.K. Not really impressed by their products!

  2. PJ

    OMG love it! It reminds me of NARS Torrid blush that I use and have not even made a dent in it. I am a sucker for peachy colors (I’m African American, skin tone like Gabriel Union) but find darker peaches look better on me. I’m hoping to test this and see if it shows up!

  3. ALEX

    LOVE THIS! Funny thing is I am actually wearing this today with lovechild liglass and bare study paint pot on the lids. It gives me a finished glow when im in a hurry. Like Christine said this is the version of orgasm that looks good on ME (i think orgasm has too much pink and the shimmer in this one is more toned down for every day). I also agree with Christine about the packaging though I was surprised she didn’t mention the hidden mirror that slides out from the bottom…pretty sleek and cool! haha so sad that I look up to this blog soo much that seeing this here actually validates my purchase?!?!

    • LOL!

      Awww, I am glad you love this, too, Alex! It helps validate *my* review when others are like, “Oh, this was how it was for me, too!” Sometimes it’s just nice to know you weren’t alone thinking that, you know? Or sometimes I love something and I’m like, “Why doesn’t anyone else love it?!”

  4. why does it look much darker up close? O_o

  5. Jasmine

    do you think it can be a dupe for MACs HK Blush in Fun N Games? I really want to find a dupe for it since its my FAV blush!

  6. Nene

    Beautiful shade. Must check it at Sephora.

  7. civa

    oh~ beautiful swatch!
    aside from the shimmer effect, is the color close to MAC’s Ombre blush in ripe Peach or NARS deep throat?

  8. Mariella Gomez

    I love that you reviewed this product. Recently I have been in love with Smashbox and I feel that is a brand that does not get alot of recognition. There blushes are great and the packaging is great well excet for their Reign collection, I was not a big fan of that packaging in that collection..lol

    • YAY! They do some excellent PERMANENT products – their eyeshadows and blushes are both so smooth and soft. Very nice!

      I didn’t love Reign either (packaging wasn’t a hit for me as well!).

  9. amy

    Very pretty, I love a peachy keen cheek.

  10. Marcela

    Its very pretty, but its not a very unique shade, to me this blush is more of a tone down version of NARS orgasm.

  11. JoElla

    I haven’t bought smashbox in forever.. but I just bought the shadow liner in Imperial the other day (I prefer the single pots at QVC instead of the duos at Smashbox or Sephora) and heads up a Today’s Special Value is scheduled for 2/22.

    I haven’t had much luck in the last year with smashbox powder bluses, but I have had really good luck with their cream blushes. This is a beautiful color, but will pass.

  12. Ashley

    Such a pretty colour, reminds me of the MAC hello kitty blush in fun and games.

  13. Katie

    Looks exactly like MAC’s blush in Style. Dupe?

  14. Promise

    Did anyone else notice that on the bottom of this blush it says “Made in China”??? I thought Smashbox makeup products weren’t made in China…..