The Estee Edit First Lover (01) The Barest Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

The Estee Edit First Lover (01) The Barest Blush
The Estee Edit First Lover (01) The Barest Blush

The Estee Edit First Lover (01) The Barest Blush ($28.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a muted, medium rosy brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $10.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Mademoiselle (LE) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Gina (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Cantaloupe (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Coppertone (P, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Zoeva Burning Up (P, $11.80) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Surratt Beauty La Rosée du Soir (P, $32.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Satisfy (P, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Chaleur (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Bad Girl Gone Good (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be a “natural-looking blush” that blends to create “even” color. First, the shimmer is an overspray; it doesn’t seem to go all the way through, and a few back-and-forth sweeps with a large blush brush makes it disappear (which is what I do prior to swatching a product with an overspray), which leaves behind a mostly matte finish. Second, I purchased all four shades, and every single pan was extremely wobbly in the compact–at this price point and knowing it’s made by Estee Lauder Companies (which has plenty of manufacturing experience!), I was pretty disappointed. Onto the product, though, things got better as it was soft, silky, and smooth while remaining blendable on the skin and had more of a “natural matte” finish that didn’t read flat on the skin. The blush had semi-opaque, buildable coverage that could be applied with a lighter hand for sheerer coverage or layered once or twice for true-to-pan color. It lasted for eight hours on me before starting to fade.

The Estee Edit The Barest Blush First Lover (01)
A-

Permanent

8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
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The Estee Edit First Lover (01) The Barest Blush
The Estee Edit First Lover (01) The Barest Blush

The Estee Edit First Lover (01) The Barest Blush
The Estee Edit First Lover (01) The Barest Blush

The Estee Edit First Lover (01) The Barest Blush
The Estee Edit First Lover (01) The Barest Blush

The Estee Edit First Lover (01) The Barest Blush
The Estee Edit First Lover (01) The Barest Blush

The Estee Edit First Lover (01) The Barest Blush
The Estee Edit First Lover (01) The Barest Blush

The Estee Edit First Lover (01) The Barest Blush
The Estee Edit First Lover (01) The Barest Blush