High-End Blushes | 2016 Editor's Favorites

Top 16 of 2016: High-End Blushes

I really tried to narrow it down to a top 10, but I found it incredibly difficult to cut my favorites list past 14, so I had to go with 16 🙂 There were just too many great blushes to choose from this year!

What were your favorites?

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For me — Laura Geller Pink Grapefruit baked blush takes the prize, for great pigmentation, perfect color, longevity over the hours. This year, I’ve picked up Clinique Pink Honey Pop but found it runs a little light and takes effort to get enough out of the pan onto the brush; Surratt Beauty La Vie en Rose is nice but not the perfect color on me.

Some of this reads like my wish list! Great to have another easy access to things I need to reread the review. Still kind of cranky pants about to getting taraji, esp now that it hit your tops list. Will be rechecking Black Honey Pop, Fever& Hot Stuff, and TMI. There really were a lot of grand cheeks this year.

#8 looks like it might be the answer to my duping Armani’s #2 powder blush. Not the sheer one but the original. I need a dupe because it’s the perfect blush for me 🙁

Your top 3 are ALL on my wishlist! Now, I need to get at least one. Probably either Black Honey or Impudique first off.
Still waiting for MAC to reissue Taraji Glow in the proper packaging. ?
Out of ones I’ve bought or received, I love MAC Spring Flock and my Sephora Rouge sample size of Nars Goulue!

KJH, I think so. They did say in that apology email that they would need several months to make more and to be sure there wouldn’t be any slip ups next time. I’m trying to remain hopeful, I suppose. After all, they did right that mess they made out of Selena!

On the blush hunt so will be checking these out. I should have picked MJ’s Lines and Last Night because Kinks & Kisses is my #1 disappointment of 2016. Gave it to my son’s GF, and she doesn’t like it much either. Sigh. I missed the boat on that one.

Hi Christine!

I didn’t like anything much about it. I didn’t like the texture, the payoff, I didn’t like how it built up, I didn’t like the wear. Maybe a bad batch? Maybe just incompatible with my skin? Maybe my expectations were off? I’m not sure, really, but I was let down overall.

My fave HE was Nars Goulue! So glad I got it as a VIB Rouge perk, as I would’ve never bought it on my own (too scary looking in the the pan), but it’s so gorgeous, long-lasting, and flattering.

I picked up the UD Gwen Stefani palette and it flipped a switch. I’ve started regularly wearing blush. I love Hush and OC from that palette, picked up the Rapture and Score singles when they were half off at Ulta and I am happy with all of them! I tend to use a fairly light hand with blush still, so I don’t need a huge assortment of shades because there isn’t much nuance in what I wear. I can’t remember if the palette launched this year or late last, and the permanent singles weren’t new, but were new to me!

So many gorgeous blushes here. I don’t think I bought any high end blush singles this year. (I got my fixes from the Tarte Color Wheel and UD x Gwen Stefani blush palettes.)

Great info but only two of these are cool colors. It must be hard for you to test the cooler ones since you look so good in the warm shades.

I don’t really think about whether something is flattering on me – I am too busy paying attention to things like how it is wearing, how it applies, etc., so it does not matter to me if it’s a product I like, a product that looks good on me, or whatever.

I do, however, pick my favorites for these posts – as in the products I would reach for again and again 🙂 These are my personal favorites, not just good products, but the ones I personally love.

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