6 Red Blushes for Maximum Rouge

We may call it rouge, but there are far less red-hued blushes on the marketplace, though luckily, we have some and many of the permanent ones are fantastic. Here are three warmer and three cooler takes on red blush. When working with deeper or more richly pigmented shades, my best tip is to use a fan brush, which will allow you to build up the color and intensity slowly and easily. Also, it’s nice to have a buffing brush on hand, or if you use liquid foundation, use the residual product left on the brush to tamp down over-applied blush.

  1. Clinique Cola Pop
  2. NARS Taos
  3. Kevyn Aucoin Fira
  4. Surratt Beauty Rougeur
  5. MAC Frankly Scarlet
  6. Urban Decay Quiver

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No. I put on something more natural. I just like this tone. I do have Surratt. I saw the Colour Pop. I want the Japanese brands I stated, but I can’t swatch. I like the opera/ theatre cheek look….especially the Chinese opera.

I like NARS Taos, and not sure if I can pull it off, but Cola Pop looks really pretty. It’s funny but I have 2 drawers full of blushes and none of them are true reds or very dark either. Since my cheeks “eat” blush, I usually have to pack it on, so I’m afraid of clown cheeks with a dark red blush

Hmmm, it’s worth a try! I’ve been eyeing Cola Pop for the next sale. I like the luminous finish, it’s blendable, and there’s enough brown in it to go with my brown red lipsticks

I’m super fair, neutral tone with brown eyes… Absolutely LOVE clinique cola pop! I think this shade would work on almost any skin tone. Depending on your application of course 😉 I really think this is my favorite blush I own, which is saying a LOT, trust me. So suuuper versatile!

Ms. KT: idk if it’s pH or what, but I had this problem for decades, and now that I use Paula’s Choice, my skin has normalized. I couldn’t wear cream products of any type, even eyes: just gone. You might write their team & inquire. Now, stuff only disappears if it is too close to my actual skin tone. It’s certainly a chemistry thing. The pH has to be right for the for Salycylic Acid to work, and it might be behind the disappearing blush. Nars Turkish Red, bold & way old, would be invisible in 15 min. You don’t have to buy stuff to profit from their knowledge. Now I can do CP. yay! I think it’s pH, but not sure.

Thanks for the tip KJH! I’m a big fan of Paula’s Choice and will email their team to see what they recommend. It’s funny because my cheeks aren’t super dry or super oily, and I’ve tried different primers and creams, some work better than others. I suspect it’s pH or the natural oils my skin secretes. I just call it the Blush-Eating Monster LOL I’m afraid to buy any super expensive blushes (ie Tom Ford Love Lust) for fear the Monster will eat it all up

Oh wow, Taos is beautiful! I really have no idea how to wear intense blush shades like this though! I own Cola Pop and Mac Love Thing. I have never worn them! Seems like a crime. I agree with Katherine’s comment about being scares of looking like a “clown”. Plus, I can’t figure out the pairing of eyes and lips because this shade was really something I strayed from as this was “Grandma’s rouge”shade until recently. But, it really is pretty. Maybe we need a crash lesson! lol

I love them paired with thicker eyeliner, maybe a neutral shade all-over. Then a lipstick that’s a few shades lighter but similar in tone!

Time for me to revisit my pan of Clinique Cola Pop! I love the shade so much, but last summer it wasn’t holding up so great over my BB cream at all, so when I bought MAC Burnt Pepper blush, I forgot all about my Cola Pop. It’s been so neglected!
However, now that it’s winter and I’m using regular foundation, I’m going to give it a hardy “welcome back”!

It is! Doesn’t even make sense to me. The only other thing I can think to try would be to apply WnW Reserve Your Cabana over my entire face BEFORE adding Cola Pop or any other similar formula blush. Otherwise: IT CC.

I just picked up Colour Pop New Lowes, and I think it’s a good budget friendly colour if you’re looking to try red but aren’t sure you’ll love it. It’s a little much for my NC15 skin but I think I can use other brushes and some foundation to sheer it out to a nice berry.

Rougeur is really beautiful. Being pale, red blush isn’t a shade I wear often. Reds have to be able to sheer out and blend without being patchy. I have to use a very light touch. I have Cola Pop and Quiver, and I think they’re both very pretty. I really love Pinktini from the Sleek Blush By 3 palette in Pink Sprint. It gives perfect “Snow White” cheeks, and can also be buffed out to a pinker tone if desired. I also like it patted over red lipstick to give a velvety finish.

For red cream blushes, I like Butter London Cheeky Cream Blush in Picadilly Circus, MAC Casual Color in Secret Admirer, and Stila Convertible Color in Poppy.

I have, and love Frankly Scarlet.
It dosn’t seem like Clinique here have the whole range of the Pop blushes I looked for Cola Pop earlier this year. Taos looks very pretty. As do they all to be honest. I need more money and a much larger flat 🙂

I have Cola Pop, and it’s one of my absolute favorite blushes. I also recently picked up MAC Devil for a brighter red, although it is promoted as a orange/coral on most skin tones. I haven’t worn it yet; maybe I will remember to try it this week!

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