Essence Cool Coral Baked Blush Review & Swatches
Essence Cool Coral Pure Nude Baked Blush ($5.99 for 0.24 oz.) is a light-medium pink with moderate, warm yellowish undertones and a pearly sheen.
- Semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation
- Smooth, finely-milled without being powdery
- Picked up evenly and blended out nicely on bare skin/over foundation
- Long-wearing (8 hours before fading visibly)
FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).
- ColourPop Desert Rose (LE, $10.00) is less shimmery (95% similar).
- Zoeva PK010 (P, ) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar).
- Essence Pink Flush (P, $5.99) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar).
- Chanel Rose Bronze (02) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar).
- NARS Divine (LE, $30.00) is darker (95% similar).
- Hourglass Incandescent Electra (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).
- Urban Decay Score (DC, $26.00) is darker (90% similar).
- Tom Ford Beauty Frantic Pink (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00) is less shimmery (90% similar).
- NARS Orgasm (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).
- Tarte Extraordinary (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).
$5.99/0.24 oz. - $24.96 Per Ounce
The formula is supposed to give a "bright, healthy glow" with a "highly pigmented bake texture" that is "blendable" and "lightweight." The texture was smooth, finely-milled, and best of all, not at all powdery yet picked up evenly with a blush or highlighting brush and delivered even coverage to bare skin. It was easy to blend out and diffuse on my skin while having semi-opaque to opaque, buildable pigmentation.
I felt that it was a nice enough blush option, especially for those who want something that is relatively easy to work with and easy to diffuse on cheeks, but the color range was disappointing in two ways: 1) lacking in depth/range, and 2) four or five shades were very similar applied (and even more heavily swatched), so having eight seemed unnecessary in that case.
Browse all of our Essence Pure Nude Baked Blush swatches.
Mica, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Octyldodecanol, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Tropolone, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Xanthan Gum, Tin Oxide, CI 15850 (Red 7 Lake), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide).
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The name “Coral” is a bit misleading; this is the sort of PINK shade I can wear (coral is a challenge at best). I love that this isn’t a matte finish!
Agree with you 100%, Mariella; this is PINK not “coral”! They must be drunk at Elf these days in the shade naming department, lol!
…not just at ELF but at Essence as well! Just kidding – easy mistake to make!
Oh dear, where was my scrambled brain when I wrote ELF??? And, even though we have had a tsunami of both Essence and Elf blushes in such a short time, one is cream (Elf) and the other is powder (Essence)! 😂
For those of us with all those brands running rampant in our brains, it’s an easy slip to make(up). I’ve done it many times (and there was my recent reading gaffe of mis-reading “most recent blush” for “most recent brush” – DUH!
This sooo reminds me of MAC Sugar Or Syrup! I’ve got to pull that one out while I’m still pale (for me) at NW30. Because it is one of the only light warmer pinks I own that I can get away with wearing for maybe 5-6 months out of the year.
I really like this one – I think it is cool toned enough for me to wear and it has that lovely satiny finish on it too.
I have the berry shade and surprised how much I like the formula. Lasts and look beautiful on the cheeks.
This is so pretty! (I agree that it’s not coral.)