KIKO 104 Pastel Pink & 105 Dark Rose Soft Touch Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

KIKO 104 Pastel Pink Soft Touch Blush
KIKO 104 Pastel Pink Soft Touch Blush

KIKO 104 Pastel Pink Soft Touch Blush ($12.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium-dark, raspberry pink with cool undertones and a soft, frosted finish. (There’s nothing pastel about it!) It swatches and applies darker than it appears in the pan. The texture was soft, fairly smooth, and blendable with a luminous finish that didn’t emphasize pores but had a nice, even glow. This shade wore for eight hours on me before fading. NARS Goulue (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS Outlaw (P, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar). Buxom Goa (P, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Wrapped Candy (P, $27.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). ColourPop Cheerio (P, $8.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Melt Cosmetics Fire Fury (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). NYX Desert Rose (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Fenty Beauty Bordeaux Brat (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Neolita (P, $37.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

KIKO 105 Dark Rose Soft Touch Blush ($12.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a muted, medium mauve with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was easy to work with and just the tiniest bit powdery in the pan (but it didn’t look powdery applied to my cheeks). The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me. MAC Sur (LE, $24.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Neopolitan Lane (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Physicians Formula Plum Rose (P, $12.99) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). ColourPop I Need Space (P, $10.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Royal (LE, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Estee Lauder Alluring Rose (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Cashew (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Puppy Love (P, $10.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Chai (P, $30.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Seduce (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Blushbaby (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). bareMinerals Golden Gate (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). LORAC Cinematic (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, warmer (80% similar). Giorgio Armani Daybreak (503) (P, $46.00) is lighter (80% similar). bareMinerals The Close Call (PiP, $22.00) is warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay Strip Blush (-, ) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is less shimmery, warmer (80% similar). Buxom Dolly (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, brighter, cooler (80% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (DC, $9.99) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | KIKO Soft Touch Blush ($12.00 for 0.17 oz.) is supposed to be a “radiant and highly pigmented blush” with “long lasting colour.” It’s a powder blush that has a thinner, fairly smooth, blendable texture that ranges from semi-opaque to mostly opaque coverage. Most shades are matte to satin with the more matte shades still having a natural-looking finish to them (not flat or dry-looking applied). The wear has varied from six to eight hours depending on the shade.

Per readers comments, it appears these have been discontinued in some countries, though all shades except one appear to be available on the U.S. website. (It’s hard to tell if they’re just on sale, as they’re presently available for $3.90 a pop instead of $12, or if they are discounted to move, as I have seen KIKO do 30-50% off before.) I wasn’t intending to review these back-to-back but will be doing my best to get reviews out quickly in light of seeming to be discontinued. Readers have said the replacement is the Shade Fusion Trio Blush (which I haven’t tried, so I don’t know anything about), which would sure be a bummer, since it is more expensive and a trio of shades, so it is different enough that it doesn’t seem like a true replacement to me (boo!).

104 Pastel Pink

PPermanent. $12.00.
B+
B+
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

105 Dark Rose

PPermanent. $12.00.
B
B
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total
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KIKO 104 Pastel Pink Soft Touch Blush
KIKO 104 Pastel Pink Soft Touch Blush

KIKO 104 Pastel Pink Soft Touch Blush
KIKO 104 Pastel Pink Soft Touch Blush

KIKO 104 Pastel Pink Soft Touch Blush
KIKO 104 Pastel Pink Soft Touch Blush

KIKO 104 Pastel Pink Soft Touch Blush
KIKO 104 Pastel Pink Soft Touch Blush

KIKO 104 Pastel Pink Soft Touch Blush
KIKO 104 Pastel Pink Soft Touch Blush

KIKO 104 Pastel Pink Soft Touch Blush
KIKO 104 Pastel Pink Soft Touch Blush

KIKO 105 Dark Rose Soft Touch Blush
KIKO 105 Dark Rose Soft Touch Blush

KIKO 105 Dark Rose Soft Touch Blush
KIKO 105 Dark Rose Soft Touch Blush

KIKO 105 Dark Rose Soft Touch Blush
KIKO 105 Dark Rose Soft Touch Blush

KIKO 105 Dark Rose Soft Touch Blush
KIKO 105 Dark Rose Soft Touch Blush

KIKO 105 Dark Rose Soft Touch Blush
KIKO 105 Dark Rose Soft Touch Blush

KIKO 105 Dark Rose Soft Touch Blush
KIKO 105 Dark Rose Soft Touch Blush

Soft Touch Blush
KIKO
$12.00/0.17 oz.

83%

Average

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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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I was looking at the swatch of Dark Rose by itself, trying to figure out why it was called “rose”, and it’s not apparent there are reddish undertones until you compare it to swatches of other blushes

Oh, this could be a problem, because I love them both! Pastel Pink made me LoL at the utterly ridiculous name choice they went with! But I love that it seems much less glittery than the Milani Vino Red (or was it Red Vino?) you just posted a review of today.

Pastel Pink is way more pigmented than it looks! I like Dark Rose. I’m nowhere near done with Nars Douceur (dc’d) but this looks like a pretty good dupe. Less brown, but not too pink.

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