Make Up For Ever HD Blush -- Nip Slip, Star Struck, First Kiss -- Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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Make Up For Ever #5 Nip Slip HD Blush

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A few weeks ago, I reviewed Make Up For Ever’s HD Blush in three shades (#3 Truth or Dare, #4 Walk of Shame, and #6 Quickie). Today, I’m sharing with you three more shades and a run-down of them, but this is less a review as it is simply showing you what three other shades look like in real life.

I did, however, receive a full-size sample of #5 Nip Slip (can you believe they got away with that name?!), so I can confirm what I thought previously: the pump delivery system does pump out way too much if you simply do one pump. You really have to be careful and squeeze out just the tiniest bit. It’s better to go under than over, because you’ll end up wasting a good bit otherwise. I actually think I may prefer using them out of the 5-gram sample jars, just because I don’t have to worry about getting too much at once!

  • Nip Slip (#5) is a neutral, slightly yellow-toned pink that would look beautiful and fresh on both cool and warm skin tones. I think this is a good shade for light to medium to dark skin tones, too — it’s very buildable, so you can achieve that brighter pop of pink if you so desire.
  • Star Struck (#14) is a soft apricot peach that goes on more orange-apricot when blended and smoothed onto skin. Despite having a stronger orange tone, it’s not overly warm. It almost reads neutral to me, but I’d err on the side of warm.
  • First Kiss (#12) is a brightened orange with a soft shimmer/satin-y sheen built-in. It’s not neon orange, but it’s not quite the “bright apricot” that Sephora describes it as (even when it’s been blended out). This is definitely one of the more pigmented shades, so go easy if you want softer, sheerer color. It’s easier to intensify than it is to mute!

Other shades include: Innuendo #1 (vibrant plum), Caught in the Act #2 (bright raspberry), One Too Many #7 (peachy beige), PDA #8 (pinky nude), In the Spotlight #9 (nude), Skinny Dipping #10 (light orange brown), Mistaken Identity #11 (redwood brown), Smooth Talker #13 (vibrant pale pink). I previously reviewed Truth or Dare #3 (hot pink), Walk of Shame #4 (bubblegum pink), and Quickie #6 (salmon pink) here.

Make Up For Ever’s HD Blush wears well throughout the day. It’s easy to use, because it blends and softens without a lot of work, making it harder to make mistakes as long as you use less. You do not need to use a lot–I can’t stress it enough–we’re not even talking a pea-size of product. We’re talking about a pin-drop-size! One bottle will last you quite awhile, I’d imagine.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 3/5

Recommendation:  Those who are always looking for longer wearing products should check out the new HD Blush line-up, because these cream blushes stand up to day-long wear without fading!

Availability: Sephora

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Make Up For Ever #5 HD Blush

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Make Up For Ever #5 HD Blush

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Make Up For Ever #5 HD Blush

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Make Up For Ever HD Blush: #14, #12

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Make Up For Ever #14 HD Blush

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Make Up For Ever #12 HD Blush


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HC Avatar

Yeah I normally just tap the pump a little and a TINY amount comes out. About 2 of those covers one cheek. I want #5 too! I got a full size of #6… 🙂

Christine Avatar

I haven’t had any problems with these that are acne-related, but since my skin is more normal than oily, I’m not 100% sure. Reviews have seemed pretty good thus far, though, so that’s a positive. If you can try it in store, that might be best!

Or if you don’t mind returning – you can always do that. Sephora has an excellent return policy!

jess Avatar

the pigmentation is beautiful, i’m hooked. but since you barely use ANY product, how long do you think this can last? since makeup does expire, or it’s fine since it’s mostly sealed?

Christine Avatar

Just depends on what guideline you want to follow! I’m not a chemist or anything, so I don’t know enough about it to really say. I personally would keep it for years, particularly since it’s being pumped out, not exposed or used internally, so you have less bacteria getting in.

Melissa (divinem) Avatar

Oooh, thank you for this, Christine. I’ve been wondering about these. While I think they’re pretty, I think they’re a bit strong for me. I don’t like to work for my blush. By the time I get to the blush, I just want to throw it on and have it be forgiving. So appreciate all the hard work you do for us!

Shells Avatar

I love these cream blushes! #12 looks close to Optimistic Orange so I’ll be skipping that. I’m wondering if that pink will look good on NC40 skin

Holly Avatar

I bought Nip Slip recently and I love it, it’s perfect for every day, low key makeup..I don’t even use a full pump and it lasts for HOURS on my skin..ahhh I’m in love, perfect gel blush!

Tracey Avatar

I have #8 and LOATHE the packaging. You have to be so gentle with the pump. I would definitely not buy anymore strictly on the packaging.

Angela Avatar

Are there any powder dupe/same colors (from any company) you could recommend for these? I’m afraid I might break out 🙁 Thank you!

Nicole Avatar

I think I might pick up Nip Slip and Quickie soon! I feel I’m in desperate need of an online Sephora haul.

Makeup Forever is definitely pulling a NARS with these names. If we took out the capitalization of them, “Yes, I would like a nip slip and a quickie!” LOL. What the…

Sharon Avatar

These blushes still aren’t in stores and I’m dying for #3 and #12 🙁 I want to just place an order because I’m pretty sure they’ll both look great on me (I don’t wear foundation but I’m an nw45 for reference) but I’d like to see them in person just so I can determine how much of a problem the pump is going to be

Marcella Avatar

is #6 brighter than #14? how do they compare? to my eyes, #14 looks softer and more baby color like. please correct me if im wrong! I would like to get either one =) i already have #5 I LOVE ITTT <3

Marcela Avatar

Blushes number 5 and 14 are soooooo pretty, perfect for spring and summer, I will definitely be putting them on my wish list, they are gorgeous!!!!!

Hilana Avatar

Lovely, but as I said before, I am a make-up idiot when it comes to cream blushers and eye colours. And my skin is so oily, I think it might not work for me in any case. I do however love the colours.

victoria Avatar

hi christine, i love cream blushes but hate the feel of any oily sticky feel because of my oily combo skin. the only cream blush i like to use is nars but i only like penny lane because it’s the least shimmery one. i’d like to ask you, do these dry down to a dry finish, no sticky or oily feel? and are any of these have shimmer?

Hasina Avatar

I think a good idea would be to squirt some of the blush into a sample jar like mac’s or something so that you dont waste the blush and you could re use the blush again for touch ups or something

Sharon Avatar

I know I’m being a pest but I have no idea how to apply these! Like do you pump it on to the back of your hand, spread it out then dab your brush in? Or should I dab it on with my fingers and use the blush to blend?

Christine Avatar

lol, you’re not a pest, Sharon 🙂

I pump a little out on my finger, and then I stipple the brush on it. But to be honest, since MUFE sent all but one in 5 gram sample jars, I just dipped the brush in the jar since there was no pumping necessary.

A LOT of people love to use their fingers to apply cream blushes, because the finger-to-skin contact helps to heat up the product so it “blends” aka melts into the skin better. So you could do both, either, or 🙂

lenna0013 Avatar

Christine, would #14 (Star Struck) show up on NC35/NC40 skin? I wlove the color but am afraid that it would be too light for me!
Thank you

Vaneesa Avatar

I. Was also wondering the same thing,is number 5 similar to macs so sweet,so easy. Also,is there a good yellow ones pink blush similar to this in powder form? I have angelica by Nars,but stills leans more cool toned to me. Thank you for your work and time. Xoxo

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