Most Long-Wearing Powder Blush

What's the Most Long-Wearing Powder Blush that you've tried?

Tom Ford blush lasts awhile on me – 10+ hours. Some of Tarte’s blushes last a good 9-10 hours, even though they’re supposed to go for 12, they’re still longer-wearing than most blushes for me. Marc Jacobs Air Blush also goes 10+ hours!

— Christine


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Mariella Avatar

No question – for me, it’s Tarte. I just wish they had a few more cool toned pinks and berries. They d/c’d a few, I think and 3/4 of their original blushes (those are the ones I’m talking about) are more peach, coral, apricot and warmer still shades.

Joyce Avatar

Was this answered before Marc Jacob’s air blushes came out? Lol I’ve been wanting to try one out! But it’s such a big purchase for me.

Perhaps Tarte Exposed or TheBalm Hot Mama for me!

Michele @Binxcat4ever Avatar

Marc Jacobs Air Blush. Hands down. There’s nothing even in the ballpark as far as wear. I actually fell asleep on day wearing the blush (actually all my makeup) and it was on the next day (after having worn it from 6 am the morning before)! It’s supposed to wear 24 hours and I’m pretty sure it did. (Otherwise a normal day of wear for me is roughly 14-15 hours before I remove it.)

Regina Avatar

I’ve seen reviews of people having trouble picking up product from the MJ air blush blushes after one week. Does that happen to you?

Michele @Binxcat4ever Avatar

I haven’t had an issue with any of them. (I have Kink & Kisses, Lush & Libido, and Night Fever & Hot Stuff). I’ve used the last 2 the most. I usually use my Wayne Goss Air Brush, Sigma Large Angled Contour F40, or the IT blush brush. Any of the 3 brushes works fine with the blush. I have also used just the “single shade” from the palette, instead of blending them together. When I’ve done that, I use my Wayne Goss #2 brush since it’s thin enough to hit only the pan shade I want. I have no clue what would cause someone to have an issue picking up the product but my guess was it might be the brush…

Eileen Avatar

I haven’t had any problems during the few weeks I’ve been wearing them. I have Kink & Kisses and Lush & Libido. I use a Wayne Gosh #14 which is a long haired, soft, and airy brush. If I was going to have any problems picking up pigment, you’d think that kind of brush would be the culprit, but that’s simlly not the case.

Heather Avatar

Either Tarte powder blushes or the Josie Maran watercolor gelee blushes. The Tarte blushes last a little bit longer, but the gelee blushes will endure circumstances the powder won’t (swimming, etc).

Eileen Avatar

Tom Ford never fades away on me and the color stays true to how it looked when I first applied it. Another one that I’m loving right now is Marc Jacob’s new Air Blush. It wears well from morning to night and retains its soft glow.

Lys Avatar

Unfortunately Tarte blushes – and most powder blushes in general – fade off my cheeks within just a couple hours. It makes me so sad!

JW Avatar

I was also wondering about those MJBs you just wrote about–but as long as Tom Ford and Tarte continue to have much broader ranges, I’ll stick with them. 🙂

Bonnie Avatar

Oh no worries Christine!! I was only just curious if you thought those others were actually longer wearing than than the MJB blushes! It seemed to me that nothing could beat those new ones from your reviews!

Katherine T. Avatar

My cheeks eat blush alive, most blushes disappear within minutes or a few hours. If I use foundation, primer, AND a cream base, I can get most of them to last maybe 6 hrs. But I can attest to the staying power of the IT Cosmetics Vitality Cheek Blush Powder Stain – I put it on at 8:00 am and it’s still there at 12 midnight (16 hrs later) without any touch ups. And it’s so pigmented, I will never hit pan in my lifetime. But there’s only 4 colors, and I’m always hoping they come out with more

Anne Avatar

In general, I find that my highly pigmented blushes last the longest. These are the ones that I have to apply with a fan brush and build up the color. It’s not a particular brand or finish. Blushes like Hourglass last about 5 minutes on me. Moral of the story: I look for the highly pigmented blushes that I can build up slowly with high quality natural hair brushes.

Rachel C. Avatar

Elf blushes in the 4 pan dark/light palettes. These blushes are like a cheek stain. They also have really good pigmented for the price.

Cat Avatar

I don’t really have an issue with blushes fading. I don’t know if that’s because I just happen to pick great blushes (<<– unlikely!) or because I use MAC Fix+ as well as a finishing spray.

Cat Avatar

Actually, I often use three different sprays which all have different functions. First, I’ll use Caudalie Beauty Elixir on my bare skin before any other product. It has really helped combat redness and also helps with dryness.

After I have all of my makeup on, I’ll use MAC Fix+ in order to combine all the layers (liquids, creams, powders, etc.) into one. I’ll also spray it on my brush to help prevent fallout from certain eyeshadows which are prone to it.

After that dries, I spray on a finishing spray so my makeup won’t budge. Finishing sprays, like UD All Nighter and NYX Matte Finish, are what extend the wear-time of makeup.

So, they are three very different products used to achieve different results. The only spray that makes my skin feel tacky is the Fix+, so I’m mindful of how much of it I use and make sure it completely dries down before using the finishing spray.

What spray do you use that leaves your skin feeling sticky?

Erica Avatar

Tarte lasts and Wet n Wild Color Icon blush. Just recently bought it in pink champagne. And I’m amazed that it lasts all day on me!

Susan Dowman Nevling Avatar

Since I’m retired, I put my makeup on in the late afternoon or early evening. I normally use either UD, NARS or Clinique blushes but us a setting spray so they last all evening. Even when I worked, I didn’t notice fading. If I know I will be starting at 6 am through 11 pm, I will use a cream blush under a powder blush for extra endurance but that has to be done carefully. I’m now too old for that insanity.

Katharina Avatar

My blush fades so fast lately, it’s really annoying! Especially because I like wearing quite a bit of blush, it’s even more disappointing when it’s gone soon after application. Nars blushes stay on the longest for me, but even then merely a hint of color remains after a couple of hours. At least it doesn’t totally disappear like most of my MAC blushes… Oh and Jill Stuart blushes are quite long lasting! I should wear that one more during summer.

Brittney Avatar

I usually don’t have any major problems with blush fading. I tend to not use a ton of product when I apply because I’m so pale that everything can get too intense if I’m not careful but I’ve had good luck with Tarte, UD, and MAC.

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