Natasha Denona Bloom Mini Highlighter Blush Review & Swatches
Natasha Denona Bloom Highlighter Blush (Mini) ($19.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark pink-coral with soft, warm undertones and a stronger, golden sheen that gave it a luminous finish. It looked almost dewy after it was applied and blended out on my skin, but it didn’t emphasize my skin’s natural texture.
Per the brand, it was supposed to be buildable–demonstrated as almost opaque when applied with a fingertip and more buildable when applied with a brush–and I’d consider it more medium to semi-opaque in one layer with a typical, moderately-dense blush brush, which is definitely more pigment than a “sheer, translucent hint of color” the brand wrote in their description! With a lighter hand, one could achieve semi-sheer coverage (which is true of a lot of more pigmented products, though).
The product’s texture was firmer, dense, and smooth to the touch without any powderiness, so it was easy to use a lighter hand with it but one does need a moderately-dense (or flatter) brush to pick up product. I didn’t have any trouble applying and blending out the color on my skin. It stayed on well for nine hours before fading noticeably on me. The only “downside” was it was more pigmented than described, which might be a pro more than it is a con for some buyers.
- NARS Orgasm X (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar).
- Surratt Beauty Ponceau (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).
- Becca Snapdragon (DC, $34.00) is darker (95% similar).
- Smith and Cult Universal Peach (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar).
- IT Cosmetics Pretty in Peony (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).
- NARS Adrenaline (LE, $30.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar).
- Bobbi Brown Santa Barbara (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar).
- NARS Panic (Right) (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).
- NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush II (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).
- MAC Cheeky Bits (P, $31.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).
Dimethicone, Mica, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Polysorbate 20, Zinc Stearate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Diisostearyl Malate, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Potassium Sorbate, Tin Oxide, Hexylene Glycol, Ricinus Communis Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrogenated Castor Oil +/- May Contain: Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491 (Iron Oxides), Ci 15850 (Red 7 Lake), Ci 15850 (Red 6), Ci 45410 (Red 28 Lake).
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This is a far deeper coral that I expected based on the promo photos. It’s not my thing so I am glad I passed.
It was more pigmented than I thought it was going to be based on her description of it. That was kind of a surprise when I tried it on (good thing heavy blush is in now). I love how glowy this blush is and I think it is the perfect size.
Seems like you don’t mind the extra pigmentation, thankfully!
I need another blush like I need a hole in the head but this is very pretty, although too coral/warm for me.
I’m seriously considering getting this many Bloom as opposed to the large Bloom palette just to save space! Besides it’s the main shade in the palette that I love the most anyways! It’ll be hard to decide because I’ve been wanting that Bloom Cheek Palette forever.
Hm. Glad I read this review. The original pictures from the release made it seem this was just a mini of Alba. I have a dupe to this so doubt I’ll get it.
Well nuts, I was under the impression that this was the same as what was in the ND Bloom palette, but they are very different. In fact, I like this one better! I may have to pick it up at some point. And I love that it’s a mini.
Initially me too. But ND says this is an addition to the Bloom Palette, which I have, but I’m certainly leaning toward picking this one up too!
I was interested but I have Becca snapdragon. Thanks for the dupe list, as always!
This is very pretty, but an easy pass for me. It reminds me of a Laura Mercier blush I own (Lotus Pink), which is a beautiful shade, but because I prefer my blush to be very sheer and natural, I struggle with its intense pigmentation.
Certainly looks like it will work for medium/dark skin tones!
A very rich coral shade and I like the finish too. Very pretty.
I was hoping there would be a pink shift to it, as I recall that it was marketed as having that. (Or am I mixing this up with another blush?)
Is this darker than the Duo Glow, Alba from last year? Trying to justify this! I just love coral blush!!!
This is insanely beautiful. It’s making my coral-blush-loving heart beat faster. Ordered it.
I like that ND is adding to the Bloom palette in mini form.
I was sure, when I looked at the initial pictures, my Becca Bloom blush (DC Chrissy Tiegen palette) was a dupe and it looks close in swatches (certainly more pink tho) to ND’s. But on your face ND’s looks quite different and certainly has more sheen.
Is the sparkle/shimmer noticeable when you blend it out? I’m very fair and this is an issue I have with glowy or luminous products and I look like a disco ball in natural light.