Rare Beauty Nearly Mauve Stay Vulnerable Melting Cream Blush ($21.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark pink-coral with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had a more emollient, thin, and traditional cream-like texture initially, but it was quick to turn to a more powder-like feel when it came into contact with skin. The formula was also quick to dry down, so you had to work fast to place and diffuse color; brushes gave more time to work than fingertips (which turned the product to powder-like faster).
It had semi-sheer color coverage that could be diffused to sheerer coverage or built up to more medium coverage. The coverage was intentionally sheer, though they do market it as something that can be built up in layers, which I’d disagree with. The formula didn’t react as well to being built up and doing so often resulted in color shifting or lifting away, regardless of whether it was applied over bare skin or over foundation.
Once it was drier, it was best left alone, so for that reason, I didn’t find it quite as effortless as it seemed to be marketed as–you had to get the application pretty right quickly and from the first go. I wouldn’t call it a difficult formula to use, generally, as the sheerness and slip often worked to give a good application from the get-go. It stayed on well for eight hours before fading noticeably on me.
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$21.00/0.17 oz. - $123.53 Per Ounce
The formula is supposed to be a "liquid-like cream" that "melts" on skin for a "second skin" look with a "wash of soft-focus color" that is "water-resistant" and has a "satin finish." It did seem water-resistant when I tested it on the back of my hand and certainly didn't move readily after it had been blended out and dried down.
The texture was thin, emollient, and more like a traditional cream in the pan and when initially picked up on a fingertip or a brush, but it was quick to dry down and turn to a more powder-like finish that was satin-like--not totally matte but not dewy at all--when it came into contact with skin. For this reason, a stippling brush was a little easier to work with and more forgiving than a fingertip.
The pigmentation was as marketed; it was sheer to semi-sheer with some ability to build up coverage, but the more silicone-heavy formula was better with one or two layers than more heavily built up as it had a tendency to pill and lift when fussed with too much. I don't know that I'd consider it to be an effortless formula, but once you figure out the best technique, the results themselves, as the coverage is sheerer, are more foolproof.
The formula worked better on bare skin and lighter coverage foundations that were more matte to natural but not overly dewy/luminous. The formula was blendable, but if I didn't get a decent blend quickly, it was harder to correct on its own; it was easier to blend out the edges using my foundation brush (and whatever was leftover on it) to soften any unblended edges. They lasted between seven and eight hours on me before fading visibly.
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Isodecyl Isononanoate, Silica, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Polyethylene, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Dicalcium Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Talc, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Nymphaea Odorata Root Extract, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850).
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