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The Estee Edit Coy Coral (02) The Barest Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

The Estee Edit Coy Coral (02) The Barest Blush
The Estee Edit Coy Coral (02) The Barest Blush

The Estee Edit Coy Coral (02) The Barest Blush ($28.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a medium-dark, orange-coral with warm undertones and a matte finish. Jouer Cherish Me (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Lumieres de Kyoto (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). ColourPop Hen Party (LE, $8.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Parfait (P, $32.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Melba (P, $24.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Mistletoe (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). ColourPop Tongue Tied (LE, $8.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Fyrinnae Nordic Angel (P, $10.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). ColourPop Fresh n Peachy (LE, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). ILIA Ladybird (P, $34.00) is darker, warmer, glossier (90% similar). Anastasia Desert (PiP, ) is cooler (85% similar). Illamasqua Flirtatious (LE, $26.00) is lighter, glossier (85% similar). ColourPop Flush'd (LE, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is cooler (85% similar). Makeup Geek Bliss (DC, $9.99) is lighter (80% similar). Tarte Concept (LE, $29.00) is cooler (80% similar). Makeup Geek Heart Throb (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, cooler (80% similar). MAC Pinch Me (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The formula is supposed to be a “natural-looking blush” that blends to create “even” color. First, the shimmer is an overspray; it doesn’t seem to go all the way through, and a few back-and-forth sweeps with a large blush brush makes it disappear (which is what I do prior to swatching a product with an overspray), which leaves behind a mostly matte finish. Second, I purchased all four shades, and every single pan was extremely wobbly in the compact–at this price point and knowing it’s made by Estee Lauder Companies (which has plenty of manufacturing experience!), I was pretty disappointed. The consistency was soft but powdery, and that powderiness was reflected on the skin and emphasized any dryness I had on my cheeks. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable coverage. It blended out fairly well, and it lasted for seven and a half hours before noticeably fading.

Coy Coral (02)

PPermanent. $28.00.

The Estee Edit Coy Coral (02) The Barest Blush
The Estee Edit Coy Coral (02) The Barest Blush

The Estee Edit Coy Coral (02) The Barest Blush
The Estee Edit Coy Coral (02) The Barest Blush

The Estee Edit Coy Coral (02) The Barest Blush
The Estee Edit Coy Coral (02) The Barest Blush

The Estee Edit Coy Coral (02) The Barest Blush
The Estee Edit Coy Coral (02) The Barest Blush

The Estee Edit Coy Coral (02) The Barest Blush
The Estee Edit Coy Coral (02) The Barest Blush

The Estee Edit Coy Coral (02) The Barest Blush
The Estee Edit Coy Coral (02) The Barest Blush

Makeup Look
On face:
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Aqua Foundation
  • Guerlain Les Voilettes Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • Violet Voss Holy Grail Eyeshadow Palette
On lips:
  • Too Faced When In Doubt La Matte Lipstick


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Katherine T. Avatar

Not impressed. I can tell by your swatch how it clings and clumps to any dry skin, doesn’t look very smooth at all, then you throw in the wobbly pans, and $28 price tag. Very disappointing 🙁 And the color is not unique, there’s go to be at least 10 dupes that are cheaper and better than this. So far the blushes aren’t that impressive, sure hope the other products do better

Kimberly Jorgensen Avatar

I have been having a really hard time gauging your reviews lately. I haven’t had any of the problems you mentioned with this blush nor did I have any of the problems you mentioned with the Natasha Denona shadows. I think from now I on I will only be able to safely count on the blog for swatches and ignore the reviews which is a little disappointing. I know that everyone has their own opinions on things but when I see me along with 100 other people sharing the same view and then you bashing it, it makes it hard to gauge reviews on products I don’t own yet. And PLEASE, when you review an eye shadow use a primer because really who is reading the blog and not using an eye primer? I would guess it is a REALLY small percentage. It doesn’t make a bit of sense and for the large majority of your readers who do use a primer it is a little misleading when reading a review not using one. It is comparing apples to oranges.

Thanks for the great swatches!

Christine Avatar

Hi Kimberly,

I’m glad you have other places to read reviews that are more helpful to you! I encourage you to read and enjoy the bloggers and reviewers that resonate with you. I don’t expect to be useful to everyone and that’s OK. I do what makes sense to me, what I feel is useful, and ultimately, what I’m comfortable with.

I hold brands to the claims they make about their product. You can always use primer and enhance the application, pigmentation, and longevity of your makeup–this is true of something that wears six hours or eight hours without primer–it’s a helper. I just don’t feel you can judge a product on its merits if you throw in something else; it’s like applying lip balm before testing a lipstick and saying it’s moisturizing or using a lip liner and applying lipstick on top and saying it’s long-wearing. Those things could be true, but it’s difficult to separate how much that helper is helping vs. the product itself.

It’s not misleading: I am transparent and disclose very clearly that I judge based on claims. I try to list those claims out when initially reviewing a product so that both myself and readers know where we’re starting from. There are readers who find value in my reviews as-is, and there are readers who have no trouble rounding up grades when they see that something is perhaps a little less pigmented or perhaps doesn’t wear as long because they wear primer – that is kind of the point of breaking everything out and being specific when I write reviews. Just because I give it a B doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy your product or that it won’t work for you, based on your application/routine, needs, or preferences. A review based on my personal experience is not bashing — it’s honest and true to exactly that: my experience.

As always, we have a review system on Temptalia that invites you to leave your own reviews about the products you have tried.

KJH Avatar

Christine has a system that clearly defines the aspects she is reviewing. Especially the longevity aspect. Bloggers have skill at application. WG and Cora, Marlena, Lisa E. could make garden soil, red clay, and fireplace remnants look good, with their arsenals of primers and fixers. They do a look, and it is professional. But they do not hold it up against the brand claims, or put it up against similar products, for cost/color/wear comparison. They do not comment on longevity. Christine’s reviews are ‘critical’ in the pure sense. I find that they are informed by her formal education. Her business and legal backgrounds guide her thought process in a way unlike the bloggers who rose from the MAC counters, etc. Yes, many readers have/use primers and add-ons, and can gauge/try how they would improve the performance. A blogger can only offer an opinion; not everyone will agree. I find Christine’s to be unaffected by the hype, systematized, transparent, and honest. You don’t see ringing endorsements, just because a product is taking the world by storm. Yes, you can prime MUG’s sparklers to make them work, but they are not as advertised, and there was a packaging oversight. Readers deserve to know the whole, unbiased, unvarnished story. And T delivers.

Rochelle Avatar

I’ve been wearing make up a long time, seen tons of products and formulas. But I really don’t understand the purpose of overspray. Can you you tell me why manufacturers use it?

Cat Avatar

Wow. Okay, so First Lover and Coy Coral perform differently from each other. This makes me really curious about Purr Pink. I still haven’t tried mine and I need to so I can return it if it doesn’t perform well. I guess I know which blush I’ll be wearing today!

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