The Estee Edit First Lover (01) The Barest Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

The Estee Edit First Lover (01) The Barest Blush
The Estee Edit First Lover (01) The Barest Blush

The Estee Edit First Lover (01) The Barest Blush ($28.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a muted, medium rosy brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. By Terry Tropical Sunset #6 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC I'm Not Blushing (Bottom) (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Spin Off (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). MAC Cantaloupe (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Coppertone (P, $24.00) is darker (90% similar). ColourPop Meteor Rite (LE, $12.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Mademoiselle (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Dream Place (LE, $30.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NARS Gina (P, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). ColourPop Fashion District (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Infatuation (DC, $9.99) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). ColourPop Tulip to Quit (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $10.00) is brighter, warmer (90% similar). By Terry Savannah Love #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). ColourPop Barre Hopping (P, $12.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Peach Poison (Right) (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). ColourPop Weirdough (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Merit Terracotta (P, $28.00) is lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Vegas (LE, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. 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. Onto the product, though, things got better as it was soft, silky, and smooth while remaining blendable on the skin and had more of a “natural matte” finish that didn’t read flat on the skin. The blush had semi-opaque, buildable coverage that could be applied with a lighter hand for sheerer coverage or layered once or twice for true-to-pan color. It lasted for eight hours on me before starting to fade.

First Lover (01)

PPermanent. $28.00.

The Estee Edit First Lover (01) The Barest Blush
The Estee Edit First Lover (01) The Barest Blush

The Estee Edit First Lover (01) The Barest Blush
The Estee Edit First Lover (01) The Barest Blush

The Estee Edit First Lover (01) The Barest Blush
The Estee Edit First Lover (01) The Barest Blush

The Estee Edit First Lover (01) The Barest Blush
The Estee Edit First Lover (01) The Barest Blush

The Estee Edit First Lover (01) The Barest Blush
The Estee Edit First Lover (01) The Barest Blush

The Estee Edit First Lover (01) The Barest Blush
The Estee Edit First Lover (01) 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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nelleshoegirl Avatar

Not only was the pan in my compact super wobbly, the compact was EXTREMELY hard to open. Its like the cheap plastic they used stuck on itself. I’ve had to pry it open. My blush is going back because even if I like the inside, I hate fighting the outside to get to the product.

Rae Avatar

Aww, I’m really disappointed to hear that that little splash is just overspray! I was thinking that it was a matte blush with a shimmer/highlight section, and I was looking forward to it!

It’s pretty weird that all of your blush pans are wobbly (EL should definitely know better, you’re right), but I have to admit… This review definitely makes me hate the concept of the Estée Edit less. :p

WARPAINTandUnicorns Avatar

I’m really looking forward to you reviewing the Estee Edit product line. I’m not sure if I’ll every see this line in person as Estee Lauder is not a brand I see in Sephora store but I hope this one makes it in.

My closest store is in a college/university city so it would make sense that they would get this range in. (cross fingers)

Katherine T. Avatar

Too warm for me, but I’m sure it will look great on others. But what’s up with the packaging issue? At this price point, and with the Lauder name, shouldn’t have to deal with wobbly pans, kind of worried they may fall out eventually

Nicole Avatar

I like this! I had no idea this collection was permanent! Awesome! I just got Gina and have Jersey. Both are “go-to’s” for me. This would be a nice addition. But, maybe to close to Gina. It does look a bit rosier on my computer screen, Whereas Gina seems more peach.

Michele @Binxcat4ever Avatar

Surprised to see this performed much better than the Estee Edit Shadowstick I bought and reviewed. The shade is really pretty on you! I like the fact that your review indicates this is a buildable color. Can’t wait to see what you think of the other shades you bought 🙂 Thanks for the review!

Spring Avatar

This looks gorgeous on you! It’s a shame the shimmer is an over spray. Why do companies do that? I do not own any blushes from EL as yet, and I think I might pick one of these up. I have dry skin on my cheeks and a lot of powder blushes make that area look really dry and cakey looking. This formula sounds like it wouldn’t do that. Thanks for the review!

A Avatar

This color! /heart eyes emoji/

This looks like an amazing dupe for Jersey, a blush I’ve wanted for a long time, but never bought because I don’t feel that any blush is worth $45 to me. $28 is a price I might convince myself is worth it.

ElKay Avatar

I have it in Coy Coral (02). It is a lovely blush but the packaging is awful. Mine is wobbly and hard to open. It Cosmetics the same packaging for the cream blush and it’s not wobbly or hard to open.

jess Avatar

Just bought this! It is the exact nudey-peach no-blush blush I was looking for! I was actually glad the gold was just an overspray. I loved the satin finish of this product, not a chalky matte, not a shimmer. I haven’t used yet, but I always check your reviews when I purchase… glad to see it rated well!! Cheers 🙂

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