Tuesday, August 6, 2013

By Request: My Current Favorite Pink Blushes!

When wefadetogray asked me to create a post of my favorite pink blushes, I really had my work cut out for me. I have a scary penchant for pink blushes, and as frightening as it may be- this represents a small portion of my blush stash! 
Top Row Left to Right
1) Chanel Les Tissages de Chanel Tweed Pink (reviewed here)
2) Chanel Joues Contraste Narcisse No. 44 (unbaked US version)
3) Burberry Light Glow Blush in Misty No. 08 (reviewed here)
4) Burberry Light Glow Blush in Peony No. 04 (reviewed here)
5) Edward Bess Blush Extraordinaire Filled With Desire No. 02 (reviewed here)

Middle Row Left to Right:
1) Rouge Bunny Rouge Original Skin Blush in Gracilis (reviewed here)
2) NARS Gaiety Blush (reviewed here)
3) Tom Ford Cheek Color in Wicked No. 06 (reviewed here)
4) Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush No. 02 (reviewed here)

Bottom Row Left to Right:
1) Susan Thompson Cosmetics Liquid Blush in Mim's the Word (reviewed here)
2) Chanel Le Blush Crème de Chanel in Inspiration No. 64 (overview here)
3) Milani Illuminating Face Powder in Beauty's Touch No. 03 (reviewed here)
4) Prestige Cosmetics Flawless Touch Blush in Pink Sorbet (reviewed here)
Tweed Pink is a gorgeous two-toned light blue-based pink. Half of it is a very light pink while the remainder is a bubble gum pink, but the mixture of the two is perfection. 

Chanel Narcisse (U.S. unbaked version) is a very lovely pale pink that is a touch more neutral and less cool than Tweed Pink and Burberry Misty. 

Burberry Misty is a lovely light pink that is a touch muted in the pan, but is more vibrant on the skin. It is one of my favorite and most wearable pink blushes.

Burberry Peony, on the other hand, is a richer, darker and more vibrant cool-toned.pink. Burberry blushes are so finely milled and luxurious, but they do have a pronounced floral scent that bothers many people sensitive to fragrance in makeup. 

Edward Bess Filled With Desire is a more clear and complex light cool-leaning pink with an unbelievably gorgeous sheen (the shimmer itself is pink). 

These five blushes are within the shade range that I reach for all of the time because they impart a natural healthy glow, and because the colors are subtle (but buildable). 
Rouge Bunny Rouge Gracilis is a stunning medium tone rose with a touch of mauve- RBR makes amazing finely milled blushes that are among the best on the market. 

NARS Gaiety is a decidedly cool-toned light-medium toned pink that remains one of my favorite shades. 

Tom Ford Wicked is a gorgeous mid-toned cool-leaning raspberry pink with multicolor pearl. It is very pigmented, and therefore requires a light-hand, but it is a stunning blush. 

Giorgio Armani No. 02 Pink hardly seems pink at all next to these other pinks. It is more of subtle light peach with a touch of pink. I love it and reach for it often, but really do wish that Armani would make a truly pink blush because their formula is simply outstanding. In fact, their formula is one of my very favorites.
Susan Thompson Cosmetics Liquid Blush in Mim's the Word remains one of my very favorite pink blushes of all time. It is a gorgeous cool-toned ballerina pink, and the formula is outstanding. In fact, I have never ever tried a liquid or cream blush that can hold a candle to this beauty. 

Chanel Le Blush Crème de Chanel in Inspiration is a beautiful light cool-toned pink, but seen next to Mim's the Word, Inspiration appears to include a touch of mauve. 

Milani Beauty's Touch is not just one of my most beloved blushes, but it is also one of the most affordable! This melange of different colored roses becomes a luminous cool-toned light pink that is very finely milled. In fact, the quality is so high that it rivals the quality of my luxury blushes at a fraction of the price. However, it does lack luxe packaging, but I don't care-- it is an amazing blush! 

Prestige Cosmetics Pink Sorbet, like Milani, is a high quality drugstore brand. It is a finely milled light peachy pink blush that is so beautiful and natural on the skin. I am constantly stunned by the high quality and affordability of Prestige Cosmetics.

One would think that these pretty shades would satisfy my pink blush craving, but I have a wondering eye and am always on the hunt for other beauties to join the clan. 

What are your favorite pink blushes? Do tell!

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  1. Helen, thanks so much for this lovely post. I have pink envy now; your collection is stunning. I want them all. Blue pinks are just out of this world: fantasy, flowers, and beauty!
    I cannot pick a favorite out of your collection. I want to say Chanel Narcisse but then I see the Rouge Bunny Rouge one, and that lovely Armani no2 and Tom Ford Wicked!
    Beautifully curated post for sure.

    1. My pleasure, it took me a while to make a final decision on my favorites- but these definitely represent my favorite shades (and the easiest for me to wear with my skin tone ). I'm so glad that you like them! BLue-based pinks definitely work the best on me, and it is a good thing because I really love the colors in this category. Chanel Narcisse is definitely one of my all time favorite blushes, period. I really wish that Chanel would repromote the US version. I do also have the Euro baked version-- that is also quite gorgeous, but the colors do differ a bit. I bought the Euro version from Izzy's a few years ago, and thankfully they still stock it since it is still available in Europe (and I think Asia too). RBR Gracilis is a wonderful blush, and the quality is just superb. It's also nice that it can easily be found in the US now since BeautyHabit started stocking the line a while back. Armani makes one of the BEST blush formulas that I have tried- I wish that they would add some more colors to their permanent collection. TF Wicked is just outstanding, and so lovely on the cheeks. I'm so glad that you liked the post-- it was truly your baby!! xoxox

  2. BOURJOIS 'ROSE' .....

    1. That is such a beautiful blush-- I wish it was easier to track down in the US!

  3. Not all of us look well in blue based pinks, so thanks for including the Armani one, its going to the top of my list for it's warm pink perfection, perfect over nronzer or contour in the summer months . I too love the texture of Armani's powder products and lipsticks. I own one eye shadow pallette and one lipstick. The eye shadow colors aren't exciting but they go on like silk. The lipstick is creamy and moisturizing with intense color. I just think that there must be products of similar quality at a slightly lower price point! I know beauty can be painful, now its really starting to hurt!!

    1. I totally agree. Blue-based pinks definitely are not universally flattering. You are so welcome- the Armani No. 02 is one of my very favorite blushes- it at Tom Ford Frantic Pink are my warmest peachiest pinks. I completely agree with you about how wonderful Armani's powder products and lipsticks are. Some of my very favorite lipsticks of all time are from Armani. The eye shadows do go on like silk-- they are so finely milled, and definitely among the very highest quality eye shadows that I have tried. Oh how I wish that there was a lower priced version with the same amazing quality!! I know just what you mean about how high quality beauty products are tough on the wallet. I am trying so hard to think carefully before I buy-- especially since we are being taunted with all of the beautiful Fall collections now!
      Thanks for taking the time to leave such a lovely comment. Enjoy your evening! :)

  4. You have great pink favorites :)

    1. Thanks, Betzy!!! I'm glad that you like them! :)

  5. I love this post, so gorgeous to see everything together and also it helps great deal to check how the shades compare.

    Armani 02 seems to be a must have. I love fresh pink blushes which are not too vibrant because those make me look like a clown (without a duo fiber brush ;-))
    I have Dior Rose Glow. It looks like a very blue based pink in the pan but applied beautifully and naturally. Have you ever tried it? I was wondering if I should splurge for EB Filler with desire. I rather go for matte blushes on my cheeks and this one has some shimmer.

    1. I'm so glad that you love this post, Sara!!! These types of posts are always helpful to me as well-- they either make me want everything-- or preferably allow me to pick a few new loves!

      Armani 02 is an infinitely wearable shade- and it would fit nicely into your Armani collection, and would look amazing on you. It's subtle and elegant, and the texture is just superb. I know what you mean-- I tend to try to keep away from very vibrant blushes-- but a duo fiber blush is definitely a must with them-- I don't even like to get close to clown cheeks!! Funny that you should ask about the Dior Rose Glow-- I have been stalking it for a long time, and swatch it every time that i see it. Do you recommend that I take the plunge and get it? EB Filled with Desire is AMAZING-- it imparts a very refined sheen- not glittery at all. If you have any way of swatching it (is it hard to find in Germany?) then I would suggest it. It is so stunning that I find myself just staring at it lovingly (crazy? definitely). It definitely isn't matte, but it really translates into a glow or sheen. It really is unbelievably gorgeous. If you want me to take a few more pictures buffed out- then let me know-- that way you can see what it would actually look like in your were to wear it (rather than heavier swatches). xoxo

  6. Hey!! i really enjoy reading your blog!! I'm just starting my own beauty and lifestyle blog and was wondering if u might have any tips? I would love to get in touch with you if you've got the time!! Email maybe??

    1. Hi Claire, Thank you for your kind words. My best advice is to post write regularly, post often, and stay true to yourself. Find your own "voice" by discussing things that interest you rather than what you think others will want to read, and before you know it you will hit your stride. :-)

  7. Fabulous post and you have swatches!! I'm not as ambitious. I love a post like this that can show all the variances in color. Just saying PINK isn't enough because there are light/dark and cool/warm and then all the variations in between. I'm going to have to find your address to come and play some day. :)

    1. I'm so glad that you enjoyed it, Marcia! Well, it isn't so much that I was ambitious- as I knew that wefadetogray wanted to really see the colors that I chose-- which meant I needed to swatch everything. Truthfully it took far more time narrowing down my choices than it actually did to swatch!! Please come over and play-- we would have so much fun!

  8. Awesome collection! Love Pink & love reading your post ;)

    1. Thank you! I'm so glad that you loved reading this post! Pink blushes are my absolute favorite! Believe it or not, I have managed to collect more since this post! :-)

  9. I am now the owner of Mim's the Word. And I do want the Milani as well.

    1. I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE Mim's the Word! The Milani is absolutely worth having, and it is so affordable and easy to find!


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