I mentioned in my recent video that I had finally picked up Bobbi Brown’s rather famous blush in Pale Pink. A reader asked if I would do some swatches comparing it to a few other colors in the same family. As I love doing a good swatch-fest I happily obliged (thanks Shayna)!

Hot pink blush is something I have a hard time resisting, as you will see below. It’s just a fun, face-brightening shade that no one should be scared of- no matter how eye-searingly bright the color in the pan may seem!

Hot Pink Blush Comparison

The contenders, clockwise from bottom: MAC Pink Swoon, Illamasqua Nymph, Tarte Amused, NARS Desire, Smashbox Radiance, Stila Custom Color Pink, Bobbi Brown Pale Pink, Milani Delizioso Pink

All of my hot pink blushes are matte. I’m not sure if this was intentional or if hot pinks are really catered to that particular formula. In any case, all of these are beautiful in their own way and some are more similar than others. I believe Smashbox Radiance I have owned the longest and Milani Delizioso Pink is brand new.

All of the swatches below were done with the same brush on unprimed skin.

Hot Pink Blush Comparison Swatches Sun

Swatches L-R (in direct sunlight): Milani Delizioso Pink, Stila Custom Color Pink, Bobbi Brown Pale Pink, Smashbox Radiance, NARS Desire, Tarte Amused, Illamasqua Nymph, MAC Pink Swoon

The least pigmented is Pink Swoon and the most pigmented is NARS Desire, followed closely by Stila Custom Color Pink. NARS Desire is the most warm-toned of the group, along with Smashbox Radiance and Tarte Amused. Stila and Milani are definitely cool toned.

Hot Pink Blush Comparison Swatches Shade

Swatches L-R (in shade): Milani Delizioso Pink, Stila Custom Color Pink, Bobbi Brown Pale Pink, Smashbox Radiance, NARS Desire, Tarte Amused, Illamasqua Nymph, MAC Pink Swoon

The best texture goes to Illamasqua, Milani, NARS and Stila- all of which were smooth and soft. The biggest disappointment is MAC Pink Swoon. Although it looks nice when applied when swatched it loses a lot of it’s luster, especially when compared to some of the other standouts in my collection. Lasting power goes to Bobbi Brown, NARS and Tarte. I haven’t properly tested Milani so I cannot compare that one yet. I don’t have a problem with wear time on any of these blushes, but the ones noted above stood out to me as being particularly long-lasting .

My overall picks? NARS Desire, Stila Custom Color Pink, Bobbi Brown Pale Pink and Tarte Amused. If you’re on a budget the Milani blush is a great option. Skip MAC Pink Swoon. It isn’t as pigmented and the color in the pan isn’t exactly the color you get applied. Illamasqua Nymph is lovely all the way around, but it really isn’t hot pink as much as it is a bubblegum pink so I don’t feel right comparing it to the shades above.

I hope you found this helpful! What’s your favorite hot pink blush? Is there anything I am missing out on?!

10 responses to “Battle of the Blush: Hot Pinks!”

  1. stephanie says:

    this is such a useful review. Im still too scared to wear blushes myself because of the broken cappilleries in my face.

  2. Thanks for this! I used to hate pink but recently got into it and have been lemming NARS Desire. Your post totally justifies my decision to pick it up in the future. πŸ˜‰

  3. Bobbi Brown’s Pale Pink has been a favorite for years! NARS Gaiety is another favorite. It is similar to Pale Pink.

  4. Latoya says:

    LOVE these kinds of shades, Danielle! Now definitely lemming Stila Custom Color Pink and even the Milani shade – I don’t usually go for drugstore but it’s really quite pretty! πŸ™‚ YAY for pink!

  5. Ah, gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!! I don’t like pink eye shadows but I searched my stuff, and find that I have a lot of pink blushes. Whddayaknow… LOL!

  6. Miss Louise says:

    Wow the stila shade is STUNNING! I actually never ventured into the world of hot pink blushers…until a few hours ago haha! I just picked up that Milani shade πŸ™‚


  7. Wowza, that’s a lot of hot pink at once! I love all the swatches together πŸ™‚ I don’t often wear hot pink like this myself though, unless it has a very obvious warm undertone. Otherwise it just looks harsh on me.

  8. I have to get the Stila Custom Color Pink now! My choice in blush colors are all in that pic lol. I own a number of them and have loved them all.

  9. Jen W says:

    Love the look of the NARS. I find anything cooler than that difficult to pull off since it seems to make my olive tones more yellow. Great comparison swatches as always!

  10. Joy Araujo says:

    Thank u for this review!! I was not sure about which ones to buy, but thanks to you, I’ve choosen nars desire and stila. =DDDD

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