Is there anything quite as feminine or dainty as that perfect pop of pink swept lightly across your cheekbones? I recently had a request to swatch all of my pink blushes (thanks Katherine!) and I was happy to oblige. I didn’t know when I first sat down to take photographs for this post just how many (or few) pink blushes I would have. If you have followed my blog for any length of time you know that I tend to prefer my peach and coral blushes and often gravitate towards those types of shades in new releases.
However, I quickly realized that I do in fact own a number of pink blushes in a wide variety of tones and finishes. Please note that this is only for powder blushes. I intend to do a cream blush post separately only because swatching the two different textures together isn’t exactly ideal.
I have tried my best to group them together in a way that makes tonal sense. Enjoy!
Clockwise from bottom left: Milani Dolce Pink, Benefit Rockateur, MAC Pink Cult, Chanel Rose Ecrin, MAC Pink Tea, Rimmel Autumn Catwalk, 17 First Kiss, Estee Lauder Tease
These are the lighter pinks and the more neutral pinks that can almost border on nude. Some are matte and some are quite shimmery. The lighting here looks slightly different as a storm ended up moving through as I was finishing and this was the last photo I needed to take. Don’t you hate it when that happens? Love thunderstorms though.
Swatches (direct sunlight) L-R: MAC Pink Cult, MAC Pink Tea, Chanel Rose Ecrin, Rimmel Autumn Catwalk, 17 First Kiss, Benefit Rockateur, Milani Dolce Pink, Estee Lauder Tease
Pink Cult has quite a grey cast to it, which also makes it quite unique. It was limited edition- I depotted mine but I think it came out with the Jeanius collection in 2010? It’s a favorite for me in the winter. Pink Tea and Rose Ecrin are wonderful blushes that work well under pretty much any circumstance as they border on being nude. Autumn Catwalk was a gift from the lovely Tiffany of Will Work for Makeup well over a year ago, maybe even two- and it really does add that “hike on a windy fall day” color to the cheeks. I feel like drinking hot cider just looking at it. The 17 blush came from a friend overseas who used to have such an incredible blog (I miss you H!) and is amazing considering the price- I think it retails for 2 or 3 pounds. Rockateur is new and I just featured it in my last post- amazing!!! Dolce Pink and Tease are both quite shimmery- Dolce Pink being lighter and less pigmented and more noticeably sparkly on the face. Tease is that gelee formula I love and makes for a very glowing complexion.
Clockwise from bottom left: Stila Custom Color, Illamasqua Nymph, MAC Well Dressed, MAC Azalea Blossom, Stila Love at First Blush, Tarte Fantastic, MAC Two Virtues, Tarte Adored, Cargo Catalina (also pictured Milani Dolce Pink and Estee Lauder Tease but are not in the swatches below)
These are the cooler toned pinks and ones that have a slight lavender twist.
Swatches (direct sunlight) L-R: MAC Azalea Blossom, MAC Two Virtues, Tarte Adored, Stila Custom Color, Tarte Fantastic, Illamasqua Nymph, Stila Love at First Blush, Cargo Catalina, MAC Well Dressed
Can you even see Well Dressed? It barely shows up on my current skin tone. I feel like when I am more pale it does, but it’s not earth shattering. It’s one of the first MAC blushes I purchased due to all the hype it got on Youtube and blogs at the time and frankly I’ve never really understood why. The Stila Custom Color, Tarte Fantastic and Illamasqua Nymph are all fairly similar- with Nymph having the best texture. Fantastic was limited edition and is a mini size that came from a set. Love at First Blush was limited edition as well but the pigmentation isn’t that great. Azalea Blossom is a true treasure and I am glad MAC has repromoted it a few times. Two Virtues and Adored are nice shimmery options for a slightly purple-hued pink. Catalina is the only Cargo blush I own and it’s rather nice. I enjoy the texture and pigmentation.
Clockwise from bottom left: Benefit Bella Bamba, Smashbox Pop of Pink, Illamasqua Hussy, Burberry Rose, Tarte Dollface, MAC Dollymix, MAC Mighty Aphrodite, Physicians Formula Healthy Booster Rose, Too Faced Candy Leopard
These are more the medium pinks, some are brighter than others but these are the standard, “suit all” shades that are so easy to use.
Swatches (direct sunlight) L-R: Burberry Rose, Illamasqua Hussy, Tarte Dollface, Physician’s Formula Happy Booster Rose, Smashbox Pop of Pink, MAC Dollymix, Too Faced Candy Leopard, Benefit Bella Bamba, MAC Mighty Aphrodite
I hesitated including Mighty Aphrodite because it does border on being coral, but if you use the pink side a little more in ends up turning out a little more so. Illamasqua Hussy is the brightest of the group and Burberry Rose the darkest. Both are favorites of mine in terms of pigmentation and formula. Tarte Dollface is a super easy, never-fails shade that just seems to look good on everyone. Smashbox Pop of Pink is new to me (the newest is this group) and came in a set that may still be available at ULTA. I am super impressed with it. MAC Dollymix has a reputation all it’s own and seems to work well on a wide variety of skin tones. Too Faced Candy Leopard came in their Leopard Love palette (unfortunately limited edition) and is very soft and glowy. Bella Bamba is a nice watermelon pink with the right amount of shimmer.
Clockwise from bottom left: Sleek Santorini, MAC Her Blooming Cheek, MAC Azalea, Burberry Hydrangea Pink, NARS Desire, Tarte Amused, Smashbox Radiance, MAC Flaming Chic
These are the brights. The almost-neon and the ones you really have to take care in applying.
Swatches (direct sunlight) L-R: Sleek Santorini, Burberry Hydrangea Pink, MAC Her Blooming Cheek, MAC Azalea, MAC Flaming Chic, NARS Desire, Smashbox Radiance, Tarte Amused
I have a hard time deciding between NARS Desire, Smashbox Radiance and Tarte Amused. All three are quite similar and add the most amazing pop of color to the face. I simply love these shades! MAC Flaming Chic is the lightest in pigmentation and Sleek Santorini is the heaviest. Just look at that glaringly bright color! Can you believe that it is from the drugstore? If you’re unfamiliar with the brand it is from overseas and is widely carried in drugstores (they call it “high street”) there. You can order the brand online but I’ve yet to see it carried in store in the U.S. – though I firmly believe they should! MAC Azalea is also quite the neon shade and I have to take extreme care when applying. MAC Her Blooming Cheek is similar but has no shimmer and is slightly lighter (and was limited edition).
That about wraps things up. I’m quite satisfied with my pink blush collection and feel I have most tones and finishes covered. I do still have a few shades on my wishlist (namely Chanel Rose Initial, Dior Rosy Glow and MAC Pink Swoon) but I’m not feeling the need to rush out and purchase them any time soon.
What are your must have pink blushes? Is there a shade I need to know about?
It’s no secret that I love the Burberry Beauty line. I have never been disappointed by any of their products. When I saw that their spring collection contained new blushes and a new eyeshadow I was incredibly excited, to say the least.
I recently stopped by the Burberry counter at my local Nordstrom and was excited to see the spring line up out. I picked up a few things that caught my eye.
Burberry Hydrangea Pink Blush
Burberry Hydrangea Pink Blush
It’s bright, pink, and slightly fuchsia toned. In one word: it’s gorgeous. Like all Burberry blushes I have tried it is utterly smooth and silky, and packs quite a punch in the pigmentation department.
Swatches L-R: MAC Salsarose, MAC Azalea, Tarte Natural Beauty, Burberry Hydrangea Pink
Hydrangea seems to sit somewhere in between Natural Beauty and Azalea. I am so thrilled Burberry is releasing brighter colors in the lip and cheek department. This bright pop of pink is the exact blush I was looking for for spring.
Burberry Gold Pearl Shadow
I was initially a bit hesitant to purchase this shade because I wasn’t sure how exactly it compared to the other Burberry neutrals I have in my arsenal. Turns out it’s quite different but it is also more sheer than other shades from their line.
It also has a fine shimmer shot throughout. You can see the shimmer particles in the photos above and below.
Swatches L-R: Burberry Pale Barley, Burberry Trench, Burberry Gold Trench, Burberry Gold Pearl, Burberry Porcelain
You can see that Gold Pearl is much more yellow in tone and much lighter than most of the other shades. It’s closest relative is Trench, but Trench is more neutral. As I said above, it’s more sheer then many of the other shades I have tried. It might be one best swatched in person if you can.
Burberry Pink Sweet Pea
The one gloss that captivated me from this release was Pink Sweet Pea. It’s a very unique color (look at that shimmer!) and it pairs well with the Hydrangea Blush. It leaves behind a nice stain on the lips long after the gloss has worn off. The formula is comfortable, not tacky or sticky. It wears off evenly, and can be built up or sheered down to your liking. It’s my favorite item from the collection!
Swatches L-R: NARS Strawberry Fields, Burberry Pink Sweet Pea, NARS Easy Lover
When I pulled glosses to compare it to I really couldn’t find anything I had that was close. Strawberry Fields is much darker, and Easy Lover is lighter and much more sheer, but does contain a similar shimmer. But just LOOK at that color. It’s absolutely swoon-worthy, right?! It has a blue-ish shimmer that you can see in the sun and it’s perfection on the lips. My SA couldn’t confirm it, but I have heard that this shade is limited edition.
What spring collection have you admired the most so far? For me, I’d definitely say Burberry is at the very top.
Happy Friday! I’m very grateful for the weekend. It’s been a rough week for me. I had several meeting this week including two that kept me at the office until late in the evening. I’m glad to have some time to rest and unplug. I hope you all have a fabulous weekend.
Here are some shots I have snapped somewhat recently:
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Eeek! Fall is just around the corner and I’m finally able to say I’m looking forward to it. I love the summer- the hot days and long nights, the sun, swimming and everything in between. However, the fall is such a special time of year. The brisk air, the falling leaves…everything is just so magical. Including, and this is important, the makeup. That’s why since I first learned of these new shadows being released by Burberry months ago I was already excited for autumn to get here.
The two new shades are #23 Dark Sable and #24 Mulberry and both are gorgeous- though I’ll admit Mulberry steals the show.
I’ve only just received these, but as you can see from my previous collection post on Burberry eyeshadows, I’m no stranger to their formula and their excellence. They are by far my favorite high end powder eyeshadow. The packaging and etching are the icing on the cake.
Swatches L-R: Burberry Taupe Brown, Burberry Dark Sable, Burberry Mulberry, Burberry Midnight Brown
I was struck by how close Dark Sable was to Taupe Brown. It’s definitely a bit warmer, more brown but I did not expect them to be this similar. That makes Mulberry stand out even more. There isn’t anything like it in the current Burberry line up. It’s a beautiful slightly burgundy brown with loads of dimension, just like Midnight brown. It’s autumnal perfection in pan form. If I could only choose one of the two new shades, it’d hands down be Mulberry.
They are both available online at Nordstrom right now. The shadows retail for $29/each.
About a year ago I got bitten by the Burberry bug. Their beauty line appeals to every aspect of my own personal taste. The weighty packaging, the more natural shade selection, the “build it up or sheer it down” approach and of course, the etching in the pans or tubes. They are pricey; there’s no denying that. Compared to Chanel single shadows, though, you get more bang for your buck (Burberry weighs 2.5 grams while Chanel has 2 grams), the powder is more finely milled and the packaging is a significant upgrade. I have reviewed several shades of the Burberry line up in the past (just search Burberry in the right side bar and you will find them) but I wanted to do a comprehensive post of the 11 shades I own thus far. It’s not the fact that the name ‘Burberry’ is on it, either. You could slap any name on the front of these and change nothing else and I would still love them.
I don’t want this to be a words post as much as a visual one. As I said above I’ve already reviewed this formula and it’s obvious that I
enjoy love am obsessed with them. This is meant to be a reference point. I scoured my collection for shades I thought might be similar, some I threw in because they are popular and someone might want to know. Others may be similar in tone but not in finish, etc. The real point is that most of us have to order our Burberry products online and have to try to gauge the color or tone and if we will like it. Hopefully this will help if you own some of the shades I’m showing and can then determine if something will work for you based on a comparison view. Enjoy!
Burberry Pearl White 01 (this is the only shade that you won’t see side by side in-pan comparisons of because two of the shades I used are in large palettes)
Swatches L-R: Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Fantasme, TheBalm The Stock Broker, TheBalm Envious Erin, Burberry Pearl White
Pearl White is the easiest to use on the brow bone because it isn’t frosty or glittery. The textures on of the all shades are stellar.
Burberry Trench 02 and MAC Brule (top) and Blanc Type (bottom) Not pictured is the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette.
Swatches L-R: UD Foxy, MAC Blanc Type, Burberry Trench, MAC Brule
Brule is closest but you can see Trench just melts into my skin tone. Foxy is my least favorite of the group in terms of formula (not as pigmented, kind of patchy)
Burberry Porcelain 03 with MAC Ricepaper and Inglot Pearl #393
Swatches L-R: MAC Ricepaper, Burberry Porcelain, Inglot #393
Ricepaper isn’t even close and #393 is more shimmery and more gold. All three have excellent formulas.
Burberry Gold Trench 04 with Le Metier de Beaute JoJo and MAC Soba
Swatches L-R LMdB JoJo, Burberry Gold Trench, MAC Soba
Again all formulas here are very nice and blend well. They are all quite different, but along the same color vein.
Burberry Chestnut 05 with MAC Brown Down and MAC Swiss Chocolate
Swatches L-R: MAC Brown Down, Burberry Chestnut, MAC Swiss Chocolate
Chestnut has a sheen the others lack but all three are buttery smooth. They all have a red undertone to them as well, Swiss Chocolate more so than the others.
Burberry Almond 06 with MAC Cork and Inglot Matte #360 (I’m not sure what happened here but everything is showing a bit more cool toned than they are and #360 is darker in real life than it’s appearing in the pan)
Swatches L-R: MAC Cork, Burberry Almond, Inglot #360
The swatches accurately portray how these look in real life, at least on my skin tone. Cork is the warmest of the three and Almond has that slight sheen/glow to it.
Burberry Taupe Brown 07 with Chanel Taupe Gris, MAC Brun, MAC Mystery and the bottom most shade from the Guerlain Les Fumes palette
Swatches L-R: Chanel Taupe Gris, MAC Mystery, Burberry Taupe Brown, MAC Brun, Guerlain Les Fumes
All of these are lovely, but the Guerlain shade is the most patchy/difficult to work with. Taupe Gris is very similar but has shimmer. Brun is kind of close but definitely has more brown.
Burberry Khaki 08 with Sunday Riley Fool’s Gold, MAC Flourishing, Rouge Bunny Rouge Abyssinian Catbird, Lancome Erika F
Swatches L-R: Sunday Riley Fool’s Gold, Lancome Erika F, Burberry Khaki, MAC Flourishing, RBR Abyssinian Catbird
The only one that comes close is Abyssinian Catbird, but only in general undertones. I struggled to find a shade that was close and looked through a number of palettes and brands but these were the best I could find. Erika F and Fool’s Gold are drier textures but the others are incredibly velvety.
Burberry Rosewood 09 with NARS Lhasa, MAC Satin Taupe, Rouge Bunny Rouge Solstice Halcyon, Rouge Bunny Rouge Bohemian Waxwing, Chanel Fauve (the shades in pan are slightly more washed out and are darker in real life)
Swatches L-R: Chanel Fauve, NARS Lhasa, MAC Satin Taupe, Burberry Rosewood, RBR Solstice Halcyon, RBR Bohemian Waxwing
I would classify all of them in the taupe family which is why this selection of shades is one of my top in the this post. I can’t find fault with any of the formulas so it’s just a matter of shade preference which one (or ones) you should get. Solstice Halcyon and Rosewood are closest.
Burberry Midnight Brown 21 with Le Metier de Beaute Corinthian, MAC Satin Taupe, Rouge Bunny Rouge Bohemian Waxwing, Rouge Bunny Rouge Delicate Hummingbird
Swatches L-R: RBR Delicate Hummingbird, MAC Satin Taupe, LMdB Corinthian, Burberry Midnight Brown, RBR Bohemian Waxwing
This is the other set of shades that rivals for the top. I love each of these shadows. The textures are absolute butter and the variations on taupe are divine. Midnight Brown is the most brown of the group and the darkest.
Burberry Pale Barley 22 with Becca Tussah, MAC Patina, MAC Jaunty, NARS Rajasthan Duo (gold side) and Chanel Safari
Swatches L-R: NARS Rajasthan Gold shade, Chanel Safari, MAC Patina, Burberry Pale Barley, MAC Jaunty, Becca Tussah
Pale Barley is most similar to Tussah, but Tussah is drier and less pigmented. Jaunty is a good alternative but is limited edition and it’s lighter. Safari is also a drier texture (as most Chanel singles are).
*whew* As you can imagine this post was pretty labor-intensive but I hope it was worth it! This is definitely the most comprehensive comparison post I have ever done. It was nice to see that so many of the Burberry shadows are actually quite unique. What’s next for me? I don’t have any other shades that are urgently calling to me but there is a rosy shade and a lavender shade I wouldn’t mind owning.