Essence Rosy Rosewood Pure Nude Baked Blush ($5.99 for 0.24 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark coral that leaned slightly pink paired with moderate, warm undertones and a matte finish.
FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).
These are the dupes the editor has pulled but not yet rated and officially entered.
- OFRA Sweet Stuff (LE, ).
- KIKO 108 Orange Coral (DC, $12.00).
- NARS Freedom (P, $30.00).
- Essence Beloved (P, $2.99).
- Tarte Endless (LE, $29.00).
- NARS Paramount (LE, $30.00).
- Rare Beauty Nearly Neutral (P, $21.00).
- Pat McGrath Electric Bloom (P, $38.00).
- Gucci Beauty Bright Coral (04) (P, $49.00).
- ColourPop Cat’s Eye (LE, $12.00).
$5.99/0.24 oz. – $24.96 Per Ounce
The formula is supposed to give a “bright, healthy glow” with a “highly pigmented bake texture” that is “blendable” and “lightweight.” The texture was smooth, finely-milled, and best of all, not at all powdery yet picked up evenly with a blush or highlighting brush and delivered even coverage to bare skin. It was easy to blend out and diffuse on my skin while having semi-opaque to opaque, buildable pigmentation.
I felt that it was a nice enough blush option, especially for those who want something that is relatively easy to work with and easy to diffuse on cheeks, but the color range was disappointing in two ways: 1) lacking in depth/range, and 2) four or five shades were very similar applied (and even more heavily swatched), so having eight seemed unnecessary in that case.
Browse all of our Essence Pure Nude Baked Blush swatches.
Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Octyldodecanol, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Tropolone, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Xanthan Gum, CI 15850 (Red 7 Lake), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides).
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