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A few weeks back when I reviewed the Huda Beauty Cream Lipstick in Money Maker, I had a conversation in the comments with Lili (as we tend to do lol) about buying multiple colors of the same product. While I’m now trying to do better about only buying one shade of a formula, that did not happen in the instance of the Divine Blushes from Pat McGrath**. On Saturday, Lili and I were talking about Holiday collections, and how Pat McGrath is releasing two blush/highlighter palettes. Lili found out from the Trendmood Instagram account that one palette has the shade divine rose and the other has the shade paradise venues, both of which I already own.
Since I don’t want repeat shades, I’ll be passing on both of the palettes, but I was thinking it would still be helpful to share the swatches of the blushes that I own. If you are trying to decide on buying single shades that are already for sale, it may be helpful to see the ones I have next to each other. If you haven’t purchased any of the blushes yet and are considering the holiday palettes, this may help you get an idea of which one to lean toward. I did post a full review when these were released that you can check out by clicking here if you want to know about performance.
I wanted to show these side by side because it showcases the undertone and finish differences. Check below for each shade swatched on its own. Nude Venus is a shimmer finish and Divine Rose and Paradise Venus are both demi-matte finishes.
Nude Venus is described by Pat McGrath Labs as a peachy pink with golden pearl. The shimmer is subtle and doesn’t accentuate any texture. This shade does seem to blend easier than the demi-matte finish. None of them are terrible to blend, but I did notice this one definitely blends faster and easier.
Pat McGrath Labs describes Divine Rose as a cool mauve rose demi matte. As I mentioned in my full review, this finish blends better over a matte base. If you are someone who doesn’t set your foundation, you can still get it to blend, but it takes longer to smooth it out. I wouldn’t say it is a deal breaker because I do think it is hard to come by a matte blush that doesn’t look too dry. The demi-matte nature of this formula definitely looks healthier than a flat matte and doesn’t accentuate texture the way certain shimmery blushes can.
The only other matte blush I can think of that goes on the face looking more satin (like these Pat McGrath blushes do) are the Bobbi Brown powder blushes. While the Bobbi Brown formula does blend easier, the shade range in the Pat McGrath Divine Blush is more modern and has more options for deeper skin tones. Another downside is that the Bobbi Brown formula is $34 for 3.7 grams and Pat McGrath is $38 for 9.7 grams. So you are getting a much better value here. I just wanted to mention the Bobbi Brown formula because I like to give a point of reference and that is the closest formula that comes to mind.
Pat McGrath Labs describes Paradise Venus as a terracotta demi matte. For the full formula break down on this shade, I did a full review that you can check out by clicking here. I understand if you don’t want to read another post, so you can refer to my thoughts on the shade Divine Rose for the cliffs notes. In my full review I went into more detail and discussed brush types and my experience wearing this with different foundations.
Nude Venus, Divine Rose, and Paradise Venus are only 3 of the 9 single shades available. If none of these interest you, there are 6 additional shades to choose from. They retail for $38.00 at patmcgrath.com**.
Hope this was helpful, happy holiday shopping!
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