Pat McGrath Divine Blush Review and Swatch (Paradise Venus)

Like many in the beauty community, I was very excited about this launch. Even though a lot of reviews started to get released the day I placed my order I decided not to watch or read any until I had the chance to try this blush for myself. I really just wanted to enjoy this product without any ideas of how it performs or doesn’t perform for other people. I also wanted to just use it like a “normal” makeup user without trying to review it at the same time. I received my package on Friday, May 28th and I didn’t waste any time, I started wearing it the next day. I ended up really happy I made that decision not to check reviews and just have fun with it.

Pat McGrath Divine Blush Review and Swatch on medium dark skin (Paradise Venus)
Pat McGrath Paradise Venus

I have really tested this out and tried it over different foundations and with different brushes, so this is by no means a first impression. I want to make that clear, not to hate on first impressions, but to point out that you can have different experiences working with something in different ways. Hopefully, I can explain my experiences well enough to help you make your own decision on whether or not this would be a good purchase for you personally.

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Makeup Geek Blush (Covet)

I told you about my bronzer problem in the past and did a comparison post of my bronzers last summer, but my blush problem is worse 🤫. So although my last two posts were about blush, I’ve got another one for you.

I have a love-hate relationship with this formula. I love this color, it is very flattering on me. The satin finish looks healthy on my dry skin and it doesn’t accentuate any of the texture on my cheeks. The formula is easy to blend and can be applied sheer or built up for more pigmentation.

Makeup Geek Blush Covet swatch
Makeup Geek Blush – Covet
Makeup Geek Blush Covet swatch on dark skin
Makeup Geek Blush Covet

Now for the hate part of the relationship. It kicks up extra powder in the pan. If you read my reviews, then you already know I don’t like powdery formulas. I’ve tried a fluffy brush and a dense brush and they both make a bit of a mess. I just personally don’t like using powdery formulas, but I keep coming back to this one for the shade and finish. It is beautiful. So if you don’t mind the powder, it is worth checking out.

The Makeup Geek blush retails for $14.00 in a compact or $9.99 for a refill pan.

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Covergirl Trublend Blush (Sweet Seduction)

Covergirl Trublend So Flushed High Pigment Blush in 360 Sweet Seduction
360 Sweet Seduction

I first talked about this blush back in July 2020 and I finally decided it was time to give it a try for myself. There are only 3 shades in this lineup and I purchased 360 sweet seduction. There is a lighter shade called 320 love me as well as a darker, more vibrant shade called 345 hot and frenzy.

I’m so glad I decided to give this a try because I love it just as much as the discontinued baked version of the Trublend blushes. The baked version was offered back when Covergirl was still owned by P&G and they weren’t cruelty free. If you don’t know, Covergirl is now owned by Coty and went cruelty free back in 2018.

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NARS Orgasm X Blush

NARS has their 20% off friends and family sale going on right now. If you are in the market for any of their products you still have time to shop until the sale ends on May 18, 2021 at 3:00 AM EST.

I want to quickly mention my issues with ordering from NARS. I have not heard other complaints about ordering directly from their website, but since I have had issues I wanted to tell you my experience. The customer service department and their responsive to issues has typically been great. The problem is how many issues I’ve had. Out of the 4 orders I have placed directly on their website, I’ve had issues with 3 of them. One order was missing an item, one order was damaged, and one was lost. The lost order was the one time I didn’t have a good customer service experience and had to talk to someone different in order to get a replacement order. Again, I have always received replacements or refunds (when necessary) but the repeat issues are too much hassle for me to try ordering directly from them again. Clearly, not everyone will have issues, but I thought it was worth telling you about.

Anyways, I recently received a small (1.2g) Orgasm X blush as a sample on a recent order, so I thought I’d share a swatch. The regular size NARS Blushes retail for $30.00 (4.8g) and they offer a mini size for $16.00 (2.5g).

NARS Orgasm X Blush Swatch (sample)
NARS Orgasm X Blush (sample, 1.2g)

NARS describes this shade as a shimmering deep coral with gold pearl and I think they missed the mark on that description. At least on me, the shade is more pink than coral, and I wouldn’t say there is anything deep about it. I definitely see the gold pearl, so maybe this does actually appear to be a deep coral on other skin tones. The shade is buildable, but the more you build the more that gold pearl starts to accentuate texture. So technically, I could get more color from it, but it never builds to anything deeper.

NARS Orgasm X Blush Swatch on Dark Skin
NARS Orgasm X Blush

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