Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Lancome Rose Fresque Blush Review, Photos & Swatches!

Natalie Tuesday, July 31, 2012
lancome rose fresque

Lancome Rose Fresque Blush Subtil

Lancome Rose Fresque Blush ($30) is described on the Lancome website as a dusty, rosey pink. It has a bit of a plummy tone to it, yet it's pretty neutral overall. It doesn't get very ruddy on the cheeks, so it will work well for cooler skin tones, and it doesn't pull too purple, so it will equally flatter warm skin. *Please bear in mind that the blush featured in this post is a sample size, so it is much smaller and doesn't include a brush.

One helpful way of picking out a good neutral for your coloring is by having a look at your natural lip color. Our lip color differs from skin tone to skin tone - look for tones of red, purple and pink. My natural lip color is a light-medium, rosy pink with a hint of red. A similar shade would flatter my cheeks. Always remember that "nude" or "neutral" differs with every shade of skin.  

The consistency is very soft, and it's not overly pigmented, so it provides a soft wash of color to the cheeks. I like using a soft, fluffy blush brush such as the Real Techniques Blush Brush, and lightly tap and swirl the color on my cheeks.

It has a soft, natural matte finish that doesn't look dull or powdery.

lancome rose fresque blush subtil review

lancome rose fresque blush subtil

lancome rose fresque

rose fresque
(Full Size Lancome Blush Subtil)

wearing lancome blush
Here is Rose Fresque on my cheek. Please excuse the glitter on my cheeks; it was fall-out from my eyeshadow.

Comparisons:
lancome rose fresque blush comparison swatches
From left to right: Lancome Rose Fresque Blush, Milani Sweet Rose Minerals Blush, NYX Dusty Rose Blush, Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Blush, MAC Coygirl Blush and MAC Blushbaby Blush.

NYX Dusty Rose is a really good, cheap alternative - it's slightly deeper and more pigmented, but gives the same effect on the cheeks.

Overall, it's a very nice blush, but it's not a shade that's so unique where you wouldn't be able to find an alternative. It's a very common shade, and because it works well with most skin tones, just about every brand has a shade like it. I really like the way it looks on my cheeks, and I can see myself reaching for it often.

I don't have too much experience with Lancome Blush. I only own one other shade (Bronze Escapade - which I believe was limited edition) and it's equally as soft and easy to blend. But overall, Lancome seems to have nothing but high ratings when it comes to the Blush Subtil. The shade 'Miel Glace' seems to be a very popular choice for a natural, nude pinky-peach.

Lancome also recently launched the Blush Subtil Palette ($42), which contains one blush, highlight and contour shade.

The Round-Up

Pros:
  • Will work on a variety of skin tones.
  • Soft, blendable texture.
  • Has the right amount of pigment for a blush - it's somewhat sheer with one layer, but is very buildable. I usually build two thin layers.
  • Natural Finish
  • Long-lasting
  • Nice packaging (the full size), it's thin and compact and comes with a mirror and brush.
Cons:
  • Color-wise, it's easily dupable 
  • It's a bit expensive for the amount of product you receive ($30 for 0.18 oz) compared to MAC ($20, 0.21 oz) or Nars ($28, 0.16 oz).
Price: $30, Lancome. To find a Lancome counter near you, click here.

19 comments :

  1. This blush look perfect for my skin tone... ;D
    nice post as always !
    http://christellegblog.blogspot.fr/

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    1. I bet it would! Have you tried Lancome blush before?

      thank you!

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  2. I'm about an NC30-35 and wore Lancome blush in 'Miel Glace' for my wedding day. It was honestly perfect soft pinky mauve glowy color and definitely not clown-like or anything. I'm currently using up my sample of Lancome Mandarin Sky, a soft peachy gold color is how I would describe it... which by the way Natty would look lovely on you!

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    1. Wow, I'm going to have to take a look at it when I'm near a Lancome counter next. God knows I don't need any more blush, but I'm curious now. :) Thank you for the recommendation, my dear! :)

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  3. Crazy how common of a shade it is! I think I'll try out NYX's first.

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    1. It's a pretty classic shade. The NYX one is just as good - I love the color!

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  4. This shade looks really pretty, I love how it looks in the compact! I might have to look for one of the less expensive dupes!

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  5. pretty color, but it looks too matte... I need some glow on my cheeks :)

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    1. I usually gravitate toward blushes with a little glow as well. :)

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  6. This blush looks great on you! and thanks for the comparison swatch!

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  7. I don't think personally I would spend that much money on that blush! Give me Mac or NYX any day! Great review though as usual! :) xxx

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    1. Yeah, it is quite a bit. I like trying different brands, but I never really got "into" Lancome makeup - I'd most likely purchase MAC before anything because it's the cheapest, and it's my favorite brand! :)

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  8. Love this blush color but I would def. go with the less expensive alternative. It looks great on you! What eyeshadow are you wearing on your lids?

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    1. I agree! Thank you so much! From the UD Naked palette, I was wearing Sidecar all over my lid and Naked and Buck blended in my crease, and Virgin in my inner corners.

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  9. I've been steering away from dusty pinks lately, because I think they are washing me out. But, the tip on matching the blush to my natural lip color is very helpful! I've never heard that advice before! It seems like I'll be looking for some plummy reds.

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