Lancome Rose Fresque Blush SubtilLancome 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.
(Full Size Lancome Blush Subtil)
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.
- 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
- Nice packaging (the full size), it's thin and compact and comes with a mirror and brush.
- 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).