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Red Blush Comparison, Swatches, Photos

Red Blush Swatches - MAC Bite of an Apple, La Femme Coral, Black Radiance Raspberry, Inglot 382M, La Femme Red

Red Blush Swatches

Today I have all my red blushes swatched for you! I have three blushes that I would consider true reds (Black Radiance Rasperry, Inglot 382M, and La Femme Red), and then above I’ve also swatched two close-to-red blushes for comparison purposes – the LE MAC Bite of An Apple, and La Femme Coral.  I also have individual swatches of the red blushes.

Black Radiance Raspberry

Of the red blushes, Black Radiance Raspberry is by far the most sheer; the left swatch below took several swipes to build up, and the blended swatch was very easy to do.  Although Raspberry looks very red in the pan, it applies a little bit berry and is quite cool toned.  Since it’s sheer, it would be a great first red blush for someone who didn’t want to deal with the pigmentation of starting with something like La Femme.

Black Radiance Raspberry swatch

Black Radiance Raspberry

The Inglot I have, 382M, is actually an eyeshadow, but since it’s a matte red it works well as blush. The pigmentation is medium compared to the La Femme.  It’s not quite as blendable as I would like; you can see from the swatches that it’s a little bit patchy. It would be workable over powder and with some effort, but it’s definitely not easy to work with.

Inglot 382M

Inglot 382M

Inglot 382M swatch

Inglot 382M

And finally, the pigmentation on La Femme Red is just crazy.

La Femme Coral, La Femme Red

La Femme Coral, La Femme Red

La Femme Red swatch

La Femme Red

As you can see from the swatches, La Femme blushes are super, super pigmented, but also incredibly smooth.  It takes some effort to work with them – I explained the technique I use midway through this post –  but I find it totally worth it.

And once again, the comparison shot – the La Femme pigmentation really stands out!

MAC Bite of an Apple, La Femme Coral, Black Radiance Raspberry, Inglot 382M, La Femme Red

La Femme Blush On Rouge Review, Swatches, Photos

La Femme Blush on Rouge

La Femme Blush on Rouge

Lately, I’ve been looking for a good red blush (see why in this post!)   Since La Femme blushes are pigmented, high quality, and very inexpensive (around $3), I thought I would give La Femme’s “Red” blush a try.

Instead of buying online, I bought in-person at Nigel Beauty Emporium – a beauty supply store located about 20 minutes away from me. I had never been before, and WOW – it is the most fantastic store I have ever been too! They have so many brands, including the full line of Inglot, OCC, Kevyn Aucoin, Ellis Faas, MUFE, Ben Nye, and so many more. I spent about two hours browsing!

Among my other purchases, I bought two La Femme blushes – Red and Coral, to add to the four I already own (swatched & reviewed here).

Here are swatches of all six together:

La Femme Blush on Rouge: Coral, Red, Pink Velvet, Magenta, Misty Plum, Peach swatches

La Femme Blush on Rouge: Coral, Red, Pink Velvet, Magenta, Misty Plum, Peach

For blended swatches and face swatches of the four I already owned, please refer to my previous post.

La Femme Coral swatch

La Femme Coral

La Femme Coral - applied

La Femme Coral – applied

La Femme Coral is a matte red-based coral. I had no trouble getting a sheer application, despite the intensity of the pigment.  My technique for a sheer application of a pigmented blush is as follows: first, use powder (I even powdered my arm – this really helps it blend). Then, use a stipple brush to lightly touch the blush.  Touch the stipple brush to a tissue to get rid of any excess blush – you want only the smallest amount of blush on your brush.  Then, apply to your face.  Use a clean brush to blend.

La Femme Red swatch

La Femme Red

La Femme Red - Applied

La Femme Red – Applied

La Femme Red is a vibrant, bright red with some sparkle.  The heavier swatch shows the sparkle, but in the blended out swatch, the sparkle disappears – so little of the blush is used that there is virtually no sparkle visible (which I like).  At Nigel Beauty, I compared an Inglot red blush, two MUFE red blushes, and this one, and I liked this one best – the color was the most vibrant and seemed the most true red.  This one is a touch more difficult to blend out than Coral, because it is SO pigmented, but I was still able to do so using the technique outlined above.

And, here’s a look at my blush/face palette – it’s in a giant MUFE palette (only $11!) that I bought at Nigel Beauty.  I prefer to keep most of my blush in single pots, but the La Femmes come as pans, the packaging on one additional blush broke, and I’ve depotted some bronzers and one highlighter because I found the packaging annoying.

La Femme Blush Review, Swatches, Photos

It was only recently that I heard of the brand La Femme, and heard that they make fantastic blushes for only $2.50 each (pan form; $3 in pot form).  I decided to try them out and order four blushes – with shipping, my total came to $12.99 which is a fantastic deal. I ordered from Makeup Mania, and I would order from them again.

As you can see from the photo, the four shades that I ordered are Misty Plum, Pink Velvet, Peach, and Magenta.  All four are matte, though Pink Velvet has more of a sheen than the other three. All four are incredibly pigmented and very smooth.

However, due to the pigmentation, they can be a little difficult to blend out – especially Magenta, as it’s the deepest and most pigmented; I find that it’s best to apply them over powder (rather than foundation or bare skin), and if I’m still have trouble, I go over them after application with a big fluffy brush to smooth out the edges.

La Femme Misty Plum; Pink Velvet; Peach; Magenta

My favorite of the four blushes is Peach – I absolute love it – it is incredibly flattering on me! It is a unique color in my blush collection, and a fabulous neutral blush. I’ve also used it on a friend who has a very different skintone than I do (cool with a lot of surface redness), and it looked beautiful on her as well.

La Femme Pink Velvet – this one is surprisingly bright applied!

Pink Velvet looks almost neon – very bright! – if not carefully applied. 
La Femme Misty Plum – My second favorite

Misty Plum is quite pretty – it’s very neutral.

La Femme Magenta – Applied VERY sparingly

I would definitely recommend Magenta for deeper skintones. It’s not quite worth the extra work of application for me.

Peach is absolutely my favorite of the four, I think it would be flattering on most skintones (perhaps not very dark though).

You can also see me wearing Peach in some of my FOTD pictures here and here.

Have you tried La Femme blush? Would you?

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