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Milani Coming Up Roses Blush Review & Swatches

Milani Flora Passion Warm Petals Coming Up Roses Blush

Flora Passion // Warm Petals

Milani recently released a new collection of four limited edition rose shaped blushes, the “Coming Up Roses” collection.  There are four colors available, and I purchased two of them: Flora Passion, a matte pinky-coral, and Warm Petals, a slightly shimmery orangey nude.

Milani’s permanent blush line (the baked blushes) are very pigmented and beautiful colors but are too shimmery for my preferences, so I had high hopes for the Coming Up Roses blushes.  Unfortunately, I was very disappointed by these.

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NYX Hibiscus & Tea Rose Stick Blush Review, Swatches, Photos

Purchased Affiliate Links NYX Stick Blush Hibiscus Tea Rose Since Ulta’s 40% off NYX sale ends in a few days, I wanted to be sure to get this review up today! I purchased these two stick blushes on the first day of the sale, and so far, I really like them.

The packaging is pretty basic; colored plastic that closely matches the shade of the product.  They contain a good amount of product – – and the full price around $6 at Ulta or Cherryculture.

NYX Stick Blush

I believe that some of the shades contain shimmer, but I chose two shades with creme finishes – no sparkle or shimmer at all. Both are very pigmented.

NYX Stick Blush Hibiscus Tea Rose Swatches

Hibiscus heavily swatched & blended out // Tea Rose heavily swatched & blended out

I found each of the stick blushes a bit difficult to blend out over dry skin, but they were easy to blend over well-moisturized skin, including over foundation. I would not recommend using these over a powder foundation; they are not emollient enough for that to work.  They work best over well-moisturized skin or over liquid foundation.

I’ve only worn them a couple times so far, but wear time seems typical for a cream product, or perhaps a little better than usual.  For me, that means that they last 5-6 hours (creams usually last 4-5 hours on me; this is probably partially because I wear blush very lightly).

Overall, I really like these, and I’d definitely recommend them – especially on sale!

*I purchased the product(s) featured in this post.   This post contains affiliate links. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.

Addiction Cheek Sticks – Swatch of the Day


Addiction Cheek Sticks

Addiction Cheek Stick Suspicious Tea Rose Swatches

Suspicious // Tea Rose

I love these. Tea Rose has a slightly better (more emollient) texture which is wearable on both lips and cheeks – Suspicious works beautifully on my cheeks, but I don’t like the texture on my lips.  I purchased these on Ichibankao for ¥4050 (around $42) each, which includes shipping. In Japan, they retail for ¥2940 (around $30), but Ichibankao is the easiest way to get them if you live in the US. Next on my to-buy list: Rose Bar.   You can see swatches of all the currently-available Cheek Sticks on the fantastic blog So Lonely in Gorgeous, here.


*As noted in this review, I purchased both of the featured products.  Please see my disclosure policy for more information.

MUA Yummy Cream Blush Perfection Review & Swatches

MUA Blush Perfection cream blusher - Yummy

MUA Blush Perfection cream blusher – Yummy

Quite a while back – more than a month ago – MUA a UK drugstore brand, had a promotion with free worldwide shipping. I placed a small order – well, I bought a lot, but it was inexpensive! – and one of the items I bought was the cream blush in the shade Yummy, which sells for £2.

If you aren’t familiar with it, MUA (which stands for Make Up Academy) is known for good quality and cheap prices – it is sort of the UK version of Wet n Wild.   Here’s my entire haul – many more reviews will be coming in the next weeks!

background weirdness is because it didn’t actually fit in my lightbox

The cream blush, Yummy, is packaged in a lightweight plastic compact. It’s not elegant, but it gets the job done. As I’ve said many times, at this price point, functional is all I ask for – and this is functional, so it works for me.

MUA Yummy blush swatch

heavy / blended

I would describe the color of Yummy as a soft rosy neutral.  It is very pink in the heavier swatch, and thus would probably look pinker on fair complexions; however, blended out (and on my face), it loses some pinkness and turns in to a very neutral shade – a great everyday pick.  Somehow, it reminds me of MAC Blushbaby (my favorite neutral blush) – but in comparison, Blushbaby has more brown, and Yummy has more pink.

Texturewise, Yummy is very creamy and emollient with a dewy finish.  I would recommend it for drier skins only – I can imagine it sliding off oilier skins and not working at all.  I don’t always set my makeup with powder in the winter, but I felt like this blush needed to be set with powder.  Wear time was typical for a cream blush for me; 3-5 hours depending on how heavily I applied it.

Overall, I would definitely recommend the MUA cream blushes as affordable options for those with normal to dry skin, and I would recommend the shade Yummy as a great neutral blush for light to medium skintones.  This is my first MUA product, and it’s a hit!

MAC Marilyn Monroe The Perfect Cheek Review, Swatches, Comparisons

MAC The Perfect Cheek - Marilyn

I’ve heard a lot of good things about MAC The Perfect Cheek – first released with the Makeup Art Cosmetics collection in 2009 – so when I heard that it was going to be rereleased with the Marilyn Monroe collection, I was excited to check it out. And, since lately I’ve been reaching for my neutral, easy to wear blush shades most often, it was especially intriguing.


The Perfect Cheek is a matte, pinky-neutral blush. I found it sheer, but buildable. Below, I have swatched it next to my other neutral blushes – MAC Blushbaby, Tarina Tarantino Neapolitan Lane, and Cargo Tonga. The first picture is in natural light, and the second is with flash.

After photographing, I realized Tonga closest was the closest to The Perfect Cheek. They even looked like potential dupes – so I photographed them side by side.

It’s not apparent from the photos, but The Perfect Cheek is more sheer than Tonga – the swatch is built up, while the Tonga swatch is just a few swipes. The Perfect Cheek is also a touch rosier; so not perfect dupes. But, they are very close – I doubt one could detect the difference when worn.

Overall, this is not a unique shade, but I’m happy to have it as part of my neutral blush arsenal.

Tarina Tarantino Neapolitan Lane Blush Review & Swatches

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cheek blush  - Neapolitan Lane

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cheek blush – Neapolitan Lane

I’ve been interested in the makeup line Tarina Tarantino for a while now – Temptalia in particular has piqued my curiosity by rating several items in the line very highly (read her reviews of the line here).

A couple days ago, Jane over at Life’s Entropy posted that the entire line was 40% off at Sephora.  Later that day, I headed out to a store to swatch & play, and came home with Tarina Tarantino’s Dollskin Cheek blush in Neapolitan Lane – normally $25 but on sale for $15.

I think Tarina Tarantino’s jeweled packaging is a love it or hate it type of thing; personally, I’m in the hate it camp.  It’s sturdy and functional, but I just don’t like the aesthetic at ALL.

The blush, however, is fantastic. It’s very soft and seems finely milled, but isn’t powdery at all. It is very smooth and even. Usually, I prefer pigmented, bright blush shades – but lately I’ve been reaching for MAC Blushbaby almost every day since it goes with everything and is just so foolproof.  Neapolitan lane is a similar no-fuss color, but is smoother and seems of higher quality than Blushbaby.

Since the colors are quite similar, I’ve swatched Neapolitan Lane and Blushbaby side by side.  I don’t own Tarte Exposed, but I know it’s also very similar.

Tarina Tarantino Neapolitan Lane, MAC Blushbaby - swatches, comparison

natural light

Tarina Tarantino Neapolitan Lane, MAC Blushbaby - swatches, comparison


Clearly, these are very similar shades.  Neapolitan Lane has a touch more pink and is more sheer.  Blushbaby is a bit more pigmented, but not as smooth or soft.

I was a little concerned that Neapolitan Lane might not show up on my face, because it’s fairly sheer and a fairly neutral shade, but it works really well applied. It does take a couple swipes to build up the color.  I would prefer it if it was a little more pigmented, but if your preference is for something that’s easy to apply and hard to overdo, this is perfect for you.  Because of the sheerness and the shade, I would recommend this for light to light-medium skintones.

Neapolitan Lane (and much of Tarina Tarantino’s line) is now sold out on Sephora online, but still available in many stores.  Since it seems that the line was a Sephora exclusive that’s no longer going to be sold at Sephora, I have no idea what is going to happen to the line overall – so if you’re interested in any Tarina Tarantino products, I would buy them now.