Saturday, February 2, 2013

Orange Blush Swatches (MUFE, Hard Candy and Gosh)

Hey, remember this from the last post? Think I have anything in the stash to rival its overwhelming orange-ness?


Heh. Not even close.

I'm talking orange. Not peach, not coral, not apricot. The shade is Make Up For Ever Tangerine #18 (described as a "vibrant matte orange").


It completes the vibrant cheek palette I personally customized. This will be the standard upon which I will judge all red, pink and orange tone blushes.

Although I know I don't have anything like it in my stash, I still had to look.

Top Left: MAC Coral Crepe / Top Right: Benefit Coralista
Bottom Left: MUFE #18 / Bottom Right: Hard Candy Fox in a Box

The corals definitely aren't a match, so out they go. It leaves #18 against Fox in a Box.


They almost kind of look similar in the pan... But nope. Fox in a Box appears peach/coral on the flesh while #18 maintains its vivid orange tone.


Then I remembered that I had an orange cream blush. It's GOSH 001 Tropical Breeze. Tropical Breeze is more vibrant and lighter in tone than it appears below.


Well, it is orange, I'd say. Lighter and shimmery and creamy, but still orange.

Left: Tropical Breeze / Right: #18

But again, they're different enough that they can't possibly be considered to reside in the realm of dupishness. This exercise reminded me of how much I loved Tropical Breeze when I first picked it up, and I enjoy using it best during summer when my face is more tanned. I think that's where this orange/COLOURS lemming came from: the desire for summer. Two months more of this wintery wretchedness and we'll be complaining about the insects and heat. I can't wait.

Ingredients for MUFE #18: Talc, Kaolin, Nylon-6, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Isostearyl Neopentanoate-Polybutene, Butyl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben

Made in France.

56 comments:

  1. I wonder what that orange looks like on skin. I've never had a true orange before!

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    1. I tried with a light hand and it's like a more intense peach if you have olive skin tone. So excited at the idea of mixing it up with some bronzer and being all warm and glowy throughout the cold season. :D

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  2. Wow, those are seriously orange! I love how bright and punchy they are :) Orange isn't a shade I can wear––even my corals have to be pink-heavy––but I do think they can look fantastic on people who are less ghostly than me. I can't wait for warmer weather, either! Think of all the dresses! And cute sandals! And bright lips! Those blushes will fit right in, definitely :)

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    1. YOU MAKE ME SO EXCITED FOR SUMMER. Gah, I need to move! Summer dresses are one of my favourite things. :D

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  3. I'm enjoying your blush collection break downs. I have your pink post still open on my computer. That post prompted me to pull out TT Carved Rose, which I'd been neglecting in favour of Feather. Your MUFE blush palette is gorgeous. If it were in my collection, I'd also use it as a benchmark for my blushes as well. By the way, where did you get the palette? Did you have to order it direct from MUFE?

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    1. Thanks! Stay tuned for neutrals, peaches and corals. :) I rarely order online. I have a bunch of Sephoras near me and the one near work is fully stocked with MUFE Pro items. :)

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  4. Very coincidental since I met up with a former coworker I turned on to skincare and beauty products and she dhowed me this exact same blush she had been given by a friend - which she absolutely LOVES on her tawny golden skin. I am INTRIGUED. I love orange but have never worn a blush this orange.

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    1. Amazing! I've never seen anyone talk about this shade. Maybe you can try your friend's and see if it works on your skin. There are other orange blushes out there but I like the warmth of this one. The only other shade that looks comparable is a YSL cream blush which is cooler toned.

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  5. Woooooo...now THAT's orange! How can you wear it though, and are there some skin tones more suited to this shade than others? I don't know if I could pull off anything this vibrant, although wearing it when one is tanned, makes more sense. Come to think of it, I have something that looks that orange - NARS Turks & Caicos Multiple Tints that came out in 2010, but it applies way more sheer.

    PS: Don't complain about the nasty weather; you Torontonians don't know how easy you have it with your Canadian winter-lite version, lol! Come to Québec (or ask Tracy about Edmonton) to see what winter misery's really all about ....yuck-ola!

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    1. It requires a very light hand and I suppose a wonderfully soft and dense and fluffy brush! I like the idea of layering it with bronzers. :) It does remind me of Turks & Caicos, which I missed out on. To be honest, it's not like this shade is going to become my go-to blush or anything, but looking at it makes me happy and I'll pull it out whenever I feel experimental and daring.

      I don't envy your extra winter winters in Montreal/Edmonton which is why I always decline trips to Quebec during winter breaks! But winter is winter and it sucks both ways, haha.

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  6. Okay I need to find out if these pans are paraben-free or not, because that orange is sexy. SEXY.

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  7. That brights blush palette is AMAZING and I love it.

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    1. I think the vibrant Sleek palettes were semi-consciously seared into my brain and I set out to replicate them! Glad you like it. :)

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    2. I was just coming to post about Sleek bc I bought the three pan palettes and they were super reasonable (as was shipping to Vancouver) and thought you might like them :) Love the blush comparisons!!

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    3. Really??? I looked at a Sleek sale once but was daunted by the shipping price to Canada. Did you buy directly from Sleek or another retailer?

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    4. Yes! It was the US site, and the palettes were $12ish for the three pan, and $5ish for shipping. Not sure if shipping rates have gone up in the new year though. ... just gonna leave this here... http://www.sleekmakeup.com/face/blusher/blush-by-3

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    5. Ah, thank you! This could turn out to be very dangerous, but I rarely buy makeup online without testing first in person. I'm going to stare at some shadow palettes now... :x

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    6. I assume you've seen these but for convenience... http://drivelaboutfrivol.blogspot.ca/2012/03/sleek-blush-by-3-trio-swatches-and.html and http://drivelaboutfrivol.blogspot.ca/2012/03/sleek-blush-by-3-comparison-swatches.html :) I will affirm that Pinktini is SUPER pigmented and I seem to get flushed just looking at the palette :)

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    7. I think I did, but it's nice to see it as reference again. I'm happy with my palette for now and won't think about the Sleek options for a while. But good to hear they live up to the claims! Thanks, Mimi. :)

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  8. Hi Liz, that is quite... orange! I love your growing MUFE collection; they have some great colors, and as you mentioned, very standard. I think there is much beauty in that.

    That said, I'll admit I'm too scared to try to pull off a pure orange myself!

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    1. I think the MUFE growth is going to take a pause here. :) But I'm glad you like my picks! And I'm sure the orange will come in handy for one of your Inspired by Art posts. ;)

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  9. Yup! Orange!! I love it, surprise surprise, right? hahaha
    It's going to be warmer here this week! Like +4C on Monday! IT'S LIKE SUMMER hahaha. Sigh.
    I'm so tired of winter too! I can't lift the shovel high enough to pile it anymore...SNOW that is. Just to clarify :P

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    1. I AM SHOCKED. SHOCKED, I SAY. ;D

      LOL @ summer. We hit 12C the other day and I'm pretty sure we'll pay for it with snow in June or something. It's "cold" again but that's normal which I appreciate. Damn my brother for moving to Ottawa. Shoveling snow was HIS job. :[

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  10. this orange is *so* bright!!! My asian skin can't carry this as pure oranges (without any pink tones) make my face look flat and dirty :(

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    1. Hi, Jenni! I'm Asian too but more yellow than pale white like some Asians. I didn't pick this shade for looking pretty so much as wanting to play with colours. I have other more flattering shades of blush for that. :D

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    2. I like how brave you are to experiment with colors that lie outside our comfort zones! If I had to make it work, i'd layer it with pink blushes or to blend the hard edges with pink :)

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    3. I am so lazy - layering never occurs to me but that's brilliant. :D

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  11. Wow, that is bright! It looks pretty and I love the visual of all three lined up in the pan. So happy-looking.

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  12. I am loving the colour coordinated posts! I have not tried orange on my face, at all, never, can't imagine! Orange scares me to be honest. I just found an orange eyeshadow sample packet from Aromaleigh while cleaning up. I may try it as a blush just to see what happens but I am just too scared lol

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    1. Hi, Su! I found myself all over orange due to last year's Pantone craze, and it's continuing this year. This colour is pretty scary but I practice at home when no one's around and use a very light hand. :)

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  13. I only have one orange blush, NARS Taj Mahal, which looks a bit like the GOSH blush, and which I only use in summer. That's about it! Like Sarah, I am REALLY enjoying the visual of the MUFE 3-pan with the bright red, pink and orange. I feel like doing something like that myself! Love these blush posts, Liz. Honestly, sometimes I feel like I could just read about blush all day. What is it about blush? I don't get it...but I JUST LOVE IT SO MUCH.

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    1. I remember wanting Taj Mahal SO BADLY when it debuted. And yes, you should put together a bright cheek palette! I like that the scary shades are together and not mixed up with the "normal" ones, haha.

      And I hear you on the blush thing. Even if I was down to just one item in every other category, I'd still be hoarding blush and planning to acquire more as time passes. I wonder what our blush stashes will look like in about five years, LOL!

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  14. i love the golden undertone of tropical breeze!
    i've never crossed over to the orange realm (corals are hard enough!) but i am really curious how that vibrant #18 would translate on your skin. :)

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    1. I'll try to take a picture of how it looks on the cheek one day. :) I'm so bad at face swatches but it's something that I should work on!

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  15. Feeling closer to spring now! Love the look of your mufe palette!

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  16. Mmm orange cheeks are so beautiful when matched to tan skin but I find it a bit hard to pull off with my black hair and eyes. My bff who has dyed brown hair and wears brown color contacts looks awesome with orange/peach cheeks and lips though! What a difference hair and eye color can make eh

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    1. I have black hair and eyes. ;) But I guess the point of this exercise isn't necessarily about what's most flattering but being daring and experimental. When applied lightly, it's not so bad!

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  17. Woot! That's a helluva orange! I know I don't have anything that comes anywhere near that - except an old eyeshadow I have stashed away because it was too daring on my lids. *Lightbulb* Now that's an idea! Why not try my orange eyeshadow as a blush?? Hmmm....

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    1. NARS just came out with a similar shade of orange as a solo shadow. :) I had half a thought of picking that up instead and using it as a blush, but MUFE was probably better value and quality. I think any warm tone shadow that's not too patchy can be a great blush!

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  18. Whoa I actually haven't considered the possibility of wearing an orange blush! I GUESS it's doable with my skin tone, but I never make my cheeks the focal point of any look (I prefer to pick between my eyes or lips). As a matter of fact I think I systematically underdo blushes...

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    1. I think you're the only beauty blogger who isn't insanely obsessed with blush! Everyone else seems to be totally gaga over them, including me. I don't make the cheeks a focal point though. But I'm OBSESSED with having all the right shades in my stash. It's nuts I tell you!

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  19. Your MUFE blush palette = EYE-SEARING LOVE.

    Next time we meet up, please wear your orange blush. :)

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    1. I knew you'd be proud! :D

      Haha, okay. Let's meet soon!

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  20. Really enjoying your blush posts, Liz and I love your vibrant cheek palette. Not sure if I'd be brave enough to wear a true orange blush or if it would work with my skintone, but it does look like an amazing shade!

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    1. Thanks, Nat. Have you seen the new Chanel blush, Frivole? I think that would look amazing on you!

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  21. What a beautiful blush set you have, Liz *___*
    I can't see myself wearing such a punchy orange, but your makeup picks are always interesting and inspire me to be more adventurous x

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    1. Sorry for the late response - this one escaped me somehow!

      I'm hardly adventurous if you see my everyday face, but it's fun to poke around at different things now and then. Your day will come. ;)

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  22. I love orange blushers and this one looks incredible! But because my skin is paler than snow, my idea of an orange blusher ends with MAC Peaches :)

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    1. I just got Peaches this month, thanks to a good friend. I didn't have an actual peach blush until now. :)

      Not sure what your current go-to look is, but I sense that the lightest tap of a brilliant orange wouldn't look as bad as it may sound. :)

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  23. I hope you will like it, it has been my favourite blusher for years!
    Oh, I will give it a go - fresh orange cheeks for spring seem like an excellent idea to me. No matter how much I like winter, I am sooo ready for spring. This one has been very long already.

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    1. Tell me about it! I despise winter more and more every year.

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