I have been on a hunt to find the perfect dupe to my
all-time favourite blush of the moment, the Burberry Natural Glow Blush in Earthy Glow. It’s proven to be a massive challenge particularly as most brands don’t really make a nude / taupe-based blush. I’ve been told that the Estee Edit Barest Blush in First Lover ($22, sephora.ca) could be a good dupe, and with Sephora’s summer sale, I was able to pick this up with 30% off.
I’ve never tried anything from the Estée Edit range – to be honest, I wasn’t very keen about the products they put out. Seemed very comprehensive but almost… gimmicky. It’s sort of like Too Faced to me and that’s really not my vibe (or I’m just getting way too old!) Let me know if you’ve tried more of this range and what you think in the comment section below!
It Could be Much Better. Seriously.
The Estee Edit Barest Blush in First Lover comes in a silver compact with a full-sized mirror inside, and a gold overlay that pretty much disappears after several uses. I hate to start a review with the bad, but this is an exception as I was expecting more from a brand like Estée Lauder, which makes one of my all-time favourite products – the Double Wear Foundation.
Let’s start with the packaging. The compact feels very flimsy – lightweight and very plasticky so this is not a blush I’ll be taking with me when traveling. The inside feels like it could pop out at any moment so it’s very disappointing to see such an iconic brand cutting corners with a new makeup range that’s supposed to target a different target market. If I hadn’t used Estée Lauder’s product in the past, I’d be returning this right away. I had a hard time opening this blush which wasn’t something I was expecting – I was genuinely afraid that I’d break the lid completely by accident! If you have this blush, did you have similar issues?
The gold overspray is bizarrely designed – I think it’s meant to look like a “splash” on the blush but given that it disappears after 2-3 uses, I’m not sure if it has a purpose at all. Do you agree? I think oversprays are useless and I rarely buy things because of the overspray factor – I’m just saying!
Done with the bad, onto the good stuff!
I have to admit, First Lover is the only colour that called to me, and it’s probably quite obvious to you as to why. The warm peach with its matte finish is just the kind of colour I’m digging these days. It’s easy to wear, hard to screw up (i.e. clown cheeks) – even for beginners, and looks great on pretty much every undertone out there!
The formula is soft, easily blendable and doesn’t have too much fallout which I think makes this quite similar to the MAC blush range. The colour picks up easily on a duo-fibre or denser blush brush. The colour makes it hard to overdo on the skin and the blendability makes it easy to buff out so it looks very natural on the skin.
I prefer wearing warmer-toned blushes like this in the summer – on my tanner skin, the colour just adds the “right” amount of “life” back on my cheeks. I prefer this kind of peach colour rather than pink-based blushes in general!
Estee Edit Barest Blush Swatch & A Few Comparisons
I’ve swatched the blush against a few other shades that I was hoping to dupe. As you can tell, the colour is far too different from the Burberry Natural Glow Blush in Earthy Glow, so it’s not the dupe that I was hoping for. Although I love peach shades like this, I find the Essence Satin Blushes to wear a lot better and have a much better formula while retailing for so much less!
Although this shade and formula are really good, I don’t find it particularly unique – I think you can find drugstore dupes quite easily. There is minimal “wow” factor with this blush which would justify its price. If you’re looking to splurge on a reasonably-priced blush, this is one (if purchased during the sale) that’s not that much more expensive than drugstore blush pricing!
Now over to you – what do you think of the Estee Edit Barest Blush and overall range?