Recently I have tried two baked blushes that are both really nice.
Baked Blush is made differently than regular blush, and the formulation difference yields some fabulous results. Regular blush is composed of tinted powder that is then compressed. But baked blush is a liquid that is then baked dry. The color has a beautiful shimmer and is often more saturated than powder blush.
Both of my new blushes are from Milani – a relatively new company (2002) whose products you can find in the drugstore and big box stores like Target. Prices are comparable (usually a little less) than brands like Revlon and L’Oreal. In fact, the online prices for the baked blush from the Milani website are $8.00. Plus they ship free for orders over $25.
I’m quite fair – I’m not a natural blond, but I’m nearly as fair-skinned, especially in Winter. So I chose two blushes on the lighter side: Luminoso and Dolce Pink.
You can see that both colors are very luminous and shimmery. The pink seems much brighter in the pan than the peachy Luminoso, but goes on quite sheer.
The best comparison I can make is to Nars’ famous Orgasm blush. I own this blush also, and wear it occasionally, but I find it a little harsh in some lights. But the comparison is still very apt.
You can see in the above photo that the Dolce Pink is a little rosier than Nars Orgasm and the Luminoso is peachier. But the radiance is there. And the Nars version costs $38, not $8. (By the way, the Nars blush is not nearly empty because I use it so much… it’s unfortunately because I dropped it.)
You can see in the side by side photo of the compacts the relative size of the Milani blushes. The Nars compact is 0.16 oz and the Milani compacts hold 0.12 oz, so there is definitely less product. But still a good deal.
The underside of the compact opens to a mirror and a small useless brush. I think if I were traveling and without a good brush, I would rather apply the blush with my fingers than use the one included.
But the product is well worth ignoring the dumb brush. Both of the Milani colors are velvety and apply easily and smoothly with a good quality blush brush.
Although the colors look very different in the container, once applied the difference is more subtle.
Here is the peachy Luminoso. I am wearing a bit more than I usually wear so you can clearly see the color. I’m wearing foundation but no powder, contour or highlighter. The Luminoso has a really nice glow.
And here is Dolce Pink. Just a little rosier than Luminoso. And the shimmer is a subtle rosy warm gold. I am wearing the same foundation and lipstick in both photos, so you can better evaluate the difference in blush color only. Dolce Pink is as lovely as Luminoso.
Both blushes are quite long-lasting, certainly enduring enough considering the low price. With a light hand they are beautiful sheer, but both are buildable and can become richly saturated without streaking. All blushes are Fragrance Free, as well Vegan and cruelty-free.
Milani makes great blushes. And these two are an inexpensive way to try the radiance of a baked blush.
PS – Bonus tip: I often wear the Luminoso as eye shadow too – Its glow is very pretty on your eyes.