One of my favorite summer makeup looks is desert oasis-inspired with sand, dusty olive and muted browns. This calls for neutral blush that is free of flowery tones. Last year's NARS Douceur is an excellent example and has been a favorite for this look, but ever since I got Sue Devitt Silky Blush in Tralee as a gift with purchase it has become The One.
Color-wise, Sue Devit's Tralee and NARS Douceur are almost identical. I'm pretty sure 3 out of four times I would have a hard time telling them apart. Both are natural/nude rose with a medium brown base. Neither one is shimmery but Tralee has an almost satin finish that gives a very subtle glow. Sue Devitt's blush is also more pigmented so I never find a need to build up the color, though it is possible: what you see in these pictures are heavy swatches- I never use this much on my face.
You can also see how the color appears in pulls more orange if you use too much in strong afternoon sunlight. I took the photo with Josephine right by the glass doors leading to the deck. I think the other swatch is more true to the color you see most of the time.
Sue Devitt's blushes have a wonderful texture and blend beautifully on the skin. I find that Tralee, like the other ones I have, stays put all day (I always use good base products and a finishing powder). It is easy to apply, blend and create a flattering look. My favorite brushes for Tralee are either Sue Devitt's blush brush or Shu Uemura #20.
Bottom Line: Nicer than NARS.
Sue Devitt Silky Blush ($20) is available from Ulta, select department stores and suedevittbeauty.com . Mine was a GWP.
All photos are mine.