A gift-with-purchase event has allowed me to try a couple of Estee Lauder Pure Color Blush shades: Pink Ingenue 05 and Peach Passion 08 (also a Bronze Goddess bronzer in Light 01, which I'll talk about tomorrow). Estee Lauder Pure Color blushes are a solid performer with an excellent texture that is too often overlooked in favor of brands with an edgier image. It's a shame, really, because the pigment intensity is superb despite the almost sheer quality that makes these Lauder blushes work with one's skin without looking painted. The finely milled texture is one of the best you can find at your local Macy's.
Pink Ingenue is my favorite of the two. It's a very organic medium rose that adds life to the skin. It's more pink than Alluring Rose which is still my favorite, but still almost universal in its appeal. Peach Passion is not my thing. I know peach and orangeish blushes are summer favorites for many but they tend to clash with the green undertones of my skin. No matter how light and glowy Peach Passion looks when swatched it does nothing for my face unless I mix it with another color. Still, if this is your kind of color I do recommend that you give it a try- the finish is very pretty and on the right complexion I'm sure this is fab.
The swatches above were done very lightly with the crappy little brush that came in the GWP compact. I'd say that just any good blush brush you already own will suffice. The blushes have great color payoff and are easy to apply and blend. Estee Lauder Pure Color blushes meld with the skin very easily and last for the entire day (over a good base) with or without a finishing powder.
Estee Lauder Pink Ingenue & Peach Passion Pure Color Blush ($28 each) are available at the counters and from esteelauder.com. The products in this review were a GWP and didn't come in the regular Pure Color size/packaging.