Sunday Riley Blushes have me thoroughly impressed. While at Barneys I thought all the blushes looked amazing but limited myself to just two. (After all I caved on four of her eyeshadows, reviewed a few days ago here.) I purchased Blushing, a soft light natural glowing pink on the left, and Honest, a shimmering tawny peach on the right ($30 each for 0.1 oz/3 g). Both come packaged in a sturdy square mirrored compact in a little black pouch embossed with Sunday Riley's name and logo on top.
I think I may have just found pink perfection in Blushing. The Non-Blonde and Product Doctor can confirm how wonderful this color is (and both lovely ladies have completely different skintones than I do). Soft natural pink blushes are a dime a dozen, but Sunday Riley's Blushing is a cut above. It has a natural undertone and enough pink with a hint of shimmer to look like a perfect natural light blush. It doesn't turn muddy or darken with brown tones on the skin. It doesn't apply ashy or too pigmented. It really is as good as it gets. I wasn't able to get comparison shots before the sun went down, here are a few lined up to compare. I thought it resembled Bobbi Brown's Antigua the most, but on the face, BB's can darken a bit and look muddy if you get the slightest bit oily. Sunday Riley's Blushing holds up better without darkening.
Honest is equally stunning. It's a shimmering peach with a hint of nude tones. In the compact it looks quite shimmery but on the face it applies beautifully and natural. Peach lovers, take note, I think it's something you must try on in person if you're near a Barneys. Both blushes are rich in pigment with a soft blendable texture. There is a slight powdery scent but it's not very noticeable.
Side by side, Blushing and Honest, plus swatches below:
I couldn't fit all the blushes and comparisons on one arm, so I only picked a few to swipe side by side. Do take into account that my swatches tend to look more shimmery due to the flash than these apply in real life. Swatching is hard work, please take these with a grain of salt and check other blogs for different views/angles/lighting:
Overall, I'm in love. These blushes are truly amazing in the sense that they apply beautifully and flawlessly on the skin without changing color as the skin warms up. No tweaking required at all with either of these. They have just enough color to be visible and brighten the face but they are also natural enough that they won't overpower or overwhelm your look. Both shades can be easily worn year round for a number of looks and occasions. Although I've only tried a few shadows and blushes, I adore what I've bought. Many thanks to Gaia from The Non-Blonde for helping us all discover Sunday Riley's cosmetic line. I have a few sample packets of her skincare which I can't wait to try. My next trip to Barneys can't come soon enough.