I was swatching my MAC blushes when it occurred to me to see, if I had other colors that were similar to my favorite discontinued blush from MAC, Blushcreme in Lilicent. As it turns out, while none are an exact match, I have a few similar shades from other brands.
I like the idea of nude-pinks, but it can be a difficult shade to wear, but not impossible, if you are darker than nude-beige. On darker skintones, or skintones with contrasting undertones, it becomes more a “fashion” color than a true neutral. So keep that in mind.
1. Kevin Aucoin The Creamy Moist Glow in Nuelle, 0.14 oz. for $24.00
This is by far the most difficult to use blush. It is super tacky and you need a spatula to dig some product out. You need to vigorously blend into your cheeks. However, it is by far the longest lasting nude blush I have. It stays on and will not come off until you wash it off. It is also the one that melds the most into my skin, making it look like a natural flush. This nude-pink is described has having a bit of a peach undertone. It is not as peachy as Lilicent. You only need a TINY bit of product to get color and this will last longer than ANY of the other blushes below, even with the same amount of product.
2. ILLAMASQUA Cream Blusher in Zygomatic, 0.14 oz for $24.00
This has a gliding, moist texture to it. It is described as a peachy beige. I see more beige than peach in it, though. It is not as long lasting as Kevyn Aucoin’s Nuelle, but it is super easy to use. Despite the gliding moist texture, it does stay put, but it is sheer does not lend itself to staying on long. You may have to use more of this product than Nuelle because of its transparent, gel-like texture. However, it looks incredibly natural.
3. Revlon Cream Blush in Rosy Glow, 0.12 oz (drugstore)
This has a powdery-gel texture and it is kind of sheer. You have to layer on product to get a color impact and the formula does not really set. This evaporates kind of quickly. Great safe and cheap buy for those who want to venture with nude-pink cream blushes. This was the lightest nude-pink with more of a bluish undertone making it more suitable for pale types. It is actually the worst value, though. You will finish this product first!
4. MAC Blushcreme in Lilicent, 0.21 oz (discontinued)
This is has the strongest peachy-pink hint and it is very tacky and kind of greasy feeling. However, it had great color payoff. Too bad it was discontinued. MAC reformulated this line into the Cremeblends, but did not reformulate this color. Although, BritWit could be useable, but it does have a cooler undertone to it.
5. Becca Beach Tint in Fig, 0.24 oz for $25.00
This performs like a stain and is a multipurpose tint. It is kind of difficult to work with because you need to shake the tiny container to mix the contents together. It has a tendency to separate. The color comes out super transparent and is described as a tea-rose pink. You should not apply directly to face, despite how quickly it sets, because of issues with how the product can leak “watery fluid” first and then color. Palm it, make sure you get color, blend with finger and quickly apply to cheeks. This gives the subtlest hint of color that lasts a while. Will not be that visible on medium skin tones. However, it is waterproof I believe, which is why it is called Beach Tint.
Overall, I think Kevyn Aucoin’s The Creamy Moist Glow in Nuelle is the best nude-pink, but for ease of application and reapplication, Illlamasqua Cream Blusher takes the win for best makeup bag nude-pink. Of course, you WON’T NEED TO REAPPLY with The Creamy Moist Glow in Nuelle, it won’t budge! 🙂