One of the easiest ways to update and refresh your look is with a new blush; I can never have enough of them! That’s why I’m excited to tell you about the new Estée Lauder Pure Color Blush Collection.  Created in collaboration with world-renowned makeup artist and Estée Lauder’s Creative Makeup Director, Tom Pecheux, this collection was inspired by his work on the runway.

There are many options out there when it comes to choosing a blush, but there are several reasons that the blushes in the Pure Color Blush Collection really stand out.  First is shade selection; there are 16 shades available and 2 finishes–Satin and Shimmer.  Next, the pigmentation on this blush is truly outstanding, thanks to an advanced formula that delivers high impact color with natural radiance and dimension.  Lastly, the extra-large tablet will last a long time, as you only need the smallest amount for big color payoff.


I was sent four shades to preview: Naughty, Fearless, The Siren and Audacious Plum.  When I opened the compacts, I was amazed at the vivid colors. I was a little apprehensive–could I wear such intense shades? I needn’t have worried; I used a light hand and built the color. If you follow that technique, you’ll get a beautiful, long-lasting blush that you’ll love. There is a specially designed brush in the compact–sort of like a flat Kabuki brush.  And while it did just fine, I still prefer my own blush brush.

One of the things I’ve learned from covering Tom Pecheux at Fashion Week, is that he’s a good teacher.  He shares his answers to a couple of questions on blush and these new blushes, in particular:

Q:   How would you recommend determining your right shade of blush? Is there a trick to determining if a shade of blush will work for you?

A:   First, you need to define what you are looking for whether it is a blush to give you a warmer touch color or fresh and fruity pop of color. Also, you need to decide where you want to apply your blush. Is it going to contour your face or color your cheeks? If you want to contour your face, choose the shades that have a brown base and are a little bit darker than your skintone so it blends without looking harsh. If you want to color your cheeks, look for shades that are more pink, tangerine, raspberry and melon and apply perfectly on the apples of your cheeks.

Q:   What eye and lip would you recommend to pair with these bold blushes?

A:   I love the bold shades of blush and picked 3 favorites that will be introduced as a limited edition in 2012 through select stores. When doing a bold blush, pair with either a bold lip or bold eyes. This creates a perfect balance to the face with just 2 points of color. If you do all three then you will have too much vivid color and it will not look as sophisticated as you would like.

Estée Lauder Pure Color Blush retails at $28 and will be available this month at Estée Lauder counters nationwide, online at and major international airports.



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