Bobbi Brown has a new blush display, "Cheeky Color," on counters this summer. I spotted it over the weekend at Nordstrom and again today at Macy's, where I had a chance to jot down the names of the shades included. I was told by the counter manager that there are some brand new colors, while others are re-promotes, along with existing permanent shades. She also mentioned that the vibrant matte red-orange shade, Flame, replaces an older "Shimmer Blush" shade by the same name (however, the shimmery version of Flame is currently still available on bobbibrown.com). Of the shades on the list below the only shades that I have never seen before are Coral Sugar and Pretty Sugar, so I marked those as new.
- Pastel Pink
- Pale Pink
- Pastel Peach
- Pretty Pink
- Coral Sugar (new)
- Pretty Coral (new)
- Flame (new in matte formula)
Although I was very tempted by the shade Pretty Coral, I managed to resist by reminding myself of all the many similar pinky-coral shades I already have at home. I'm sorry that I don't have any swatches of the new shades above to show you, but thought this would be a good opportunity to share my personal Bobbi Brown powder blush collection, which coincidentally includes two of the shades in the "Cheeky Color" display: Pale Pink and Apricot.
- Apricot - a bright matte pink, that might have been more appropriately named "Watermelon"
- Nude Peach - a soft, satin pale peach
- Washed Rose (Shimmer Blush) - a plummy rose with silver shimmer
- Pink Sugar (Shimmer Blush) - a soft, pale pink with gold shimmer (my personal favorite)
- Pale Pink - a cool-toned vibrant pink (not at all pale, despite the name), said to have been worn by Kate Middleton on her wedding day
- Desert Pink - a matte, neutral rosy-pink (somewhat similar to MAC's Blushbaby)
I also have one more shade I picked up a few years ago, Sandstone, which is the unlucky odd man out that did not make it into a spot in my handy 6-pan palette. Sandstone is a matte taupey-tan that can be used as a subtle blush, a contouring shade, or even as an eye shadow.
|From left to right: Sandstone, Apricot, Nude Peach, Washed Rose, Pink Sugar, Pale Pink, Desert Pink|
In the past I have overlooked Bobbi's blush offerings in favor of MAC or NARS, but after spending some time getting better acquainted with the range, I found that there are quite a few beautiful colors to choose from. Perhaps the only drawback is their small pan-size, containing only 0.13 oz ($26) of product versus a typical MAC blush, which contains 0.21 oz ($21). For myself this is not an issue, as I cannot remember the last time I've hit pan on a powder blush. I also like the convenient 3-pan and 6-pan palettes, priced at a fairly affordable $10 each. It's very simple to pop in and remove the blush pans and the shade labels are easily visible. Now, if only they offered a 9 or 12-pan palette!