Buxom True Hue Blush review

Let your true colors shine with Buxom’s latest and greatest!

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“Makeup is more than a look, it’s an attitude.” -Buxom

I recently filled out a questionnaire that asked me some general questions about myself. The idea was to give another person a picture of who I am and what I’m like: my favorite colors, restaurants I like to go to, and so on. My favorite question was about how I would describe my own sense of style. This was my response:

But back to talking about makeup…It’s more than just products that you apply. Like the questionnaire, makeup can be a tool to help you show other people who you are and what you’re like. And if you’re got a little spunk, and enjoy being tastefully brazen, you need to sashay over to the nearest makeup counter and try out some Buxom products.

Because Buxom, a division of the mineral mega-empire Bare Escentuals, is definitely a sassy makeup company. The gals here at wht are huge fans of their line of products, and I’m sure that the brand new Buxom True Hue Blushes will be no exception.

clockwise from left: Rendezvous, Luvitate, Swept Away and Euphoria

Available exclusively at Sephora, the True Hue blushes ($24) are the first complexion products to be added the Buxom line. Her sister line, Bare Minerals, has had loose facial powders since its inception, but until now, Buxom has focused on eye and lip products. Each True Hue blush is housed in a sleek black compact imprinted with the Buxom logo, with a large mirror inside.

The formula of theses powder blushes is silky smooth and sheer enough for buildable layers. Available in eight bold colors, each blush contains rhodiola, a plant that grows in the Arctic and that Buxom claims will make cheeks appear refreshed. And the blushes are formulated without parabens, sulfates, phthalates, GMOS and synthetic fragrances.

Rendezvous, Luvitate, Euphoria, Swept Away

The wht review team had the chance to test half of the vivid hues available:

Rendezvous – bright pink raspberry with gold shimmer
Luvitate – peachy gold (very orgasm-y!)
Euphoria – bright coral orange
Swept Away – pale peachy nude

Rendezvous, Luvitate

I was happy to add some color to my life with two shades of the Buxom True Hue Blush. Luvitate is a gorgeous, warm shade of apricot with a generous amount of gold shimmer. On my medium skin one, it primarily acts as a highlighter, though the color can be built up a little as well. Luvitate gives me a really healthy looking glow, and it’s one of those shades that looks good on just about everybody.

Euphoria, Swept Away

The second shade I tested, Rendezvous, is slightly intimidating in the pan – it’s a bright shade of magenta with a bit of gold shimmer. However, it’s easy to apply and adds a nice flush to my cheeks. For those with tan complexions, this is fabulous.

Pros:
Great packaging
Nice color selection
Good pigmentation
Really smooth texture
Paraben- and fragrance-free

Cons:
Price is a bit high per ounce
Rhodiola had no noticeable effect on me

Overall, I approve of Buxom’s first blush. The packaging is fab, the colors are fun and the formula is layerable and long-lasting. Best of all, playing around with both of my new blushes, I discovered that together, with Luvitate as highlighter and Rendezvous as blush, they look amazing. Hands down, the True Hue Blushes are another winner from Buxom.

we heartsters and testers – do you approve of Buxom’s first cheek colors, the True Hue Blushes? Share your favorite color in the comments!

Shop the True Hue Blushes at Sephora and get a Free Full-Size Buxom Big & Healthy Waikiki Lip Balm with any $25 purchase. Use Code: BIGBALM

Marilyn is a makeup maniac and slow but stubborn runner. She loves color coding her day planner, reading celebrity gossip and drinking good wine. Marilyn blogs about makeup and fitness over at her blog, Lipgloss and Spandex.

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Marilyn is a makeup maniac and slow but stubborn runner. She loves color coding her day planner, reading celebrity gossip and drinking good wine.
skin tone: NC25
Skin type: oily, acne-prone
Favorite beauty product: eyeshadow
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14 thoughts on “Buxom True Hue Blush review”

  1. lipglossandspandex

    Although I haven’t tried all of the other colors (yet!), I really believe that Buxom’s True Hue blushes has something for everyone. They are a bit pricey (more expensive than MAC, about the same as NARS), and they cost more than I typically spend on blush, but they are truly wonderful products. And I really love the packaging–the case is sleek and easy to open, but stays shut when you need it to, the mirror inside is nice and big, and the square pan makes it easy to sweep your brush in. The size is really just perfect. I’ve really found myself reaching for them over and over, because the colors are just so fun. It’s possible that there are dupes, but I’ve tried comparing other blushes in my stash, and these honestly seem to be fairly unique. I can definitely see myself buying other shades, so I’m going to give these True Hue blushes five stars.

  2. lyssachelle

    Oh PRETTY!!! I love the bold color of Euphoria, I don’t think I’ve seen a blush that coral before that doesn’t also tip into brownish or bronze.
    And I’m SO glad you guys swatch; Luvitate would be the first shade I’d pick, but it looks much lighter than I’d expect/want. But Rendezvous? PRETTY.
    Thanks for the review, @lipglossandspandex!

    1. lipglossandspandex

      @lyssachelle, Luvitate is gorgeous, but not what I expected given how it looks in the pan. I’d definitely still give it a try next time you’re at Sephora–I really like to use it when I want to add a bit of a glow, and it’s great layered over another blush. But Rendezvous is going to blow your mind! :)

  3. hao9703

    Great run down on all of these blushes @lipglossandspandex !!! These unique colors really speak to me and are perfect for Spring.

    Also, I heard recently that BUXOM is now an exclusive line to Sephora and the Bare Escentual Stores. Store will sell through their exisiting stock but, going forward they will not get any more. Has anyone heard the same thing?

  4. krista

    I got to test out the Swept Away shade. I was pretty impressed with how silky this powder blush is–it applied like a dream. I will say that this is not very pigmented and doesn’t really build up in color, but that’s good news to those of you who are nervous about overdoing blush and a very sheer wash of color with a hint of peach to it is perfect for the lighter makeup I favor during the spring. I really like how easily this blended–it almost didn’t look like I was even wearing a blush, it just perked up my normal coloring a little bit. I am going to have to check out the darker shades available–Euphoria is calling my name :) 5 stars from me!

  5. mandaleem

    Ooh la la, I’m loving that big mirror! I hate it when I want to reapply my blush but I have to pull out a power compact to do it. And I’m with @Phyrra- Euphoria looks amazing! I’m finding myself more and more attracted to orange-y blushes, but I’m not sure I could really pull it off (The wrong shade of orange leaves me looking terribly sallow). I guess I know what I’ll be testing the next time I’m in Sephora!

  6. stef

    I snatched Euphoria up like a kid in a candy store! Powerless to a coral, I just couldn’t help myself. It’s bright, beautifully bright. I actually have to use about half as much blush as I usually do. But I don’t think I have anything in my stash right now that lights up my cheeks like it. It’s a bit more orange on than it looks in the pan, a really beautiful and unique shade. And pigment like whoa!

    Love the big shiny square compact and the giant mirror too. A 5 star blush if there ever was one!

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