November 2, 2011

L’Oreal Project Runway Blush Review, Swatches, Photos

I’ll be the first one to admit I spend alot of my drugstore makeup life with my nose up in the air. I used to be very snotty about what kind of brands I purchased but as Musings grew so did I and I now embrace alot more drugstore makeup however it doesn’t mean that I don’t nitpick most of it apart and find flaw in almost all of it. Sometimes, you do get what you pay for.

On the upside….sometimes you score such a great deal you wanna share it with the world. I happen to be blessed enough to have the ability to share it with a few thousand people a day here on my site when I really like something. The same people who share my love of makeup. I can’t tell you how fun that is.

My recent great deal?

The new L’Oreal Project Runway Blushes. Wow, these are awesome.

L’Oreal teamed up with Project Runway to create an entire color collection made up of four separate color schemes that include products for eyes, lips, and face. That collection also include four shades of L’Oreal Project Runway Blushes which are $9.99 each.

Ok, bet I know your first thoughts….”OMG $9.99 for a blush that you can buy at the drugstore, you crazy bish!” True. That was my first thoughts as well. I just can’t really get on board with paying $10 (or in some cases I even seen these blushes as high as $12.99 depending where you buy them) for a drugstore blush because I just think to myself that I can tack on a few extra dollars and go with a higher end brand.


These have quality backing them up and they are a whooping 0.35 oz. That’s like three times your normal high end blush size.

Believe it or not the packaging is quite nice. These come housed in a slim line black case with a clear face plate, no mirror sadly. They are square, slim, and store easily although for travel you’ll want to be careful with them (also on hard floors as they will crack if you drop them). I don’t get a cheap vibe from them and I actually like the overall look and feel of the compact.

The blush itself is a little bit of a heavyweight as it has a certain velvety feel and finish but no worries once blended out it creates a nice, lightweight finish. I like the blush formula because they aren’t easily overdone and build easily. The colors I choose are both warmer, richer shades that give me a flush of elegant color. I don’t have enough shades like this in my collection as these are more classic shades that give me a more womanly look versus the childish, more youthful pink-ish cheeks I prefer. They have a good, solid wear time on me and I can easily get through the day without a touch up although freshening up prior to leaving work for the day and heading into your evening out is recommended as I do see some fading as the night progresses. It’s difficult for me to personally find a blush that I can’t over do since I’m heavy handed but these apply beautifully no matter how much I put on or how heavy I am during application.

The colors I decided on were Charming Cockatoo which is a warm, dusky peach and Waterful Owl which is a dusky, brown based rose. As I mentioned above I thought the shades were both very mature and elegant and produced a sophisticated finish to my makeup.

Overall, these have both value and quality backing them and they are some of the better blushes I’ve come across at the drugstore.

Likey alot.

Well worth picking up.

Tried ’em?

Do share!

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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    • the Muse

      hi bun bun I mentioned in the review how many shades available 🙂 hope this helps!

  • nicolle

    I was just looking at these a couple nights ago at Rite Aid! I almost got it but for now…decided to pass. Trying to be good and use the blushes I have.

    I wanted to say though I understand about ignoring drug store brands. When I really got into make-up (2 yrs ago) I focused on high end brands, especially Chanel. I never paid attention to drug store brands – assumed they were too cheap, poor quality, and thought I was too good for it! But a couple months ago, I started buying drug store mascara, eye shadow, and now I even like the Revlon Lip Butters BETTER than my Chanel Rouge Coco Shines!! Never thought that would happen…lol 🙂 I bought 2 so far but want to buy more! and will not be repurchasing the RC Shines.

    • the Muse

      hey nicolle! In most cases higher end is def the way to go 😀 as drugstore is hit or miss but sometimes you run across a real hit like those lip butters and it’s all worth ;-D!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • RM

    I really like the one on the left! I will have to see about picking these up… I’m not a huge blush person, so my collection isn’t very large, and I also tend to over-apply it. Anyways, these are super pretty! Thanks for the swatches!

  • kimkats

    Oooooo… that peach one has me written all over it! Are the other 2 shades of blush cooler toned? Both of these are really pretty, but I’m a fool for peach blush… 😀 Thanks for the excellent swatches… (heads out on the hunt for them now… )

    • the Muse

      they are warmer kim not so much cool hunny! 🙂 my pleasure! Good luck and lmk whatcha think!

  • MissTat

    I think the peach one looks like a good dupe for MAC Liberty Of London Prim & Proper (Which is one of my go-to blushes). Nice swatches! I’ve seen this collection tons of times around and I’m attracted to it but haven’t gotten anything. Do you plan on reviewing any of the other items?
    thanks! 🙂

    • the Muse

      i have the shadow palette to review misstat but that was all I got 🙂 blushes and one palette!