August 30, 2018

Too Faced Fruit Cocktail Blush Duo Review & Swatches

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.
4 stars out of 5

Too Faced Fruit Cocktail Blush Duo ($30) is a new scented highlighter and blush palette that launched with the Too Faced Tutti Frutti Collection in four shade selections exclusively at Ulta (and on Too Faced’s website) recently.

I have to admit all Summer long I’ve been craving a new sparkly blush but aside from the NARS Orgasm Collection (which hello, everyone already owns) nothing really popped up. Excuse me but Tarte, hi, can you finally revamp the damn Amazonian Clay Blushes to include some shimmering shades like Glisten!? Please?

While I wait for that to happened I’m totally getting my fix with these Too Faced Fruit Cocktail Blush Duo. Love, love, love them!

Too Faced Fruit Cocktail Blush Duo may just be my favorite product to date from the Tutti Frutti Collection. I love the packaging, I love the shades, I love the freaking sparkle, they are just my ideal sort of blush.

The blushes are available in four fruity shades that each have a unique fragrance. As with all of this collection I’m deeply impressed with the cute packaging. Ok, yes, as I said before, I’m over the mermaids and unicorns thing! Actually, I was never into it to begin with but fruit? Cute fruit? Sign me up! Each blush comes in a gold compact with an fruit enamel face plate. Inside you’ll find a generously sized mirror and a cute little fruity character printed on the mirror. The blushes hold 0.22 oz of product.

If you’re as old as I am you likely remember Strawberry Shortcake and might be drawn to the shade Strobeberry which much smells like the Strawberry Shortcake doll. I thought this shade had the heaviest scent which I could literally smell after applying it to my face. Apricot in the Act had the lightest, barely there scent. Plumagranate and Cherry Bomb had lighter scents too and also, didn’t quite smell like a plum nor a cherry. Cherry Bomb had a weird almost mint note of some kind mixed with fruit. The truest scent was Strobeberry for me.

Anyway, scent aside let’s chat formula.

Each blush is a split pan that holds a shimmering highlighter or blush if you’d like to call it that on one side and a satiny blush on the other. I didn’t like using the shades individually so I ended up swirling in both shades and blending onto my cheeks. I think the more satiny shade was a little drier compared to the silkier texture of the sparkle shade. I also had some issues picking up the satin shades with my brush. If I swirled a bit harder I got better results with my brush and just had to tap off excess. The reason I like the split pan is because I stink at applying highlighter and I feel like I can get that pretty luminous glow with these without a lot of effort. Keep in mind they do have a good deal of sparkle so a lighter hand works best. They are also quite pigmented so, again, a little goes a very long way. According to Too Faced the more you blend the more the shimmer will come out. I didn’t really notice that happening but I will say the blended quite easily onto my cheeks! I had worries they’d be patchy but I had no issues with application nor blending and the colors lasted for a solid eight to ten hours on a rather hot day.

There’s a review on Ulta’s site from a user named Sable60 and she posted images wearing the blush and personally I think she catches the essence of how this looks beautifully. I don’t do as good a job since 1. I suck a photos and lighting and 2. in some images I simply used way too much as I’m prone to doing.

Too Faced Apricot In the Act Fruit Cocktail Blush Duo

Too Faced Apricot In the Act Fruit Cocktail Blush Duo Swatches

Too Faced Strobeberry Fruit Cocktail Blush Duo

Too Faced Strobeberry Fruit Cocktail Blush Duo Swatches

Too Faced Plumagranate Fruit Cocktail Blush Duo

Too Faced Plumagranate Fruit Cocktail Blush Duo Swatches

Too Faced Cherry Bomb Fruit Cocktail Blush Duo

Too Faced Cherry Bomb Fruit Cocktail Blush Duo Swatches

I think the interesting think about the shades is the fact they look one color in the pan but look completely different and even prettier once you apply them. I think purple lovers are going to adore Plumagranate because all the blush portion is fuchsia the highlighter (or second blush shade) is purple and that really comes across in the final finish.

Needless to say I was very pleased with these! I don’t think everyone is going to love them especially if you hate sparkle but those of us who have been craving some shimmer in our blushes this Summer here it is!

Too Faced Fruit Cocktail Blush Duo get a Muse Approval!

Where to buy

Ulta Too Faced

Too Faced Fruit Cocktail Blush Duo is new scented split-pan blush duo or as a blush/highlighter duo that contains 0.22 oz of product and retails for $30. The blush is available in four shade selections and is exclusive to Ulta and the Too Faced website. In my experience with this duo I thought the sparkly shade (can be used as highlighter or a blush or combined with the satin shade) had a soft, silky texture but did contain a good deal of refined shimmer where as the satin was a little denser and drier in texture. Both shades blended well with excellent pigment and a beautiful finish that wore for a good eight to ten hours without fading. Despite the drier texture I was still able to successfully blend the colors together to create a very pretty sparkly glow on my cheeks!


  • Anyone who loves a shimmery blush!
  • Those who value great makeup packaging!


  • Not for sparkle or shimmer haters.
  • Not great if you’re heavy handed (a lighter touch is required to apply these).


Too Faced Fruit Cocktail Blush Duo is the ideal duo for those of us who aren’t great with a highlighter or who love a sparkly blush. Swirling the colors together creates the perfect union of color and glow to give your face a pretty flush of color and glow!

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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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  • Joni J

    I could never buy products you recommend as you always look ridiculous! Your make up looks are terrible & so amateur! Not sure how youโ€™ve kept your blog going so long….maybe people like a laugh

    • Isabella Muse

      Too bad you might be missing out on a great item regardless of how it does or doesn’t look on me! As for my makeup being terrible or amateur, well, my claim to fame isn’t makeup artistry. I have never been, nor will I ever be a makeup artist! I’m just some girl that likes makeup a little too much. As far as keeping the blog running for so long that would be hard work, passion, and a great love of makeup. Sorry, you don’t like the way I do my makeup, sorry you feel I’m ridiculous, damn shame you’re missing out on enjoying the community I’ve created here and the wonderful people that are actually here for the laughs but not to laugh at me but to laugh with me as a friend. Something, you sadly are not part of. What’s interesting about this situation is the fact you know I’ve been doing this for many years. Does that mean you visit often? If you dislike what I do here why are you still visiting here? Joni, let me tell you something, life is short. We have a fleeting moment in time, don’t waste your very precious time on something you dislike. I urge you to visit sites you do enjoy, sites that you can relate to, with makeup looks that are far better than my own! Don’t spend precious time leaving me a comment about how ridiculous I look and how terrible I’m doing my makeup when you could be using that time to do something far better with your time. I’m always here if you want to stop by and visit with kinder words. Try to be a nicer person in the future. I haven’t done anything to you to deserve your dislike or hate. And Good luck! I hope you find what ith your looking for. The good news is you will because the Internet is a damn big place, my dear! I wish you the best.

      • Robin

        Mike dropped!!!! Bravo for every word you said!

        I love your site and your makeup looks; the top two are my faves.i love the fact you are a real person who applies makeup.

        Strobeberry has the shades I like. Will check it out at Sephora, but will wait to see if Too Facedโ€™s announces a sale.

        Thank you for all you do!!

        Joni, bless your heart, I think you need to move on; no amount of makeup is going to cover your type of ugly.

      • Lisa C

        In a nutshell, that is the very best reply I have ever seen to an “unhappy” commenter. You said it best.. life is way too short to be honing in on anything not pleasing to you. As a cancer survivor I know this all too well. You learn to appreciate the little things because that is what really matters! From one fellow makeup lover to another, thank you for all you do! You are very much appreciated!! xoxo

        • Isabella Muse

          It’s true. I can’t really can’t spend it being mean and snarky to other people, I have way better things to do. Life is too precious for this type of bs ;-D bless you for struggling through cancer and coming out of appreciating life more than ever Lisa <3!!!!!!!! thank YOU for commenting and I wish good health and happiness on you! <3!

      • Nanners

        Hi! I discovered your blog some time ago (many months, maybe already a year- time flies!) and I have never left a comment before but literally every inch of me is so upset for you right now. I know that the internet can be cruel and that you seem to be shrugging off the comment but I just want you to know how beautiful you are from the inside out. I trust your opinion on many thing but look forward to your blush reviews the most. Since you wear a lot of blush, I can actually tell what color it is and how shimmery it is which is very useful for a blush addict like me. I personally adore this blog and think that you are fantastic.

        PS. Because of your review, I AM going to buy one of these blushes and will always laugh with you, never at you.

        • Isabella Muse

          Hi Nanners! Thanks for commenting today ๐Ÿ™‚ <3! Thank you my dear! You are lovely. You are too too kind and your comment really warmed my heart! I'm so lucky to have beautiful readers like you around!

      • Rin

        I don’t know why people can be mean to one another, but it’s a damn shame we can’t enjoy makeup without judging each other. One, it’s just disrespectful. Two, comments on makeup skill should be CONSTRUCTIVE. Many makeup communities will not tolerate these sort of comments so idk why people think saying these things are ok. Saying stuff like “Your brows are ugly” doesn’t add to anything. Pro makeup artists get criticism on their work and most of us can’t even match those level of skills, so why judge others like that when we probably can’t do better ourselves? Not everyone can be a YT/Instagram Beauty Guru/MUA! Three, makeup is incredibly subjective and I’m sure we all do makeup in ways another person might not like. Plus a good product should work no matter the skill, so who cares about how anyone does their makeup? I hope Joni J would grow from your response cause I’m sure they’d be limited on what products to buy since you recommend so many good products! Especially as many of them are rather popular anyway. But, in all seriousness like you said, there’s better things to do with our time than to leave terrible comments…especially as it tells others about our not so great character. Our interactions with others should be positive and add to a conversation.

        Muse, to counter that mean/troll comment as a reader, I appreciate the community you created on your blog. Personally I don’t comment much but, I come here often to see your thorough makeup reviews. It’s fantastic content. I often use your posts to judge my own purchases and many times I agree with your thoughts on a product despite the fact we do different types of makeup. I bought this blush in Strobeberry and every single word of your post rings true. And I like it so much that I will buy Cherry bomb when Ulta’s 20% prestige coupon is out. There’s not much else I can say but keep doing you!

        • Isabella Muse

          me either. Life is too damn short. ITA! Constructive criticisms are great if they are asked for but telling people “You’re ugly, etc…” that just sucks! again, I totally agree, no matter how it looks on someone you can’t really judge a formula based on that alone. Thank you SO much Rin for your amazing comment it really made my day! I’m so glad I have reader’s like you around ;-D <3!!!!!!!!! xoxox! I hope the 20% coupon comes out soon! They had one for the credit card but not one without yet so I'm waiting patiently too!

      • Annie S.

        So someone went to all that trouble to create an account just to bash you? I get that every make up blogger isn’t going to be everybody’s favorite but since they are not forcing you to view their make channel/blog/ whatever, you have the option of not viewing something.

        I guess, Muse, trolls come with the territory of being on line and you handled it wonderfully. Your enthusiasm for makeup always shines through your posts. Your pictures are very clear as well so we can see what the product looks like. You give honest opinions of products as well.

        We don’t have to agree on everything but we can be respectful when we disagree.

        Keep up the good work and thank you for all that you do for us make up obsessed people.

        • Isabella Muse

          ITA. If you don’t like the content, the internet is huge, find something that does appeal to your tastes and move on! Shrug. Absolutely. When you put yourself out there, you’ll get some negativity at times! Thank you! I’m blessed wot have reader’s like you Annie <3!

      • Lori

        OMG Muse you’re FABULOUS. That person has some serious issues, I adore you and always buy makeup you recommend!!

        • Isabella Muse

          aw Lori thanks <3! It's ok! I hope she found what she is looking for! ๐Ÿ˜€ I adore you back <3! xoxoxoxo!

    • Fey

      Muse looks amazing. I treasure diversity in the makeup world. I think she looks inspiring, like vintage posters. Makeup trends come and go, but beauty and diversity are forever!

      Cherry Bomb looks killer cool on you! These blushes are so darn cute. Thank you for another incredible post.

    • dia

      holy moly… such anger. it’s just cosmetics. i wonder if your site is now so popular it’s gained the attention of russian trollbots.

        • Wendy

          you are far too nice. I will not spew the obscenities that I’m thinking right now. I truly despise cowards who hide behind their keyboards, you know, no fear of getting their teeth knocked out. I sense a major amount of jealousy in that post. I will pray for this individual instead of hunting them down and making them swallow their teeth. Have a great day ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Isabella Muse

            we live in a world of keyboard warriors where people type anything at will without the worry about who they might hurt. Maybe she’s just having a bad day! Shrug! It is what it is ;-D It doesn’t really bother me to be honest. I’m a grown woman, not in high school ;-D

          • Nawel

            I like the way you describe the products and yourself . Practicing a lot and watching tutorials and youtube videos Helps a lot to progress ๐Ÿ˜‰ donโ€™t loose your makeup addiction for people and thanks for your work ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Wendy Sue

      Joni, she kept her blog so long because she is a talented writer, she’s funny, unpretentious and she treats her readers like family. We love her โ™ฅ๏ธ

      • Isabella Muse

        aw shucks not sure about all that Wendy but I do know one thing you are indeed all like family ;-D I love you back!

  • Maria

    These look so pretty on you. I really like the cherry and plum shades. Are these made in USA? Is it really difficult to apply blush from compact? I hate having to struggle with blush then it develops a hard coating. Thanks

  • Maria

    These look so pretty on you. I really like the cherry and plum shades. Is it made in USA? Is it really difficult to apply blush?
    I hate it when I have to struggle with blush and the blush develops a hard coating thanks

    • Isabella Muse

      Thanks Maria. Yup, they are made in the USA. I actually discussed the application in the post, problems, etc :)hope this helps! They aren’t really hard per say but the color doesn’t transfer quite well to a brush! You have to swipe a few times!

  • Kish

    Thanks as always for the great swatches! I saw these today in person and the packaging is so nice. I like how heavy and solid it is. These colors are a bit too bright for me, so I only picked up one liquid eye shadow. Also, just so you know, you are one of the bright spots in my day. Iโ€™ve mentioned a few times that I have medical struggles and sometimes Iโ€™m just not feeling very positive. The community youโ€™ve created is so fun and itโ€™s just nice to talk about anything and everything with you and others. Itโ€™s helped me a lot. And what you said above is true, life is short. Be kind.

    • Isabella Muse

      you are so welcome Kish! likewise! the packaging was heavier than I thought! Awww Kish always stop by here when you need a friend to brighten up your day <3! xoxoxxoxooxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo!

  • Rebecca

    This is so not cool. Muse, I am sorry there are mean people. You responded in such a calm and mature manner. I think you are beautiful and talented and smart and kind.

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thanks Rebecca <3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xoxox! I am too hun! I am too! But there are cool people like you around so we are good!

  • Silvia

    Oh! These entire collection is killing me! I want it all the blushes and eyeshadows. So pretty! But ainโ€™t buying cause I ran out of space unless on sale thatโ€™s my excuse. Lol!

  • Jess

    Hey Muse I think you look great! I love your reviews and your blog. I think the above commenter is just jealous of your success and having a bad day. What a classy response you gave. I dont think I would have been so kind in my response. Keep the recommendations coming!

    • Isabella Muse

      thanks Jess <3! You're a sweetie! I think maybe it was just a bad day for them maybe! I sure hope so at least! I'd like to think the best of people!!!! <3! thanks xoxoxxo!

  • A.

    Hi Muse, long time reader and first time commenter here! I have been reading for years, but have always been content to lurk until now. Just wanted to say that I LOVE your blog and have always found your reviews to be super helpful in deciding what products to buy and what to skip (especially the super-hyped-on-social-media stuff!) I love that you post honest reviews, and your looks are always rad and wearable without any Photoshopping ๐Ÿ™‚ Next, thanks for posting a review of these blushes – I have had my eye on them since announcement but your review has helped me decide which colour to go with (I’ll be picking up the cherry when it’s out in Australia). And finally, your response to that last post was 100% class! Please keep it up and never change! Yours truly, a fan ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Isabella Muse

      Thank you so much A! I really appreciate your comment ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m so freaking lucky to have great people like you around <3!!!!!!!!!!! Cherry is divine! I think you'll love it!

  • Mellokitty

    I think this blog has been going on so long because Muse gives her honest opinion and I like that. I too love makeup and signed up for her site because I really appreciate her insight on beauty products. I don’t always buy the products she may recommend but that’s ok…not every product works for everyone. I look forward to reading her posts everyday!

  • Wendy Sue

    Isabella, you can delete my crass comments LOL
    I hope they at least made you laugh lol

  • Ashley

    I think this blog is great and I’ve been here for several years. I don’t think I’ve ever commented but I’m here every once in while to catch up on what’s coming out. I never would have considered these blushes without seeing these swatches, the peach one looks fab!

  • Shona Clark

    I love the cherry blush on you! It looks ethereal, like a 18th century portrait. Iโ€™ve been looking for a blush like this