April 19, 2021

Bareminerals Gen Nude Blonzer Blush + Bronzer Review & Swatches

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

Bare Minerals Gen Nude Blonzer Blush + Bronzer ($25) is a new blush and bronzer hybrid which has a talc-free and vegan formula that’s available in three shades for Spring/Summer 2021. The formula contains light-reflecting pearls to give skin a radiant glow and a pretty touch of warm color.

I don’t like bronzer but when I wear it I typically combine it with my favorite cheek stain or blush to make it more wearable. When I saw the new Bare Minerals Gen Nude Blonzer Blush + Bronzer I instantly knew I wanted a few of the shades. I ended up hauling all three actually but I’m only featuring one in this review! More shade reviews upcoming shortly.

I was actually sort of shocked when I finally got mine as they aren’t as beautiful as the promo images. The promo images not only look more pigmented but they also appear to have a baked formula or even a more raised, dome shape. They’re a lot smaller than I envisioned as well! I was thinking more along the lines of a Laura Geller Baked n Blush formula and appearance but in reality these are as small as the regular Gen Nude Blushes. The compact is about the size of MAC Blush and holds 0.13 oz of blush. It’s just a lot smaller than I thought it would be.

The compact is a simple light off gold, made of plastic, and the blush has a starburst design embossment which actually doesn’t disappear with use. At a glance it looks a lot less vibrant and pigmented than the promo pictures. I dunno what it is but the photos looked so bold and rich and the actual product is a lot more subdued. The shade featured in this review is Kiss of Rose and it looks a lot deeper and darker in promo images. At a glance I thought it was going to be dry but it’s actually velvety smooth.

It’s supposed to provide the benefits of a bronzer and a blush with a silky texture that blends easily. I was a little concerned since this shade it has a metallic finish and that’s never a good look for me on cheeks but in reality it applied with a nice radiance that wasn’t shimmery or overly metallic. A lighter hand is best for application as it’s very pigmented! Trust me, it doesn’t look pigmented at first but swatch it and you’ll see how pigmented it is.

I was worried the lighter, velvety texture would mean it would adhere to drier areas on my face but the formula applies and blends seamlessly onto my face and wears very strong for a good eight hours without fading. It gives my face a beautiful warm and blush. I wouldn’t say it’s quite a blusher bronzer look but there’s definitely a warmth, color, and a nice glow here! In some ways, it reminded me of Milani’s Harmony Blush!

I’m very pleased with my Bare Minerals Gen Nude Blonzer Blush + Bronzer purchase! I was concerned as in the pan they look a bit flat and dull compared to the promotional images but after application I was very pleasantly surprised and please. This is a very nice formula and well worth a pick up for Summer looks!

Where to buy

Sephora Macy’s Bare Minerals

Bare Minerals Gen Nude Blonzer Blush + Bronzer ($25) is a new blush and bronzer that provides the color of a blush and the warmth of a bronzer into one powder. These are available in three shade selections and are $25 for 0.13 oz of blusher bronzer. The color I reviewed here is Kiss of a Rose which is a coppery peachy rose with a radiant metallic finish. The powder has a soft, velvety texture that applies and blends seamlessly but user beware it is very pigmented and a lighter touch is required for the best results. The color had a soft, radiant finish that wasn’t shimmery or overly metallic and it wore for a solid eight hours without fading or losing its pretty glow.


  • Very pigmented.
  • Soft, velvety formula.
  • Blends and applies well.
  • Didn’t adhere to drier areas.
  • Adds natural warmth, color, and radiance to your cheeks.


  • Presented very differently in promo images than what the product actually looks like in reality.


Bare Minerals Gen Nude Blonzer Blush + Bronzer is a must for those that don’t love bronzers as this will give you the warm of one as well as the color of a blusher and the radiance and glow of a highlighter!

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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  • Dee

    Muse, I got the lightest shade and really don’t see the bronze element in it all but I really it as a blush!

    • Isabella Muse

      I got that one too! but def not seeing bronze in it! It’s a very light pink imho!

      • Robin

        I have a theory about that one. I think it’s for fair to light people. I’m very pale. When you read a description for fair skin on most cosmetic sites, they described fair as someone who burns easily. I never tan. If I’m out in the sun for 5 seconds, I turn pink. LolFair people don’t tan/bronze naturally so the blonzer is correct if there is no bronze/tan tone in the pink one.

        • Isabella Muse

          You might just be right on that one! I think they went from lightest skin tone to deepest with these!

  • Christina

    I was going to pick up kiss of pink, but then someone reviewed and it said it looks exactly the same as a milani blush and a physician’s formula blush. Her swatches certainly look that way. I don’t own either. Lol! I don’t typically wear anything bronzer-ish, so I figured I should check those out first in case I don’t like the toasty look on me. I make my life harder. Lol!

    • Isabella Muse

      hey it’s money saved for something else ;-D although, with your skin, I have a feeling the pink might look great on you!

    • Lisa Marie

      I have been eyeing that same shade myself- can you tell me the names of those dupes?

  • Dustin

    You and I are total twins here with how we use bronzer and what we thought of this LOL! I remember thinking, “That’s tiny!” And it didn’t look like it was going to have the color impact it does but wowza is it pigmentated (btw that’s how you have to say that – an employee described something as “pigmentated” to me once and instead of correcting them like a decent person, I laughed inside and have continued to mock them for years since… wow – I really am awful huh?)

    Anyway I got the middle shade. Super dark on me. Still getting the hang of it since it’s also a texture that’s hard to just get a dusting of like I would with something like Azelea blush by MAC. Usually I powder over it. But it IS pretty!

    • Isabella Muse

      Hey you, I’m glad to see you ๐Ÿ™‚ It looked SO disappointing in the pan! Really dull but yup! As soon as I swatched I was like whoa! LOL not awful at all but funny yes ;-D Darkest def needs a little tap off before application! It’s pretty intense. Use a brush with softer, longer bristles. Helps me not to over do it as I’m heavy handed AF!

  • LS

    This one keeps tempting me, but I have enough of this type of cheek product to last me two lifetimes.