Bobbi Brown Powder Blush, part 1

Swatching Bobbi Brown’s Beach collection brought in a slew of email requests for swatches of the brand’s permanent items — readers, you’re absolutely right.

I decided to start with the powder blushes. I’ve swatched Pot Rouges (pictures here, here, and here) and Sheer Color Cheek Tints, but somehow neglected the regular powder blushes. What folly!

In a nutshell, Bobbi Brown’s blushes are fantastic.  I liked an embarrassingly large number of shades, and if you want matte blushes, Bobbi has plenty for you to choose from. The blushes are $22, and you have the option of popping the pans out of the compacts to assemble your own custom palette.

I also learned that Bobbi just discontinued three shades — Rose (3), Soft Pink (7), and Poppy (19) — so if you love one of these, if you’ve been meaning to buy it, don’t wait.
Bobbi Brown, blush, swatches, Sand Pink, Tawny, Rose
Sand Pink is a mauvey, dusty pink. Tawny (love) is a warm (peached, slightly brown) rose. Rose is a warm pink — of course I would love a discontinued shade.
Bobbi Brown, blush, swatches, Almond, Plum, Apricot, Soft Pink
Almond reminds me of MAC’s peachy Prim and Proper (but it’s not limited edition!). Plum is wined rose. Apricot swatched surprisingly pink (given its name; I expected more peach. It’s like strawberry candy).  Soft Pink is quite plummy and has a bit of a sheen to it.

And here’s a bonus pic: blushes 1–6 swatched together. There are 19 non-shimmer blushes in all, and I had trouble deciding how to divide them up. These swatches were made with a slightly lighter hand, so I thought you’d want to see them.
Bobbi Brown, blush, swatches, Sand Pink, Tawny, Rose, Almond, Plum, Apricot
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9 Responses to “Bobbi Brown Powder Blush, part 1”

  • Adele says:

    Thanks for swatching these! This will be really helpful :)

  • Saku says:

    Thanks I had a bunch of these on my list, now I know how the shades look.

  • kim Porter says:

    Great post & swatches. You always have great swatches though.

  • Kate says:

    I love that you’ve been doing light and dark swatches lately. Very helpful!

  • Valerie H. says:

    Just remember that the swatches are done HEAVILY and the colors are meant to be applied with a light hand. In other words, if you have to do a LOT of blending to get a color to work…it’s not right for you. And don’t be scared of more intense colors like “Pale Pink”–I’ve seen it look absolutely gorgeous on everyone from fair-skinned redheads to African-American beauties!!!

  • V says:

    Thank you for this! It’s good to see what they look like outside of the pot and on skin.

  • Rita Halpern says:

    Want to buy Bobbi Brown Blush #19 Poppy

    Please advise how to get it as it’s discontinues

    Thanks. Rita

  • KarlaSugar says:

    Rita (and anyone else looking for a discontinued product):

    You basically have two options for tracking down a discontinued Estee-Lauder-brand product. You can try their “Gone but Not Forgotten” program:

    Or (if you live near an outlet mall), you can try Estee Lauder’s outlet. It’s called The Cosmetics Company Outlet and they carry all Estee Lauder brands (Estee Lauder, Clinique, MAC, Bobbi Brown, Origins, Prescriptives, Bumble and Bumble, etc.). To find your closest location, I recommend a site called

    Happy hunting!

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