I've said it before and I'll say it again... If essence puts out a blush, it's coming home with me. I swear, the fact that I didn't get my hands on the Under My Umbrella Trend Edition blush that came out in 2016 is still haunting me a little bit. However, I've got a bit of a salve for that, because when I went into my local Shoppers Drug Mart last week to check out what was new on their shelves, I found that essence put out two new blushes in a new formula! I hadn't heard any buzz about these, they're not listed on the essence website, and I just about went crazy grabbing both of the available shades and basically running to the check out because they needed to be mine. Hyperbole, but you get me.
Anyway, I've used both of these a few times now and I'm more than ready to give you my thoughts.
One thing that originally gave me a little bit of a side eye situation was how similar these two blushes look. They're both about the same depth and the shades are similar with sort of nudish undertones, but one is more of a peachy shade and the other is definitely more rosy. I thought about only buying one of them... but yeah, that wasn't going to happen.
essence Satin Touch Blush in 10 Satin Coral
In my opinion, this is the kind of blush that would suit pretty much anyone. Though it's light, I think it has enough pigmentation that I think it would show up on almost any skin tone, and the golden sheen gives a warmth that I suspect will keep it from looking ashy as more of a highlighter or blush topping shade on deeper skin tones. This shade is just gorgeous, it really is. I think this is a perfect shade to pair with pretty much any warm eye look, whether it's deep and smoky or light and glowy. This just gives a really nice healthy, peachy sheen to the skin that I think is lovely.
essence Satin Touch Blush in 20 Satin Love
This is the shade that I was initially more drawn to because I tend to go for more pinky toned blushes and, though this isn't exactly what I thought it was going to be I'm still completely in love with it. This shade on me is a warm, rosy nude shade that looks really natural and gives a really healthy, luminous look to the cheeks but doesn't feel like too much and I think I could pretty much pair this with any eye and lip look and be happy with the results. Like Satin Coral, this has a kind of golden sheen to it but the rosy undertones keep it from looking too gold, if you know what I mean. It just looks healthy and catches the light in a way that I love without being shimmery or too much.
As you can see in the swatches, these definitely are very different shades and I think they show up even more different when applied to the cheeks. There's a definite sheen to them, but there's no glitters in it so it really does just end up looking healthy and luminous. These are also more pigmented than I thought they would be and I find that all I really need to do is tap lightly into the pan and apply to the cheeks and I get enough product for a good application. The texture on these is really smooth and silky, with an almost creaminess to them that keeps them from being powder both to the touch and on the skin. The combination of the pigmentation and the sheen to these is what really convinces me that they could easily work on a wide range of skin tones. Finally, wear time has also really impressed me and I find that when I wear them, I can still see colour on my cheeks at the end of the day and the fading is fairly minimal.
I'm pretty sure that my review has been clear when it comes to these blushes... I'm obsessed and overwhelmingly impressed by them. In fact, I feel like they completely blow the Silky Touch Blushes that I've loved for so long completely out of the water. I really think that so many people are going to fall in love with these and there needs to be more shades - STAT! I'd love to see a cool toned mauve shade with a rosy sheen... but that's just me!
Like I said, I found these in store at Shoppers Drug Mart, but I haven't been able to find them anywhere online yet. In the States, essence is sold at Ulta, so it really might be worth a check there! Honestly, these are more than worth picking up!
Thanks for reading!