Milabu Rating

  • Overall
    (3.8)
  • Performance
    (3.5)

Price Category: Value

  • $5.99 Retail

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Pros

  • Affordable
  • Non patchy application
  • Doesn’t disrupt any makeup underneath

Cons

  • More glittery finish
  • Accentuates texture and fine lines

Overview

If glitter blush is your thing, you’ll love the affordable essence Baked Blush. It applies easily, but its sparkly formula can accentuate texture and fine lines.

ft. essence Baked Blush

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Our Rating Criteria

If you like glittery cheeks, you’ll love the essence Baked Blush.

Is glitter blush a thing? Because, if so, essence Baked Blush fits perfectly in this category. Personally, if I want some added sparkle on my face, I reach for a highlighter (the essence Pure Nude Highlighter formula is stunning!). I find that most extreme glitter blushes accentuate any bit of texture, fine lines, and imperfections on my cheeks. That being said, let’s chat essence Baked Blush.

Promises vs. Performance: This isn’t the most flattering blush.

essence added to their iconic Pure Nude family with Baked Blush. The lightweight baked texture promises intense pigment for bright cheeks. Its creamy, silky texture claims to blend easily. The glowy formula is free of talc, gluten, parabens, oil, fragrance, and alcohol.

Let’s start with the good things about this blush: it’s affordable and has a decent application. When applied with a cheek brush, it goes on smoothly without disrupting any makeup underneath or looking patchy. But, it just goes downhill from there. While my cheek color did stay visible for a solid 6 hours, it didn’t wear the best. The formula has chunkier glitter in it, which accentuated every little texture, bump, and line on my cheeks. Personally, I don’t think I’ll be reaching for this blush again unless I figure out a way to make it work – perhaps as a blush topper?

Quick Rating Rundown

This Product

(3.8)

:essence Pure Nude Baked Blush

Price: $5.99

0.24 oz

Value

(5)

Application

(3.5)

Finish

(3)

Longevity

(4)

Extra Benefits

(3.4)

Industry Standard

(4.6)
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Longevity

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Extra Benefits

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Our Rating Criteria

How It Compares: You can skip the essence Baked Blush.

This is not my favorite drugstore blush, especially when there are so many other outstanding formulas. I’ll give it to essence that the blush is affordable and applies easily, but that’s about all it has going for it. The finish is quite glittery, which some do like, but it’s not my cup of tea. I find it accentuates any texture and fine lines and just doesn’t look great on.

So, which blush is the best at the drugstore? An all-around stellar performer is e.l.f. Primer-Infused Blush. This blush has a soft, creamy powder texture that applies beautifully. It is a bit more matte on the cheeks, and it has a much longer wear than most thanks to the primer-infused formula. Its performance is what makes this one of the best blushes at the drugstore.

Truthfully, there’s a ton of great powder blushes at the drugstore. We here at Milabu Co. have put together a list of our favorites, for all your powder blush needs! Both essence and e.l.f. made the list, plus a handful of other faves (have you ever tried Milani blushes? Gorgeous!). Did your favorite make the list? Check and see here.

Advertised Product Highlights

essence Pure Nude Baked Blush


# OF SHADES: 8

FORMULATION: Pressed powder

FINISH: Glowy

LONGEVITY: No claims

BENEFITS: Blendable; Lightweight; Baked texture

CLEAN BEAUTY CLAIMS: Cruelty free; Vegan; Free of talc, preservatives, microplastic particles, gluten, parabens, oil, fragrance, and alcohol

Edited by Maddie

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