Sunday Riley Blushing and Honest

January 31, 2012

Sunday Riley Blushes have me thoroughly impressed. While at Barneys I thought all the blushes looked amazing but limited myself to just two. (After all I caved on four of her eyeshadows, reviewed a few days ago here.) I purchased Blushing, a soft light natural glowing pink on the left, and Honest, a shimmering tawny peach on the right ($30 each for 0.1 oz/3 g). Both come packaged in a sturdy square mirrored compact in a little black pouch embossed with Sunday Riley’s name and logo on top.

I think I may have just found pink perfection in Blushing. The Non-Blonde and Product Doctor can confirm how wonderful this color is (and both lovely ladies have completely different skintones than I do). Soft natural pink blushes are a dime a dozen, but Sunday Riley’s Blushing is a cut above. It has a natural undertone and enough pink with a hint of shimmer to look like a perfect natural light blush. It doesn’t turn muddy or darken with brown tones on the skin. It doesn’t apply ashy or too pigmented. It really is as good as it gets. I wasn’t able to get comparison shots before the sun went down, here are a few lined up to compare. I thought it resembled Bobbi Brown’s Antigua the most, but on the face, BB’s can darken a bit and look muddy if you get the slightest bit oily. Sunday Riley’s Blushing holds up better without darkening.

Honest is equally stunning. It’s a shimmering peach with a hint of nude tones. In the compact it looks quite shimmery but on the face it applies beautifully and natural. Peach lovers, take note, I think it’s something you must try on in person if you’re near a Barneys. Both blushes are rich in pigment with a soft blendable texture. There is a slight powdery scent but it’s not very noticeable.

Side by side, Blushing and Honest, plus swatches below:

I couldn’t fit all the blushes and comparisons on one arm, so I only picked a few to swipe side by side. Do take into account that my swatches tend to look more shimmery due to the flash than these apply in real life. Swatching is hard work, please take these with a grain of salt and check other blogs for different views/angles/lighting:

Overall, I’m in love. These blushes are truly amazing in the sense that they apply beautifully and flawlessly on the skin without changing color as the skin warms up. No tweaking required at all with either of these. They have just enough color to be visible and brighten the face but they are also natural enough that they won’t overpower or overwhelm your look. Both shades can be easily worn year round for a number of looks and occasions. Although I’ve only tried a few shadows and blushes, I adore what I’ve bought. Many thanks to Gaia from The Non-Blonde for helping us all discover Sunday Riley’s cosmetic line. I have a few sample packets of her skincare which I can’t wait to try. My next trip to Barneys can’t come soon enough.

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  • They look stunning! thanks for the pics!

  • I am definitely getting some sunday riley on my next trip to the States! cannot wait – i've a list made of stuff i want including edward bess, le metier de beaute and cle de peau and i think sunday riley has joined that gang!!

  • Jesselyn

    How does honest compare with Edward Bess' monte Carlo palette? Thank you!

  • They are lovely, need to run to Barneys asap.

  • Thank you so much for the link!!! I have tried a few items from the skin care as well and I seriously am in love! I have Good Genes and the SPF Cashmere lotion, and a sample of the Juno. All items are exceptional, especially the Good Genes. I think it has honestly improved the texture of my skin in just 2 weeks.

    • You're welcome! Thank you for letting me know about the skincare. I want to try my sample packets this weekend!

  • Honest is amazing looking! Definitely will be looking for it on my next Barney's trip. Thank you for the review!

  • Firewood

    I was at Barney's last week and had Matt at the Sunday Riley counter do my makeup. He used Blushing and I wasn't going to buy it (I have a million blushes) until the guy on the other side of the floor who was ringing up my other Sunday Riley purchases commented on my blush, and what a great color it was on me. I, of course, bought it and love it! It is a subtle, natural color. The perfect color for my fair complexion.

  • Jo

    How do Bobbi Brown's Nude Peach and Nude Pink compare to these blushes? Thanks

    • Bobbi Brown's blushes are matte while Sunday Riley's have a shimmer/glow to them.

  • Cheryl

    I checked out the Sunday Riley line today at Barney's and purchased Blushing. It's beautiful! I wasn't as impressed with the eyeshadows in the line but I'll give them another look on my next visit. Thank you for your fantastic (as usual)pics!

  • bisbee

    I went right over to Barney's site to pick up Blushing…but they don't have that color online!

    I'll keep checking…

    By the way…any info on Cafe Makeup? They haven't posted for weeks – no info given. It's one of my favorite blogs, along with yours!

    • Sorry, I've been swamped all week with little time to answer questions or emails. I've found the sunday riley listings on barneys.com to be a bit spotty, best to call the store, I agree wait for their event on the 9th! I'm not sure about Cafe Makeup, but I know she's extremely busy too. This has been an extremely busy year for both of us in our non-blogging lives.

  • Oh god why? Why are you doing this to me? I need both of them..clearly or I will die.

  • bisbee

    I think I'll call instead…but I'll wait for the offer that begins on Feb. 9th!

  • I am not a Barney's shopper simply because they are not that close to me. Looking at your swatches and how beautiful they are… I may have to make a longer trip back from work to stop by and check them out!