Top Blush Picks for Winter

winter blushes swatches mac nars bobbi brown
Depending on where you're located winter may be over or in full swing. I was on holiday a little while ago so I experienced both chilling cold and scolding heat in the time span of a few days. I found myself preferring muted nude blushes for cold weather because they counteracted the redness in my cheeks that resulted from bitter winds. Still, there are few "unexpected" choices like NARS's bright Mata Hari blush because winter shouldn't be synonymous to void of color.

winter blushes swatches mac nars
Top row, left to right: Butter London Honey Pie, Hard Candy Smooth Talker, MAC Warm Soul
Bottom row, left to right: NARS Mata Hari, NARS Douceur, Bobbi Brown Rose
winter blushes swatches mac nars bobbi brown
As you can see there are a lot of nude colors but they're all different, I swear! First up is the Hard Candy Fox in a Box in Smooth Talker ($4). I have a full review of this blush here. It's the lightest of the bunch but has four squares of different earth toned shades which means you can customize the color to your liking. Next is a classic, NARS Douceur ($30) recurrently pops up on bloggers' natural blushes lists. It has a matte finish and gives your cheeks a subtle healthy look. The third color is the wild card, NARS Mata Hari ($30). NARS describes it as a rose petal pink. To me, it's a cool-toned mauve pink. I wasn't a fan of this at first, but the color grew on me. It's also one of the longest lasting blushes I own. Next up is the MAC Mineralize Blush in Warm Soul ($25). I have raved about this blush before (see a full review here) because it has a luxurious texture and subtle shimmer. It's like a glowy version of Douceur. Now for the cream blushes. My first pick is Butter London Honey Pie ($20), a light pink-y peach. This color is light and subtle but it still brightens up your complexion. My other choice is the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Rose ($26). This is one of my most unique colors. It doesn't show up overly red, pink or brown. It's great on darker complexions. You can see it in action here.

In case you're wondering, the reason Bobbi Brown Rose is all scraped up is because I transferred half of it onto a blush palette. Let me know what colors you prefer to wear during the winter.

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43 comments

  1. These are such pretty blushers :) I didnt realised that butter london does make-up too, i thought they only did nail polishes! haha~ that honey pie colour is really nice and its a colour that i usually go for!

    Thank you for the swatches, i hope you have a lovely day!

    Ying || Yingcbeauty.com

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    1. Yes, they do makeup too. They have mascaras and lip glosses as well x

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  2. Warm soul is one of my ultimate favorites! Great picks, I can only imagine how good they suit your skintone :)

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  3. Mata Hari is a very pretty color! These are all great colors though :)

    http://skinstuffbykaty.blogspot.com/

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  4. I remember commenting on how much I liked Douceur! I'm trying to convince myself I don't need any more blushes though, haha. Not until I hit pan on one of the ones I own!

    xx becky / star-violet.com

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  5. I definitely need Nars Douceur in my life!

    annie | www.raspberphobia.com

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  6. I just bought Mac Warm Soul because of all the love you give it, and it is such a great colour for my skintone!

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  7. Love the look of all of these - i already own a couple but i can see warm soul being added to the collection very soon!

    http://whaticallbeautiful.blogspot.co.uk/

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  8. Honey Pie looks so pretty! I love winter blushes, but can't wait until I spring/summer!

    Des | Simple Charm Beauty

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    1. Same here! I want to wear lots of pastels x

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  9. These are gorgeous but man that Rose one is terrifying both in the pan and in the swatch! I'm so jealous of you for having the courage to use it, haha.
    xx
    Stephanie | Love, August

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    1. Haha, it's just a blush, it won't kill you. Of course a swatch is saturated but on the cheeks it's lighter and more diffused.

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  10. The honey pie has got to be my favorite :D
    xx

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  11. Is it bad I want every single one of these? I was trying to pick a favorite but I couldn't decide they all look so gorgeous!

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  12. Oohh warm soul is so nice!! I struggle a lot with finding a decent blush maybe I am applying it wrong but they make me feel washed out!

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  13. I've never tried the Fox in A Box powders! I'll have to check them out when I'm at Wal-Mart!

    www.lilting-grace.blogspot.com

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    1. Do! They're a bit powdery but other than that I like them a lot. And they just cost $4-6

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  14. I wear Nars douceur ALL the time. Perfect for everyday!

    http://chelsealeighbeauty.blogspot.ca/

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  15. I love them all! I need to get some more cream blushes :)
    http://www.writingbeauty.com/

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  16. These are all so lovely - I definitely need to try butter London make up. I'm actually the opposite to you during winter - I prefer a more red / slightly plummy cheek! Love the look of the Bobbi brown blush

    Katydesu.blogspot.co.uk

    Katy xx

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  17. Totally agree with the more muted blushes for winter. I love the Bobbi Brown one you showed!

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  18. I really want to try the NARS blushes !
    Sara,
    http://thecrimeofashion.blogspot.fr

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  19. So many lovely blushes - but I have to say the Hard Candy Smooth Talker is my favourite of the bunch, I need to get my hands on this
    http://www.letstalkbeauty.co.uk/

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  20. Such beautiful shades! I really like the look of Honey Pie :D The name is cute too!

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  21. NARS Sin has been my favourite. I have my eyes on NARS Douceur and I'll probably have to get it soon.
    xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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  22. That really is such a mix of shades! I have to say out of all of them, I definitely like the look of Mata Hari best! Thanks for all these swatches :)
    Amber
    Lovely Notions

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  23. I use the Bobbie Brown pot rouge in Milk Chocolate as a contour and I love the formula so I think I need to check out Rose too! Looks like it would be the perfect blush for my skin colour.

    Style Blog // Photography Blog // Photography Facebook

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    1. Ah, I'll have to look into Milk Chocolate then x

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  24. Out of all those Honey Pie is just soooo up my alley! I think it's such a great warm peach pink, of your 6 I'm just going to have to grab that one from you!

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  25. All these look gorgeous, but I think my favourite is the Bobbi Brown in Rose,c ause like your said, it's so different from anything I've seen around! xx

    http://ferdies-place.blogspot.co.uk/

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  26. Great post:)
    You did an amazing job while picking these ,they are all beautiful:)

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  27. Lovely picks! What a great range of shades. Honey Pie is really tempting me! xo

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  28. Douceur looks absolutely gorgeous! You definitely picked some great shades to share with us.

    Laura
    www.lauraneuzeth.com

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  29. Love the MAC One

    www.ambermcniff.co.uk

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  30. I have wanted Warm Soul for so long, I really need to grab it

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  31. Nars Mata Hari is one of my all time favorite blushes ever. I love to see others loving it too! The Bobbi Brown Rose color looks beautiful too... :)

    xo, Rebecca

    wednesdaypress.blogspot.com

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