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Monday, October 27, 2014

A £4 MAC Ripe Peach Blush Dupe!

Essence Blush Up Blush in Heat Wave

MAC Ripe Peach blush has long been discontinued but the words "Ripe Peach" still sets many a hearts a flutter and it easily one of my favourite blushes of all time. I have only ever owned one compact of Ripe Peach and that was long disposed of due to age (I feared it would grow mould) and I have lusted after a suitable "dupe" ever since. Enter Essence Blush Up Blush in Heat Wave the best £3.99 any MAC Ripe Peach fanatic can spend...

Essence Blush Up Blush in Heat Wave
Essence Blush Up Blush in Heat Wave

A super quick gloss over of the packaging - square, flimsy and yes a little cheap looking. It does have the appearance of a typical low budget brand thanks to the transparent plastic but don't let that put you off. Despite looking and feeling cheap the flimsy plastic has not shattered or cracked nor has the powder inside and at the end of the day that is really all I ask for from packaging. No frills but hey who needs a scratchy brush or poor quality mirror anyway?

Essence Blush Up Blush in Heat Wave
Essence Blush Up Blush in Heat Wave
Essence Blush Up Blush in Heat Wave

In my opinion Essence Blush Up Blush in Heat Wave is the closest dupe to my beloved and now defunct MAC Ripe Peach blush both in design and finial colour pay off .The coral, orange and pink gradient is almost identical to Ripe Peach - okay the real deal contained a little yellow in the blend but other than that it is eerily similar. The beauty of having a gradient blush is that you essentially have three shades in one: blended the blush creates a bright, matte orange coral, using only the left hand side you have a warm yet bright orange toned blush which is pretty similar to NARS Taj Mahal and using only the right you have a warm medium toned pink matte blush. 

Essence Blush Up Blush in Heat Wave
Essence Blush Up Blush in Heat Wave

There really is nothing to fault other than the packaging which is clutching at straws when it comes to the Essence Blush Up Blush in Heat Wave. The shade is beautiful not to mention it can be used in three ways (four if you dare to apply it as an eyeshadow), is well pigmented, matte so it is ideal for those like myself with enlarged pores yet brightening to the skin, blends well and fairly long wearing too. With a primer on my oily skin I typically achieve 6 hours of wear before it begins to fade which really is not bad at all. 

Perhaps the real downside is that Essence is still tricky to get within the UK, many Wilkinson's stores. You can find a list of stockists and more general information here - link.
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19 comments:

  1. I never tried the MAC blush but I love Essence products. This blusher looks amazing and I love the shades. x

    http://beyondthevelvet.blogspot.co.uk/

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  2. You can order it from wilko.com x

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  3. I wanted to try Ripe Peach so bad so I'm going to have to try this asap!
    <3 Fran - www.frannymac.com xx

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  4. I can't figure out why so many people ravee about this blush... To me it is chalky and applies so patchy :( I aodre the brand but I think this is one of their worst products.

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  5. I have this-I love it! I made a big order of Essence products from Wilko.com and I was impressed with a lot of them for the price, I must say! I wrote about them on my blog here :-) http://themusingsofem.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/essence-goodies-and-swatches.html
    Em x

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  6. Iv got this, its amazing and so pretty x
    Emma | Emmys Blog

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  7. I have this Essence Blush & love it, it took me a few attempts to get just the right amount of colour on my cheeks but Im happy with the quality & its good to hear its a dupe for a Mac product
    http://www.letstalkbeauty.co.uk/

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  8. This looks so pretty, love how the swatches come out so true to colour! Definitely dare for the eyeshadow!

    cottonandcandie xx

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  9. This looks gorgeous! Maybe you could try depotting it (although I don't have much experience with that, it just makes it sound like I have) ;)

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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  10. I love that there is basically three different blushes in one. The pigmentation looks amazing and I see this all the time and never pick it up - I definitely have to next time.

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  11. i have this blush for a while and it looks so pretty.

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  12. This is a lovely shade - so great that you can pretty much get 3 in one!

    Josie XOXO
    Fashion Mumblr

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  13. I need to try this, kept reading amazing reviews about Essence but have yet to try it myself.

    Reflection of Sanity

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  14. What a great cocktail of colours! I must pick this up if I see it!
    sophielfarrell.blogspot.co.uk
    x

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  15. OMG so pretty! I still adore my Ripe Peach blush, but it must be so old and gross by now.. I'll have to get this one!

    // Oh Dollymix

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  16. Never tried that MAC blush but this one looks beautiful! I´ll look for this brand next time I go shopping!

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  17. I've been trying to find this blush all over, I can't get over how gorgeous it looks!

    CassandraMyee | NZ Beauty Blog

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  18. I love this blush! So good to see someone else appreciates it as much as I do!

    I have an Essence review coming out soon on my blog, I'd love it if you'd check it out!

    nikkimrocks.blogspot.com

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