MATTE RED Blush Comparison

Matte Red Blush Comparison Lippy Girl IT Cosmetics La Femme MATTE RED Blush Comparison

It’s been a couple months since I posted my last blush comparison. I’m not sure why it’s been so long, as I really enjoy doing these posts. For this edition, I rounded up my matte reds. They are:

  • IT Cosmetics Vitality Cheek Flush Blush Stain in Matte Sweet Apple (my review)
  • Lippy Girl Organic Mineral Blush in Bitch Slap (my review)
  • La Femme Blush On Rouge in Brick Red

It Cosmetics Matte Sweet Apple Lippy Girl Bitch Slap La Femme Brick Red MATTE RED Blush Comparison

Matte Red Blush Swatches 2 MATTE RED Blush ComparisonL-R: Lippy Girl Bitch Slap, La Femme Brick Red, IT Cosmetics Matte Sweet Apple

Matte Red Blush Swatches MATTE RED Blush Comparison

L-R: Lippy Girl Bitch Slap, La Femme Brick Red, IT Cosmetics Matte Sweet Apple

Lippy Girl Bitch Slap is the brightest and warmest with orangey undertones. The baked texture gives it a gorgeous finish that’s the tiniest bit satin-y. La Femme Brick Red is a deeper red, with burgundy rose tones. In the pan, there’s a few random shimmer particles, but I don’t find they translate onto the skin. IT Cosmetics Matte Sweet Apple is a pink-red. It looks especially pink against the other two shades.

All three blushes extremely pigmented. They’re also all long-lasting – the IT Cosmetics and La Femme exceptionally so. They’re the type that leave a slight stain and require a bit of extra effort to fully remove.



Do you have a favorite red blush?

  • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

    Oh wow, these are really pretty bold blushes! I don’t think I’ve tried a blush that stains, and I’m not sure how to feel about that!

    • Catherine

      Hey Sunny :) It seems like red pigment tends to be more prone to staining, I know I’ve found that to be the case with eyeshadows with red tones too. Not sure why that is. It’s not a serious stain though – makeup remover gets it totally off ♥

  • MyLuciteDreams

    These are gorgeous! I would have never tried a shade like this until I revived a similar red shade in a beauty sample box. I was scared to try it but love the result!

    • Catherine

      Hi Taylor! I know, a few years ago I never would’ve thought to go with such RED colors, but I remember seeing a tutorial Wayne Goss did on Youtube in which he used this bright NARS red and I loved the results ♥

  • Makeup Matters

    I love the IT Cosmetics blush. I use it a lot! Great swatches!

    • Catherine

      Thank you, dear Liza! The IT Cosmetics really is beautiful and I think it’s also probably the least scary for anyone hesitant about reds – the pink tones make it more universally wearable ♥

  • TracyBeautyReflections

    I gotta get Bitch Slap-the name is HILARIOUS and that colour-HOLY WOW!!

    • Catherine

      Hahahah you would love that name Tracy ;) I love the color too. I have thing for bright warm reds and oranges. And Lippy Girl is an awesome small company founded by a mom/chemist… and it’s based in Canada! :D

  • Darcey Diehl

    Thank you so much for this amazing blog Catherine! Fantastic swatches and such an honor for Lippy Girl to be included! xox

    • Catherine

      Aww thanks so much, Darcey! It’s my pleasure! ♥

  • Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    WOW you are really bold with your blush choices–I am so boring I always stick with mid-tone peachy/coral-y pinks :P I do have one mineral blush that is similar to Matte Sweet Apple, I think–it’s from Youngblood. I have yet to test it though (I meant to do it during the winter…whoops! :/) but I am a little scared. I tend to have some redness around my nose area so I’ve always stayed away from strong red tones in my blush. After seeing your post though and how pretty Matte Sweet Apple is, I’m tempted to go bring it out to play right now :P

    • Catherine

      Hi Becca! I usually go for peachy and pinky nudes or bronzy blushes, but I do love stronger blushes too! The trick is just building up pigment slowly and blending edges. You should definitely try out the Youngblood. Maybe start with a duo fiber brush? Or else any very soft, not-densely-packed face brush. As long as I keep application light, reds look pretty natural. Of course all these are super pigmented, so I do usually tap the brush on the back of my hand before applying it to my cheeks. ♥

  • Lily

    So bold and pigmented – they are AWESOME!! I always go for blushes like these, even though they can be intimidating. However, when sheered out (and blended like crazy!), they are also very flattering :-)

    • Catherine

      Totally agree, Lily – it’s all about blending and applying lightly! I think these colors are some of the most “universally flattering” types, especially colors like Bitchslap, because they can show up on the deepest of skintones yet can be applied lightly for even the most fair, too. They seem like makeup artist staples! ♥

  • Christine

    It’s amazing that they look similar in the pans, but SO different on the skin! :) I also love “Natural Beauty” from Tarte. It’s a really pretty deep red too. A little dab is plenty for my light skin! :)

    • Catherine

      Hi Christine! I thought of you while doing this post. They really are unexpectedly very different! I haven’t seen Natural Beauty, I’m heading to google it now. I love deep reds. Though with summer around the corner, I’m in a bright red/warm orange and coral phase… so recently I’ve been reaching for Bitchslap most ♥

  • Nicole Whitehall

    I adore each shade, but I’d probably opt for Lippy Girl simply because of the name. Oh so clever. :) Nice post!

    • Catherine

      Hi Nicole! Isn’t it cute? And it’s really a gorgeous blush, too. ♥