Pat McGrath Paradise Venus Divine Blush Review & Swatches

by Joseph K. Clark

Paradise Venus

Pat McGrath Paradise Venus Divine BlushPat McGrath Paradise Venus Divine Blush ($38.00 for 0.34 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark reddish-copper with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had more of a “natural matte” finish when applied and blended out, so it did not appear dry or flat but had no overt sheen or visible shimmer on the skin.

The texture was soft, slightly powdery in the pan, but smooth, velvety, and substantial enough to sit beautifully on bare skin and blend out with little effort. It had a semi-opaque color payoff in a single layer, which could be built up or sheered out. Still, you’ll want to use a lighter hand or less-dense brush to get sheer coverage if desired (it was marketed as going from thin to more pigmented, but it was fairly pigmented to start with!). The color showed signs of fading after nine hours of wear on me.

FURTHER READING:

Blush
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like the scent).

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Formula Overview

$38.00/0.34 oz. – $111.76 Per Ounce

The formula should be “featherlight, long-wearing” that “builds effortlessly from sheer to subversive.” The blushes are available in two finishes–demi-matte and satin pearl–and range from more muted to vivid colors. The biggest “downfall” of the formula was that it was rather pigmented than buildable, so one could use a lighter hand to get more buildable coverage. However, I had to use light to moderate writing to ensure I didn’t over-apply each shade.

The consistency was smooth, silky, and lightly creamy to the touch; it was a touch powdery in the pan but had more slip than most powder blushes on the market, but it was a powder-based formula. The product applied well to bare skin and over foundation, diffusing well along the edges without picking up base products.

The satin pearl finish was luminous but not overtly shimmery, so it did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. Browse all of our Pat McGrath Divine Blush swatches. They wore around nine hours on me before fading visibly.

Ingredients

Mica, Alumina, Zinc Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Methylpropanediol, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenylpropanol, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77499), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850).

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