For the first day of my 31 Days of Reviews Challenge I wanted to start with a bang! The review for today was supposed to be for a blush, so I thought I would pick my current favourite, and a relatively new release: the ABH blush trio in the shade Peachy love. ABH came out with 5 different colour trios in June, however I thought Peachy Love would look the best on my current skin colour/tone. I am pretty tan (obvs, it’s summer), so warmer colours look better on me right now. Although, I may try another one of these once my tan starts fading.
Packaging and First Impressions
I absolutely loove the packaging! It is very sleek, compact and shiny. It definitely looks luxurious. I think the best part, and the part that most people are entranced by, are the subtle ABH symbols that are all over the front of the compact that catch the light at certain angles. When I first received this product I posted a video on instagram right away to show the light reflect of these symbols. There is no scent to this product that I noticed (being the nose-blind person that I am).
Price and Quantity
These blush trios each go for $39 CAD ($30 USD) and have 3 grams (0.11 oz) of product. This is definitely on the more expensive side for the amount of product you get, when you compare to what other middle-to-high end brands offer. Using two other blush lines that I love as examples, Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes go for $35 CAD ($29 USD) for 5.6 grams (0.2 oz) and Urban Decay 8-Hour Powder Blushes go for $32 CAD ($26 USD) for 6.8 grams (0.23 oz). You can see quite a difference, especially with that Urban Decay example, where you get over double the product that is in the ABH blush trio, for a lower cost. When we look at actual high end brands, this blush is actually more expensive than the Air Brush Soft Glow Duo from Marc Jacobs ($57 CAD for 0.282 oz) and the DiorBlush Vibrant Colour Powder Blush by Dior ($54 CAD for 0.24 oz). Below is a chart so that you can visually see what the price comparisons are. It uses the products mentioned above as examples. I have also included a cost-quantity ratio, using 1 oz of product as an arbitrary amount for comparison across all products. The products are arranged from the best deal, in terms of price and quantity, to worst deal, top to bottom.
|Company’s Product Mentioned Above||Cost ($ CAD)||Quantity (oz)||Cost-Quantity Ratio for 1 oz of product|
I did look at brands like Giorgio Armani and Tom Ford, and ABH is not charging as much as them. Congrats? However, after researching all of this I am very shocked that ABH is charging more than companies like Marc Jacobs and Dior! ABH is not THAT high-end, holy crap. I didn’t know I was going to be spilling the tea here☕️.
Guys, I kinda wish I had done this cost analysis before purchasing.. I am SHOOK.
Here are the claims listed on the ABH website:
“Full pigment blush for buildable intensity with a seamless finish. Layer more than one shade of Anastasia Beverly Hills Blush Trio for a multi-dimensional, naturally flushed look.
Three blush shades per compact
Finely-milled for seamless blending
Full-pigment formula for buildable coverage”
These blushes are vegan and cruelty free 🐰 Yay! They are also formulated without parabens, sulfates or phthalates.
Pigmentation and Performance
The texture of these blushes is very smooth and almost buttery, The only shade that feels a little drier to the touch is Miami. They are very pigmented, but I believe Miami is a tiny bit less pigmented and takes a bit more building up, due to that dryness. My favourite way to wear this blush trio is to basically dip into all of the colours at the same time and apply all of them. The resulting colour is honestly my favourite blush colour to wear, however each one on their own is great too. I especially like Nectarine on it’s own, because it is a bit muted, but still has a lot of colour to it. In my opinion Ginger can be a bit strong on its own if you aren’t careful, and Miami can be a little bit hard to notice if you don’t work to build it up (depending on your skin tone of course). That being said, this is why using all of them at the same time works so well. One will add more brightness, whereas another may add just a different tone to the overall look. They even each other out to result in a beautiful colour.
These blushes blend so nicely. They are very finely milled which really helps their blending ability. I also find that the colour does last for at least 8 hours, which is obviously great.
From left to right the colours are Nectarine, Ginger and Miami. The description of the colours are as follows:
Nectarine: Matte dusty peach
Ginger: Matte toasted coral
Miami: Matte bright peach with gold sparkle
I am totally obsessed with this blush trio right now. This is mainly because of the colour and how flawlessly it blends. However, it is so expensive compared to the other blushes that I own and love! I really like the UD 8-hour power blush formula and that has more than double the product that these ABH trios have, for $7 CAD less. Additionally, the Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes have great lasting power (12 hours) and are around the same price, but again have almost double the amount of product found in the ABH trios. And most of all, how, HOW I ASK, can this blush be more expensive that Marc Jacobs or Dior!?!!? I’m not sure why these trios are priced as they are. I get that us makeup junkies almost never hit pan on products because we own so many different products, but it’s the principle of the thing. Ultimately, the company is deciding to charge this amount, and we need to decide whether it is worth it. They perform well, but that is not all that matters. This will likely affect my decision in the future as to whether it will be worth it to purchase another colour trio for the fall/winter.
Do you own any of these ABH blush trios? I’m curious to hear what any of the other colours are like! If I get another one, which one should I get?