On a mission to give us expensive cheeks, the Hermes blush collection has arrived! But is it worth that $77 price tag?
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Oh goodness I love a new makeup release, particularly when it comes from the name Hermes! Last year I fell head over heals for the Hermes lipstick formula and have been eagerly anticipating their next product ever since.
And let me tell ya — it has been a WAIT!
When they dropped their lipsticks in early 2020, Hermes declared a new makeup release would come every six months as they built a permanent beauty line. Then – the world changed, as did their and everyone else’s plans.
But even with the longer than originally planned wait, anticipation for something new from Hermes did not die down and I was thrilled to see them go with a BLUSH for this next chapter in their foray into beauty. And oh are they gorgeous!
THE HERMES BLUSH COLLECTION
In total, the new Hermes blush collection includes eight beautiful shades and is available from Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s, Harrods, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Selfridges and, of course, Hermes.com.
THE HERMES BLUSH SHADES:
- ROSE ABRICOT: A velvety orange pink
- ROSE BLUSH: A fresh pink blended with coral for a healthy glow
- ROSE PLUM: A delicate pink with a subtle hint of blue.
- ROSE PUMMETTE: A radiant pink for rosy cheeks
- ROSE OMBRE: A dusty rose pink
- ROSE TAN: A lightly tanned and golden pink
- ROSE NUIT: A deep and illuminated pink
- ROSE FEU: An intense hibiscus
Carrying with tradition, the Hermes blush collection is packaged in their classic orange boxes – a signature of the brand I hope never changes. There’s truly something special about the rich history behind these orange packages and when opening one – you know you’re in for a treat.
Out of the box, each blush comes in a white compact with the Hermes emblem on the front.
Here’s some great news: like their lipstick, an Hermes blush is refillable! This is an excellent and user-friendly effort from Hermes to limit waste and make their beautiful blush compact a permanent part of your makeup collection with refillables available for purchase.
This approach also gives customers the option to try different shades. If for any reason a shade doesn’t work for you or you simply would like to try something new — you can easily order a refillable blush in a different shade. Pop the new pan into your compact and be on your merry way!
For my initial order, I reigned myself in and went with the Hermes blush in the shade Rose Pommette. Already I think I want to circle back and order the deeper Rose Feu and Rose Nuit shades for autumn and winter — but for now, this cheerful pink works perfectly!
On the cheeks, the blushes have a lovely semi-matte finish with a subtle glow that gives you a boost of radiance.
When applying, you will notice a light floral scent to the product. Typically this isn’t something I like, but it’s very subtle here and not overpowering in a turn off way. It also doesn’t linger at all.
I’m beyond happy to report the same silkiness from the Hermes lipstick formula has translated over to the blushes as well! Hermes themselves actually defines the blushes as having a “silk twill” finish and I can’t disagree. They apply smoothly and evenly to the cheeks.
There is no concern of patchiness whatsoever or blobs of heavily concentrated pigment you have to work on blending out so you don’t look like a clown. We’ve all be there before and it’s… not cute!
MODERATE WEAR TIME
While the Hermes team makes the bold claim that the blushes are long-lasting, I wouldn’t say they have super power strength. After a long day, there are still traces of blush on the cheeks but without question – the pigment fades as time moves on.
I estimate you will get 6-7 hours of solid weartime from the Hermes blush without any touchups.
SURPRISINGLY LIGHTWEIGHT PACKAGING
Because the Hermes lipstick have some solid weight to them, I was surprised by how light the blush disc really is. I don’t mention this as a particularly good or bad thing — it was just something surprising I noticed compared to the lipsticks.
LIMITED SHADE SELECTION
The day the Hermes blush collection arrived stateside, I received a few comments on the DreaminLace Twitter and Instagram that the shade range isn’t inclusive for darker skintones and I have to agree.
It’s always tough to imagine what goes through a brand’s minds when they design shade ranges. Given that the blushes launched originally in China, a market that heavily supported and kept Hermes afloat throughout the pandemic, one could speculate that these initial shades were designed to target a specific skintone. However, as the intention is to make the blushes part of Hermes’ permanent beauty range, I hope deeper shades are added so all skintones can enjoy the experience of these luxury blushes.
SPRING HERMES LIPSTICK
In addition to a new Hermes blush, I also couldn’t resist picking up this gorgeous orange-red lipstick for spring. The shade 52 Corail Aqua is limited edition and perfect for the warm months ahead.
HERMES BLUSH RUNDOWN
- Refillable pans available to reduce packaging waste
- Extremely lightweight on the skin
- Flattering semi-matte finish with a subtle radiance
- Silky smooth texture and application
- Beautiful packaging
- Widely available at Bergdorf’s, Bloomingdale’s, Saks and other luxury retailers
- At $77, it’s pricier than alternative blushes from Chanel, Dior, Givenchy, etc.
- Limited shade range
- Not ultra long-wearing as marketed
- Contains a slight fragrance. While subtle, it could be potentially irritating to some
In addition to princess lipsticks from Hermes, as I fondly like to call them, I now have an appreciation for princess blush as well! Yes, I do prefer the lipsticks a tad more — but the blushes have a soft application and lovely color pay off on the cheeks.
The price point is obviously high for what you get, but the experience of applying and wearing an Hermes blush is quite satisfying. As silly as this sound – there really is something uplifting about adding the Hermes products to your morning makeup routine. They somehow manage to lift your spirits, encourage you to carry yourself a bit more confidently as you navigate the day and feel like the princess you truly are. And if a product manages to make you feel good about yourself — that’s a win in my book.
My biggest hope is that more shades are added so all skintones can enjoy the blush as much as I do. I also hope we don’t have to wait another year for Hermes to
If you have any questions about the blushes that I didn’t think to cover, feel free to ask away. I realize $77 is a lot to spend on a blush so I’m happy to share any info to help you make the most informed purchase possible! x
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Thank you so much for reading! x
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