Cover FX Sweet Mulberry Monochromatic Blush Duo Review & Swatches

Sweet Mulberry

Cover FX Sweet Mulberry Monochromatic Blush Duo ($38.00 for 0.51 oz.) includes a cooler, deeper plum with more of a matte finish paired with a shimmering, plummy bronze with a luminous finish. I liked that this duo was a little more contrasting–a bit of coolness and warmth playing together but still on the more monochromatic side. Both shades were pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing with little to complain about.

Cover FX Sweet Mulberry (Left) Matte Blush

Cover FX Sweet Mulberry (Left) Matte Blush

Sweet Mulberry (Left)

Sweet Mulberry (Left) is a muted, medium-dark plum with subtle, cool undertones and a natural, matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that was easily built up for full coverage or used with a lighter hand (or less-dense brush) for sheerer, more buildable coverage. The consistency was smooth to the touch, velvety without being dry or powdery, and blendable on my skin with a beautiful, skin-like finish. It wore well for nine hours on me before fading slightly.

Urban Decay TMI (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (95% similar).Makeup Geek Desire (P, $10.00) is darker (90% similar).MAC Plum Sparkle (LE, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).Urban Decay Sesso (Blush) (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).Tarte Does This Thing Really Work? (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).Makeup Geek Soulmate (P, $10.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar).LORAC Chroma (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar).Anastasia Blackberry (LE, ) is darker (85% similar).KIKO 112 Light Plum (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar).Viseart Enamored (Blush) (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (80% similar).

Formula Overview

The duo includes both a “monochromatic matte and shimmer shade” that can be used “individually or layer[ed] together.” The blushes are described as having “high-impact payoff” with no other specifics. The consistency of the matte shades was incredibly silky, finely-milled, and smooth without being powdery–they were thinner but not difficult to apply and sat well on bare skin as well as over foundation. The pigmentation ranged from semi-opaque to opaque and was definitely buildable.

Both the matte and shimmer products wore between eight and nine hours on me.

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Ingredients

Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Myristyl Trisiloxane, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Mica, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Red 30 Lake (Ci 73360), Ultramarines (Ci 77007).

Sweet Mulberry (Right)

Sweet Mulberry (Right) is a deeper, plummy bronze with warmer, browner undertones and cooler, plummy shimmer that gave it a luminous sheen. It was richly pigmented, where a little went a long way, but the shimmer was softer and finer, so the more I blended it out on my skin, the smoother and more luminous the blush looked applied. The texture was smooth to the touch, dense without being too firmly pressed in the pan, and easy to blend out. It stayed on nicely for eight and a half hours before I noticed slight fading.

Sleek MakeUP Antique (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).NARS Blissful (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, brighter, cooler (90% similar).NARS Friction (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar).MAC Crazed Imagination (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar).NARS Sin (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar).MAC Girls Do Blush (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar).Makeup Revolution All I Think About is You (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar).Urban Decay Rapture (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar).Hourglass Surreal Halo (LE, $35.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (80% similar).Makeup Revolution Loved Me the Best (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar).

Formula Overview

The duo includes both a “monochromatic matte and shimmer shade” that can be used “individually or layer[ed] together.” The blushes are described as having “high-impact payoff” with no other specifics.

The shimmery shades were slightly firmer with more of a powder-gel hybrid consistency that is firmer, denser but is often smoother and more “melted” when applied and blended out on skin. For this type of formula, I’d recommend a moderately dense blush or highlighter brush. Most of the shimmery shades had a luminous sheen–smoother, shinier finish but not intense or metallic. I found that layering the matte over the shimmer to yield a more intense shimmer effect, which is more of a tip from me to you than a pro/con.

Both the matte and shimmer products wore between eight and nine hours on me.

 

Ingredients

Mica, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Squalane, Glycerin, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Polysorbate 20, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Chondrus Crispus, Xanthan Gum, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Silica, Dicalcium Phosphate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499).

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