Review, Swatches & Dupes: MAKE Matte Finish Blush in Cinnabar

Someday soon I’ll have to do a monochrome look– nothing but reds from brow to chin. I’ve got a vault full of appropriate lipsticks from the orange to the wine. And my stash of red eye makeup is nothing if not respectable– I tend to favor that sickly sorceress look in the winter. What I didn’t realize till I started planning this post: I also own more red blushes than peaches or pinks. They even outnumber my signature purples!

I guess it makes sense. I’m a fan of rich pigment in my color cosmetics and hey– maybe I like a fairytale narrative guiding my hand when I stipple. Red cheeks are for princesses charmed in old-growth forests, a color palette of snow and blood.

Speaking of palettes– art historically inspired beauty brand MAKE has been on my radar for a while, ever since Carina started killing it with their eye and lip palettes. Based in New York, they’re known for high-concept capsule collections distilled from, say, the watercolor hues of English Romanticism or the baked-clay colors of a technicolor desert. Basically, MAKE is smart, deliciously pretentious, with a strong point of view– a bluestocking’s beauty brand. They also a earmark portion of their proceeds for We See Beauty, a non-profit that supports “women-owned, worker-led cooperatives”. (You can find find MAKE  at a number of retailers, online and in meatspace. But if you want to maximize the amount of makeup money to go to WSB, consider buying from We See Beauty’s virtual storefront!)

I’ve been lusting after their palettes for a while now, especially after seeing what Carina could do with three different shades of tonal white. But I thought I’d ease myself into MAKE with a smaller purchase. So here’s their Matte Finish Blush in Cinnabar, an “intense crimson with a red undertone”.


Availability: $25 on We See Beauty, Barneys New York, or Nasty Gal 

Quantity: 0.16 oz

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