{"id":605433790770,"title":"Rare Beauty Blush Review: Overhyped or Worth It?","created_at":"2023-05-21T23:53:07-04:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Rare Beauty Blush Review: Overhyped or Worth It?\",\n \"keywords\": \"rare beauty blush, rare beauty blush review, rare beauty blush reviews, rare beauty blush dupe, rare beauty blush ulta, rare beauty blush sephora, rare beauty blush amazon\",\n \"description\": \"Our research team analyzes the ingredients in Selena Gomez's Rare Beauty Blush based on medical studies to give our take on whether the product is likely to improve skin appearance or if it's a waste of money. We highlight some questionable additive ingredients.\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/rare-beauty-blush\",\n\"author\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"Calloway Cook\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/calloway-cook\",\n \"sameAs\": \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/in\/calloway-cook\/\",\n \"jobTitle\": \"President\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"entrepreneurship, dietary supplements, herbal supplements, eCommerce, medical research\",\n \"alumniOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"EducationalOrganization\",\n \"name\": \"S.I. 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Rare Beauty claims this product “blends and builds beautifully for a soft, healthy flush.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eBut does Rare Beauty Blush contain research-backed  ingredients for improving skin quality, or are these just marketing claims? Does it contain any potentially unhealthy additive ingredients? What retailer sells Rare Beauty Blush for the best price? And how do real users rate and describe the effects of the blush?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we analyze the ingredients in Rare Beauty Blush based on medical studies to give our take on whether the product is likely to improve skin appearance or if it’s a waste of money.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe’ll feature real, unsponsored user reviews of Rare Beauty Blush including before-and-after images, and provide a cost breakdown documenting which retailer sells the product for the best price.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eIngredient Analysis\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" alt=\"Rare Beauty Blush ingredients\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Rare_Beauty_Blush_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1684727687\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe ingredients in the Joy, Happy, Lucky and Grateful shades of Rare Beauty Blush are shown above.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis product does contain some research-backed ingredients for improving skin health and appearance.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003e\u003ci\u003eNelumbo nucifera\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cb\u003e (sacred lotus) flower extract\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e was described as having an anti-aging effect in a 2015 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC4710907\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e. The study authors stated the following about this botanical ingredient:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e“has beneficial effect to reduce symptoms like loss of elasticity, acne, pores, wrinkles, fine lines, blemishes, and so forth…It promotes younger looking skin”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eSunflower seed oil\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is a naturally hydrating ingredient, as we discussed in our review of \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/city-lips-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCity Lips\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, another cosmetic product containing sunflower seed oil.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003e\u003ci\u003eIllicium verum\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cb\u003e (anise) fruit extract\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e was shown to have an antimicrobial effect in a 2021 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC7797340\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, which suggests that it may be effective against acne, though it’s too early to say so conclusively.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWhile this blush contains some research-backed ingredients, it also contains some additive ingredients that we consider questionable from a health perspective.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eRed 28\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is an artificial dye that was shown to be toxic in an \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/25727789\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eanimal study\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eJournal of Applied Toxicology\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eRed 7\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eYellow 6\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e are also artificial dyes, and a 2015 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/25599186\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e found that artificial dye can absorb through the skin and may be harmful to human health.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall, we consider Rare Beauty Blush somewhat likely to improve skin quality and appearance, but we don’t recommend it due to the use of synthetic dye.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBut how do real users rate and describe the effects of the product? We’ll review in the next section.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eReal, Unsponsored Rare Beauty Blush User Reviews\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOne of the most popular YouTube reviews of Rare Beauty Blush comes from a creator named “niceskindays” who has a video trying on all of the different shades she owns:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe title=\"YouTube video player\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/J9NUYR8DEBs\" height=\"315\" width=\"560\" allowfullscreen=\"\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" frameborder=\"0\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA YouTube creator named Rashi gives her take on whether Rare Beauty Blush is effective in those with brown skin in a video with over 200,000 views:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe title=\"YouTube video player\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/ttbaNHB97T4\" height=\"315\" width=\"560\" allowfullscreen=\"\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" frameborder=\"0\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eWhere to Buy Rare Beauty Blush for the Best Price\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eRare Beauty Blush is sold at a variety of online retailers. Here’s a price breakdown at the time of publishing this article:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWalmart: $42.80 (\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.walmart.com\/ip\/Rare-Beauty-By-Selena-Gomez-Soft-Pinch-Dewy-Liquid-Blush-0-25oz-Hope-New\/538538890\"\u003elink\u003c\/a\u003e)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBrand website: $23 (plus $6 shipping, \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.rarebeauty.com\/products\/soft-pinch-liquid-blush\"\u003elink\u003c\/a\u003e)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSephora: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$23 (free shipping\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.sephora.com\/product\/rare-beauty-by-selena-gomez-soft-pinch-liquid-blush-P97989778?skuId=2362119\u0026amp;icid2=products%20grid:p97989778:product\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003elink\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAmazon: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$23 (free shipping\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/amzn.to\/3q7lTmA\" rel=\"sponsored\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003elink to official Amazon listing\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSephora has a flat $23 cost for all shades of Rare Beauty Blush, while Amazon has a price range from $21.45 to $30.49 depending on shade (the shade we linked to above is $23 but all other shades can be selected from that link).\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAt the time of publishing this article, Rare Beauty Blush is not available on Ulta.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eWhat’s the Best Rare Beauty Blush Dupe?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eA YouTube creator named “Zabrena” has a video with some options for Rare Beauty dupes:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe title=\"YouTube video player\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/c9ugauJ7D6E\" height=\"315\" width=\"560\" allowfullscreen=\"\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" frameborder=\"0\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eReal Customers Review Rare Beauty Blush\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAmazon is a better resource for honest customer reviews than a brand’s website in our opinion.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eRare Beauty Blush has been reviewed over 1,400 times on Amazon with an average review rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe top positive review from a verified purchaser comes from a user named “Kindle Customer” who claims it looks good and is easy to use:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003e“The product goes on smoothly. No issues. No sinking in my wrinkles. A tiny dot goes a long way but lasts all day. It looks good alone and with foundation. I would buy again.”\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe top negative review from a verified purchaser is written by a user named “Molly” who dislikes the product experience:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003e“the brush came dried up and when i tried it out it dried up immediately and felt like paint on my cheeks. DO NOT WASTE YOU MONEYYYY!!!”\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAt the time of publishing this article, Rare Beauty has responded to every customer complaint on their Better Business Bureau (BBB) \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.bbb.org\/us\/ca\/azusa\/profile\/online-shopping\/rare-beauty-cosmetics-1216-1277887\/complaints\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003epage\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, which is a sign of a high-quality brand that cares about their customers.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eHow Does Selena Use Rare Beauty?\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn an interview and tutorial with the popular \"NikkieTutorials\" YouTube channel that has over 14 million subscribers, Selena Gomez uses some Rare Beauty products:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003ciframe title=\"YouTube video player\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/GUJqRkBEEY4\" height=\"315\" width=\"560\" allowfullscreen=\"\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" frameborder=\"0\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003e\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003ePros and Cons of Rare Beauty Blush\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHere are the pros and cons of Rare Beauty Blush in our opinion:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003ePros:\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHighly positive online customer reviews\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eContains an anti-aging ingredient\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eContains a natural skin hydrating ingredient\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFree of synthetic preservatives\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFragrance-free\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAesthetic packaging\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eCons:\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eContains synthetic dye\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eExpensive when considering serving size\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eDoesn’t appear clinically tested\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eRare Beauty Blush seems to be a high-quality cosmetic product.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFrom a functional perspective, it contains several active ingredients with research-backing for improving skin quality and appearance.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFrom an aesthetic perspective, most of the online customer reviews we came across were favorable in regard to how the product made their skin look.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe don’t currently recommend Rare Beauty Blush because it contains artificial dyes, but it has a healthier formulation than many cosmetic products we’ve reviewed on Illuminate Health.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA popular skincare YouTuber suggests that there are some drugstore dupes for this product that are significantly cheaper.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAt the time of publishing this article, Sephora and Amazon have the best prices on Rare Beauty Blush when factoring in shipping fees.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2023-05-21T23:55:56-04:00","updated_at":"2023-09-12T15:26:05-04:00","summary_html":"We analyze the ingredients in Selena Gomez's Rare Beauty Blush based on medical studies to give our take on whether the product is likely to improve skin appearance or if it's a waste of money. 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Rare Beauty Blush Review: Overhyped or Worth It?

Rare Beauty Blush Review: Overhyped or Worth It?


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Rare Beauty is Selena Gomez’s cosmetics brand, and Rare Beauty Blush is one of the brand’s most popular products. Rare Beauty claims this product “blends and builds beautifully for a soft, healthy flush.”

But does Rare Beauty Blush contain research-backed  ingredients for improving skin quality, or are these just marketing claims? Does it contain any potentially unhealthy additive ingredients? What retailer sells Rare Beauty Blush for the best price? And how do real users rate and describe the effects of the blush?

In this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we analyze the ingredients in Rare Beauty Blush based on medical studies to give our take on whether the product is likely to improve skin appearance or if it’s a waste of money.

We’ll feature real, unsponsored user reviews of Rare Beauty Blush including before-and-after images, and provide a cost breakdown documenting which retailer sells the product for the best price.

Ingredient Analysis

Rare Beauty Blush ingredients

The ingredients in the Joy, Happy, Lucky and Grateful shades of Rare Beauty Blush are shown above.

This product does contain some research-backed ingredients for improving skin health and appearance.

Nelumbo nucifera (sacred lotus) flower extract was described as having an anti-aging effect in a 2015 medical review. The study authors stated the following about this botanical ingredient:

“has beneficial effect to reduce symptoms like loss of elasticity, acne, pores, wrinkles, fine lines, blemishes, and so forth…It promotes younger looking skin”

Sunflower seed oil is a naturally hydrating ingredient, as we discussed in our review of City Lips, another cosmetic product containing sunflower seed oil.

Illicium verum (anise) fruit extract was shown to have an antimicrobial effect in a 2021 clinical trial, which suggests that it may be effective against acne, though it’s too early to say so conclusively.

While this blush contains some research-backed ingredients, it also contains some additive ingredients that we consider questionable from a health perspective.

Red 28 is an artificial dye that was shown to be toxic in an animal study published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology.

Red 7 and Yellow 6 are also artificial dyes, and a 2015 medical review found that artificial dye can absorb through the skin and may be harmful to human health.

Overall, we consider Rare Beauty Blush somewhat likely to improve skin quality and appearance, but we don’t recommend it due to the use of synthetic dye.

But how do real users rate and describe the effects of the product? We’ll review in the next section.

Real, Unsponsored Rare Beauty Blush User Reviews

One of the most popular YouTube reviews of Rare Beauty Blush comes from a creator named “niceskindays” who has a video trying on all of the different shades she owns:

A YouTube creator named Rashi gives her take on whether Rare Beauty Blush is effective in those with brown skin in a video with over 200,000 views:

Where to Buy Rare Beauty Blush for the Best Price

Rare Beauty Blush is sold at a variety of online retailers. Here’s a price breakdown at the time of publishing this article:

Walmart: $42.80 (link)

Brand website: $23 (plus $6 shipping, link)

Sephora: $23 (free shipping, link)

Amazon: $23 (free shipping, link to official Amazon listing)

Sephora has a flat $23 cost for all shades of Rare Beauty Blush, while Amazon has a price range from $21.45 to $30.49 depending on shade (the shade we linked to above is $23 but all other shades can be selected from that link).

At the time of publishing this article, Rare Beauty Blush is not available on Ulta.

What’s the Best Rare Beauty Blush Dupe?

A YouTube creator named “Zabrena” has a video with some options for Rare Beauty dupes:

Real Customers Review Rare Beauty Blush

Amazon is a better resource for honest customer reviews than a brand’s website in our opinion.

Rare Beauty Blush has been reviewed over 1,400 times on Amazon with an average review rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars.

The top positive review from a verified purchaser comes from a user named “Kindle Customer” who claims it looks good and is easy to use:

“The product goes on smoothly. No issues. No sinking in my wrinkles. A tiny dot goes a long way but lasts all day. It looks good alone and with foundation. I would buy again.”

The top negative review from a verified purchaser is written by a user named “Molly” who dislikes the product experience:

“the brush came dried up and when i tried it out it dried up immediately and felt like paint on my cheeks. DO NOT WASTE YOU MONEYYYY!!!”

At the time of publishing this article, Rare Beauty has responded to every customer complaint on their Better Business Bureau (BBB) page, which is a sign of a high-quality brand that cares about their customers.

How Does Selena Use Rare Beauty?

In an interview and tutorial with the popular "NikkieTutorials" YouTube channel that has over 14 million subscribers, Selena Gomez uses some Rare Beauty products:

Pros and Cons of Rare Beauty Blush

Here are the pros and cons of Rare Beauty Blush in our opinion:

Pros:

  • Highly positive online customer reviews
  • Contains an anti-aging ingredient
  • Contains a natural skin hydrating ingredient
  • Free of synthetic preservatives
  • Fragrance-free
  • Aesthetic packaging

Cons:

  • Contains synthetic dye
  • Expensive when considering serving size
  • Doesn’t appear clinically tested
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Conclusion

Rare Beauty Blush seems to be a high-quality cosmetic product.

From a functional perspective, it contains several active ingredients with research-backing for improving skin quality and appearance.

From an aesthetic perspective, most of the online customer reviews we came across were favorable in regard to how the product made their skin look.

We don’t currently recommend Rare Beauty Blush because it contains artificial dyes, but it has a healthier formulation than many cosmetic products we’ve reviewed on Illuminate Health.

A popular skincare YouTuber suggests that there are some drugstore dupes for this product that are significantly cheaper.

At the time of publishing this article, Sephora and Amazon have the best prices on Rare Beauty Blush when factoring in shipping fees.