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Max Factor Creme Puff Blush vs Hourglass Blush

Thursday, 9 July 2015
There was a lot of buzz about this release and I have only just got around to reviewing them but it's better late than ever! The blushes were particularly hyped as dupes for the ever popular Hourglass Ambient Light blushes. Considering I also own the Hourglass blush palette I figured it would be a good idea to do a bit of a comparison of formulas, textures, finishes and swatches.

So first of all let's talk about price. The Max Factor blushes are obviously much more affordable at $21.95 each and they are often on sale. The Houglass blushes on the other hand retail for $46 and unfortunately this more economical palette is no longer available. It is worth noting though that the Hourglass blushes are quite large at 4.2 grams. Annoyingly, I can't find a net gram weight for the Max Factor blushes but they seem to be about half the size.

First of all, I absolutely love the Hourglass blushes and I have for a while. "Luminous Flush" and "Ethereal Glow" are two of my most reached for blushes in my whole collection and are so pretty and flattering for every day. I am of course aware though that they are very expensive and people are looking for dupes at a lower price point.

I have the Max Factor Creme Puff blushes in the shades "Lovely Pink" and "Lavish Mauve" which look sort of like the Hourglass "Dim Infusion" and "Mood Exposure" respectively. Comparing the formula and finish of the two, the Max Factor ones are definitely more shimmery. The Hourglass shimmer is so finely milled, as they are famous for, that it doesn't look glittery at all. The Max Factor blushes do have a bit more of a glittery finish though it is still very pretty and not at all overpowering. 

Now for a swatch comparison... 

You will see that even though the pans look very similar (especially in the case of Mood Exposure vs Lavish Mauve) they do swatch quite differently.
Left to right: Hourglass Luminous Flush, Hourglass Incandescent Electra, Hourglass Mood Exposure, Max Factor Lavish Mauve and Max Factor Lovely Pink.
So in summary, are these Max Factor blushes a dupe for Hourglass? No, but they are still incredibly pretty in their own right and well worth picking up especially if the Hourglass blushes are understandably out of your price range. Will you be picking up some Max Factor blushes or splurging on some Hourglass? I really love both of these blush ranges and would love to hear your thoughts.

Stay Rosy
3 comments on "Max Factor Creme Puff Blush vs Hourglass Blush"
  1. I've been tempted by the Max factor offerings but I'm not the hugest fan of the shades they brought over. I figure one day I might splurge on the HG so there's no point in me trying to find a dupe in the mean time!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

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  2. Thanks for the comparison, was super helpful. I do still love the HG blush despite the price factor.

    lisa | lisaxbeauty

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  3. Actually the max factor nude mauve is better dupe for the hourglass mood exposure. Much more of a colour match.

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