Pat McGrath Desert Orchid Divine Blush Review & Swatches

by Jeremy

Pat McGrath Desert Orchid Divine BlushPat McGrath Desert Orchid Divine Blush ($38.00 for 0.34 oz.) is a muted, medium brown with a hint of rosiness and warmer, peachy-gold pearl throughout. It had nearly opaque color coverage in a single layer, which was its “con” as it wasn’t a buildable formula; I had to use a very light hand and be consciously careful of how much I was picking up.Blush

The consistency was incredibly smooth to the touch, almost silky, despite having a bit of giving and powderiness (in the pan). It was applied evenly to bare skin, diffused as I spread, and blended well. The finish was subtle and luminous, so I didn’t fear emphasizing my skin’s natural texture. The color showed signs of fading after nine hours of wear.

Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like the scent).

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Formula Overview

$38.00/0.34 oz. – $111.76 Per Ounce

The formula should be “featherlight, long-wearing” that “builds effortlessly from sheer to subversive.” The blushes are available in two finishes–demi-matte and satin pearl–and range from more muted to vivid colors. The biggest “downfall” of the formula was that it was rather pigmented than buildable, so one could use a lighter hand to get more buildable coverage. However, I found I had to use light to moderate writing to ensure I didn’t over-apply each shade.

The consistency was smooth, silky, and lightly creamy to the touch; it was a touch powdery in the pan but had more slip than most powder blushes on the market, but it was a powder-based formula. The product applied well to bare skin and over foundation, diffusing well along the edges without picking up base products.

The satin pearl finish was luminous but not overtly shimmery, so it did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. They wore around nine hours on me before fading visibly.

Browse all of our Pat McGrath Divine Blush swatches.


Talc, Mica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Dimethiconol Stearate, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Caprylyl Glycol, Diisostearyl Malate, Hexylene Glycol, Magnesium Myristate, Tin Oxide, Phenoxyethanol. (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 7 (Ci 15850), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140).

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