I have a confession: I just started wearing blush this year. I know, seems crazy for a beauty editor or even the average makeup wearer, but it just was never really my thing. I prefer an all-over-bronze look and didn’t feel the need to add any additional color to my complexion. However, seeing my friends and coworkers with their flushed cheeks made me wonder if maybe I should hop on the blush train, too. To determine the latest and greatest on the market, I asked my peers and scrolled on TikTok, and the one consensus across the two was the Dior Backstage Rosy Glow Blush.
You’re probably thinking, Dior? For a blush? Trust me, I thought the same thing — for a product I rarely used, starting out with a $40 one seemed excessive. But for the sake of beauty, I had to give it a go.
At first glance, this blush is truly stunning. The compact packaging has an enclosed mirror and the rosy-pink pigment has the Dior logo pressed into it — and the ingredients are pretty luxurious, too. According to cosmetic chemist Ginger King, this formula contains mica, which creates the sheen and glow of the finish. “There’s also dimethicone in it which makes it silky and smooth during application and wear,” says King.
While that’s promising to hear, the real question revolves around how it applies and actually looks on the skin. I apply blush as the second-to-last step in my base routine (the last being highlighter) so I grabbed my Real Techniques Ultra Plush Blush Cheek Makeup Brush and coated it generously with pigment before patting the pigment into the apples of my cheeks.
I mean, how perfect is this shade? I’m not a pink girl whatsoever so I was hesitant about this super rosy shade but to say I’m pleasantly surprised is an understatement. The formula worked so well with my existing base routine, which includes the Makeup By Mario SurrealSkin Foundation and Tarte Sculpt Tape Contour. The blush layered perfectly with no patchiness, which is an impressive feat when you’re layering powders over cream products. Not to mention, the finish is definitely glowy (hence the Glow Blush name) so you could skip highlighter altogether. However, I’m all about that glow — so the more, the better.