REVIEW: Rare Beauty Stay Vulnerable Melting Blush

Hi guys! I haven’t written a post here in a very long time, but I missed blogging and writing reviews, so here I am, writing about one of 2021’s most exciting blush releases: the Rare Beauty Stay Vulnerable Melting Blush. It launched in January, along with liquid eyeshadows and glossy lip balms, and it comes in five wearable shades. I have the shades Nearly Neutral, Nearly Berry, and Nearly Apricot. I also thought I would start writing about Rare Beauty products since they recently launched worldwide, including on Sephora.ph! Read on to find out what I think about this cream blush.

Rare Beauty Stay Vulnerable Melting Blushes in Nearly Apricot, Nearly Berry, and Nearly Neutral

According to Rare Beauty’s website, the Rare Beauty Stay Vulnerable Melting Blush is a first-of-its-kind liquid-like cream blush that easily blends and melts into the skin for a mistake-proof application. It’s supposed to have a natural satin finish and a soft blurring effect. Like everything Rare Beauty offers, this blush is vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, dermatologist-tested, water-resistant, and noncomedogenic. As I mentioned earlier, it comes in five shades:

  • Nearly Neutral – soft neutral pink
  • Nearly Rose – true pink
  • Nearly Berry – deep berry
  • Nearly Mauve – true mauve
  • Nearly Apricot – muted coral
Swatches of the Rare Beauty Stay Vulnerable Melting Blushes. From left to right: Nearly Neutral, Nearly Berry, and Nearly Apricot

The blush comes in a pink magnetized compact which will look super cute on your vanity and can easily fit any travel makeup bag.

My Thoughts

When they called this product a “melting blush,” they really did mean it. The formula is very light (it kind of has a cream-to-powder formula) and if you use your fingers to apply it, you’ll really feel as though the blush melts at your fingertips. It’s very lightweight (doesn’t feel greasy, waxy, or tacky at all), and applies quite sheer, but you can build it up to your desired coverage.

I prefer to use a stippling brush over my fingers when applying this blush. I find that my foundation and powder get moved around underneath when I use my fingers, so using a brush allows me to build up and blend out the color without that prob. I don’t mind since I use brushes to apply all cream blushes on anyway. I also tried applying this blush without having set my foundation with powder, and it blended on way better (both with my brush and fingers). I think this is something to note in case you always set your foundation before applying your blush.

Rare Beauty Stay Vulnerable Melting Blushes worn. From left to right: Nearly Berry, Nearly Neutral, and Nearly Apricot

It has a very natural finish and it adds a flattering sheen to the complexion (I’m not wearing any highlighter in the photos above!). It doesn’t look oily or greasy and it doesn’t feel that way either. It doesn’t enhance any texture or pores. I noticed that it doesn’t completely set, so try not to touch your face if you wear it. So yes, that means this will transfer onto your mask, but it’s nothing too dramatic. To extend the wear time, I would recommend setting the blush with translucent powder or setting spray, especially if you have oily skin.

After testing this blush out, I noticed that it starts to fade a bit after around four to six hours. After eight to ten hours, the blush is still noticeable but you can tell it has faded. Its wear time gets cut shorter when you wear a mask. I also noticed that Nearly Berry and Nearly Apricot don’t fade as quickly as Nearly Neutral, and these shades still look pretty bright at the end of the day.

Overall, I enjoy using this blush, although there are easier formulas to work with out there. I love how it looks and feels and I’m obsessed with the packaging. You kind of have to learn how to apply it to suit your skin and complexion type, but this is honestly something I’ve noticed with a few other Rare Beauty products (review on the Liquid Touch Weightless Foundation coming soon!). Its wear time is decent, but I’ve tried longer wearing cream blushes before. I’d recommend this blush if you have dry to normal skin and just want a natural-looking flush. And if you’re wondering, my fave shade is Nearly Apricot 🙂

The Rare Beauty Melting Blushes are available on Sephora.ph for P1,400.

Rare Beauty is committed to giving people access to the resources they need to support their mental health. One percent of Rare Beauty’s sales go to the Rare Impact Fund, which raises funds for their philanthropic foundations and corporate partners. You can also donate directly to the Rare Impact Fund on the brand’s website.

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