Jill Stuart Mix Blush Compact in 01 Baby Blush

by PJ on Monday, February 9, 2009

in -Jill Stuart, all about Japanese cosmetics, makeup, makeup - blusher, stash focus

Since Jill Stuart‘s Mix Blush Compact was launched in fall 2007, it has become one of the brand’s most popular products. Currently, there are six shades available. (01, 02, 03, and 04 were out in fall 2007, 06 was released in spring 2008, and 07 and 08 were recently available for spring 2009. 05 was a limited-edition item in fall 2007.) Today I am sharing my thoughts on 01 Baby Blush.

Like all the other variations, the blusher comes in a very pretty and princessy compact. A retractable brush is attached to the compact. (It can be detached.)

All Mix Blush Compacts feature four shades that can be used separately or together. I decided to go for 01, which contained an off-white pink, two cool pinks, and one warm pink with a hint of coral.

The powder is very fine and silky. The lightest shade has a pearly finish and some fine shimmery particles, while the other three have a subtly luminous finish. Used together, they give a glowy finish to the cheeks. I personally think it is a little too glowy for me, so I usually skip the lightest shade. The lasting power is fairly good, and the fresh cool-pink shade doesn’t turn dull overtime.

I am sure many of you have read other reviews of Mix Blush Compacts, and opinions seem to vary with regard to the quality of the brush and the pigmentation level of the colors. I think the quality of the brush is decent. The hair is nicely dense and the bristle-heads are soft to the touch, but the hair is slightly stiff. The brush is on the small side but it can be very useful in picking up individual colors from the compact.

In terms of the color intensity, I would say the blusher is moderately pigmented. You will be likely to think it is quite sheer if you are used to some of the highly pigmented blushers from MAC and Bobbi Brown. But Japanese blushers, overall, tend to be subtle and are more about recreating the natural flush, and Mix Blush Compact is actually more pigmented than items like Lavshuca’s Cheek Color in 01 and SUQQU’s Blend Cheeks in 05. (Personally, I prefer lightly-to-moderately blushers, and I actually have to be slightly light-handed with it.)

Overall, Mix Blush Compact is a very good item, as it combines beautiful packaging and a solid performance of the colors. Last year, I came across the news that Jill Stuart Beauty would be launched in the US this year. If you are interested in trying out the line, I think Mix Blusher Compact is a good item to go for.

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Citrine Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Hey PJ:

Oh you have it, I have been wondering for a long time why a Jill Stuart fan like you would pass on the pretty compact…(I think this is the only JS item I thought about buying…but now I think that plastic-crystal is a bit too much for me…)

It’s kind of interesting that you like Japanese blush for their lighter pigmentation because they look more “natural”.

That’s the exact reason I like American brands…I like those ones with decent color payoff so that a very light touch is enough for a flush of color and and a transparent finish…



MissTeow Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Thankyou for sharing. I too bought the JillStuart blusher from Jap and haven’t had the chance to use it yet! =( The packaging is soo pretty.


Ms N Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Do you know if this blush is available on the US?


Autumn Masquerade Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Hi PJ,

Great review! If JS brings this lovely item to the US (I expect they will), it’ll be one of my first purchases from them.

I haven’t found time to call the JS boutique yet though it’s on my to do list…


Anonymous Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Hi PJ,
I am a fan of Jill Stuart and other Japanese make up too. I am currently living in the UK. Could you please tell me where I can buy Japanese make up in the UK.
Many thanks:)


PJ Thursday, February 12, 2009

Hi Mina,

Well…I have had this item for a short while but I have only got around to posting about this now…:)

I think, overall, I do prefer blushers that are not too heavily pigmented. One reason is that I can be quite heavy-handed with blusher application. Also, I have oily skin and the blusher color can often intensify overtime. (My analogy has always been that wet sand looks darker than dry sand.) So moderately pigmented blushers work better for me…

Thank you for your comment again! :)


PJ Thursday, February 12, 2009

Hi MissTeow,

Thank you very much for your comment. I hope you will like the blusher, and do let me know what you think when you have a chance to try it! :)


PJ Thursday, February 12, 2009

Hi Ms N,

Thank you for your question. As I suggested in my post, the Jill Stuart beauty line has not been launched in the US yet. But it should be available later this year. Hope you will have a chance to try the blusher if the brand decides to include this item in the US lineup. :)


PJ Thursday, February 12, 2009

Hi Betsy,

Thank you for reading the review!

I am also wondering when the Jill Stuart beauty line will be available in the US. Do keep us posted if you come across any news. :)

Thank you for stopping by again! :)


PJ Thursday, February 12, 2009


For purchasing Japanese cosmetics available in the UK, please have a look at this post.

As for brands that are not available in the UK, two websites that carry many Japanese brands are Adam Beauty (www.adambeauty.com) and Ichibankao (ichibankao.com).

Both take PayPal payments and ship internationally. There are some other websites that carry Japanese cosmetics, but I have only shopped from these two sites. I have been happy with their services and I would recommend both.

Hope it helps, and thank you for your question! :)


Anonymous Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Hi, I am asking a friend to help buy the compact blusher from Hong Kong. How do you think colour 07 lovely tulip will turn out? I am hesitating to get baby blush or lovely tulip.


PJ Thursday, April 23, 2009


I have not tested Lovely Tulip or seen it in person, so I can’t really compare them. But it seems to me that both are nice cool-pink blushers that should work for most complexions. I am also guessing that Lovely Tulip might be slightly more intense than Baby Blush.

I am sorry I can’t be of much help for you on this. Thank you very much for your question! :)


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