LOVE this color! It reminds me a lot of MAC's By Candlelight which I also loved. Pin-up is a pale frosty peachy beige color that makes for the most awesome glowy cheek for my NW20 complexion. This color is probably too pale for anyone to use as a blush if they're any darker than I am and may even be too light of a hue to suit many fair folk if they're looking for a lot of color. Pin Up is a subtle shade that tends to add more glow than color, and so it might work better for some if it's worn over another color or as a highlight for deeper skin tones. I like it though as it adds just enough color to my cheeks to give some dimension to my face without calling attention to itself.
The finish is more of a sheen than a shimmer in that the shimmer is so fine that you can't see individual particles, but it can be built up to a strong, almost metallic looking, frosty finish if you pack it on. It does emphasize my pores a bit, but that's just something I've learned to put up with when I use shimmery blushes. Matte blushes, no matter what the color, look kind of dull on my skin so I've grown to accept the trade off a perky complexion for more noticeable pores.
The only thing I don't like about this blush is that I have to go to Wal-mart to get it. It's not just that Wal-mart is an unpleasant place to shop, but their Hard Candy displays are so poorly stocked that this can be hard to track down unless you want to shop online.
This product is quite disappointing. None of the blushes offer any amount of pigment. No matter how much I applied, the colour (beautiful in the pan) never showed up on my fair skin. It's also WAAAAY too shimmery for a blush. Why on earth would they market this as a blush?? It's ok as a highlight. Packaging is adorable. Would not repurchase.
After the raves on HC blushes and bronzers, I decided to go and pick this shade up as I thought it would suit my nc20 skintone the best, and would be a good blush and highlight combo.
A lot of people already described its finish and colour, so I wont go into too much detail, but I do agree that the pinky/peachy sheen (not glitter chunks) is quite lovely on the skin,and you do get quite alot of product for the $10 price.
So why do I only give this 3 lippies?
I usually contour with my blush as well, (so I tend to keep the colour on my cheekbones, not the apples of my cheeks), and when I did this with this blush, it gave me a nice glow when I was standing in my room.
However, when I went in the sunlight and held a mirror up, I looked a bit...glittery. And I do not have a heavy hand since I DO have acne and scars, so I learned long ago that less is more when using blush because I dont want to bring out the redness from my current blemishes. So one lippie off for looking a bit crazy (at least for my taste) under natural light. Im glad that so many others loved the glow it gave them though!
As a highlight, it was a bit too dark and peachy for my skintone, so it looked like I applied shimmery highlight in the wrong place, and as a blush, it was just too shimmery for my taste (and current skin condition).
The other lippie I took off was its lasting power. Obviously makeup looks better right after application, but this one does rub off really easily and fades, leaving shimmers on my cheekbones/cheeks, and this accentuates pores and whatnot. Again, perhaps if I had really good skin, I wouldnt mind, but I don't, so I havent been using this blush at all.
It was worth the try though, and I still feel excited when I hear and read raves about HC blushes by other women (and men of course =)! ), until I realized I wasnt able to make this product work for me.
Good luck guys!
Pale girls rejoice! I've finally found a blush that gives a soft, subtle glow to my cheeks. It works great as a cheek highlighter, and it's not too harsh even on the palest of skintones.
The packaging, while very cute (as with most HC products) is a little fragile, so be careful. There's quite a lot of product, I doubt I'll ever run out.
As it's not very pigmented, I don't use it as a blush, rather, over my blush (Wet 'n' Wild Color Icon in Pearlescent Pink) and I look healthy rather than deathly. It's a winner!
This is definitely one of those "I never would have guessed I'd love this blush" kind of shades lol Where do I begin.. I am 30years old with very fair (N10/NC15-ish) oily, clog-prone skin. I already owned 2 of HardCandy's other baked blushes, in "Living Doll" and "Bombshell" -Living Doll I unfortunately had to swap away as I found it a bit too over the top pink for my ultra paleness, and Bombshell I use more like a bronzer than a blush, but I do enjoy the shade nonetheless.
I walked past Pin Up probably 50x before taking the plunge - I usually gravitate twards blushes that look "pretty" in the pan (anything bubble-gum pink, red, plum, etc) but recently realized that a lot of those blushes that are pretty in the pans, end up making me look a bit "clown-like" since I am so pale, so I've started going for more subtle blushes. I gotta be honest, this blush looked scary to me.. Kind of dark in color with the brownish-black veins running through it, I wasn't sure what to expect when I got it home, but have to admit this is one of *the* most flattering shades I've ever applied to my cheeks. Super natural looking, but noticeable at the same time, and also makes it appear as though I've applied just a tad of highlighter in the areas I've applied it even when I have not. (A very, "glowing from within" kind of look) I also have somewhat acne-prone skin, but *very* clog-prone skin and have had zero issues with HC's baked blushes giving me breakouts (Yay!)
I've found with these paticular baked blushes, applying with a sponge (or dense brush, like ELF's $3 Flat Top Powder Brush for example) can be a bit better (for me personally) than using a fluffy/regular blush brush. When I use my regular blush brush (especially with this shade) I don't get as much staying power, and also get more of a sheen of color to my cheeks(if that makes sense?) But, if I take a non-latex wedge sponge and pat it onto the blush, then dab onto my cheek/cheekbone area and blend with it, this shade ends up looking much more flattering, and this technique seems to add a lot more staying power to it. This can also be used wet of course, with the same sponge method except dampening the sponge first, and using wet intensifies the shade a great deal :)
As other reviewers have mentioned, it's kind of a "tawny" shade - I really don't know any other way to describe it.. It is indeed a bit tawny-ish, but i notice in different lighting situations, it can pull more pink at times, but can also pull a tad coral-ish brown. (all in the most flattering ways though) -It's just a very difficult shade to describe with words, I highly recommend giving this blush a try. &I can honestly say that I do not have ANY other blushes that compare to the shade of this one (you know how we are, we like 5 different shades of pink and 5 different shades of red, so on & so fourth - well, at least this is how I am I guess lol ;D) This is a one of a kind shade, I have nothing else to compare it to, and find it to be a definite must have, especially for those with fair skin like myself. If you have darker skin I'm really not sure how this will show up on you..If applied wet/damp or heavily it may work well as a blush, otherwise it may suit you better as a highlighter type product..I'm really not sure =(
I paid $7 USD at my local WalMart store and there is a ton of blush in these compacts, I can't even imagine how long it will take me to finish this thing! But whether it lasts me 1 year or 5, I plan to repurchase regardless, this is definitely a 5 lippie worthy product from Hard Candy =)
I like this blush it does give a nice tawny look. I just don't get how some can use this as a highlight because it does have a bronze effect. It also has black shimmer veins in the product too it's confusing what those are for but overall I like this blush and I use this all the time and this one has lasted me over a year and im running out now but I can never find it anymore at Walmart!
I picked this up a few days ago because I had seen a couple of reviews that mentioned it was great for fair skin and contouring. Figured it couldn't hurt.
The color is really pretty on my face. It def has a bit of a sheen to it, a little iridescent shine. My problem is that it just doesn't stay put. The fall out is probably the worst I have ever seen. Even just swatching it on my arm lasted all of two seconds...a swipe of my hand and it was gone.
For the price I supposed I can't complain too much. $6-7 I believe. I'll keep looking though.
Never say, “I wouldn’t be caught dead in X colour”, because I guarantee, that’s the one you’ll be obsessed with in a matter of seasons. I’d rocked tawny cheeks in the early 90s, as was the deal then, and hadn’t wanted anything to do with them since. Maybe because I’ve got a real wild hair about America’s tanning obsession and went through a phase where I scorned any and all brown makeup in protest, especially bronzers and blush. But one day…I don’t know, I just brought a different pair of eyes to the store and couldn’t take them off this product. “What if--WHAT IF--I open up my tiny little mind for once and it looks fab?” So I did, and it did. This is now my go-to blush for the smutty, smokey rock n roll eye I show off at least once a week. And you know what? Even wearing it, I’m still all nice and pale--just healthy-pale, not undead-pale.
Great Highlighter! Im NW25 and this gives the perfect sheen...no glitter disco ball effect!
I found pin up to be too frosty for me; it's as simple as that. It had an aging affect on my skin, which I avoid for obvious reason. :)
Swapped this one away.