Review of Too Faced Cocoa Rose Full Blooom Powder Blush by 1017
If you like the idea of MAC Blushbaby or Tarte Exposed, but found them a bit too muddy in person, try this beautiful shade. Cocoa Rose (which by the way, the name describes it beautifully) is a soft rosey blush, not too brown/beige, not too pink or too red. It is a nice neutral blush. Now I am going to compare CR to Tarte Exposed & MAC Blushbaby because they are in the same "family" of color. However, I find Cocoa Rose to be much more mauvey than the other blushes...which makes it my favorite of them all on my NW20 cheeks with slight pinkness in my cheeks. So on to the comparisons:
Cocoa Rose is very, very similar to Tarte Exposed and MAC Blushbaby when swatched on a white piece of paper, Cocoa Rose skews more pinkish (mauvey) than Exposed or Blushbaby (those two look almost identical on the paper). All three shades are matte (well maybe satin, but no shimmer or glitter at all). On my NW20 skin, Cocoa Rose definitely puts on a lot more color in the first swipe than Exposed or Blushbaby (where the first few swipes are hardly noticeable). But on the other hand, Cocoa Rose does not have any of the ruddy/muddy look on me that I can get with Blushbaby or Exposed. And much like Blushbaby, it ebbs and flows well with different lip colors. A muted lip gives the blush a softer glow, a stronger lip brings out more of the blush. Since I was growing weary of Blushbaby (and feeling like it was looking ruddy on me) and I am allergic to Exposed, Too Faced Cocoa Rose is a great alternative for my NW20 skin, brown eyes, black/brown hair.
PS-Some rec'd Lorac Soul blush to me as another similar option & it was pretty but too much shimmer and a bit darker than I wanted.