It Cosmetics Vitality Cheek Flush Pretty in Peony review, swatches and comparisons.

It Cosmetics Vitality Cheek Flush Pretty in Peony.

It Cosmetics Vitality Cheek Flush Pretty in Peony.

Recently, my Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush met an unfortunate fate; he shattered into a million pretty pinky pieces.  My first instinct was to immediately buy a replacement; however, scared with the thought that my new compact might meet a similar demise, I turned my attention to another brand.  It Cosmetics Vitality Cheek Flush in Pretty Peony ($24 USD/3.87 g) was my choice for blush successor.  A “powder blush, cheek stain, antioxidant defense, and hydrating skin conditioner all in one,” was just too promising to resist. Would this pinky coral golden blossom live up to the advertised hype?  You’ll see.

It Cosmetics Vitality Cheek Flush Pretty in Peony.

It Cosmetics Vitality Cheek Flush Pretty in Peony.

It Cosmetics Vitality Cheek Flush Pretty in Peony.

It Cosmetics Vitality Cheek Flush Pretty in Peony.

The Pros to It Cosmetics Vitality Cheek Flush Pretty in Peony:

  1. Beautiful pinky/coral color infused with a golden sheen.
  2. Highly pigmented–a little goes a long way.
  3. Ideal for medium to darker skinned beauties.
  4. Applies smoothly and blends easily.
  5. Unbelievable lasting power 10 hours +.
  6. Has a staining effect–makeup remover was required to remove my arm swatch.
  7. No added fragrance or offensive shimmer.
  8. Majority of ingredients are good for the skin–hyaluronic acid is a nice touch.
  9. According to Itcosmetics.com, Pretty in Peony’s “innovative formula contains It Cosmetics’ Hydra-Luxe technology, that all work together to treat, hydrate, condition, and nourish your skin.
  10. Talc, paraben, sulfate, mineral oil, petrolatum, synthetic fragrance, and phthalate free.
  11. Small compact is travel friendly and includes a sizable mirror.
  12. Can also be used on the lips to deepen lighter colored lipsticks/lipglosses.

The Cons to It Cosmetics Vitality Cheek Flush Pretty in Peony:

  1. Can appear darker than expected on the face.
  2. Lighter skin tones may find the strong coral tone unnatural.
  3. Not enough color choices, especially for fairer complexions.
  4. Golden sheen is not as evident on the cheeks like it appears on a swatch (could be a good thing for some people).
  5. Second ingredient is Dimethicone–silicones are in everything (or so it seems).
It Cosmetics Vitality Cheek Flush Pretty in Peony.

It Cosmetics Vitality Cheek Flush Pretty in Peony applied heavily on cheeks.

It Cosmetics Vitality Cheek Flush Pretty in Peony.

It Cosmetics Vitality Cheek Flush Pretty in Peony applied lightly on cheeks.

It Cosmetics Vitality Cheek Flush Pretty in Peony applied on bare lips, with Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 219 Whisper Beige on top for added shine and moisture.

It Cosmetics Vitality Cheek Flush Pretty in Peony applied on bare lips, with Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 219 Whisper Beige on top for added shine and moisture.

Comparisons:

Comparisons Clockwise: Sleek Face Form Palette Light 373 Blush, Estee Lauder Pure Color Blush Wild Sunset, Tom Ford 01 Love Lust, It Cosmetics Pretty in Peony, Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush #10.

Comparisons Clockwise:
Sleek Face Form Palette Light 373 Blush, Estee Lauder Pure Color Blush Wild Sunset, Tom Ford 01 Love Lust, It Cosmetics Pretty in Peony, Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush #10.

Comparisons L-R: Sleek Face Form Palette Light 373 Blush, Estee Lauder Pure Color Blush Wild Sunset, It Cosmetics Pretty in Peony, Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush #10, Tom Ford Cheek Color 01 Love Lust.

Comparisons L-R:
Sleek Face Form Palette Light 373 Blush, Estee Lauder Pure Color Blush Wild Sunset, It Cosmetics Pretty in Peony, Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush #10, Tom Ford Cheek Color 01 Love Lust.

  • Sleek Face Form Palette is not my favorite item.  The blush has a hard texture and resembles a highlighter more so than a blush.  This shade is more peachy/gold than coral.
  • Estee Lauder #17 Wild Sunset is closest to Pretty in Peony minus the golden sheen.  Both blushes look and perform very similarly on the skin.
  • Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush #10 (reviewed here) is not accurately portrayed, in his weakened and broken condition Blush #10 “is not all that it could be, when, in fact, it is all that it should be… And more!”  Blush #10 has been significantly shortchanged (Seinfeld reference).  This color is so lovely when applied with a dampened brush–the pink and gold micro-shimmers are contained, unique and sophisticated.  Pretty in Peony has a darker and pinker base color than GA #10.
  •  Tom Ford Cheek Color 01 Love Lust is more warm and peachy than Pretty in Peony.  The micro-shimmers tend to migrate all over my face throughout the day.
It Cosmetics Vitality Cheek Flush Pretty in Peony ingredient list.

It Cosmetics Vitality Cheek Flush Pretty in Peony ingredient list.

It Cosmetics Vitality Cheek Flush Pretty in Peony can be found at Beauty.com, Ulta, itcosmetics.com, and amazon.com.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you It Cosmetics Pretty in Peony is a very nice blush.  The lasting power alone is enough incentive to invest in one of the four colors offered.  Will Pretty in Peony replace my beloved Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush #10? Not really..personally, I would have liked the golden sheen to be a bit more noticeable and I prefer blushes that are less intense and can be built up to my desired intensity. Regardless, Pretty in Peony is lovely–just apply with caution.  Bottom line, if you like Nars Orgasm then you will love this shade.  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Comments

  1. Great review! The cons you listed were what I suspected about this product. I saw this on QVC and noticed it appeared pretty dark on skin than in the pan.

    As for the Giorgio Armani blush, I am bowing my head, may it rest in peace! I have to agree with you though, the GA blush can’t compare to this.

    • Hello Olivia,
      It Cosmetics Pretty in Peony is lovely, just not exactly what I’m looking for. I was truly heart broken when my GA blush broke..I did not even drop the compact. The product looked like it fell into itself (I hit pan in the center). Perhaps the formula lacked a strong binding ingredient…who knows.
      Thank you for you condolences, I have one more blush to acquire to see if it comes close in color to my GA–(Chantecaille Biwa). If not, I will head straight over to the Armani counter and get another #10. As always, thank you for all of your support and kind words.
      -Maria

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