The Mauve & Dusky Pink Edit

If there's one thing I love it's a good mauve or a deep dusky pink. Today I though I'd do a long-overdue breakdown of the cheek, eye, lip and nail shades in my stash.


This is pretty much my perfect family of shades for cheeks! I think it suits me best and it adds a natural but pretty hint of colour, allowing for you to go a little bolder on the eyes or lips.

I love this nude-y mauve matte shade; it isn't that plummy in tone but there's enough richness to the colour that it doesn't look grey on the cheeks or wash you out. It adds a natural hint of colour. Tarte has to have my favourite matte blusher formula as it's so pigmented, easy to work with and incredibly long-lasting.

This is definitely the brightest and most vibrant shade of the bunch as it has some slightly fuchsia tones to it. Although the name may lead you to think otherwise, like all my other picks this is a powder formulation. I think the 'stain' comes from it being so pigmented and long-lasting.

From the brightest to the deepest and most dusky pink and plum-toned pick, it's onto this budget find. As far as drugstore matte formulas go  this is right up there with Sleek, Natural Collection and a couple of others for me. It does kick up some fallout but the texture is so soft and easily blended in, it really doesn't bother me.

This stunning blusher is Limited Edition so if you want to get your hands on it you'll have to act fast!  The texture of this shimmery highlighting formula really is lovely. It's so soft and applies really nicely. In colour it's very similar to Mood Exposure but this has an obvious shimmer to it.

Regular readers, skip to the next paragraph!  For everyone else: this is my all-time favourite! It's a similar mauve with a hint of plum that the KIKO option is, but it gives you a glow without shimmer. It really does make your skin seem like it's glowing from within as opposed to shimmer sitting on top of it (don't get me wrong though, the KIKO is a fantastic more affordable option). The incredible texture blends so smoothly, it's more pigmented than you'd expect and lasts incredibly well without ever going patchy. Basically; it's perfect!


I definitely lean towards warmer browns and bronzes on the eyes, however I do have some pretty mauve colours I think work really nicely.

This palette is packed with 35 stunning taupe, gold, copper, purple and mauve shades. It really does prove that these kinds of shades don't have to be silvery or geared just towards cool skin tones. This palette was so affordable but I've been really impressed with the quality, texture and colour payoff of both the matte and shimmer shades. I picked this up because the legendary 35O was out of stock but actually now I think I'll get so much more use out of these shades. I definitely need to experiment more with this but so far, so good and I will be doing a full review once I have.

This was the first mauve-taupe eyeshadow shade I think I really loved. It's so insanely creamy and pigmented that it takes one swipe, two seconds of blending and it's in place for the rest of the day. It also looks so dewy and multifaceted on the eyes, people will think you went to way more effort than you did! If you're after an affordable alternative for less than a tenner, check out KIKO's 05 as it's essentially identical.

For a matte option there's one standout in my books and that's MAC Quarry! It has the perfect balance of mauve and taupe to be not grey but not purple. It makes the perfect crease shade for a slightly cooler-toned eye look.


For day-to-evening occasions, these kind of shades are perfect and some of my more natural options are the ones I reach for on an everyday basis.

This is a gorgeous deep mauve colour that's definitely less than a bright or a deep bold lip but so much more than a neutral. The formula goes on so creamy and doesn't dry the lips out at all, yet somehow it's still ridiculously long-lasting.

This is a gorgeous deep pink nude shade that's probably the lightest and most natural colour in this selection. I absolutely love the formula, it's so comfortable yet long-wearing. Perfect for those long days where you don't get much of a chance to touch-up.

This is a deeper rosy-pink with definite hints of brown. The formula is definitely thinner and less creamy and pigmented than my other picks on here, going on more like a stain but setting and lasting like a liquid lipstick.

Can you tell I'm having a bit of a moment with liquid lipsticks? This could very well be my favourite of the lot. It's fairly similar in colour to the Balm's Committed but is a little bit more on the pink side (though I still want to say it's a sort-of nude). The formula is also far creamier and a tad more comfortable to wear.

This is my only Audacious lipstick, though I definitely need to change that! The formula is amazingly creamy and comfortable yet so pigmented, with a little bit of a sheen. This is also one of the bolder, brighter mauves in my stash. 

Arguably one of the shades that kicked off my obsession with these sorts of colours. Although this is a matte, it applies smoothly and doesn't feel at all drying on the lips. The colour is just the perfect deep and dusky pink.

Another one of my all-time favourites is this very unique product, both in colour and formula. The shade itself is a deep reddish brown mauve colour and the formulation means that although it's matte, it almost looks like a stain on the lips and doesn't feel dry in the slightest (it's almost hydrating).

One of my first ever MAC lipsticks that I picked up on a whim, and a firm favourite ever since. This is just the perfect deep mauve with hints of dusky pink. The Satin finish means it has the slightest sheen and is so much more creamy than your traditional matte. It doesn't quite last as long as a matte but it's definitely just as pigmented.

Slightly deeper and more brown in tone than Mehr, it works perfectly underneath it as well as when paired with Twig. It's a little but drying on the lips on it's own but could definitely work in terms in colour.


As with lips, mauve and deep pink shades are ideal for when you don't want to rock a really bold colour but you want something that will go with any outfit without being a straight nude.

This has become one of my absolute favourites, think Mehr or Cannes in nail form! It's a gorgeous deep pink shade that applies so evenly and opaquely it's perfect for if you're in a rush.

This is more of a classic mauve colour but again has a glitter-free finish. I don't like the brush as much on this as it's the old version, meaning it doesn't apply the polish as nicely and it definitely needs too coats. However when the colour is this pretty, I really don't care!

What are your favourite mauve and dusky pink products?


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  1. Your selections are mind-blowing and so pretty:)

    Chaste & Beautiful

  2. Every single product in this selection are gorgeous! the Kiko moon dust face powder and the morphe palette are definitely going to be my next purchases x


  3. This post is my heaven! Those blushes are everything and that Charlotte Tilbury lipstick looks so nice! xx


  4. I happily am now lusting over every single product you've feautured. Especially both Essie polishes, you can never go wrong with them!

    Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

  5. Those Morphe shadows look amazing! I might need to try me some Morphe:-) I'm a huge fan both Misty Rock and Mood Exposure.
    The Beauty Bloss

  6. Dusky pink blushes are my favourite and dusky pink and rosy brown lipsticks! x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

  7. I have just bought the KIKO one and I am loving it so much, the packaging is lovely too. The eye shadows are stunning and you have chosen some lovely colours :)

    Pams Stuff and Things

  8. Mauve shades are my favourite too! You have a huge collection which makes me want to buy more

    Leanne | www.oohsimplething.blogspot.co.uk

  9. Oh gosh, you've made me want everything! NYX Cannes is such a gorgeous shade and now that the brand is stocked in Boots, I can finally get my hands on it! Tarte Exposed is on my Christmas wish-list, so fingers crossed I'll find it in my stocking :)

    Alice / Alice Grace Beauty


    1. I hope you get both of these - they were both in my favourites last month :) love them! xx

  10. I am also a big fan of these kinds of shades and I'm always drawn to them. I think they're very flattering on different skin tones :) x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

  11. That Morphe palette is just exquisite! xx


  12. Everything looks beautiful! I need to pick up Tarte - Exposed and theBalm - Committed!

    Sara - She Who Is Short

  13. That colors are stunning!!!!!

  14. Mauve shades are my favourite - the Tarte blush looks beautiful I really want to get my hands on that!

    Lucy | www.foreverseptemberr.blogspot.co.uk

  15. I remember a couple of years ago I was reading some high-profile beauty editor's blog. She was saying how she hated the color dusty pink -- that it was a color of the 90s and she projected that it would never come back. It's funny because dusty pink is really in right now, but re-vamped. I think it's a lovely color. Actually, the 90's style is just really in right now again, just re-vamped.
    Excellent post!

    A Northern Light

    1. Trends always seem to come back around eventually! xx

  16. Dusty pinks and mauves are my favourite for blushers! Mood Exposure blush looks a beaut! I've asked for an Hourglass blusher for Christmas... here's hoping! I really love Mac in Twig and CT in Bond Girl too.

    The Beauty Harbour

  17. Cannes is one of my go-tos in winter! It's such a gorgeous colour.

    brooke | brooke elise

  18. I literally want it all! Love mauve/dusky pink shades! I think I need MAC Soar! NYX have a lip pencil called Mauve that's meant to be a dupe but I can't find it in stock anywhere and i think it might have been discontinued but it was high on my wishlist!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

    1. What a shame! Soar is an amazing shade but quite pricey xx

  19. Honestly loved this post so much. These are some of my favourite colours. You've just doubled my wishlist! x

  20. Well, I know which MAC eyeshadow to get next! :D Quarry looks stunning!

    Thirteen Thoughts

  21. I've just followed the link to the Kiko blusher and on finding it still in stock I'm itching to buy it! Not sure I'm going to be able to stop myself haha. I loved this post - mauve and dusky pink shades appeal to me too as I think they're really classic.
    Rebecca | The Two Twenty Somethings

  22. Good job with this post! I love these colours....

    Samantha Series | bloglovin

  23. I'm sure I've said this before but I'm always just in love with the pictures you take! So pretty :-) Such lovely products in this post! Half of it is on my wish list and needs to find itself inside my make up bag right about now! I'm mostly lusting over that Hourglass blush (or anything from them!) & those beautiful Zoeva brushes, the By Terry Ombre Backstars look so so nice too! Xo


  24. Love mauve shades and don't include them in my makeup routine enough so this is great inspiration That Morphe palette looks amazing, so many gorgeous shades. Definitely need to check it out in the new year x

    Beauty with charm

  25. That palette looks amazing, there are so many shades I would like! x


  26. Oh Jasmine - your pictures & posts are always perfection! I love everythaaaaang. Definitely going to be after that balm blush -although it's pretty pricey compared to their usual prices? The nyx blush looks beautiful too. I've officially rediscovered my love for mauves xxx

    Karan| studentbeautyhack

    1. Aw thank you Karan! It's £21 vs £15-16 for Frat Boy xx

  27. Wow great lineup of products, I want everything!!! Mauve/dusty rose are great shades on my skin tone, so I know these products would work great on me. I have been wanting to try that Hourglass powder forever!

    xoxo Emily

  28. Fairy Mauve is lovely! I adore mauve as well. I have had my eyes on that Morphe palette as well so it was great to see it swatched!

  29. Such a GORGEOUS post I love all of these beautiful picks. The hourglass one is my favourite of them all and clearly yours also! It's beautiful. Literally love so many things in this post. Love the Morphe eye shade, it's really beautiful.

    Such a great post and so many tempting picks!!

    Laura www.shehearts.net xx

  30. Great picks, so many of these are going on my wishlist. Though the first purchase will probably be that Kiko blusher, fell in love with the colour and packaging.


    1. Definitely snap it up whilst it's still available :) xx

  31. I love the Morphe palette. I definitely will buy this at some point. It is stunning. I've got my eye on 35O and 35T but 35O seems to be always sold out. Great post xx

    Anne | http://decanne.blogspot.com

  32. I am absolutely in love with this colour recently, it's so easy to work from day to night! Love the products you picked, Mehr is a huge must for me. I think I'm going to have to repurchase mine very soon. Patina by Stila is also a similar colour, I love it for a longer lasting lip colour. x

    Megan | http://www.meganjean.co.uk

  33. Mauve and dusky pinks are probably my favourites so thank you for this post! I really want to try the NYX blush and the Charlotte Tilbury lipstick. They're definitely going on my Christmas list! xx

  34. Loving all these picks! I am really confused as to which ones I like the most! But would definitely be getting the Kiko blush for Christmas.. Its gorgeous!

    The Chicster Diaries

  35. Thank you for your comments everyone :) xx

  36. Okay, so first off, your pictures are GORGEOUS. I love how you take the product shots. Also, the Morphe palette is so pretty, I'm definitely going to have to get my hands on it. I go towards more neutral colors as well (especially for the eyes) but the colors are just too pretty! I've also been wanting to try the Nyx Lip Matte Creams, but it's been forever since I've been to the store.

    Great picks :)
    Sam | http://mybeautycloud.com

    1. Aw thank you lovely! Definitely check out the Matte Lip Creams! xx

  37. Fab post lovely, some really gorgeous pics! I have to agree I’m really loving mauves or deep dusky pinks - they are definitely my favourites. Marvellous Mauve is such a gorgeous shade that I really wished I had picked up when I was in Sephora, and Cannes is a favourite of mine also :)

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

    1. Thank you :) at least you know for next time! xx

  38. The NYX illumination blush is amazing, I might have to pick it up seeing as it's limited edition! I've been seeing the Morphe palettes pop up a lot and that's incredible value for all the eyeshadows you get :)

    Velvet Blush

  39. Mauve is one of my favourite cheek colours after peach, and I love everything you chose! I need that Hourglass blush shade in my life it looks gorgeous xx

    www.missmakeupmagpie.com ❤️

    1. I could sing it's praises all day every day! xx

  40. My kinds of shades <3
    You'd love Too Faced Baby Love blush! I have to find the Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes now, it looks beautiful! x

    Daniela | MissNewBeauty.net

  41. That morphe palette looks absolutely beautiful! The pigmentation in your swatches is amazing! Also, now you make me reallly want to buy that hourlgass blush! Mauves are my absolutely favorite lip color, and I surprisingly don't have a lot of these. Thanks for the recs :D


  42. MAC soar looks gorgeous and that morphe palette well!
    Charlotte // charlottespicks.blogspot.com

  43. So many things from this post that have been added to my wishlist, its gorgeous! we have very similar tastes with our colour palettes, but clearly I don't have half enough in my stash haha ;D
    Iqra | The Blushing Giraffe x


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