MaxFactor Creme Puff Blush – Are they a dupe?

A dupe for what you may ask? A drugstore dupe for the famous, but expensive Hourglass blushes of course!

MaxFactor Creme puff blush in "Seductive pink".
MaxFactor Creme puff blush in “Seductive pink”.

To answer that right away: I don’t know.

I don’t own any Hourglass blushes, so how would I be able to tell? But before you click away, disappointed, I know someone who COULD tell. And to get her to do that, I need your help!

So if you want to know how and what I think of the MaxFactor Creme Puff blush I own, keep reading.

What MaxFactor claims:

Stunning multi-tonal shades designed to blend and build effortlessly, so you can achieve the perfect sweep of color. Multi-tonal pigments work with your skin tone. Finely milled, marbled finish. Controllable formula allows you to build colour as required.
Ultra blendable – no visible blush lines.



There are six shades available, all housed in a plastic pot with black bottom and a see-through lid with golden rim. The packaging is actually quite sturdy and survived traveling with me before the above picture was taken.

It contains 1,5g of product and is available for 8,49€ in Germany here or 8,99 GBP in the UK here. As far as I know they are not available in the US yet.

Please note that they are called “Pastell Compact Blush” in Germany, which may lead to confusion when looking online.

Look at that marbled goodness!
Look at that marbled goodness!

Just like the Hourglass competitors, each blush is unique in pattern and contains blush color as well as a highlighting powder all swirled together. The finish is luminous without obvious glitter particles, giving you a “lit from within glow” (ha, I said it!) even a matte face lover like me can enjoy.

Close up.
Close up.

The wear time on me is excellent, I can still see the (subtly faded) blush on my cheeks after a long days work. Depending on the color you choose, it is best to start applying with a light hand, as the payoff is better than I expected.

MaxFactor Creme Puff Blush in "Seductive Pink" on my cheeks.
MaxFactor Creme Puff Blush in “Seductive Pink” on my cheeks.


Does it live up to its claims?


It is finely milled, easily blended and has a marble finish. The formula is controllable if you remember to start lightly.

Would I rebuy?


I am already eyeing the other colors available, and believe it or not, my “Seductive Pink” one already has a reasonable dent in it!


Now how do we find out whether they are a dupe?

I have a very dear blogger friend, some of you may know her already, by the name Agata. She blogs over at “Her and makeup” (always worth visiting) and I know for a fact she not only owns a hourglass blush, but also the Maxfactor ones.

What I want you to do know is head over to her Twitter (@herandmakeup) and tweet: “Would you do the comparison pretty please?” I bet she will, she is such a nice person!


Are you up for it?

And have you tried these or the Hourglass blushes before?

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