Thursday, February 27, 2014

Sephora's February/March 2014 Blushes by Price Per Ounce

It can be tricky to determine what constitutes a "good deal" on any particular product. Although absurdly expensive and delightfully cheap products are easy to pick out, all the crap in the middle easily muddles together. Last month, I went through all of Sephora's eyeshadow palettes by price per ounce. This month, I'm doing blush.

(I probably shouldn't keep doing these fuckers at the end of the month, since a beginning-of-the-month post would allow me to eliminate an entire word and punctuation mark from my title.)

Because I received a little bit of criticism last month for mooshing together cream and powder eyeshadows, I separated this month into two lists: powder and liquid/cream. As a note, the powder blushes with an asterisk are loose powders, which I tend to find run a little bit pricer than their pressed compatriots. I didn't make a separate list because there weren't very many of them.

I only included single blushes. Sets or products that included highlighters, bronzers, or other products along with the blush were excluded.

Source: http://www.sephora.com/blush-face-makeup

Here they all are:

Powder Blushes

1. Benefit Cosmetics Dallas Blush: $28 for 0.32 oz, $87.50 per ounce

2. Benefit Cosmetics Bella Bamba: $28 for 0.28 oz, $100 per ounce

3. Benefit Cosmetics CORALista Blush: $28 for 0.28 oz, $100 per ounce

4. Benefit Cosmetics Hervana Blush: $28 for 0.28 oz, $100 per ounce

5. Benefit Cosmetics Sugarbomb Blush: $28 for 0.28 oz, $100 per ounce

6. Clinique Blushing Bride Blush: $21 for 0.21 oz, $100 per ounce

7. Clinique Soft-Pressed Powder Blush: $21 for 0.21 oz, $100 per ounce

8. Kat Von D Everlasting Blush: $25 for 0.25 oz, $100 per ounce

9. Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights: $30 for 0.3 oz, $100 per ounce

10. BareMinerals READY Blush: $22 for 0.21 oz, $104.76 per ounce

11. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Nectar: $42 for 0.4 oz, $105 per ounce

12. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Pink Quartz: $42 for 0.4 oz, $105 per ounce

13. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Rose: $42 for 0.4 oz, $105 per ounce

14. Benefit Cosmetics Dandelion Blush: $28 for 0.25 oz, $112 per ounce

15. Stila Custom Color Blush: $20 for 0.17 oz, $117.65 per ounce

16. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush: $26 for 0.2 oz, $130 per ounce

17. Shiseido Luminizing Satin Face Color: $30 for 0.22 oz, $136.36 per ounce

18. Sephora Collection Colorful Blush: $15 for 0.11 oz, $136.36 per ounce

19. Buxom True Hue Blush: $24 for 0.17 oz, $141.18 per ounce

20. Sephora Collection Microsmooth Baked Blush Duo: $17 for 0.12 oz, $141.67 per ounce

21. Illamasqua Velvet Blusher: $26 for 0.18 oz, $144.44 per ounce

22. Make Up For Ever Blush: $25 for 0.17 oz, $147.06 per ounce

23. Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush: $30 for 0.19 oz, $157.89

24. BECCA Mineral Blush: $32 for 0.2 oz, $160 per ounce

25. Benefit Cosmetics Rockateur Blush: $28 for 0.17 oz, $164.71 per ounce

26. Lancome Blush Subtil: $30 for 0.18 oz, $166.67 per ounce

27. Lancome Blush Subtil Sheer: $30 for 0.18 oz, $166.67 per ounce

28. Lancome Blush Subtil Shimmer: $30 for 0.18 oz, $166.67 per ounce

29. Dior Rosy Glow Healthy Glow Awakening Blush: $44 for 0.26 oz, $169.23 per ounce

30. Clinique Cheek Pop: $21 for 0.12 oz, $175 per ounce

31. Dior DiorBlush Vibrant Colour Powder Blush: $42 for 0.24 oz, $175 per ounce

32. *Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pure Cosmetic Pigment: $14 for 0.08 oz, $175 per ounce

33. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Blush: $25 for 0.14 oz, $178.57 per ounce

34. Givenchy Le Prisme Blush Powder: $44 for 0.24 oz, $183.33 per ounce

35. Smashbox Blush Rush: $24 for 0.13 oz, $184.62 per ounce

36. Illamasqua Powder Blusher: $26 for 0.14 oz, $185.71 per ounce

37. NARS Blush: $30 for 0.16 oz, $187.50 per ounce

38. Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc: $40 for 0.21 oz, $190.48 per ounce

39. Bobbi Brown Blush: $25 for 0.13 oz, $192.31 per ounce

40. Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Color: $26 for 0.13 oz, $200 per ounce

41. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless Bold Blush: $30 for 0.15 oz, $200 per ounce

42. Edward Bess Blush Extraordinaire: $43 for 0.21 oz, $204.76 per ounce

43. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush: $35 for 0.15 oz, $233.33 per ounce

44. Guerlain Rose Aux Joues: $52 for 0.21 oz, $247.62 per ounce

45. Make Up For Ever Powder Blush: $21 for 0.08 oz, $262.50 per ounce

46. Dolce & Gabbana The Blush Luminous Cheek Colour: $45 for 0.17 oz, $264.71 per ounce

47. Make Up For Ever HD Blush: $26 for 0.09 oz, $288.89 per ounce

48. Sunday Riley Blush: $30 for 0.1oz, $300 per ounce

49. Yves Saint Laurent Blush Radiance Radiant Blush: $45 for 0.14 oz, $321.43 per ounce

50. *Smashbox Halo Long Wear Blush: $24 for 0.07 oz, $342.86 per ounce

51. Edward Bess Blush Imperiale: $42 for 0.12 oz, $350 per ounce

52. *BareMinerals Blush: $19 for 0.03 oz, $633.33 per ounce

Mean: $179.70 per ounce
Median: $166.67 per ounce
Standard Deviation: $92.32
Quartiles: Q1-$105; Q2-$166.67; Q3-$192.31

Cream/Liquid Blushes

1. Tarte Maracuja Blush and Glow: $32 for 1 oz, $32 per ounce

2. Givenchy Blush Gelee Jelly Blush: $32 for 1 oz, $34 per ounce

3. Ellis Faas Blush: $32 for 0.8 oz, $40 per ounce

4. Josie Maran Argan Color Stick: $22 for 0.55 oz, $40 per ounce

5. Smashbox O-GLOW Intuitive Cheek Color: $28 for 0.5 oz, $56 per ounce

6. Tarte Cheek Stain: $30 for 0.5 oz, $60 per ounce

7. Benefit Benetint: $30 for 0.42 oz, $71.43 per ounce

8. Benefit ChaCha Tint: $30 for 0.42 oz, $71.43 per ounce

9. Benefit Lollitint: $30 for 0.42 oz, $71.43 per ounce

10. Benefit Posietint: $30 for 0.42 oz, $71.43 per ounce

11. NARS The Multiple: $39 for 0.5 oz, $78 per ounce

12. PERFEKT Cheek Perfection Gel: $28 for 0.33 oz, $84.85 per ounce

13. Clinique Blushwear Cream Stick: $21 for 0.21 oz, $100 per ounce

14. BECCA Beach Tint: $25 for 0.24 oz, $104.17 per ounce

15. Benefit Cosmetics Fine One One: $30 for 0.28 oz, $107.14 per ounce

16. Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee: $22 for 0.18 oz, $122.22 per ounce

17. NARS Matte Multiple: $39 for 0.26 oz, $150 per ounce

18. Stila Convertible Color: $25 for 0.15 oz, $166.67 per ounce

19. Givenchy Hydra Sparkling Magic Lip and Cheek Balm: $31 for 0.17 oz, $182.35 per ounce

21. Illamasqua Cream Blusher: $26 for 0.14 oz, $185.71 per ounce

22. Yves Saint Laurent Creme de Blush: $38 for 0.19 oz, $200 per ounce

23. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Creme Colour Concentrate: $20 for 0.08 oz, $250 per ounce

24. Stila Lip and Cheek Stain: $24 for 0.08 oz, $300 per ounce

25. Edward Bess Compact Rouge for Lips and Cheeks: $38 for 0.05 oz, $760 per ounce

26. Josie Maran Magic Marker Lip and Cheek Stain: $19 for 0.016 oz, $1187.50 per ounce


Mean: $180.93
Median: $100
Standard Deviation: $255.95
Quartiles: Q1-$65.72; Q2-$100; Q3-$182.35

Combining the two data sets into a histogram gives you a relatively normal-looking distribution:


They do look a bit different, though, when you separate them out. The powder blushes peak around $100-$150 per ounce...


...whereas the cream and liquid products are peaking at $50-$100 per ounce. The cream and liquid products, though, also have a couple more teeny weeny but pricy products on the ludicrously-expensive side of the chart. In fact, the two data sets have near-identical means, but the standard deviation is much higher for the cream and liquid products, and the mean is much lower.


Overall, many of the blushes were really strangely priced, which kind of screws with analysis. The second-least expensive product in this data set is from Givenchy, for fuck's sake. I don't even know how that fucking happened. There have been a lot of price-per-ounce changes recently for cream blushes (the most notable being Tarte's Cheek Stains being halved in size and NARS's Matte Multiples being half the size of the regular Multiple) and I think this really shows why those adjustments are being made: companies are having a really difficult time pricing their cream blushes because everyone's pricing is so damn wacky!

For powder blushes, though, most things make a medium amount of sense, at least. The higher end brands tend to start around $200 per ounce, although there was no clear delineation between mid-range and high-end brands, as there was in the eyeshadow data set. Given the median of $166.67 per ounce, I'd say anything less than $150 per ounce seems to be pretty moderately-to-well priced for Sephora brands.

26 comments:

  1. That Josie Maran one is phenomenally expensive when you put it into a comparison! It's a bit moot for me since only about three of these brands are actually available in this country (which means you kind of can't be *as* picky about what kind of a deal you're getting - you just have to think 'will I get the use out of it for what I pay?'), but it's so interesting to see a breakdown!

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    1. It's because they have it in a pen-- everything in a pen is always tiny!

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  2. The Clinique Cheek Pop is so pretty. I've only just started wearing blush and already have 8 different kinds (6 are in palettes though...), so really can't justify purchasing another because it appeals to my aesthetic. But if I could, oh boy, that Cheek Pop would be mine.

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    1. Heh heh heh. I won't tell you how many blushes I have...

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  3. I just ordered Dallas because Ulta had a cute Benefit GWP - this makes me feel a *little* more justified about buying it, since the cost per ounce is pretty reasonable!

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    1. Tell me how you like it! That's one I haven't tried by them.

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  4. Thanks for the info! Considering this, do you have a favorite cream blush for the price?

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    1. Not Sephora, but I do really like NYX's cream blush!

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    2. Awesome, that is exactly where I started with my cream blush! Thanks for reply. I feel like I'm not really missing out on anything. The price of Nars is hard to justify, same with Tarte even.

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  5. This is a great informative post! I really like your blog and how it involves science and isn't basic with only saying hey this is nice go buy it. I constantly check back to see if a new post is up because I really like your posts! You're posts and blog overall is the main reason why I'm starting beauty blogging and I'm going to be doing similar trying to bring in analysis and science. Thank you;)

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  6. I had naturally assumed that the Hourglass blushes were the most expensive ones out there -- not so! not by a LONG SHOT, wow. I mean, above the median, but still within one standard deviation.

    There is some super expensive blush in this world, man.

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    1. There is. I'm sure you can find pricier ones, too.

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  7. When I saw that comment from Tarte Cosmetics regarding your "What the Hell..." post and then couldn't get to your blog all day, I thought you must have received a cease-and-desist. Please spill the beans on what Tarte had to say!

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    1. Sigh. I should email them back, no?

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    2. Totally email them. IME stuff like that is almost always either good "Here is a bunch of free shit!" news or else "We would like to hire you to write sponsored posts!" news or else, possibly, "We are interested in engaging in some kind of leveraged synergy cross-promotional social media buzzword buzzword buzzword!" If they were mad? You'd already know, and they wouldn't be waiting to tell you until you chose to email them back.

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  8. If they are not saying "you are awesome and level-headed, where can we send free product?" there is something wrong with the world.

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    1. Err, that was meant to be a reply to TargetMarketGroup's comment.

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    2. Hopefully they are, because this blog made me go from "OMG they halved the product! I was gonna buy but now I'm not!" to "Okay, that makes sense. *puts Tarte's cheek stain back on shopping list*"

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  10. Hey lovely! I think you made a whoopsie:

    1. Tarte Maracuja Blush and Glow: $32 for 1 oz, $32 per ounce

    2. Givenchy Blush Gelee Jelly Blush: $32 for 1 oz, $34 per ounce

    On a side note, do you have twitter? x

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  11. So... checking product reviews from 2009 and 2010, Benefit powder blushes used to be 0.42 oz for $28 USD/$36 CAD. Now they're only 0.28 oz for the same price.

    ... I hate inflation.

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  12. So basically, the cost of gold per ounce is about $1,200 currently.
    You can buy half an ounce of gold, and 1 ounce of Bare Minerals (2 ingredient: mica, and carmine) blushes, FOR THE SAME PRICE.
    This makes no sense.

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  13. This is indeed really a hard work of researching. Thanks for sharing the results, I'm sure a lot of women will benefit from these findings especially the ones from http://bestessay.education/ who loves buying makeup.

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