Sunday, January 31, 2010

Make your own Blushberry Shine!

Like I said a couple days ago, I found out that Cover Girl's TruShine Lipstick line is being discontinued- including my most favorite shade in the whole world- Blushberry Shine! It's a hybrid shade of sorts, so I don't really know how to describe it. I tried it on a whim about a year and a half ago. I'd read a lot online and in magazines about how good this lipstick was- sheer, shiny, and flattering. And the little tool on the Cover Girl website matched my skintone with Blushberry Shine. I usually don't trust that thing (it always picks out nasty purple shades for me), but I decided to go for it. And it was AWESOME! Sheer, glossy, buildable, ultra-flattering, and face brightening. I used to apply this while taking notes in the back of a class, it was that easy. Easy, breezy, beautiful- Cover Girl....

Wow, what a diatribe. My point is, this is the only lipstick I've ever found that could be called "every day." It went with every eyeshadow and outfit color I could think of. Bah. Still upset (can you tell??).

So what I decided to do, in a moment of brilliance, was to mix up my own. This decision was spurred by my finding an old tube of lipstick in the back of my cabinet. I received it last summer when my mom's Mary Kay representative was giving away freebies. The color is just awful for me. It's
really dark and really matte, two of my not-so-favorite things. Here's what's left of the lipstick after I decapitated it:

It's called Rose Petal (wtf??). I would've named it Bordeaux, or something. Anyway, since it's so matte and opaque, it showed up really dark on me. I decided to mix it together with one of my MANY too-clear glosses that I just haven't thrown away yet (above). This is a GREAT thing to do with those too-sheer lip products. I never EVER wear them, because why would I want my naked colorless lips to look watery and shiny?? Anyway....

As you can see, Mary Kay's Rose Petal is pretty close in color to CG's Blushberry Shine:

right: Blushberry Shine
left: Rose Petal

Pretty close, right? Well, I guess all I did was dilute it and add some shine. I picked this gloss (Sally Hansen Satin Shine gloss- it's discontinued now and I got it at Dollar Tree) because it's tingly and smells good. I guess that's something the original Blushberry Shine doesn't have. Here's what I ended up with:

Here's my Blushberry Shine Remix next to the original: Pretty awesome, huh??

The color and sheerness are very VERY similar, which is good news for me. If you can't get your hands on Mary Kay's Rose Petal, there are several shades that I think might work:

Maybelline Color Sensational- Warm Me Up
Maybelline Color Sensational- Warm & Cozy
Maybelline Color Sensational- Blushing Brunette
Revlon Super Lustrous- Rum Raisin
Revlon Super Lustrous- Sparkling Cider

The cool thing, though, is if these shades aren't quite right, you can correct it by mixing in other shades too. Or you can dig through some old lipsticks that haven't got any wear because they're not quite right, mix them together, and see what happens! What you will need to make something akin to Blushberry Shine are:

Something brown
Something berry
Something clear and shiny

Find some lip products you already have that fit into the above categories, and go crazy! (Send me pics if you end up with a winning combination!)

Even though this particular mix turned out good, it's kind of hit-or-miss. Not to mention a hassle. So I'm still on the hunt for a new replacement. Neutrogena's MoistureShine Sheers in Plum Kiss is looking pretty promising right now- I'll let you know as soon as I buy it and test it!


  1. Hi, I too am addicted to Blushberry shine. You may want to try the Neutrogena moistureshine lipstick in Rum Raisin. The color is pretty close. It's more matte than Blushberry so you may want to gloss it. WTF why do they always discontinue the good stuff?


  2. lol i have no idea! that was seriously the best lipstick formula EVER. and possibly the best shade ever.

  3. found your blog post. cool!

    i too love BLUSHBERRY SHINE! Why did they discontinue the only lipstick i LOVE!!!!???

    anyway, ELF has a lipgloss in sugar plum that is very close to the blushberry shine, but it doesnt show up as much on my lips (my natural lips are very pigmented), so i am going to try to put it on top of Rum Raisin or something. but i think its worth getting. its only a dollar at target! (the website color is me)