Illamasqua Katie vs Bobbi Brown Nude Pink Blush

I’ve been meaning to write about this for quite some time as I mentioned a while ago that the two shades were similar.  Similar they may be but the same they are not as you can hopefully see in the pictures below.

Illamasqua Katie
Bobbi Brown Nude Pink

Illamasqua’s Katie is a lot more peachy toned and slightly lighter, whereas BB’s Nude Pink is more blue-toned.


L-R: Bobbi Brown Nude Pink, Illamasqua Katie.

When swatched stark, they look very different in colour and Katie looks much paler and slightly chalkier.

However, when blended down they become a bit more alike.


L-R: Bobbi Brown Nude Pink, Illamasqua Katie.

These are both very different blushes, both colour wise and texturally.  Katie is very matte and a little on the chalky side, whereas Nude Pink is very blendable but more blue-toned with a brighter finish.  So I guess it depends what sort of pale pink you’re after as I personally find both of these fabulous.

Bobbi Brown Nude Pink is £18 and available here.

Illamasqua Katie is £16.50 and available here.

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12 Comments

  1. February 27, 2012 / 1:34 PM

    Both of them look very similar but I think I like Illamasqua one more. x

    • March 1, 2012 / 6:07 PM

      That’s interesting as I’m more about the BB one 🙂 Seems opinion is divided! xx

  2. Anonymous
    February 27, 2012 / 4:44 PM

    Thanks for the swatches. Am favouring the Bobbi Brown one.

    • March 1, 2012 / 6:07 PM

      No problem 🙂 I’m with you, I prefer pinks to be slightly bluer in tone xx

  3. February 27, 2012 / 4:48 PM

    Forgot to say that Bobbi Brown has a counter near me but Illamasqua means going into Oxford Street.

    • March 1, 2012 / 6:08 PM

      That’s the exact problem I have too as I have a BB counter where I regularly shop, whereas my only real option for Illamasqua is either online or Selfridges and I don’t really like to go into London if I can help it! xx

  4. February 28, 2012 / 4:41 PM

    yes they are very similar, but I prefer the Bobbi Brown one 🙂 i always wanted to try Bobbi Brown products but never had the chance, i think this blush would be a good start 🙂

    • March 1, 2012 / 6:09 PM

      Oh you should most definitely try them as they’re fantastic; I’m obsessed with everything they bring out! I prefer the BB one too 🙂 xx

  5. Nicola
    February 1, 2014 / 11:08 AM

    I’m quite pale with blonde hair and really want to find a nice natural blusher for every day use at work. Not in to bright blushes. Been looking at mac colours. Can u help?

    • Sascha BG
      February 1, 2014 / 12:26 PM

      Hi Nicola,

      Thanks for your comment. Have you tried Mac’s Mocha? It looks quite brown in the pan but it translates to a really lovely warm pink that I think looks great against pale skin tones. If you want something more pink then the BB Nude Pink one in the above post is fab too xx

      • Nicola
        February 2, 2014 / 10:49 AM

        Thankyou! I will take a look and let u know!

        • Sascha BG
          February 3, 2014 / 1:51 PM

          No probs, good luck! xx

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