From left: Sunny, Bloom, Poppy, Rosy, Scarlet, Petal.

From left: Sunny, Bloom, Poppy, Rosy, Scarlet, Petal.

Jillian Dempsey’s cheek tints are brilliant. I was already a fan of her eye khols and lid tints, but was over the moon to discover her impeccably cool aesthetic was applied to (clean!) cream blushes.

The icing pink mirror compacts are super lightweight and portable. And unlike the goopy cream blushes we often see, these finger-friendly pigments veer on the drier side. Coconut oil, yes, but also sunflower, shea, and olive oils nourish with a light hand and understated gleam. Velvety color - not high wattage shine - is what you’re getting here.

Each of the six shades are compelling enough to warrant a place in your blush wardrobe and each deserve a deep dive introduction:


A limited edition shade, created exclusively for Violet Gray. It’s both the coolest and the most transparent of the six shades. There’s a very slight iridescence to it, but zero sparkle. A dainty pale violet pink that can be used to soften a stronger blush, tone down too much warmth, use as a highlighter (anyone who’s a fan of Kjaer Weis’ Radiance highlighter will be thrilled with this one.) But also, it’s been popular used as a cream eyeshadow.


The closest I’ve ever seen a product get to capturing the heat – the color – a face gets when warmed by the sun. There’s the obvious browning component, but there’s also a muted red flush that makes it a more believable tan. However, I’m happy to report there is no orange here. Dempsey described this as a something of an uncolor, a blush to reach for if you don’t want to complicate things, but instead tie everything together. Think afternoon gardening in the sun versus poolside tanning. It’s more realistic, particularly important if you’re not sporting a tan already.


Probably the warmest, palest pink blush I’ve ever come across. Think soft roses painted on a porcelain teacup . It’s so light, it becomes almost a retro statement. Definitely a must-have if you find inspiration in 60’s chanteuses but find mod blushes too icey. It’s also the color my youngest daughter fancies, and the one I’m less embarrassed about leaving the house with her wearing.


Clockwise from left: Bloom, Sunny, and Petal.

Clockwise from left: Bloom, Sunny, and Petal.

Clockwise from far left: Poppy, Rosey, and Scarlet.

Clockwise from far left: Poppy, Rosey, and Scarlet.


This one was the biggest surprise for me. I thought it would be too dark, too red and just wear me versus the other way around. But even when at my palest, I found this to be really complementary both when dabbed lightly on the cheeks in judiciously small circles, and blotted onto lips. The staying power for this one is also something to be praised.


When I say this is the most unusual shade, I don’t say that lightly, given how much thought clearly went behind creating this range of unique shades. Dempsey herself said that she only wants to create products that folks don’t already have in their makeup bags, and I’d bet you have nothing like this one in yours. It’s an upbeat muted tang, a wearable retro peach that would make a believer out of anyone who doesn’t think they can pull off coral (and that would be me.). Peach often rings false on me, it looks odd on my my pale olive skin, and sucks the life out of me. But this playful sweet coral, breathes. If you’re going for a clean eye, it looks incredibly modern. You could wear it with a cat eye and go for a Bardot look. Or you could wear it with a navy and robin egg blue shadow and go for a 60s high street vibe. In fact, it was from a vintage blush that Dempsey found the inspiration for this color. She had held onto to it for years before taking it to a chemist to have it recreated. While she didn’t specify what brand the original shade was, I get strong Mary Quant vibes.


If you don’t know what color to get, this one is going to be your safest bet. It’s a classic pretty pink that has enough undertones to complement a broad range of skin tones. A lively pink that stays in its lane, and pressed onto the lips gives a soft almost powdery and pigmented effect.

To see the shades in action, check out Jillian herself applying Rosey to actress Leslie Mann for Violet Grey.

$28 each, available at Credo, Violet Grey, Goop and Jillian Dempsey’s website.

Jillian Dempsey's Eye Tints (Part II)


Legendary makeup artist Jillian Dempsey has been leading the industry by translating her impossibly breezy LA cool-girl aesthetic into a covetable–and clean!–color line. It’s no secret I’m an unabashed fan of her work (as are Kirsten Dunst, Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence amongst the many others who continually request her for red carpet engagements and editorial projects).

Her fool-proof Lid Tints are a riff on the classic cream eyeshadow - finger-friendly, translucent, satin-y, and in a spectrum of shades that you’ve never seen before)—and didn’t realize you needed. (I’ve reviewed her initial launch of five shades, which you can find here.) You can be brazen with the application, they build up wonderfully and there’s no need to be perfectly precise. Packed with skin loving ingredients like Marula, Rosehip, Coconut and Jojoba Oils, Shea Butter and Vitamins A and C, these have an almost balm-like effect on the tissue thin skin around the eye area. As an exhausted working mother of three very young children, I skip the eye cream and reach for these time and again to rejuvenate and freshen up my tired eyes in the morning,

That being said, the latest launch of three shades are just as flattering as the initial iteration. However, the coolness factor is definitely kicked up a notch.

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Starting from the left is Ruby, a gleaming neutral crimson. My favorite of the pack, it gives the most modern, edgy eye when smudged with a brown eye pencil (check out her work using it on Caroline Hirons for inspiration!) or patted on the center of an otherwise bare lid before adding a flick of black liquid liner.) This is just on the rim of my comfort zone as far as color goes, which keeps things exciting. I’m often finding myself stuck in a makeup rut or burned out on the chromed out eyeshadow effects . If you’re a Sephora VIB-type with an arsenal of eyeshadows, Ruby won’t disappoint as you probably have nothing like it in your repertoire; you’ll be reaching for it time and again. Bonus: you can tap it onto lips and cheeks to get a fresh berry stain effect, making it a useful product when traveling.

Dew, top center, is a completely clear gloss. It’s definitely a product you see on editorials. Dew is the perfect name - it reflects light without looking too wet and there’s no shimmer at all. It’s fresh worn solo, but also modernizes any powder shadow texture when layered on top.

Glimmer, bottom right, is a universally flattering warm and sparkling nectarine. Tapped on the moveable part of the eyelid, it enlivens any eye color. And this shade being endlessly useful, adds a sensual post-summer tan effect to the cheeks. I can’t think of anyone this wouldn’t look amazing on and it’s a mainstay in my purse.

But again, if you’re at a loss what to pick up, make sure you get Ruby, pictured again below for good measure. And for further inspiration, check out Burberry makeup artist Wendy Rowe test driving the Lid Tints here.

Available at Jillian Dempsey’s site or Credo Beauty.