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Physicians Formula claims this blush will look awesome on brunettes, but last I checked, brunettes come in a lot of skin colors.
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Physicians Formula claims this blush will look awesome on brunettes, but last I checked, brunettes come in a lot of skin colors.

I'm going to start this article the way I was taught to never, ever do: The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines brunette as "a person having brown or black hair."  (I am so sorry, Mrs. Stenner. I will never do that again.)

That means a hell of a lot of people are brunettes (and brunets, because apparently there's a male version of the word that I didn't know about until today), and within that classification is a wide spectrum of skin tones, from alabaster to cacao

Surely there's no single makeup color that looks beautiful on everyone with brown hair.

Oh, but there is--or at least Physicians Formula would like to convince you there is.

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Their new blush--I'm going to put the name in quotation marks so you know where it begins and ends--called "Powder Palette Multi-Colored Custom Blush Ultra-Glam Bombshell Glow! for Brunettes" promises to not only complement  but play up your hair color while enhancing your skin tone, which, as we've established, could be pretty much any shade skin comes in.

To see if it does what it says, I recruited five other brunettes in the office to test it with me.

Both Baze and Tiffany take exception to the dictionary definition of brunette, but the dictionary is kind of the authority on, like, everything, so...

Anyway, no one looked bad wearing the blush, but no one felt that it was the most flattering blush they'd ever tried, either. In addition to being worn traditionally, it can also be applied wet, which may be the key to it looking more compatible with darker skin.

There's also a Powder Palette Multi-Colored Custom Blush Ultra-Glam Bombshell Glow! for Blondes, which is a mosaic of cooler pinks than this one. 

Sorry, redheads, no unifying blush for you.