I thought this would be a very bright pink, but it goes on very natural looking. It can be built up, but I'm still not sure it would work for darker skin tones. It's perfect for fair-skinned people such as myself. It has a soft, blendable texture with no fallout. The compact is soft (kind of rubbery) matte black plastic. It's sturdy, and comes with a mirror and a small brush. The brush works OK, but I prefer to use my own full-sized blush brush.