I do love a product round up! Such a good opp to share with you all the products in a makeup category that I’ve tried out and fallen madly for.
For me, blush is an essential part of my makeup routine. I’m sure for many it feels like a optional extra however, with so many different formulations, colours and finishes blusher isn’t just for an extra-glam evening look. Some of my favourite blushers are the ones that prettily kiss the apples of the cheeks for a barely there, nature given flush.THE BLUSHER FILES: CREAMS POWDERS GLOWGETTERS OH MY!
Read on to discover my favourites.
Nars Dual Intensity Blusher in Sexual Content
This was the first “glow-y” style blush I ever fell for. I’ve always liked the idea of a (and I use this word loosely) shimmery style blush but all the products I tried were too glittery or sparkly. Case in point; Nars Orgasm; I tired so hard to love it wishing I was part of the post-coital glow gang, but no. It is just TOO glittery.
Enter NARS’ ‘Dual-Intensity Blush’. Housed in a matte compact, this two-tone palette is complete with a soft pink highlighter and shimmering bronze contour shade and when run together create the perfect blushed glow. The formula is a translucent and buildable formula that has a weightless feel on the cheeks delivering just the right amount of pigment and glow simultaneously. It looks and feel luxurious. I love it.
Benefit Galifornia Blush
I’m actually wearing this as I type the post, having just arrived back from LA LA land myself and missing the sunshine. This is Benefit’s newest blush launch; GALifornia is a peachy golden pink and when you swirl the brush through it it gives the cheeks an LA girl sun-kissed flush. It’s scented too with notes of pink grapefruit & vanilla.
Top points for cute packaging and design.
Mattes & Satins
Marc Jacobs Beauty Airblush in Kink & Kisses
This is my favourite everyday blusher right now. I’ve been using MJ’s Air Blush for a little under a year and it’s such a good, all rounder in the powder category.
In the pan is a zebra crossing of two shades for customisable colour to create a chiseled draped effect on the cheeks. The powder is buildable and light as air (contains Japanese air powder which sounds saeeee fanceeee). It says 24 hour colour, which I don’t think it is, but it still goes the distance. Goes on as a powder but sits like a cream/satin blush on the skin.
Avon True Color Luminous Blush in Warm Flush
This is my top high street priced powder blush. I like that this product is not fully matte but gives the skin a subtle luminosity. The pigment is also very good. The packaging is slightly bulky and it houses one of those brushes no one ever uses, typical of a high street beauty product. but the formulation is good, long wearing and flattering for everyday and night.
Jouer Mineral Powder blush in Dusty Rose
This Jouer Mineral blush earns a well deserved place in my top powder blushes. I have loved this blush for years. In particularly this Dusty rose colour. I have never found a shade that suits my skin as much as this one does.
The formula is lightweight, oil-free mineral and gives the skin a soft veil of colour. Made of light diffusing minerals with Japanese Green Tea Powder, Vitamins A, C & E to protect against free radicals. This is the most matte blush in my fav list.
Tints & Creams
Bourjois 12hour Aqua Blush in Pink Twice
First up in the cream category is this beautiful bare skin feel blush. Definitely one if you prefer hydrating natural looking tints on the cheeks. The barely there formula is buildable but is most definitely a sheet tint.
The formula is a water-light gel and has 12 hour wear. Again, I wouldn’t agree with this but it is quite long wearing for a cream blush. Available in 4 sorbet shades.
Revlon Insta Blush in Berry Kiss
ANOTHER beauty product jumping on the “Insta” makeup hype. No blush will get you “Insta-ready” like the smoothing tool on Facetune however this sheer and blendable blush in a cream-to-powder formula creates a really natural flush on the cheeks and is easily applied and manipulated on the skin to create the look you want. Good if you like the workability of a cream but prefer a powder finish.
Topshop Cream Blush – in sale
This product earns its place in the Cream blusher best of category due to the convenience of it’s packaging and formula. I love that it comes in a little compact with mirror for on the go touch ups.
The formula is really easy to use and blends really well and is radiant. I also use it on my lids and lips for a pallor perk up. Extra points for the low price point however since shooting this post many colour have got into sale and will be discontinued!
And finally the Desert Island trio: Nars Dual Intensity, Marc Jacobs Air Blush & Bourjois Aqua Blush.