20 April, 2015 The Blush Addict Tag
Jasmine from Magpie Jasmine tagged me to write my version of The Blush Addict Tag, and I have to say I was a little overwhelmed – TWELVE questions about blush? Really?!
After perusing through my blush stocks this past weekend, I’ve come to the conclusion that I probably could have answered another four or five. Blush is one of those makeup categories I can’t get enough of, and seems to be one of the most universally accessible too – not everyone can pull of a feline flick or false lashes, but most people look fantastic with a pop of colour on their cheeks.
1. What colour blush suits you the most? I absolutely adore nude-mauve shades, that sculpt the face and add definition without looking too made-up and heavy. I find that they work well for any season, regardless of how pale or tanned my skin is. MAC’s Prism Blush (£18 here), Clinique’s Black Honey Gradiant Powder Blush (limited edition unfortunately!) and Tarte’s Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed ($26 here) are my three favourite shades in the mauve/light plum family, with Exposed being my personal fave.
2. Pressed, cream or loose blush? Pressed, always. I occasionally wear cream blush for a natural look, but on top of foundation, concealer and powder, pressed wears the best and gives the most full-coverage finish.
3. Favourite shimmery blush? My favourite shimmery blush has to be the MAC Beauty Powder in Shell Pearl (AC9). It’s not available anymore as it was part of the Liberty of London collection, so I’m trying to use as little of it as possible! It’s a beautiful pinky-peach with flecks of rose-gold glitter running through it.
4. Favourite matte blush? I have too many to count, but probably the Bobbi Brown Blush in Apricot (6). It’s a gorgeous, vibrant pink that gives a beautiful blush to the cheeks without looking caky or heavy. Fantastic on pale skin days too. Buy here for £19.
5. Favourite cream blush? The Bourjois Cream Blush Pots in Healthy Glow (02) and Rose Tendre (03) are both lovely. They are cream formulas but they dry down to a powder finish, with subtle hints of shimmer that catch the light but don’t look too glittery. So affordable as well! Buy both here for £7.99.
6. Favourite drugstore blush? I just discovered the Gosh Natural Blush in Flower Power (43). It’s a muted mauve-pink that’s seriously pigmented and finely milled, considering it’s from the drugstore. Can imagine this looking lovely on darker skin tones for a bright flush of colour. Buy here for £7.99.
7. Favourite high-end blush? I have two! The Cheek to Chic: Swish and Pop Blusher in Ecstasy by Charlotte Tilbury (£30 here) is the most luxe, decadent blush I’ve ever used, and is my go-to blusher for big nights out or functions. It features a coral pink in the inner circle, and a mauve pink in the outer. You can wear them alone or mixed together for a beautiful flushed effect. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Dim Infusion (£28 here) is another high-end fave. It’s a light peachy pink with a teeny tiny hint of luminosity, and is perfect for a paired-down makeup look or for when you want to play up a specific feature and leave the cheeks looking natural yet polished. Both blushers offer stunning packaging, incredibly creamy formulations and excellent longevity. Couldn’t praise them enough!
8. Favourite bright blush? Bobbi Brown’s Apricot (same as answer no. 4) is the brightest shade I own, and the prettiest for spring and summer. It gives such a healthy glow and I love using it with a stippling or duo-fiber brush for a natural effect. It’s completely matte so it won’t look garish or OTT, which is handy with such a pigmented colour!
9. Biggest blush disappointment? I’ve been quite lucky with blushers, and the only disappointment I’ve had is with the L’Oreal True Match Blush in Rosewood (145). The formula is far too chalky and glittery for my tastes, and it ‘kicks up’ in the pan upon contact with a brush, meaning you lose a lot of product with every application. The colour is a lovely mauve-rose, but it’s not a high enough quality, texture or formula to recommend. Buy here for £7.69.
10. Best blush packaging? Charlotte Tilbury’s Cheek to Chic: Swish and Pop packaging is incredible – very old-school Hollywood glamour with it’s rounded design, rose-gold detailing and Charlotte’s iconic star imprint on the right hand corner of the pan. Every time I use it I feel a little bit more glamorous and sophisticated!
11. What’s on your blush wishlist? Another Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blusher! Jasmine recently picked up the shade Luminous Flush in a Space NK haul (read here), and it looks absolutely stunning – a magenta/coral hybrid with marbled flecks of champagne that define, highlight and shape the face without a hint of chunky glitter or shimmer. The next time I visit a Space NK store I’ll be swatching this ’til the cows come home!
12. Holy Grail blush? Tarte’s Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed is the only blush I own that can be worn with ANY makeup look. The formula is creamy and pigmented, it applies evenly no matter what brush you use, and it lasts all day. I’ve had mine for a good four months and haven’t made a dent in it, as you need such a small amount for a complete application. It’s a beautiful nude-mauve, the packaging is super cute, and I bloody love it!
Read Jasmine’s version of the tag here – she has some great recommendations and I always end up adding five products to my wishlist after reading her blog!
What are your favourite blushers? Have you written your own version of this tag? Share it in the comments below!