Next up in My Beauty Edit series, my blusher edit. I'm comparing cream, powder & liquid blushers, pinks and peaches, mattes and shimmers. The whole shebang!
Blusher is the one of the best ways to lift your face and definitely helps make you look less tired. We can all do with that sometimes! A gentle flush brings youthful prettiness to all skin tones and types.
There are so many different formulations, all offering a slightly different finish & longevity - liquid, cream, powder, tint, stain. Which is your favourite? I've been trying out a few different products, now to share my thoughts with all of you.
COLOUR & TONE
Pigment is key and don't be scared by bright colours, you'll be amazed how a scarily bright colour looks very different on the skin, especially when it's blended out. Pink is great for a ‘pop’ of colour whilst peachy-apricot colours will ‘lift’ and add dimension to give you that 'you look so well' look which, let's be honest, we all want!
NARS Powder Blusher
My favourite shade : Orgasm
NARS are known for their cheeky colour names, and this one is no exception. Orgasm has become an iconic colour and one that suits most skin tones. The peachy-pink shade has golden glittered undertones to instantly lift your skin and is very buildable allowing you to create the intensity you want.
François Nars says, "when it comes to blush, how and where you apply is just as important as what color you use." Designed to be worn over the cheekbones, hairline, jawbone and on the tip of your nose. I thought that was bronzer but who am I to argue with François Nars himself.
Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge
My favourite shades : Powder Pink & Pretty Powerful III
If you're looking for one of those easy to use, can go anywhere blusher this is the perfect product. It can be used on both the cheeks & lips which makes it so versatile and a great thing to chuck in your handbag.
I find cream products last longer than powders, so it has great staying power. Bobbi Brown have just released a new Pretty Powerful Colour and it's my new favourite!
Daniel Sandler Watercolour Liquid Blush
My favourite shade : Angel
This liquid blush does a really good job of enhancing your complexion, leaving a beautiful dewy, translucent pigment. I find the water-based formula is easiest applied with fingertips and it definitely stays put until you decide otherwise. There is a lovely shimmer in the product, so it adds a lovely touch of highlight to those cheekbones!
My Shade : Soft Rosy Pink
This sheer rose blush gives soft and universally flattering colour to the cheeks. I use this as part of the Illume Sheer Colour Trio Palette in Sunset and find it it's the easiest colour to wear. It lifts my face without using too much product and just adds a lovely subtle glow. The weightless creme formulation is highly blendable and mistake-proof, resulting in an effortlessly soft, natural look.
When I use this product, it almost feels like it melts into my skin. It gives my complexion an incredibly radiant, natural finish with buildable colour which doesn't feel heavy on my skin in any way (As you can see from the photo below, it is a much-loved product!)
My Shade : Apricot Blossom
The Sunchaser Palette, as the name suggests, is the perfect palette as we move towards the summer months, and hopefully some warmer weather! Last summer, I reached for this a lot, and I'm sure this year will be no exception. It is the mainstay of my holiday makeup bag - it really is the perfect palette when you have a little bit of a tan, but don't worry, if you don't have a tan, it will do a pretty good job of making it look like you do. Everyone loves a healthy glow!
Lancôme Subtil Cushion Blush
My Shade : Sparkling Framboise
A great on to go blusher that can be applied with the little puff that's included, a brush or even just your fingers. Sparkling Framboise is a very bright colour that, at first, might look a bit scary but don't let that put you off. There are lots of other colours that are not quite as bright so perhaps try that if this colour is a little bit much for you.
This is a liquid blush with the convenience of a cushion, giving your cheeks vibrant colour and a dewy glow. This is a really concentrated colour pigment, so it only takes a small dose to refresh and brighten your cheeks instantly. It has the added benefit of skincare actives for intense hydration and is a very buildable colour, so you can go subtle or intense depending on the look you are going for.
My Shade : Haze & Dusk
There was a lot of hype around Glossier when they launched into the UK last year and I was firmly on that band wagon, I even wrote a blog post all about my first impressions. I use these on no-make-up days when I just want to brighten my face a little, particularly dusk as it works as a bit of a bronzer/blusher combo. There's a not a hug amount of product in the tube, so worth bearing that in mind.
Is it worth spending more on blusher?
Definitely. More expensive products tend to have stronger pigment which generally gives them greater staying power and you can use less of them and still have impact.
Next in this series will be my bronzer edit, so keep your eyes out for that in the next few weeks.
Thanks for reading. Until next Sunday have a very Happy Easter!
From Charlotte x