I have a hard time resisting a pretty blush. Any shades of coral, pinks, fuchsias, and my first thought is “I need it!” Plus, blushes tend to be one of the most beautifully packaged product, often times swirled with overlays or embossed with a gorgeous design that makes it hard for you to use.
Going through my old blog posts, I realize that I’ve only written about them a handful of times. I used to collect blushes as they come out, because supposedly they are the “must-have” shade of the season, or because they are limited edition (I’m looking at you MAC). Fortunately, I’ve weaned myself off that obsession. I suppose there’s always a new release, or a “must-have” colour from every brand that eventually the novelty wore off. I definitely own a sizeable amount of blushes and want to share few of my favourite formula for all price range.
If you have a little extra money to spend and want to treat yourself, I highly recommend the Guerlain Meteorites Perles de Blush Angelic Blush ($71, available here). This limited edition blush has three different shades of blush balls which works together to impart a beautiful glow on the skin. The price is a little painful to bear at first, but combined, the colour is a soft pink that looks flattering on a variety of skintone.
Another blush formula I really enjoy using is the Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow ($25, available here). This range was updated with an amazing gel to powder formula which simply melts into your skin. The magnetic pan size is similar to MAC (about 1mm smaller), so they can actually fit into a MAC palette or a ZPalette. I’ve written an in-depth review of this product in the past if you’re interested in learning more about it.
Another Make Up For Ever product that I am obsessed with is the HD Cream Blush ($31, available here). I find that this is one of the best formulation of cream blush I’ve come across. The silica powders and synthetic mica creates a very beautiful cream-to-powder finish (see swatches), as well as a soft focus effect on the skin. This blush can be applied over your foundation and setting powder without disturbing the makeup underneath.
For a more budget friendly option, I highly recommend the Make Up Geek Blush ($9.99, available here). The formula of the blushes is incredibly impressive! If you were to blindfold me and ask me to compare these to those from Hourglass, MAC, Tarte or NARS, I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. The pigmentation is highly commendable and texture is soft without much fall out.
Another fantastic blush option and one I love when the holiday comes around because they typically release a limited edition value set, is the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush ($31, available here). There is an amazing range of colours available in the permanent range, and Tarte is always releasing a new shade once in a while. I really like the more matte shades, but overall, the colours are universally flattering and imparts the loveliest, and natural-looking finish on your skin.
One of the prettiest blushes and one that I have a hard time using, is the Clinique Cheek Pop Blush ($24, available here). The blush is finely milled, and the formula melts into the skin with a satin finish that makes your skin glow with that healthy flush! Clinique released six more shades, adding to the range, and I am so thrilled! I can’t wait to purchase more shades which are now available on Sephora.