You don’t have to tell me twice – shopping for beauty and a great cause? Take all my money! October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and it’s the one thing I feel least guilty splurging on if that means I get to support a great cause.
To support Breast Cancer Research, Estée Lauder Companies, the beauty behemoth and 13 of its well-known subsidiary brands have released a number of limited-edition products where proceeds from each purchase goes toward this great cause. Knowing that proceeds from what I bought is going to support an important research makes me feel good about growing my stash!
At some point in my blogging career, blushes were the bane of my existence. You couldn’t keep me away from them – a new release you say? Limited edition too? You’ll bet it was in my cart, and I’ve already checked out before I could see if I already had a similar colour or if there was a drugstore dupe for it. But I digress.
Seeing two beautiful pink blushes in the collection that have won bloggers’ and beauty editors’ rave reviews on the formulation meant that I knew these would be winners in my book. I couldn’t resist despite the fact that I don’t wear blushes daily anymore nor did I care if the blush was very different than what I would normally wear. I’m somewhat of a mixologist when it comes to my beauty stash, never shying away from mixing formulations and colours to achieve what I envision. So that means, even if the colours are just a little bit different than what I am accustomed to wearing, I would not hesitate to purchase it and mix my own colour.
The Bobbi Brown Peony Blush ($56, available here) comes with a mini fluffy brush and is a cool-toned pink with the silkiest texture and smooth formulation that I’ve ever come across. But let’s take a step back – I was a bit hesitant to wear this given how bright it was, until I tried it. With a light hand, the colour adds brightness, even on my worst skin days or when I’m feeling a bit under the weather. This blush is incredibly pigmented – even more so than MAC’s or Make Up For Ever’s blushes so the lightest sweep of product will be more than sufficient.
The Clinique Cheek Pop in Berry Pop ($24, available here) along with the rest of the Cheek Pop range won over the hearts of even the most critical reviewers, bloggers and beauty editors when it first launched, that the range was extended to include eight more shades in various tones of pinks, corals and berry colours. The daisy motif and simple acrylic packaging were lauded as being aesthetically pleasing and a feature on anyone’s vanity. What’s incredibly unique and very impressive about this range, is the patented pigment technology which imparts a powderless look on the skin. Just take a look at the swatches – I used 2-3 swipes to pick up the product, but as you can tell, the swatch of the Clinique blush practically melts and leaves no trace of powder behind despite the format. The blush is embossed with the pink ribbon, and comes with a stylish pink pouch.
I don’t know if it was intentional or not, but the price of the Clinique Cheek Pop set is actually less than purchasing the blush separately. The SRP for this set is $24 but if you purchase the blush separately at Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutique, or The Bay, it would actually set you back $26. So if you have been wanting to try out the Clinique Cheek Pop, and if Berry Pop happens to be the colour you’ve been wanting to try, you might be in luck here: saving $2 and getting to donate $4 to the foundation!
Have you tried either the Bobbi Brown blush or the Clinique Cheek Pop blushes? Will you be checking them out?