Well here we are again. In the makeup tag territory and spending an agonizing amount of time thinking of the right answer to each question. The focus this time is on blush, a product that I have always had an appalling weakness for as the first picture in this post will tell you.
How many blushes do you own?
I gave up counting at number 70.
It’s embarrassing. What’s even more embarrassing is that this is my Dubai blush wardrobe – there are a few remaining in the UK. I can’t even pretend all this crap is for “my kit” – not unless a kit is defined as a personal hoarding. No, this is all for my face and my face only.
What is your favourite blush brush?
I am partial to a bit of Real Techniques blush brush action. If you held up a selection of brushes I would choose that one every time. It’s soft. It’s easy to work with. It’s pink.
Cream vs. Powder
While I don’t discriminate against cream, on a day-to-day basis my reality is powder. It’s less high maintenance and just seems to sit better for longer. I always think that cream looks fresh and glowing but as the day goes on the more the makeup moves and the more “Picasso” my face becomes.
Peach vs. Pink and favourites of each
See the problem with this question lies in the distinction between peach and pink. It’s not that clear cut. What about the peachy-pinks or the pinky-peaches?
I realize that this is a whole other train of thought so I’ll try and keep to the question.
When I am shopping I look at every colour family but in reality I plump for the pinks on a more frequent basis. My favourite pink would probably be MAC Well Dressed and long-time followers no doubt called that one as soon as they read the question. It’s a little light in pigmentation – not as much as Benefit’s Dandelion – and might look chalky on tanned or darker skin tones but it gives me a gorgeous glow and lift. Plopping this on my cheeks is the blush equivalent of “coming home”.
Now peaches…mmm…this is tricky. Does Benefit Coralista count? What about MAC Springsheen? And Laura Mercier “Lush Nectarine”? They would be my picks from that colour family.
Drugstore vs. High End and favourites of each
There is no makeup law that prescribes paying more equates to getting better and this is especially true for blusher. Sleek and Milani are some of my favourite brands and they are on the lower end of the budget scale. If I am going to go with a high-end option it’s going to be NARS. How predictable. How true.
Can I replace overrated with disappointing? If we agree to that then there are lots of products I can bitch about.
Number 1 on that would be YSL Baby Doll Kiss and Blush. I bought two of these suckers – in a pink and a peach – and I just don’t think they are worth it. Insipid on the lips and “okay” on the cheeks but the price is just too high for such a median response.
If ever there was something I bought because it looked pretty it would be the limited edition MAC Sunset Beach blush ombre. Beautiful to look at in the packaging and yet almost invisible on the skin.
Tarte’s Exposed. I have whined about this before and the reason it qualifies as disappointing is due to how pink this pulls on my skin. I bought this because I thought it would be one of those neutral sculpting blushes but it just doesn’t translate like that at all on me. I’ll stick to NARS Douceur for that type of look.
Talking of NARS, let’s point the finger at the limited edition Rotonde – or should I just call it lurid orange with gold overspray in a pan? – and the Realm of the Senses Cheek Palette. Both look horrendous on me.
There is only one blusher that comes to mind here and it’s Laura Mercier’s Orange Blossom. I hear plenty of chatter about Lush Nectarine but seriously people it’s all about Orange Blossom. You will have to use your imagination when picturing this because mine has disappeared from my drawers but this is NARS Orgasm but better.
Worth the hype?
How do I answer this exactly? Should I say brand or a particular product? I guess, in the case of the former, I would say NARS. Not everything they do is a success but I would say 8 times out of 10 they get it right.
Top 5 blushes everyone should own
I know top 5 sounds neat and everything but it’s a real pain to have to narrow choices down to such a finite number but okay, I’ll play along. This is what I declare must haves today and as with the lipstick tag that I did, this will change…weekly/daily/hourly J
MAC Well Dressed – it's already been mentioned but I couldn’t leave this one out. As obsessed now as I was when I first discovered it. This will be a companion for life.
MAC Full of Joy – now permanent this is a purple toned pink that manages to lift, highlight and colour your cheeks. There is something really special about this. Well Dressed hints at it in terms of the effect on your cheeks but Full of Joy seals the deal. Don’t be scared by the purple tone but do use a light hand.
Milani Luminous – I am really annoying here because this is a discontinued choice.
I have been using this colour for years and there is a little bit of magic in this peachy/pink number. Milani have a similar baked blusher in their line that is called Luminoso (same, same but different) but apparently it’s a little warmer in tone when compared to the original – thankfully I have a back up of my back up.
Me with Luminous slapped on
NARS Douceur – when I have a bit of a glow this is one of my favourite blushes to use. It’s that neutral tone that magically adds dimension to your face. NARS Madly is similar, if a little more peachy/tan.
Sleek Sahara – this is a scary blush but as with Douceur, if you have a tan then it will be a stunning choice. I wear this extremely lightly on the cheeks and heavy on the eyes. Yep, I use it on my eyes because that burnished terracotta tone brings out green eyeballs like nothing else.
NB: Even as I write this I am thinking about the blushers I left out. MAC Otherworldy (LE), NARS Love, the By Terry Blush Glace, MAC Nuance, MAC Warm Soul, MAC Dainty….I hope they don’t feel sad about not making my top 5 on this occasion.
EDIT: CRAP! I forgot about Tarte’s Natural Beauty. Okay, that needs to be featured somewhere. It’s amazing. Buy it – you will love it.
What blushes are on your wish list?
It has to be the Charlotte Tilbury Beach Sticks. Now I know I said that I was more of a powder girl but the texture of this has to be tried to be believed. As I mentioned in my wish list post, I want them all.
A few more Tarte blushes also wouldn't go amiss :)
A few more Tarte blushes also wouldn't go amiss :)
I have to say that I quite enjoy these tag posts. I am not sure if you do mind but I like the whole rooting through my collection "thing" that occurs as a result. Maybe I should do an eyeshadow one next....I am sure I have plenty to say :)