Monday, 20 May 2013

Cream Blushers

For some reason, when I first started wearing blusher, I immediately gravitated towards a creamy texture as opposed to a powder texture. It is a little trickier to work with but when applied correctly it gives a more natural, fresh and youthful look.

I would like to try more powder formulations however and currently have my eye on a couple of Nars blushers, but in the meantime here is the run down of my top three cream blushers at the moment...

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Pale Pink

When I recently received a Debenhams gift voucher I knew immediately that this would be my first purchase. I have always loved the idea of these pot rouges and that they can be used on cheeks and lips. They are a perfect addition to your handbag to transform your look in a matter of minutes.

Unfortunately I couldn't find a Debenhams with a Bobbi Brown counter anywhere near me and I really wanted to swatch the colours, so instead I had to wait for my next day trip to London and swatched away at the John Lewis in Westfield Stratford. My favourites were Pale Pink and Fresh Melon and so I ordered Pale Pink as soon as I got home.

A perfect creamy texture, the blush blends on to the skin beautifully and the bright pink shade gives such a youthful pink glow and it actually looks pretty good on the lips too, which, when worn together, creates a perfectly colour co-ordinated look. I love a bit of matchy-matchy!

They are very pigmented so you do have to start with a small amount and build it up to avoid over-doing it and I usually apply it with either my finger or the Real Techniques Stippling Brush. This blusher always makes me feel girly and youthful, definitely a winner.

Stila Convertible Colour in Lilium

On the same trip to London I found a Stila counter in the Westfield Boots store. A very welcome surprise as again there just don't seem to be any Stila counters nearby.

I have read/watched a few blog posts/videos about the Stila Convertible Colours, particularly shades Gerbera and Gladiola. Gladiola was a bit too orange for my pink complexion and they didn't seem to stock Gerbera but the shade Lilium took my fancy and I must say it was love at first swatch. I cannot tell you how much I love this blusher. I have had it for about 3 weeks now and I still get excited about using it everyday. Don't you just love it when you get a new product and you can't wait to do your makeup again to try it out?

The Stila Convertible Colours aren't as pigmented as the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouges and they are more of a sheer tint. When you swatch it it does seem quite sticky but it blends so well on the cheeks and the stickiness sort of adds to the dewy fresh look, ideal for us drier skin gals! Lilium is a lovely pinky-peach colour which looks a bit pinkier on the cheek than in the pan. The only disappointment is that it is a bit too pale on the lips for me.

I actually have to stop myself from using this everyday to stop my other blushers from feeling left out. Oh dear I think I may have to get another colour...or two....or maybe a Convertible Colour Trio...

No.7 Natural Cream Blush in Romantic - The Budget Buy

This was my first cream blusher and I do still love it. I think I am pretty close to hitting pan because I have used it so much. Since it is only £8 this is my budget pick and I will definitely be re-purchasing when it runs out.

The shade Romantic is a lovely warm pale pink which gives such a natural flush to the cheeks. The texture is a bit different from the Pot Rouge and Convertible Colour and feels almost like a mousse formula when applied with your fingers which makes it soft and blendable. It's quite difficult to over-do this one which makes it perfect for cream blusher newbies.

What cream blushers do you use? Any recommendations welcome!

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  1. somehow i'm a little scared of cream blushes and always use powdery ones because i feel like i might over do it. but the colors are soooo pretty.

  2. Yeah I was a bit at first too but practice makes perfect and the stippling brush helps a lot too! haha

    Nicki x


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