Friday, 28 August 2015

Loving & Loathing - Week 64 - Blusher Special!

Here's a special edition that I haven't covered before, FaB Girls, and therefore I thought it's high time we had a chat about blusher! Depending on the shade you choose, you can alter the entire tone of your makeup look, and you can find blush in any shade you fancy. May I present some of my current favourite blushers, and I think you'll appreciate the three different formula types! Naturally, there's also one to avoid, so get yourself a cuppa and enjoy!



L-R: MeMeMe Cheek & Lip Tint, Illamasqua Powder Blush, Bourjois Little Round Pot, e.l.f Blush.


Loving

MeMeMe's Cherub's Blush
L-R= swatched, blended.
MeMeMe Cherub's Blush Lip & Cheek Tint, RRP £5.50 (Buy): To my knowledge, Benefit might not have been the first to manufacture dual-use tints, but certainly their Benetint range is currently the most popular on the market. Whilst I don't own the original, I do own Posietint (which I love, and you can read the review of here) and while the longevity of MeMeMe's version isn't quite as good, it's certainly very good value for money. With Benetint coming in at a whopping £24.50, you'd be completely forgiven for wanting to save nearly twenty quid and sacrifice just 0.5ml and buy Cherub's Blush instead. I never wear these tints on my lips as I don't like the way they feel, so this review is based on the cheeks only. You can see from the picture that just a little of this product goes a very long way, and you can of course add as much or as little as you want depending on complexion or desired effect - I personally tend to pop a couple of dots on my cheeks, blend out with my MAC Duo Fibre 130 brush, and then add a little extra if needed. If you want to give Benetint a go but don't fancy taking out a second mortgage then why not give MeMeMe's offering a go?

Top = Bourjois' Nude Velvet
Bottom = Illamasqua's Ambition
Illamasqua Powder Blush in Ambition, RRP £21.50 (Buy): This is one of the more expensive blushers in my collection, but I love the finish and silky-smooth application that you get from Illamasqua blushes. This shade is described by Illamasqua as a "neutral, (with) shimmer finish", but for me it comes out as a delicate, muted berry shade with just a hint of gold glitter - absolutely perfect for Autumn! Team this with a berry lip or chocolate-brown and gold eye shades to capture the spirit of turning leaves. A lovely colour, amazing formula, and a very welcome addition to my makeup collection.

Bourjois Little Round Pot Cream Blush in 01 Nude Velvet, RRP £7.99 (Buy): I do love a nice cream blush, as I find they tend to give a more natural finish. Enter this lovely shade from Bourjois, which isn't a brand I own a lot of, but will definitely contemplate buying some more of these blushers! It is super-creamy, incredibly easy to blend, and the shade is absolutely stunning; it is that perfect nude blusher which would look great on anyone and with any makeup look. This is one that should be a staple of everyone's makeup bags! I use the aforementioned MAC Duo Fibre 130 brush to blend out, as it's my preferred brush for cream products. It's another product where you don't need to use masses, so it'll last for ages. Even better is that, at the time of writing, the link above will take you to Superdrug.com, which has this on offer for just £5,99! Yay!


Loathing

e.l.f Blush in Tickled Pink, RRP £3.95: If you've been reading my blog for a while then you'll know that I really love e.l.f as a budget brand, but this is sadly a product that really fell short for me. It looks like a lovely shade, and as it's from the same range as the brilliant and pigmented Glow (which I reviewed here), I thought that the quality would be comparable. Unfortunately this wasn't the case. If you're porcelain-skinned then this may well work on you, but I found that this wouldn't even show any colour when swatched, let alone applied to cheeks. Even rubbing a finger over and over didn't yield much payoff, and forget me trying to photograph the swatch. Very, very disappointing.

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