Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A Big 'Ol Blush Post

Brrrrrr...it's cold here in Atlanta, and yesterday and today's snow and ice have brought me a couple of days off from school.  So, I thought I'd pick up with my makeup collection series and share some of my favorite blushes with you today.  While most of the products in my makeup stash are a mixture of low-end and high-end brands, blush is one category where I have always gravitated towards high-end formulas.  Dense pigmentation and a smooth texture are key to having that perfect, flushed look that lasts all day, and I just have yet to find any drugstore bluses that can hold up as well as my more expensive ones can. (but I would love for you to post your drugstore recommendations, too!)

Let's start with one of my favorite brands for blush, Benefit Cosmetics.  I have owned just about every single one of their boxed powders in my makeup-hoarding life, and I have NEVER met a Benefit blush that I didn't love. Here are the three in my current rotation:







Of these three Benefit blushes, I have used and loved Coralista the longest (it is in their older packaging, which contained more product than their newer boxed blushes contain), and I absolutely love this blush's soft, peachy glow and delicate floral scent.
Bella Bamba is a beautiful watermelon pink that has also gotten lots of love and attention from me, but its fate in my makeup collection was doomed after I took the pictures for this post because it 1) left me horrified when I saw how much it emphasized my pores in the following photo and 2) fell apart into pieces when I tried to de-pot it to put it in my new Z-Palette that I bought for my blushes.  RIP Bella Bamba...

My new Benefit love, however, is Rockateur, which is a perfect, neutral blush that is not as shimmery as it looks once applied.  It is neither warm nor cool on me, yet it simply gives a nice, healthy flush and is good for days when I'm not really wanting a pop of pink, plum, coral, or peach on my cheeks.
Another brand that I have fallen in love with over the past couple of years is Tarte, and their Amazonian Clay Blushes are the products that first won me over.  I currently have two, Dollface and Blissful, and they are both smooth, long-wearing, and shimmer-free.





While Dollface is a gorgeous, cool-toned pink that works perfectly with berry or fuschia lips...
 Blissful is a smooth, bright coral that goes well with red and coral lips.

I have also recently found my perfect highlighter, Kevyn Aucoin's The Celestial Powder in Candlelight.  I usually only wear highlighter for special occasions, but this finely-milled, soft powder is perfect for creating a beautiful glow on the cheekbones, the bridge of the nose, and the cupid's bow without making me look like a total disco ball.  





Another fabulously pigmented and long-wearing brand of blushes is NARS.  However, while the rest of the makeup world is smitten with its famous "Orgasm" blush, I have loved and worn Orgasm's equally-naughtily-named sister, Deep Throat, for years.  I find Orgasm to be just too much of a shimmer-bomb on my fair skin, while Deep Throat's pinker and less-shimmery finish works so much better for me.   Here are the two side-by-side:



Orgasm is a gorgeous color for those who can pull it off, but I prefer Deep Throat's more subtle glow and pinker undertone.
Next up, we have a newly-discovered brand for me - TheBalm Cosmetics.  I recently received their Hot Mama Blush in a swap. It is actually a lot like NARS Orgasm, but with a bit less shimmer.  And, the packaging is fabulous!



Speaking of to-die-for packaging, I am totally smitten with this limited edition MAC For Antonio Lopez Face Palette in Pink that I bought back in the fall:




I absolutely love the warm glow that the Peaceful Beauty Powder gives my wintery-pale face, and the Pure Femininity blush is a gorgeous, blue-toned pink.  (the Belightful Iridescent powder, though, is a chunky, glittery nightmare)  I will have to search for dupes for both of these soon, however, as this palette was a limited-edition item.  Sigh...boo...hiss...

Lastly, let me present to you the one blush in my collection that has 1) the cheapest price ($2.79!), 2) the most boring packaging (comes in a magnetized pan ready for my Z-Palette), and 3) the most WICKEDLY AWESOME pigmentation of every blush I own - La Femme's Powder Blush in Mocha:






HELLO, rosy cheeks!!  I definitely have to use a light hand and do lots of blending with this blush, but it has the most excellent color payoff of any blush I have ever owned.  I am definitely going to be purchasing more from this line!  La Femme blushes can be bought at Camera Ready Cosmetics, and they come in a HUGE range of colors.  

What are you favorite blushes?  

Thank you for reading, and stay warm and safe if you are experiencing snow and ice!





2 comments:

  1. so many of my faves are on here! i'd add milani blush in luminoso!

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  2. Just gorgeous! The Celestial Powder blush is on my hitlist!!

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