Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A Big 'Ol Blush Post'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.

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!


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

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

  3. May I ask,what is the lipstick(s) you are wearing in this post? just beautiful on you!

    1. Thank you! In the pics for the cooler-toned blushes (including the last one for the La Femme Mocha blush), I'm wearing a combo of the Jordana Twist 'n Shine Balm Stain in Cranberry Crush topped with Cover Girl's Lip Perfection in Dazzle plus Lancome's Automatic lip liner in Berry. For the warmer-toned blush pics (like the Tarte Blissful pic), I used the Jordana Twist 'n Shine Balm Stain in Candied Coral (loving these!) topped with Revlon's Colorburst lip gloss in Papaya plus NYX's Retractable Lipliner in Nectar.