Wednesday, 14 January 2015

My Top 5 Blushers | Review and Swatches

 


Ooooo, I do love me a good blusher. I never feel like my make up is quite finished until I have applied some, like putting icing on a cake! I always feel like you can have the smoothest base with the most flawless of foundations, and killer cheek bones and warm glow with a great bronzer, but a little flush of blush provides a little pop of colour on your cheeks that provides a healthy glow and really finishes of the look. Since I am such a huge fan of a little pot or two of blusher, I thought it only right to write a post of my current top five blush products.
 
 
Benefit's Hervana | The Every Day One | Link
 
Hervana is my staple, go to blusher. I have been using it for about two years now and have only just opened my second one! If you often read my blog then you will know that I am a huge fan of Benefit cosmetics and that quite a few of my make up must-haves are Benefit products. I just think that they are such high quality and so long lasting that although it is a bit of a blow to the purse-strings when you initially fork out for it, it is a definite long-term investment. Hervana is a great blusher which is highly suited to my skin tone. The pale pinks, lavender purples and highlighter-type pink-y hues which swirled together with a blusher brush provide a very natural soft pink flush on the skin. It gives defined colour to the cheeks without a shocking army-type camouflage stripe. There is a brush provided within the gorgeous little box that the blusher is packaged in, but I opt for a fuller blusher brush for less precise application to provide a more natural blend.

 
No.7 Cream Blush in Mango Sorbet | The Summer One | Link
 
I usually opt for a powder blush as I find that they blend better into the rest of my make up and it so much easier to build up without going too ott. However, I picked up this little number in about July/August time for a summery alternative to my usually pink blush. This is a really nice peachy coral colour which works really well with a slightly more tanned look. Because of the design of the product being shaped much like a glue stick, it is really easy to achieve precise application. It is quite pigmented so you only need a very gentle sweep over the cheeks which can then be blended out using a blusher brush. Alternatively I have found that using a blusher brush to work the product on to the cheeks, rather than applying the product directly on to your skin, works really well for a completely natural flush of colour. The downside to this type of application is that it is quite time consuming so I usually save this method when I have slightly longer to get ready.

 
Top Shop Cream Blush in Head Over Heels | The Tanned Skin One | Link

I haven't used this blusher too much as I bought it in November intending it to be a summer cream blush and I can tell it will be a huge favourite. It is such a lovely colour which looks quite striking in its case but when applied on to the skin it is quite a soft rose-y shade. It is extremely light on the skin, not claggy like a lot of other cream blushers I have used, and it is so easy to blend in to my other make up. I prefer to apply this  product with a foundation bush as opposed to a blusher brush as I find it blends and goes on to the skin much smoother. I intend to save this until my skin is slightly more tanned in the summer months. I have written about it in a previous post if you wanted to read more about it here.

 
Benefit's Bella Bamba | The Night Time One | Link

Bella Bamba I am afraid to say is a product that is now discontinued. You will struggle to find it in store and I believe they are still selling it online but once it has gone, it really has gone. I was lucky enough to be given one while I was working for Benefit last year, although I do have a bit of a love hate relationship with it. It is a wonderful deep girly pink shade which is highly pigmented. The problem I find is that it is very easy to apply too much, and not so easy to then remove. So, after much trial and error I have learnt the right amount to apply for me and my skin tone. I usually save this blusher for nights out because it has quite a high shimmer content. I really enjoy having a natural look to my make up, even more so during the day, which is why I stick to my trusty Hervana. On nights out however, there is a little leeway for a more glitzy look and so the shimmer and boldness of Bella Bamba looks right at home.

 
Sleek Bronze Block in Light | The I Haven't Got Much Time One | Link
 
I really love this bronze block, and although I know it says 'bronze' in the title, I do actually use it as more of an 'one I can use all over' type of product, including as a blusher. It has four different shades that when swirled together make a beautiful soft pink-y brown. I find that on days when I am at work or don't have too much time to apply my make up, or I am not putting on a full face, just a small amount of BB cream and mascara, then this is my go to product. Like I said, I adore the colour that is created when all of the shades are mixed together, which acts as a great all rounder to give a bit of colour to my face if I dust it lightly over my cheeks, forehead, nose and chin area. What I also like though is that you can use the colours separately so it is great for on the go to pop in your bag, it also has a little mirror, what more could you want from a cheek pallet! I have already written a full review here, if you would like to read some more about it.
 
 
 
Swatches From Left to Right
 
Benefit's Hervana, Benefit's Bella Bamba, Sleek Bronze Block, No.7 Cream Blush, Topshop Cream Blush
 
 
What are your favourite blush products to use?
 
Maddy
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