Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Perfect Summer Blushes

If you've ever gone makeup shopping with me, you would know that I have a slight obsession with blushes. And when I say slight, I mean BIG. I know a lot of people don't wear blush because they think that they will end up looking like a clown, but if you think about it, your cheeks take up way more space on your face then your eyes, so why wouldn't you enhance them? If you still don't agree with me, I'll give you some less "garish" options to help you on your journey into the wonderful world of blush. I give you the cream blush. Cream blushes are great for summer, as they don't cake up and sweat off your face. If you live in an area that's humid like I do, these will be your savior once the dog days of summer roll around. Along with staying put in the summer heat, they look more natural than a powder blush because they have a dewy finish that seems to become a part of your skin once you blend it in. I will be showing you some options you have (or rather what I have) and giving you my opinions on them. I'll try not to bore you with a paragraph for each product, but if you would like a separate review please leave a request in the comments. Enjoy! :)
I give you the stila convertible colors. These can be worn on the lips and cheeks but I tend to wear them mainly on my cheeks because... well, actually, I don't know why. They come in a variety of shades for different shades for different skin tones and are extremely creamy and pigmented. If you want your cheeks to be the center of attention, I would go for these.
The shades I have are petunia, camellia, and orchid. Petunia is a bright peachy pink that will brighten up any skin tone. This shade looks good year round, and is a shade that most people tend to be attracted to because it is so darn pretty. Camellia is a warm toned tan shade, and no, despite what you might think, it is not ugly! I actually use this one quite a bit. In fact, I just so happened to hit pan on it today, which is very rare thing to see coming from me, especially when it comes to blushes! Lastly, I have the shade orchid. Now this is not I shade I would typically wear, especially for summer. But when fall and winter roll around, it gives you the kind of color that makes you look as if you've been playing in the snow all day. For dark skin tones this is the perfect color, and with minimal blending it can look perfectly natural. However, this was a limited edition shade, but if you do some searching on the web I'm sure it'll pop up somewhere.
     Next, I have the NYC blushable cream sticks in Plaza Pink and Big Apple Blush. Yes, the names are pretty lame but the product is actually really, really, really, good. Not only do these cost only a few dollars, but they come with alot of product (8 grams to be exact) and are very pigmented. These may not be as creamy as the stila convertible colors, but I honestly don't care, because these blushes blend very easily and glide on very nicely. Plus, if these were super creamy, they would break right off their sticks and you would be left with a huge mess to clean up. We all know how fun cleaning up makeup is....
Here lay the swatches of the pwetty blushes. For some reason my camera was being a meaniehead (a very mature thing to say, I am aware) and didn't want them to show up as pretty as they are in person. So all in all, if you want a nice cream blush on a budget, get these. Or else.... 
     Next in my cream blush line up were these two beauties. The blush on the right is the revlon cream blush in Rosy Glow. This is a very creamy blush (never would've guessed, considering that's what it's supposed to be) and is nicely pigmented. When I say nicely, I mean it's not really sheer and it's not so pigmented that some people might have trouble blending it. The same goes for the next blush, which is the maybelline dream mousse in peach satin. It is another color that is perfect for beginners, because it is a very natural and flattering color and doesn't require a lot of blending.

Again, the camera didn't do these two any justice, so I'm beginning to think it has something against drugstore brands. If you can't make it out from the picture, the revlon blush which is on the right is a soft rosy color and the maybelline blush is a light peachy pink with shimmer.

     Lastly, we have the nars cream blush in penny lane and the mac cremeblend blush in something special. The Nars is a very light peach color, and has a very different texture than most cream blushes. It's not quite as creamy, but isn't hard to blend or dry in any way. I really like this blush, although it is very light. I would gladly try out different colors. The MAC blush is a bit of a brighter peach, but still is on the lighter side. This has a nice creamy formula, and seems to be pretty standard as far as cream blushes are concerned. The pigmentation and blendability are very good, and this is a very natural looking blush for me.
The swatches for these two are looking a little brown, but it gives you a good idea of how different the colors actually are. Penny lane is on the left and something special is on the right.

I hope you found this post helpful and interesting, considering I spent about two hours in total taking pictures, writing, getting my writing deleted, and writing some more. I am very sorry that a majority of my descriptions for colors were "peachy pink", but I guess that's just the way the cookie crumbles. Speaking of cookies, my mom is making a marble cake right as we speak, or in this case, type. So... I guess I will leave you now to stare at the blushes and lust over them, as well as the cake that I am getting ready to eat. I hope you all are doing well and have a wonderful day.

xoxo- Olivia the Makeup Pig

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