Friday, 18 July 2014

Natural Flush: By Terry Cheek to Cheek

By Terry Cheek to Cheek Water Color Blush is one of the most unique* products I've come across. It launched earlier this year but, as with most By Terry products, it seems that only those already 'in the know' have heard of it. I could only find approximately 1.5 reviews on this, but I decided to order it from Space NK anyways!

*I've ordered one of the Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blushes, so I'm very interested in doing a comparison between the two once it arrives!

At present, the Cheek to Cheek only comes in one shade: a gorgeous cherry with the most refined pink shimmer throughout. The consistency is described as 'syrup' but to me it was runnier than I would expect a syrup to be. If you let the product settle, the pink shimmer particles will sink to the bottom and you can use the pipette to extract just the liquid sans shimmer. But the pink shimmer is in no way visible on the face. I think it just adds to the overall radiance and glow of this blush, so I like to use it after a very robust shake to mix the product sufficiently.

As I mentioned, this product is dispensed with the help of a pipette (pictured below). It is a bit tricky to work with because it is so runny. I've been dispensing just a tiny bit of product onto the back of my hand, and then applying to my face from there. The first time I applied the Cheek to Cheek, I used my fingers. I ultimately wouldn't recommend a finger application (it seemed to smudge around my foundation and didn't apply very evenly). But when using a stippling brush to transfer the product from the back of my hand to my cheeks, I've been very pleased!

If you are looking for a product to give a natural flush to your cheeks, this. is. it. It blends in to the skin seemlessly, but doesn't seem to sink into pores or highlight imperfections. It has good pigmentation, but is ultimately sheer, allowing your skin to show through. I think this is why the Cheek to Cheek is ultimately one of the most 'natural looking' blushes I have ever encountered. Right now, while it is hot and humid outside, this fits into my beauty routine perfectly. Its lightweight formula and natural look are perfect for summertime 'no-makeup makeup' looks. But I feel this would transition into winter just as easily, as it gives the look of just having gotten in from the cold. 

This shows you the runny consistency of Cheek to Cheek
My ultimate verdict on the By Terry Cheek to Cheek is that I like it, but I don't love it. It seems like the sophisticated older sister of the Benefit Benetint, but I don't know that it warrants its $48 price tag. I kind of wish that I had ordered another of the By Terry Cellularose Blush Glacés instead, but I was feeling adventurous and wanted to try something new. I'm happy enough to hold onto this blush, though, and I am sure that I will keep using it but don't feel like it is a must have!

Have you tried any products by By Terry? What do you think of the concept of watercolor blushes?

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