Wednesday, 16 May 2018

The Best Cream and Liquid Blushes


I wear cream products year round, but I know that for most people, they are a 'summer only' product. So, with temperatures finally rising after this monstrous winter, I thought I would swatch and briefly review my collection of cream blushes. I'll discuss highlighters and bronzers in a separate post later this week. This is meant to be only an overview (it would be a novel-length post otherwise), but please let me know if you have any questions or would like a more in depth review of any particular products.

Blush Swatches: Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle in Lychee/Opal, Becca Watermelon/Moonstone, Becca Fig/Opal, Edward Bess All Over Seduction Paradise, Stila Petunia, Stila Lillium, Stila Peony, Le Metier de Beaute Tenne, Le Metier de Beaute Coral Nymph, Make Up For Ever HD Blush 210

Blush Swatches: Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle in Lychee/Opal, Becca Watermelon/Moonstone, Becca Fig/Opal, Edward Bess All Over Seduction Paradise, Stila Petunia, Stila Lillium, Stila Peony, Le Metier de Beaute Tenne, Le Metier de Beaute Coral Nymph, Make Up For Ever HD Blush 210

If you are looking for a shimmery blush that plays well with a bronzed look, check out the Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Soufflés. They may be discontinued, but if you find any in store, I would highly recommend them. I've got three shades, with the nude Fig/Opal being my favorite. The Edward Bess All Over Seduction in Paradise is incredibly underrated, like all Edward Bess products. If you want a shimmery blush that has less obvious shimmer/glitter in it than the Becca ones, look at Edward Bess.

An all-time classic are the Stila Convertible Colors, which I actually use exclusively on my cheeks. I have Petunia, Lillium, and Peony. These are incredibly creamy and very pigmented, but if applied with a stippling blush, they are fool proof. The only blush I have ever used up is the Le Métier de Beauté Crème Fresh Tint in Ginger Lily (which reminds me, I need to repurchase it...I swore I had, but I can't find it, in which case a new order is due...they are that good.) Because of my love for Ginger Lily, I also added Tenné and Coral Nymph to my collection. If you like a dewy finish, these are for you.

For a more matte finish, check out the Make Up For Ever HD Blushes. My favorite is 210, described as a cool pink. It looks intense when swatched, but it is actually quite easy to sheer out.

Blush Swatches: By Terry Cellularose Blush Glace - Rose Melba, Glossier Cloud Paint Beam, Glossier Cloud Paint Puff, Daniel Sandler Watercolor Blush Cherub, Kjaer Weis Cream Blush Embrace, Kjaer Weis Cream Blush Sun Touched, Josie Maran Watercolor Cheek Gelee Honeymoon Honey, Josie Maran Pink Escape, Kevyn Aucoin The Creamy Glow Duo Nuelle Bloodroses, Danessa Myricks Creme Brule, Bobbi Brown Desert Rose, Illamasqua Zygomatic

Blush Swatches: By Terry Cellularose Blush Glace - Rose Melba, Glossier Cloud Paint Beam, Glossier Cloud Paint Puff, Daniel Sandler Watercolor Blush Cherub, Kjaer Weis Cream Blush Embrace, Kjaer Weis Cream Blush Sun Touched, Josie Maran Watercolor Cheek Gelee Honeymoon Honey, Josie Maran Pink Escape, Kevyn Aucoin The Creamy Glow Duo Nuelle Bloodroses, Danessa Myricks Creme Brule, Bobbi Brown Desert Rose, Illamasqua Zygomatic

The By Terry Cellularose Blush Glacés were quite popular, among the niche beauty community, when they were released a few years ago, but I've not heard anyone talk about them in a while. Rose Melba, pictured here, swatches very neon, but applies as a natural pink. I really love the unique texture of this blush.

The Glossier Cloud Paints have single-handedly introduced legions of beauty enthusiasts to liquid blushes. I don't think they are the best formula, but I like that Glossier has encouraged mixing shades to create your own unique color. Once you are comfortable with the formula of the Cloud Paints, you need to try at least one of the Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blushes—my favorite is Cherub. They are much thinner than any of the other formulas here, but they are so beautiful on the skin—luminous and radiant without being shimmery at all. I don't know what sorcery Daniel Sandler uses, but I assure you that you will love it.

For green beauty enthusiasts and normal consumers alike, the Kjaer Weis Cream Blushes, shown here in Embrace and Sun Touched, are an excellent choice. The color selection is great and they all melt beautifully into the skin for a natural flush.

The Josie Maran Watercolor Cheek Gelées are no longer available on Sephora.com in the US, but it is worth hunting them down if you can. I have Honeymoon Honey and Pink Paradise, both of which give a sheer but incredibly long-lasting tint to the cheek. Kevyn Aucoin The Creamy Glow Duo offers two shades of blush for the price of one (in this case, a nude shade Nuelle, and a deep rose, Bloodroses). Worn separately or together, these are beautiful.

If you are looking to support a Black-Owned Makeup Brand (BOMB) or you just love long-wearing, intensely pigmented blushes, Danessa Myricks ColorFix would be right up your street. This shade, Crème Brule (the misspelling of this kills me), can be worn in a multitude of ways, but my favorite is on the cheeks. You need only the tiniest, tiniest amount and this tube will last you forever. Last year, Bobbi Brown's renaissance included launching Cheek Glow Palettes, which featured both a pot rouge blush and highlighter shade. I picked up the palette with the shade Desert Rose, which has been one of my go-to colors ever since (it works excellently applied with just the fingers).

Rounding out the collection is Illamasqua Zygomatic. Once sold at Sephora, this British brand is now harder to come by. But with reasonable prices and a great range of products, I would still highly recommend the brand. Zygomatic is a gorgeous nude shade that is versatile enough to work with almost any look.

Overall, if forced to choose, my favorite cream formula would be the Le Métier de Beauté and my favorite liquid would be the Daniel Sandler. But all of these products are really worth looking into, depending on what finish or shade you are looking for.


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