Somehow over the last few months I’ve managed to accumulate an absurd amount of blushes. Despite already decluttering my makeup I somehow still have 37 blushes (not including palettes), it’s kind of ridiculous – I know, but makeup is my vice and you could say I’m somewhat addicted! In order to make this readable and not 34768 paragraphs, I did the infamous blush tag! Grab a snack, sit back and read about something as simple, thoughtless & pretty as blush!
::: THE BLUSH TAG :::
::: Favorite Blush Brand ::: Clinique! I could write an entire blog post on these Cheek Pop Blushes, they’re amazing! Even though I have way too many blushes as it is, I reach for these constantly and LOVE every single color I’ve tried. The bright cool toned purple color looks intimidating in the pan but is way more subtle and stunning once applied to the skin. A+ on this formula and color selection. • Pictured: Heather Pop, Pansy Pop & Nude Pop.
::: Most Expensive ::: Marc Jacobs Air Blush, it’s a splurge, but one you won’t regret. The two shades are so pretty on their own, or even better when swirled together. • Pictured: Kink & Kisses.
::: Least Expensive ::: Flower Beauty Flower Pots Powder Blush. These are less than $10 and are a close second to the Clinique blushes. I love, love, love this formula. They’re so easy to blend & build and are fabulously pigmented. If you’re in the market for a great blush that’s affordable, this is it! • Pictured: Peach Primrose, Sweet Pea, Warm Hibiscus & Wild Rose.
::: Best Packaging ::: Urban Decay Afterglow 8 Hour Blushes for sure take the cake on this one. The packaging is so edgy and practical and the colors are far less intimidating that what they appear like in the pans, that even goes for the brighter/bolder colors. • Pictured: Score & X-Rated
::: Prettiest Colors ::: Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colors. I have the hardest time when choosing between my favorite shades in this collection. Every single color is so flattering and wearable for even the pickiest of blush users. I own five and love and use every single one regularly and highly recommend these to anyone who’s not sure where to start when it comes to blush. • Pictured: Fresh Ginger, Sweet Mandarin, Heather Pink, Rose Bloom & Rose Petal.
::: Least Talked About ::: Motives Pressed Blush. I actually heard about these on YouTube a while ago, but hear very little about them throughout the beauty community. They have a HUGE range of everyday, wearable colors in both matte & pearl and contain something for every skin tone and type. These are really good blushes and deserve more recognition! • Pictured: Naughty, Peach Beige, Dreamsicle, Peach Twist, Pinch Me, Lotus, Bella & Flushed.
::: Most Pigmented ::: Bliss Light the Glow Powder Blush in Berry Parfait. Whether it’s because this is the darkest blush I own or the formula is just intensely pigmented, this blush is sure to make a statement. The color packs a huge punch and the tiniest amount is needed to be noticed. I also love the pigmentation of the IT Cosmetics CC+ Ombre Radiance Blush in Je Ne Sais Quoi. This color is so flattering and the ombre affect makes it so easy to build up depending on the intensity you’re looking to achieve.
::: Everyday / Number # 1 Most Used ::: The Cargo Cosmetics Powder Blushes are the oldest in my collection and the color Tonga is still my absolute favorite, everyday, most used blush. Applying it is effortless and completes even the most basic of makeup looks. I will never go without this! • Pictured: Tonga, The Big Easy & Rome.
::: Least Used ::: Pixi Beauty Glow-y Powder in Rome Rose. Is it a blush, is it a highlighter? I’m not really sure but either way, this accentuated every single pore & imperfection on my complexion no matter which way I used it. I do like the Estee Edit blush in Coy Coral, but just don’t reach for it nearly as much as I did when I first got it.
::: Most Portable / Travel Friendly ::: Definitely Stowaway Cosmetics Powder Blush. Their whole makeup collection is centered around travel-friendly, “right-sized” products. Their concept is practical, and they follow the much stricter european beauty standards. • Pictured: Rose, Peach & Fawn.
::: Favorite Cream Blush ::: I’m not a huge cream blush fan, so I decluttered all but the two that I like, the Honest Beauty Creme Blush in Truly Exciting is my favorite of the two, but I also enjoy the Le Metier de Beaute Creme Fresh Tint in Coral Nymph. Despite having combination/oily skin and hating cream face products, these both work for me. Can you tell I love peach toned blushes?!
::: Biggest Disappointment ::: Paul & Joe Beaute Cheek Color Compact. The packaging, the design.. these look so beautiful (and promising) in the pans and even apply nicely, yet last for like an hour on my skin. They’re a really soft powder, but everytime I wear them, the color fades away way too quickly! • Pictured: Shades 02 & 03.
FYI ** As always, my reviews are not paid and are based on my own opinion, personal use and results.