I've been developing a love affair with cream blushes. As I mentioned in my previous post, I've always gravitated to matte finishes. I've also only ever worn subtle powder blushes. I didn't "get" cream blush. But curiosity finally persuaded me to wade into cream territory: What was the hype? What was it "for"? Would it feel greasy and sticky all day? Could I pull off a dewy cheek—would it help balance my matte look, perhaps?
Not long ago, I found myself at the Illamasqua counter having read that their cream blushes were IT, and with the help of a MUA, I tried Laid, a rich, vibrant blue-pink—one of my first ventures into bold-blush territory. My beauties, in addition to lasting all day and NOT being greasy or sticky, the stuff looked AWESOME. I'd never really appreciated how much a good, healthy flush (as opposed to the faintest sweep of colour, the norm for me) could change my look. I was hooked.
The problem (if you can call it a problem) is that Illamasqua cream blush is probably the most pigmented product I've tried. Ever. It's gorgeous—but you need to apply it carefully and sparingly, with a very light hand. Even then, I often need to tap a little tinted power on top to tone it down a bit. This makes Laid a no-go in the mornings before work. When I've got 10 minutes to make myself presentable, no way am I messing with a product that requires so much TLC. I need something quick, pretty, and foolproof.
I know it's taken me a while to get here, but bear with me, friends: Enter Make Up For Ever HD Blush. The stuff is glorious. Here's why:
- It has all the creamy, natural-looking loveliness of Illamasqua cream blush, but with (almost) the ease and safety of a powder blush.
- It's pigmented, but not so pigmented I'll look like a clown if I'm not careful.
- It lasts all day with negligible fading. I did a day of power-shopping and manicures with some girlfriends a couple of weeks ago—in the rain—and blush looked as good at the end of the day as it did at the beginning. I've never experienced this with a powder blush.
- For me, it's a perfect way to balance out the matte finish of the rest of my face. I can't quite go for dewy foundation—I'm too afraid I'll look greasy. But almost-dewy cheeks? Those I can do.
- It sets to either a powder-like or dewy finish, depending on how and how much I apply. A light touch will lead to a satin finish. A slightly heavier touch, applied over powder, will lead to a dewier finish.
- Speaking of over powder, Make Up For Ever HD Blush works either under or over it. Cool, right? I was concerned applying it over powder would make it all cakey and weird, but nope! And if I want to set it for super lasting power or I want my matte finish, all I need to do is apply a setting powder on top (so instead of foundation, powder, then blush, I apply foundation, blush, ad then powder).
- I can apply it either with a brush or my fingers, depending on my mood.
- Finally: It's preeeeetty. I love pink, and the colour I received to review, #210 (the lightest one available), is a lovely, warmish pink with a very subtle coral tone. Note that the MUFE website calls #210 cool pink, but it looks slightly warm to me—at least on my fair, cool-toned skin (I'm an NW20).
Enough of the raving. Time for a look:
The verdict: Love this stuff. You should try it.
Rating: Four stars out of five. My only complaint thus far is the price. $31 Canadian for 2.8 grams of product is a little pricey, in my view (Illamasqua cream blush is $26 for 4 grams of product).
Available: Sephora stores and Sephora.ca (again, $31 for 2.8 grams of product).
Have you tried MUFE's new HD Blush? What about other cream blushes? Do you like them?
Disclosure: This product was provided by MUFE for my consideration. This post contains affiliate links.