Make Up For Ever HD Blush (Second Skin Cream Blush): Review and Photos (and an ode to cream blush)

Make Up For Ever HD Blush in 210.

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: 

Make Up For Ever HD Blush is an easy-to-apply cream blush.

Make Up For Ever HD Blush in 210.

Make Up For Ever HD Blush contains 2.8 grams of product. 

A size comparison of Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder (left) and HD Blush (right).

Make Up For Ever HD Blush in 210 swatched heavily on the left (two to three swipes) and blended on the right.

Make Up For Ever HD Blush in 210 applied to my cheeks (over HD Pressed Powder). 

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.