I've fallen in love with blush lately. For years, it was an afterthought—I focused on skin and eyes, then popped something super subtle, like MAC Tenderling, on the apples of my cheeks to avoid looking like a corpse. Perfectly fine, but a little dull—am I right?
It all changed around the holidays last year. Fair-skinned beauty bloggers started singing the praises of NARS Coeur Battant Blush, which was part of the Guy Bourdin collection that came out in the fall of 2013. Honestly, when I saw it advertised at first, I didn't give it a second thought. It was the craziest pink blush I'd ever seen. Surely it would make me look like a clown! Not for me. Nope. But then fair lovelies including Kate over at gh0stparties and Jessica over at Beautezine both said they LOVED this blush. Something clicked. I HAD to try it. "If they can, I can!" I thought. And I tracked down the second-to-last one at the NARS counter in Vancouver.
You know what? I fell in love. Suddenly I needed more, more, more options for creating a healthy flush on my cheeks—it was like an instant dash of pretty. I wasn't scared of pink cheeks anymore—I figured if I could pull off the crazy magenta, I could pull off anything. The secret was in the application and blending.
And so, my friends, that's how my blush collection ballooned this spring. I'd like to share my favourites with you:
1) Lise Watier's Imagine Blush. This incredible mosaic blush is a gorgeous blend of peaches and pinks. Muddying the design with your brush or finger hurts a little, but I promise it's worth it! Have a look at my full review for details. This one is limited edition (sorry!), but you should still be able to find it in stores such as London Drugs as well as online at Sears.
2) NARS Coeur Battant Blush. This LE blush will be very hard to find—but how could I skip the blush that started it all? It looks scary in the pan, but I dot it on my cheeks with a small stippling brush by Sonia Kashuk, then blend, blend, blend with my Real Techniques blush brush. The result is so pretty and flattering, and, of course, the quality is amazing. It lasts the day, no problem. If you must have one, try eBay; I saw a few when I checked this evening. If you're not an eBay fan, let this be your inspiration to try a big bold, beautiful blush colour. My lovelies, I'm an NW20 and I can wear this. If I can, you can.
3) Illamasqua Cream Blush in Laid. This was my first introduction to cream blush, and I fell hard. The colour is stunningly beautiful, and the finish is incredibly natural without being too dewy or at all tacky. It dries down to a powder-like finish, and my lovelies, it lasts ALL DAY. It also packs a pretty crazy pigment wallop, just like Illamasqua's other products, so you'll want to apply this one in stages. I suggest dabbing a bit on with fingers or a stippling brush, then blending with a clean brush (or clean fingers). A bit more work than powder, but worth it. As a bonus, you can also wear this colour on the lips!
4) Make Up For Ever Cream Blush in 210. This blush is the perfect warm pink, and it applies, blends and wears like a dream. Unlike Illamasqua's cream blush, MUFE HD blush is buildable—it's easy to start sheer and work your way up. Have a look at my full review for details.
5) Clinique Cheek Pop Blushes in Berry Pop and Plum Pop. These beauties were so amazing I couldn't stop at one colour. I started with Plum Pop, but I couldn't rest until I added Berry Pop to my arsenal. Plum Pop is a lighter, candy-pink, and Berry Pop is darker and brighter with a slight amount of warmth. But the texture, my lovelies…the texture. I've never seen or touched anything like this blush. It almost literally melts into the skin—just like a cream—but it's powder. It has the subtlest bit of sheen, it looks incredibly natural, and it's very buildable. If you're going to add one blush to your collection this month, it should be one of these. I swatched these at the same time I swatched the new Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes, and honestly, Cheek Pop put Ambient Lighting Blush to shame. I wanted to love Hourglass' blush as much as I loved their powder, but I just couldn't—Cheek Pop was everything Ambient Lighting Blush wasn't. Cheek Pop was luminous and silky while Ambient Lighting Blush was flat and powery-looking. Boo. Bottom line: You've got to try this stuff.
Have you tried any of these? What do you think? Do you have any spring blush favourites? Let me know in the comments.
Disclosure: Most of these products were purchased by Eyeshadow Addict. MUFE 210 was provided by PR for my consideration.