Since I had my colour-draping back in June, I’ve been looking to replace my not-quite-right golden coral blushes with something a little cooler and pinker. For a long time, I never wore blusher at all, fearing I’d look like a clown, or Aunt Sally or something, but I realise these days that my makeup simply isn’t complete without blusher, and finding the right shade is deeply important. I’ve been building up this tiny blusher wardrobe for the last few months, and here are my current favourites:
Clockwise from bottom left, we have:
Cargo – Bali
Art Deco – Blush Couture
Illamasqua Velvet Blusher – Peaked
Smashbox Halo Longwear Blush – In Bloom
Laura Geller Blush’n’Brighten – Ethereal Rose/Sateen Subtle Berry
All are pinks or plums of varying intensities, except Smashbox In Bloom, which is a rather pinked coral, which is probably the brightest shade here. Swatches:
Swatched in the same order, you can see Cargo Bali has a slight hint of blue microshimmer, giving the pinkish coral a cooler overtone. Art Deco Blush Couture is a lovely soft plum with a smooth satin finish. Illamasqua Peaked (in the centre) is a very cool raspberry purple, which is a glorious shade, but I find it rather hard to apply naturalistically, it definitely needs a duo-fibre brush and an extremely light hand. Smashbox In Bloom is a pretty pink-coral that is great with an extremely natural look for lightening and brightening my face. I love it. And then there is the Laura Geller Ethereal Rose, which is the one I’ve had the most use out of recently. It’s probably the most subtle of the five here, but it still gives a great subtle glow, and a fabulous highlight effect.
Here’s how they photograph with a flash:
As you can see, only Peaked and In Bloom have a matte finish.
What’s your favourite blusher at the moment?
The Fine Print: Mixture of PR Samples and purchases.