The Joys of Cream Blush
Cream blush is a beauty product that you either love or you're probably a little bit scared of. For years I was scared of it, I didn't know how to apply it properly, how it would stay on my skin and how it wouldn't disturb the make up underneath it. Last year I really got into cream blushes, I worked out to apply them properly and now it is my probably favourite formulation to work with. They are such a dream to apply and add life to the skin without being overly obvious and believe it or not have great lasting power.
How I apply them: I swipe my finger over the product to get small amount and then dot onto the cheeks and then use the Real Techniques Stippling brush and buff in circular motions in a slight upward direction.
The creamiest blush I own is the Natural Collection Blushed Cheeks, not the easiest to work with as you only need a tiny amount but once you get the hang of applying it, it's really lovely on the cheeks. It is a pretty natural shade that adds a lot of glow the skin, not the best concerning staying power but for £2 it is a lovely addition to my collection. My favourite cream formulation is the Stila Convertible Colours, you can use these on the lips too but I reserve mine for cheeks only. They apply with such ease and are incredibly pigmented, I've used the shade Lilium for over a year now and it is still going strong. Akin in formulation to the Stila offering in the Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush, I love how tiny this little blush is yet it still packs of punch with pigmentation. Definitely a S/S shade but the consistency is perfect for the cooler months. All of these blushes add a glow to the cheek which is something I find myself reaching for around autumn as they provide an instant pick me up to the skin.
Cream to powder formulations are something that I reach for in the warmer months as they are easy and quick to apply yet they have the staying power of a typical powder blush which is ideal on oily skin. A nearly but quite C to P is the Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush in Charmed, a beautiful plum shade which I can't wait to start wearing more. It dries to an almost powder finish but not quite as it is still a little tacky to the skin. Two complete dupes for each other are the Bourjois Cream Blush and the Clarins Cream Blush, they have the exact same formulation and wear exactly the same on the cheek. They are a little stiff in the pan so warming them up a little really helps for them to blend well on the cheeks. I don't give my Topshop Cream Blushes enough love, they are incredibly bright the in the pan so a little goes a long way. A true cream to powder formulation that lasts really well on the skin and they are an absolute steal for the price too.
Are you a fan of cream blushes?