Blusher. I can’t get enough of the stuff! It’s without a doubt one of my favourite pieces of makeup and an extremely effective tool. My face doesn’t feel complete if I don’t add a little colour to my cheeks, it adds dimension to the face without the need for contour and highlight as well as adding radiance with a healthy glow to the skin. A touch of blush can completely transform a face! Every makeup lover needs at least one blusher in their collection and I have quite a few myself which I’m going to share with you today.
I’m going to tell you which are my favourites and which I don’t particularly care for, hopefully giving you some inspiration if you’re struggling with which type of blush too buy for yourself. I’ll also advise you on which colour and finish will suit you best depending on your skin tone/undertone and skin type.
There will also be some honourable mentions at the end of the post because I’ve recently done a huge makeup de-clutter which included getting rid of quite a few blushes, mainly due to age 😦
I have nine individual blushes to show you today and two blush palettes. There’s a good mix of high-end and high-street, but I’ll be sure to give some high-street dupes for the more expensive products!
Firstly we’ll talk about my one Sleek blush. I absolutely love this product. The quality is fantastic, especially for the super low price of just £4.99! For anyone on a budget, I can’t recommend these blushes enough. They’re surprisingly pigmented, easy to blend and last all day without going patchy. Sleek’s blushes really are some of the best on high-street and they’re vastly underrated. I rarely see these being spoken about on social media which is a shame because these little blushes deserve their spot in the limelight.
I have the shade Rose Gold, this particular shade has been compared to the famous Nars Orgasm blush, so if you’re after the Nars blush but don’t want to spend the £23, try this Sleek Rose Gold blush instead, you won’t be disappointed. This is a bright pink with gold shimmer. It’s more of a warm toned pink which makes this more wearable but remember not to be too heavy-handed with this product because a little goes a long way. It’s a powder blush so ideal for oilier skin, especially if you have texture on your cheeks. This product won’t emphasise any problem areas. Powder products tend to work better on oilier skin types but if you’ve prepped your skin properly, a powder blush will work wonderfully, regardless of skin types. To sum up, I 100% recommend this blush, for the price point and the quality, it’s definitely one to try.
Next is Benefit’s Dandelion Boxed Blush. This one I don’t particularly care for. For my skin tone, it’s far too light. This blush would look pretty on someone with very fair skin that’s on the cooler side as this shade is a cooler toned baby pink. Benefit claims this can also be used as an all over face brightener which I disagree with. I tried this and my skin had a strange pinkish tint with random flecks of glitter, it wasn’t cute at all. The packaging is pretty, but bulky and the scent of this blush is really strong. It’s quite overpowering and one of the reasons why I tend not to reach for this. The formula is okay, it’s a little powdery, it blends nicely and does last on they cheeks, but it doesn’t wow me and for £24.50, I expected more, a lot more. It performs like a £5 blush, it’s really nothing special and I’ll probably de-clutter this soon. If you’re very fair and like the look of this blush, try a sample before you spend the money, or save your £24.50 and try a dupe from W7 called Candy Floss. Even the packaging is similar! I’ll still provide a link to Benefit’s Dandelion Blush if you are interested.
Kiko Milano is another brand I’m in love with. Kiko is extremely affordable and offer some excellent quality products. I recently purchased a stick blush from them and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed using it. The formula is incredibly soft, blends effortlessly and looks beautiful on the skin. It lasts all day and holds up wonderfully through humidity. The packaging is pretty and easy to store but the plastic case is really cheap. Mine actually came broke but I managed to fix it and the twist up mechanism works fine. I’d just say, handle with care because this packaging is not heavy-duty!
I have the shade Golden Sand and it’s a beautiful warm dusty rose shade with a slight shimmer. This colour will look lovely on most skin types, it may look a little over powering on very fair skin but this can be sheered out with your fingers or with a beauty blender so it’s easy to correct any mistakes. I highly recommend this cream blush and for only £9, you can’t go wrong. Because this is a cream, oiler skins may want to stray from this one, but if you have dry or mature skin, you’ll love this! Kiko has amazing sales and this blush is currently £6.30 on their website!
This next blush is not cheap, it’s the most expensive one I own coming in at an astonishing £29.50! But this is by far my favourite of the lot. It’s the Lancome Cushion Blush Subtil. I brought this on a whim and I’m so glad the sales consultant talked me into it. It’s been my go-to since I got it. I have the shade Splash Corail and it’s a brighter cool toned pink. It will look beautiful on light to medium skin tones and the formula is slightly different because of the cushion. It’s more of a liquid, like Daniel Sandler’s watercolour blushes. It gives a really natural result, like a wash of colour on the cheeks and gives such a healthy radiant appearance. I highly recommend this if you feel like splurging, you won’t be disappointing! The packaging sturdy but really luxurious with the glossy black finish and a really nice quality mirror. This is really pigmented and you only need the smallest amount. It’s easy to over do, believe me! The only downside is you don’t have much play time, so I recommend doing one cheek at a time because once this sets, it won’t move which also means it lasts beautifully! I think this would work well for all skin types because it dries down, it doesn’t dry matte, it sinks into the skin and stays put while looking luminous. I can’t recommend this one enough!
I actually can’t find ant UK retailers or brands that stock cheaper cushion blushers, but L’Oreal will be launching a line of cushion blushers very soon called L’Oreal Lucent Magique Cushion Glow Blush, so keep an eye out for those!
The Zoeva Blush palettes I’ll show you next are also fantastic products. I have an in-depth review on these palettes under the post Zoeva Brand Review so I’m not going to say too much here. Spoiler alert! I love these blush palettes, for the price, they’re fantastic. The quality is excellent, they’re really easy to work with because they’re so soft. They’re also really versatile because the palettes offer a combination of tones and finishes (matte and shimmer). They are powders, so one for the oiler ladies but I love these, I highly recommend checking these palettes and other Zoeva products out. And these are only £15 each! Which makes them the cheapest blushes I own if you break it down blush by blush. One pan costs £3.50! That’s a deal no one should miss out on!
Next up is a higher-end product, Nars Dolce Vita. This is a very recent purchase and my first Nars blusher ever! I don’t know why I waited do long to try Nars’ blush range. They’re absolutely amazing and worth every penny. As expected, I can’t fault the quality of this product, the formula is lovely and the powder feels like velvet to the touch. It blends beautifully and effortlessly but be careful not go in too heavy-handed with this product because it’s VERY pigmented, a duo fibre brush would work well with this product. I had to really blend this out the first time I tried it! Dolce Vita is beautiful browny-purple colour with some pinky undertones. I’d say this is more of a neutral shade so it’s versatile and will suit a wide range of skin tones and work well with both cool and warm toned eye looks. This is expensive coming in at £23 so i’ll be sure to list some high-street alternatives. But if you do feel like splashing out, give this one a go!
Next are three cheap and cheerful blushes from Boots No7. I love these blushes, they’re such good quality for the price. These retail for £9 usually but are often on sale, I got one of mine for £6! These are all powder blushes and once again, very soft in texture, nicely pigmented, bendable and they hold up excellently throughout the day! If you’re on a budget, check these out. These sit beautifully on the skin and look really natural if you work them in well. They’re also nice and compact which makes for easy storage! I’ve been using No7 blushes for years and they’ve never let me down. I have the shades Apricot Blossom, which is peachy pink shade, this is the a neutral toned blush making it incredibly versatile and will work on any skin tone and undertone. I also have peach velvet, the peachiest of the three as the name suggests and this is a warm toned blush. This will look beautiful on light to medium skins with warmer undertones. And finally I have Soft Damson which is beautiful cool toned plum shade. This looks beautiful on fairer skin but unfortunately this shade is discontinued! I’m on the hunt for a replacement! Overall, I highly recommend these blushes, they’re fantastic quality for the price!
I’m a little undecided on this next blush. Stila’s convertible lip and cheek cream is one I haven’t got much use out of. I brought this on a whim as well and I’m kind of regretting it. This is just an okay product, there’s nothing to write home about on this one. The colour is beautiful, I have the shade Peony and I’d describe it as a dusty rose, ideal for lighter skin. It’s not the colour that bothers me as much as the formula. It’s quite sticky, and you have to really work to blend this. I expected this to blend beautifully but I found the best way to blend this was with a stippling brush, but even then I had to go back with a beauty blended to really soften the edges. I think this is one to avoid, there’s far better cream blushes on the market and for the £16, I really don’t think this is worth it. I do like the slender packaging however, it’s very easy to store. A fantastic dupe is NYC’s Beautifying Blushable Creme Stick in Never Sleeping Pink. I’ll link Stila’s blush for those who are interested.
The final blush I have to share with you is Clinique’s Cheek Pop in Berry Pop. I brought this hoping it would be a nice replacement for No7’s discontinued Soft Damson, but I was wrong. This is a very warm toned blush and far more purple! This would look gorgeous on medium to deep warm toned skin, this is a little to dark for my light skin but it’s still looks pretty with a light application. The formula itself is okay, I’ve definitely used better for a cheaper price but I don’t completely hate this product. It’s just okay. I can’t recommend this to you because this is £17 and for that price point it should be miles better in terms of formula. If this was £7, then it would be a decent blush. But it’s not as pigmented as my cheaper blushes, it’s not as soft and I found the colour faded throughout the day. That’s just not acceptable in my book. Save yourself the money with this one. If you want a similar berry toned blush try Milani’s Love Potion at just £12.
What is the difference between powder and cream blushers?
Well, a cream blush is going to melt into the skin and give the appearance of a more natural look, so a cream is ideal for someone who doesn’t like an intense cheek colour. Creams also have moisturising properties that will benefit dry and mature skins more than a powder which can dry the skin out, this makes powders ideal for oily skin. Powder blushes also tend to be much more pigmented and more obvious on the cheeks, which makes this formula more desirable for people who enjoy more daring makeup
Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush was one of the best blushers I’ve ever used. The shade I had is now discontinued but it was a slightly darker version of Benefit’s Dandelion Blush. Available shades similar to the Dandelion blush include Orchid Rose and Rose Initial. This blush is expensive at £34 but it’s an investment. I had mine for 4 years before I finally threw it out. Treat yourself!
The last two blushes I want to mention are much cheaper from Sleek. I recently decluttered the shades Just Peachy and Suede because I wasn’t getting enough use out of them but they are fantastic blushers. Just Peachy would be perfect for medium to deep skin with warm undertones and Suede would make a beautiful bronzy shade for lighter skin. At only £4.99, they’re worth a look!
If you managed to stay to the end, I thank you dearly! It was a very long one today. I hope you enjoyed the post. If you have any questions just leave me a comment. Thank you so much for stopping by, I hope you come back next time.