Blush on – My Favourites

I love wearing blush. On most days, I use it to make me look better than I feel. I love using blush to make me look like I’ve just been out on a brisk walk in the park or even just to tie a whole look together.

I usually favour cream, gels and tints over powder blush as they are so easy to use and oh so versatile. I find that these products tend to look more natural and through the day, will settle into your skin to give you a more embedded “this is what my skin really looks like” vibe.

I’ve got a few standalone blushes in my collection spanning cream, gel, liquid tints and powder, but I’m always on the lookout for new and more (really, who isn’t?).

Cream and Gel:

Kevyn Aucoin cream blush in Mystere20160819_154515

This cream blush is a reddish pink (almost berry) shade. I purchased this off Strawberrynet because (a) I really liked the colour and (b) Kevyn Aucoin – enough said. When I apply this to my cheeks, the redness shows through first, resulting in a really flushed appearance. The first time I used this blush, I was in a rush and went a bit heavy handed with application. I ended up looking really flushed and some of my work colleagues asked me if I was ok  and asked me to go home because I looked like I was coming down with something (did I just discover something to help me skip work from time to time?)

mystere swatch
Kevyn Aucoin Mystere Swatch

The colour payoff is quite dramatic and you need to warm it up on your fingers before applying it to your skin. I prefer to use this blush for an evening out, but sometimes use it during the day too. For a day time look, I warm the blush on my fingertip, dab the excess on the back of my hand and pat into my skin. I then use the brush that I used for foundation (which would have a little bit of product left on the bristles) to blend the edges. The leftover foundation on the brush will blend in with the blush giving you a seamless (almost airbrushed) result.

Hot tip: After applying blush, if you have to powder your face, try to avoid the cheeks to retain that natural glow.

If you do need to powder your cheeks, try to use a powder blush that matches the colour (or is in the same colour family as your blush) to layer over and set this product. This will increase the lasting power of the cheek colour.

Revlon Photoready Cream Blush in Flushed revlon

This was a recent purchase from Myer. I’ve blogged about it in my haul post here. This is a gel-cream blush that dries down to a powder finish. It is incredibly bright and reminds me of China dolls with their brightly flushed cheeks. If you’re going for a natural look, you need a light hand to apply this to your cheeks, otherwise it can come across as too bright (think French Queen Marie Antoinette).

Revlon swatch
Revlon swatches

Tints and Stains:

Benefit Benetint and Benefit Cha-Cha tint20160819_154410

I believe that Benefit were the first company to launch the cheek tint with the iconic Benetint. My beauty guru and favourite celebrity makeup artist Lisa Eldridge has blogged about this very topic in detail here. Before I discovered her blog post, I was solely a powder blush user. She was the one who inspired me to dip my toe into the vast world of tints, cream and gel blushes and so I started my journey with the Benetint.  I wasn’t sure if I would like the product, so I decided to purchase the trial pack, which contained a small container of the tint and a full sized Benebalm (a lip balm).

The Benetint comes in a bottle with a brush similar to nail polish. But dont be fooled by the container – this tint has a runny consistency and sets fast leaving a stain on your cheeks. You have to be quick to blend the colour into your skin otherwise you can end up with streaks. There are plenty of videos on YouTube showing you different ways to apply this tint to your face – it’s just a matter of finding what works for you.

benefit swatches
Benefit Swatches

I love the consistency of this product and the effect you can achieve with it. The Benetint has such a thin consistency that it is incredibly versatile for light “no-makeup” looks or you can really build it up for a more dramatic look.

I was so impressed with the Benetint that I purchased the full sized bottle of the Benefit Cha-Cha tint. This product has a thicker consistency as compared to the Benetint; this truly resembles a nail polish with a coral shade. It looks beautiful for a summery look and for people with deeper skin tones. To be honest, the coral-pink-red shade of the ChaCha tint reminds me of a blushed mango skin from a mango that’s just plucked from the first produce of the season – does that make sense? (oh great, now I’m craving mangoes).

I will definitely buy the full sized bottle of the Benetint once I am through the sample sized product. The tint stains your cheeks and lasts all day. I use these tints mostly in summer, when it’s going to be hot and I don’t have to worry about touching up my blush.

Models prefer lip and cheek tint20160819_154541

I purchased a two pack of this lip and cheek colour from Priceline in March earlier this year when they had the 40% makeup sale. The packaging reminded me of the Becca Beach Tint. The tube has band of colour on the packaging to indicate the shade of the product; however the bands look so similar that it sometimes can be hard to distinguish without opening it. That said, the pigment of the product inside is completely different. One is a rosy pink shade and the other has more of a coral tone to it.

These lip and cheek colours work like a balm on your skin. They remind me of the gel like lipbalms that come in a tube.

models prefer swatch
Models Prefer Swatches

The way I work with these cheek colours (as I do with most cream and liquid products), is to apply a dot onto the back of my hand and warm it up with my ring finger. Then dab a bit onto the cheek and blend blend blend until you can’t see the edges. This gives you a natural finish. The gel will absorb into your skin while the colour remains on the surface leaving a natural result as the day wears on – similar to the coveted youthful glow of the teenage years (you know, without the acne). Even though it has the consistency of a lip balm, it does not feel tacky at any point.

I prefer to use these products over spring, when the weather is pleasant and you just want to look fresh and ready for the brighter days.

I would say this type of product is more suited for people with normal / dry cheeks. If you’ve got oily skin, the product may not last as long. Another option is to use a mattifying primer and foundation, which could help making your blush last longer.

Hot tip: You can use the cream, gel and tint blushes on the lips too.


M.A.C. Blush in Desert Rose20160819_162419

I purchased this blush over 3 years ago and it’s still going strong. This used to be the only cheek product I used back when I culled my makeup collection right down to the basics.

This is a beautiful soft matte blush with a reddish pink tone. It works wonders as a light layer and can be built up for more of a statement look (paired with nude lips and soft eye makeup). I use this blush for my workday look as it come off soft yet polished enough for a work environment.

Hot tip: Use light sweeping strokes to add the blush to the apples of your cheek. Add light layers for more of a dramatic look. Don’t forget to blend the edges for a seamless finish.

Clinique Blush in Bashful Plum20160819_162153

I received this blush as part of a Clinique Gift with Purchase in August 2015. To be honest, I actually forgot about this blush until I stumbled upon it when decluttering my makeup stash a few months ago.

This blush is a light cream shade; on my skin it’s barely detectable. I use it when I’m sporting a bold lip and want to pare down everything else.

powder blush swatches
Powder Blush Swatches

Hot tip: If you have medium tan skin like me, this blush would be perfect for the new trend of “draping” that’s taking over social media (where you layer two blushes – a light blush and one that is a shade or two deeper – to bring focus and attention to certain parts of your face).

I am now eyeing some cushion blushes to add to my collection.

What are your favourite blushes – do you prefer powder, tints or cream and gel blushes? 


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