Makeup Collection Series | #15 CREAM BLUSHERS

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

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A year ago I made the decision to cut down my makeup collection, keeping only the things that I use often and enjoy using. Although I have significantly fewer products I am happier now with my makeup collection than ever before. It can definitely be cut down a lot more and I've somehow accumulated a few extra bits and pieces since decluttering. I thought I'd share which products remain in my collection for each category and why I kept them. And also use this as another opportunity to see if there's anything still lurking here that I can get rid of. Oh and I've snuck in my wish list for each category too ;)

N.B. I use recycled Ferrero Rocher boxes for storage and use this as a limit for how many products I can keep for any given category. Generally this works great, in some cases this hasn't worked at all. You'll see...

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I don’t think the appeal of a cream blushers will ever come to an end. They’re quick and easy to use, you generally only need to pat and blend with your fingers and they give a fresh looking, attractive flush to the skin. There was a time when my blusher collection was mainly creams though that’s hardly the case anymore. Mainly it’s because they don’t last as long as powder blushers and a good few of mine dried out on me. But I still love to use them every now and especially when I want very natural looks.


Colourpop Super Shock Blusher - Aphrodisiac | $8

This is my most dependable blusher for when I want colour but don’t want anyone to know I’m wearing makeup. This shade is a matte finish muted dusty pink that appears more satin on the skin and mimics the colour of my natural flushed colour perfectly. Which is what makes it perfect for a nude/barely there blusher for me. The formula is that classic bouncy creamy mousse to powder that is so easy to apply and isn’t overly pigmented which is always ideal when you want a discreet blusher. This is my go-to, favourite cream blusher right now.

Glossier Cloud Paint - Dusk | £15

This product is about as fresh faced any cream blusher can make you appear. This is even less pigmented than the ColourPop but is buildable for a very natural hint of colour to the cheeks that is never over the top. I particularly like this peachy brown shade for no makeup makeup days or literally when I have no other makeup on as it works beautifully. The gel-cream formula is just lovely to work with, a little goes a long way and gives a very subtle sheen to the cheeks. I don’t need anymore but I sure do want another shade or two.

Bite Beauty Multistick - Cashew | $24

Although this is a multi-purpose product, I mainly use it for my cheeks and lips and thought it best to include it here. Forget the fact that the ‘rose taupe’ shade of this makes a perfect colour for the cheeks that’s not colourful, this quick and easy to use stick can be swiped on and blended out within seconds. It gives my cheeks such a nice wash of a matte mauve pink that somehow makes me look revived and ready to go. This also makes for a fabulously gorgeous and comfortable lipstick and I’m more than happy to keep this in my collection.


Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Blush - Berry Kiss* | £9.99

This stick cream blusher comes in a twist-up tube and is the prettiest dusky rose shade. It isn’t too pigmented which again, I think is great for blushers as it gives you more control. I do find I have to apply this with my fingertips or a stippling brush because using this directly on the face as you would assume to with a stick disturbs all makeup underneath. Which is a big no no. But for the price and for how much product you’re getting, and that wonderful deep flush of colour you get, I think it’s worth it.

Kiko Romantic Rose Rebel Bouncy Blush - Adorable Pink | discontinued

I mean this is just gorgeous from inside out with its dinky little rose gold compact and that pool of rosy pink goodness. This texture is so lovely and bouncy but for me this is a touch too pigmented. I have to be very light-handed with this otherwise it can be too much too quickly. I do still love it despite not using it for quite some time now. But I can’t get rid of it just yet. I feel like we still need to spend some time together.

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Chanel Le Blush Creme De Chanel - 69 Intonation | discontinued

Firstly, I know...a Chanel product in the rubbish pile? Secondly, woah that looks like a vibrant shade! Well don’t worry, this didn’t look so alarming on the cheeks and gave the most beautiful coral wash of colour to the complexion. The formula however was never very creamy, so it was like working with a matte powder that is matte in the pan and on the face. I got a lot of use out of it but now that it’s coming up to three, possibly four, years...I think it’s time to let go. I may just depot it and keep the Chanel compact or I might just chuck it out. We’ll see. I do regret buying it because if I had got a powder blusher like my sister did at the same time, I wouldn’t be having to let it go now. Doh.

KIKO Velvet Touch Creamy Stick Blush - 05 Camellia Red | £8.90

This is another one that I used so much and loved so much but I just think it’s time to let it go as it’s been in use a long time. The formula is so lovely to work with, you get tonnes of product for your money, and the blusher itself was so brightening and luminous. I haven’t used it in over a year and it’s just sitting there really. I enjoyed it. I’d say I got my money’s worth and it’s time to move on.

ColourPop Super Shock Blush - Bardot | $8

When this came out I didn’t even think for a second about it. I ordered it straight off the bat. For some reason I thought I would make good use of a burnished orange red blusher littered with gold shimmer in a cream formula. The formula is impeccable in all fairness, it’s just that I don’t reach for deeper blush shades anymore especially not cream ones and definitely not ones with shimmer about them. So as beautiful as this is, I think I’ve used it a handful of times and that’s it. It just sits here. I’ve tried it on my eyes and it does work and it does look gorgeous. But I have so many ColourPop Super Shock shadows to use that I just won’t waste the chance to use them by using this in their stead.

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Wish list

I am going to be super strict with myself and say as much as I love cream blushers, right now I am not lusting after any and not looking to add anymore to my collection.

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If you missed the previous installments of this series, you can catch up here:

Do you prefer cream or powder blushers? Do you enjoy any of these formulas I've got here? I'd love to know...

Sal xxx
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