Makeup Collection Series | #13 DRUGSTORE BLUSHERS

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Best highstreet drugstore blushers, top affordable blushers uk

A year ago I made the decision to cut down my makeup collectionkeeping 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’ve always been a huge fan of blushers and they hold such a special place for me in my makeup routine. Where a lot of people look forward to a killer lipstick bringing a look together, for me it’s blusher that’s the step that makes it for me. It’s that touch of colour directly on the face that instantly draws the eye and can make a face appear more sculpted or more youthful or allude to a happier energy altogether. There’s something about sweeping one’s blusher on and feeling like you’re continuing on a tradition as old as time. It’s glamorous and wholly satisfying and I will never tire of the stuff or it’s application.

I feel like where I’m largely unadventurous with eyeshadows, I have been somewhat braver when it comes to blush over the years. And although I generally lean towards the more everyday, nude and barely there shades, I have happily entertained myself with cool toned bright pinks, fuschias, peachy orange tones and glimmering mauves. I seem to have grown a fondness for matte blushes of late, especially since I started using highlighters, but I will happily use any finish of blusher as long as I like how it looks on my face.

My blusher collection is already hugely decluttered so I have a relatively small edit of products to share here. I’ve also split the category up to share what I have from both ends of the price spectrum with an additional post speaking about my cream products too. Starting with the more affordable blushers in my collection and I have to say I think high street brands make some killer blushers. There are so many good affordable blusher choices out there and if I didn’t have any higher end blushers, I would still be fully satisfied.

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Sleek Blush - Suede | £4.99

This affordable matte blusher has been well loved over the years. It’s a dusty peach toned brown shade that’s somewhere between a bronzer and a blusher, making it a super easy shade to wear. It looks so pretty especially when worn with a neutral eye and nude lips. I will continue to use this for a long time to come and if I ever reach the pan of this (you get a huge amount of product) I would repurchase it instantly. The formula is next to perfect and lasts really well on the skin all day without fading or becoming patchy.

Milani Powder Blush - Tea Rose | £12

This is the most beautiful blusher ever. If the rose embossing isn’t impressive enough, the shade is a matte dusty rose pink that is super flattering and easy to wear. I’ve used this so much that the rose has started flattening out and even though it makes me sad to see the prettiness diminish, I just love the shade of this blusher so much. The quality of this blusher is really impressive and could easily be packaged in a luxury casing and no one would question it.

No7 Powder Blusher - Honey | £9

This is my favourite 'barely there' blusher. It’s not very pigmented which is perfect for when you need some colour without it looking like anything at all. This neutral brown with a hint of peachy pink is a very skin-like shade which is probably why I love it so much. It’s a shade or two deeper than my skin so when I use it, I get definition and a tint on my cheek that is as natural as you’d like. I love it so much and I reach for this when I don’t want a bold blush, want to keep my makeup super natural or when I don’t know what blusher to choose.

Essence Silky Touch Blush | discontinued

This is an absolute gem of a product, that cost me only a couple of quid and performs just as well as some higher end blushers. This is a medium peachy pink has a tiny amount of shimmer in it and gives the face a gorgeous just pinched flush and delicate glow. It’s one that I’ve had in my collection for a long time and one that I reach for when I want a bright, fresh looking complexion. Sadly its not available anymore but I hear equally fabulous things about their current blushers.

& Other Stories Blusher - Canvas Taupe | discontinued

This has been in my collection for over three years now and I still love it. When we were moving I chose to only keep this blusher in my makeup bag and used it happily almost every day for months while we moved in and unpacked everything. It’s an ultra matte shade that looks different to me every time and I love that. Sometimes it looks mauve, sometimes a orange toned brown, and sometimes a dusky pink. And every time I love it. It is quite pigmented so I have to be careful not to overdo it. I’m struggling to find this online though, which breaks my heart, because I always planned to repurchase this but now I think I can’t anymore.

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Honorary Mention:

MUA Blusher - Cupcake

I don’t have this anymore but I had to mention this because it’s the only blusher I’ve ever used up completely. This matte dusty pink was such a pleasing colour and impressive formula especially when you consider it’s £1 price tag. It doesn’t come with any fancy packaging but it’s a beautiful blusher that I miss in my collection.


Pixi + ASPYNOVARD Glow-y Cheek Powder - Rose Rose | £14

Okay so technically this isn’t a blusher but more of a blush topper for me. And also, it’s more of a mid-range product rather than high-street but I decided to mention it here anyway. I love the bright peachy pink shade but it doesn’t show up very well on my skin tone. What does show up is the pretty rose gold shimmer that I enjoy applying on top of matte blushers when I really want to go for an undeniably glowy look.


Milani Baked Blush - Luminoso | £10

I actually really love this blusher so much but I just realised I haven’t used it for so long. And that’s mainly because it doesn’t always show up so well on my skin. It has a wonderful sheen that really makes for a radiant finish on the skin but in all honesty I think I prefer the Essence Silky Touch Blusher for this kind of shade and luminous touch. This line has so many shades to choose from so I’m sure I’ll find another shade that does work well on my skin so I’m not kicking myself.

Max Factor Creme Puff Blush - Gorgeous Berries | £8.99

When it comes to blush formula, this is one of the best from high street brands in my opinion. I used to have a few of them but got rid of the others because the shades were too similar to others I have here. I kept this one because it’s a deep berry tone with a sophisticated sheen unlike any of the other blushers in this post. But for me, it’s a little bit too pigmented and I struggle to control how much colour I get on my brush and my cheeks. I always over do it so now I just avoid it. It’s a shame because I really do love this formula and would highly recommend checking out the other shades.

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For now I don’t have any blushers on my wish list. I feel like I have a good range of shades already and so many that I enjoy that there really isn’t anything I’m desperate to add to my collection.

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

What are your favourite drugstore/high street blushers? Do you prefer high street or high end blushers? I'd love to know...

Sal xxx
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