Best blush formulas

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Hello, my name is Zuzana and I’m addicted to blushes. That’s right, I’m a hoarder. I think it’s because I love colours in general and blushes (& lipsticks of course) are the most colourful makeup items. So it’s only logical, isn’t it? (Any geeks out there who caught the reference?) Anyway, to get to the point, today I decided to do a little smackdown of my favourite blushes of every formula in my collection. So let’s get right on it.

First of all, I would love to say that all of these blushes have an amazing staying power and they all last on me for more than 8 hours. That’s actually one of the most important reasons why I chose them. That’s why I wanted to address it right away so I don’t have to repeat myself every time.

The liquid: Liquids are always a bit tricky to work with and I thought we would never get along. But then Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush came around and changed my mind completely. You need to know that it’s not a stain (like Benefit tints) so you have much more time for application. I always shake it up properly and then put 2-3 drops on the back of my hand and buff it in with a stippling brush. The formula reminds me of a very very liquid foundation because it has a powdery finish when you just let it dry on its own (as you can see on the swatch below). However, when you blend it in, it kind of sinks into the skin and looks like you have no product on. Perfect for no makeup makeup looks or closeup photo shoots.

The cream: Stila Convertible Color is the blush that made me fall in love with cream blushes. You can find my whole review here. Many people think that cream blushes slick of the skin easily but it can’t be further from the truth. They actually blend much better into the foundation (I use stippling brush) so they look more natural, like flushed from with in, not greasy in any way and stay in place for ages.

The cream to powder: I never really loved this formula of blushes. I have a few drugstore options that are nice but nothing to write home about. That’s why I bought Benefit Majorette mainly because of the unique colour and delicious smell. But oh my, I seriously adore it now! Instead of a stippling brush I started to use a small synthetic fluffy one (to not destroy the inprint) and the combination changed my opinion completely. It applies more seamlessly and less powdery and my skin looks so radiant and perky I can’t get enough of it. Let’s hope Benefit will bring more of these in the future.

The powder to cream: Okay, it might not be an official term but it’s exactly how I feel about Clinique Cheek Pop. It looks like a powder but when you swatch it, it’s so buttery soft it feels like a cream. Definitely not your classic powder blush. The formula blends like a dream and never sits on the skin. Despite being completely matte in the pan it manages to look glowy on the cheeks without a hint of shimmer.

The powder: Powder blushes are the most common and have the largest colour selection. My absolute favourite ones have to be the Nars blushes. They have a great colour payoff and apply beautifully with a natural bristled fluffy blush. Their texture is really smooth and they never look too powdery on the skin. Plus they are most long lasting powders blushes I’ve ever tried.

faveblushes_1L -> R: DS in ‘Cherub’, Stila CC in ‘Gerbera’, Benefit Majorette, Cliniqie ‘Plum Pop’, Nars Orgasm

Have you tried any of these blushes? Which formula is your favourite? Make sure to let me know your recommendations in the comments below.

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2 thoughts on “Best blush formulas

  1. Tasha

    Yes yes yes to Stila CC and Clinique cheek pops! Love them both! I really want to try the Daniel Sandler blush, sounds like such a unique formula. I also still haven’t tried a NARS blush – I seriously need to get on that!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

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