Monday, 25 April 2011

Jennie's Top Three: Powder Blushers.



I’m sure that most of us have certain items that we’re always drawn to when perusing the make up counters and for me it’s blushers. Although I’ve recently discovered that I prefer cream formulations, I’ve managed to build up a collection of really lovely powder blushers that I wouldn’t want to be without.


Bourjois Rose d’Or is a more recent edition to my blush drawer but it has very quickly become one of my favourites and I’ve found myself reaching for it more and more. It looks so pretty in the pan with its rosy tone and gold sheen and I’ve yet to find anyone that disagrees with that. On the cheeks this gives a gorgeous warm toned flush with a little bit of golden sparkle and I absolutely love it. As with all baked blushers they can sometimes begin to lose their pigmentation, so if that happens to you, simply scrape off the top layer and it should start to give you the results it did when you first purchased it. I can see this blush lasting me a super long time so I think these are a total bargain at £7.49 each & would be even more of a bargain if you manage to snap them up while they're on offer!


It’s safe to say I’m definitely drawn to baked blushers with super pretty veining in them because my next favourite is Coral Crush from New CID cosmetics. This is really quite pricey at £24 & I remember jumping at the chance to purchase this when I spotted it in the ASOS sale a little while back. I’d seen a lot of comparisons between this and the infamous Stereo Rose from MAC and although they’re not identical I think they’re pretty close. Admittedly that’s not the reason that I was lusting after this, I just wanted it because it looked pretty! Yeah, I’m not fickle at all *looks innocent*. As the name suggests this is a very pretty coral shade and it also has some golden shimmer similar to that in the Bourjois Rose d’Or blush. I’ve come to the conclusion that warm colours suit my complexion better than cooler colours do, especially in the sunny weather so I think that has a lot to do with why I love this so much. You seem to get a lot of product for your money and although I'm not convinced it should be priced quite so high, I'm so happy to have this in my collection.


My last favourite is Tweak from Illamasqua and this is one of the most pigmented blushers I’ve ever seen so it’s one that I absolutely have to use with a light hand. Tweak is a super hot pink with an ever so slight red base to it and it won’t hesitate to make you look like a clown if you apply too much! This colour just makes me smile, it’s so intense and so bright that it just looks like summer in a pot. It has a matte finish which I absolutely adore and I just know that this is going to last me a lifetime because it’s so incredibly pigmented. I guess this is one of those colours that looks intimidating especially if you’re really pale like I am but honestly the smallest amount of this will lift your complexion and make you look so incredibly healthy. At £16.50 this isn’t cheap but I think that it's worth every penny and Illamasqua blushers are hard to beat



I got a lot of questions in my last top three post about which brushes I use to apply products and my technique so I’ll always add my favourite brushes at the end of each of these posts from now on! Showing the way I apply them would probably be a little tricky to do through a blog post but I am hoping to start making a couple of videos soon and I'd be interested to know if that's something you'd like to see?
For my most pigmented blushers I always use my Eyes Lips Face Studio Stipple brush because it never applies too much product and it blends colours effortlessly. For a heavier application I’ll either layer using the stipple brush or I’ll reach for my Eyes Lips Face Studio Powder brush which picks up a little more product while still being able to blend really well. I love my ELF brushes, they’re so inexpensive but there is such a diverse range now and they’re really fabulous quality in my opinion. Although I go through phases of wanting a proper brush set I know that it isn't something I need when I already have perfectly good brushes in my collection.

What are your favourite powder blushers? I’d love to know your favourites and if you have any recommendations for me!
xoxo

24 comments:

  1. 'Tweak' looks amazing - I'd love to try some Illaamasqua blushes, but feel spoilt for choice whenever I'm on the site! I love the Bourjois blush pots, I think Rose d'Or was the first blush I ever owned *nostalgia*

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  2. love this post, my favourite product is blushers as well. I really want this Illamasqua one, I have one of their blushes in an orange shade and i love it! xo.
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  3. I love posts like this + you've just reminded me that i need to order the stipple brush!
    xx

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  4. The illamasqua one is amazing! And yes, would love to see some videos :)

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  5. I have so many powder blushers, but always end up wearing the same ones: Illamasqua Lover and Unrequited, Nars Orgasm and Deep Throat, and some limited editions from Mac like Marine LIfe or Oh So Fresh.

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  6. I haven't tried any of these or any of these brands, but they look lovely! I love the first one, it is so pretty, and looks great on the swatch.

    my current favorite blush that i am obsessed with is
    Giggly by MAC in the quite cute collection. i have been using it for a month now everyday and am obsessed.!

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  7. I love the coral blusher! Its so pretty! x

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  8. I HAVE to pick up Tweak at some point, I've been lusting after it for so long! x

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  9. The Bourjois and New Kid blushes look really pretty!

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  10. ooooh they are all so pretty. Will admit havent tried any of them, I a Benefit Blusher addict, Currently go between Throb and Coralista x x :o)

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  11. Nice choices! I really want that Bourjois one - love the Paris packaging!

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  12. The coral crush one looks so nice, pretty pricey though! x

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  13. i really like the bourjois blushers but i'm very drawn to the brightness of the illamasqua one atm! i think i'm going to try the elf stipple brush too :) x

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  14. I love posts about blushers, I'm definitely part of the blusher fan club! My favourites are Bourjois and Elf mineral blush. Rose D'or was also one of the first blushers I ever bought! I'm really wanting to order the stipple brush too. I'm more of a cream blusher lover and currently apply with fingers so I'm looking forward to seeing what I can do with a brush

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  15. I love the the look of that coral crush one! :)

    Rhiannon xx

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  16. I love the Parisian design of the Bourjois blusher, so cute! Great photos as usual x

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  17. youve made me want to go and buy lots of blush, i love blush quite a bit and ppl are always buying me new ones but these three look so pretty

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  18. You've just reminded me how much i love Illamasqua blusher, I'm going to have to hunt mine out. I've been mainly using Topshop's cream blushers lately, they're really nice.

    Claire
    x
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  19. Love the blushes! & The brushes look really good. xo

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  20. Was about to order my first illamasqua lover brush the weekend but went for mac peaches instead but the pigmentation on illamasqua blushes is really amazing, take little if any effort to get a good colour pay off. So jealous of the cid, im always checking the asos sales for good finds x

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  21. I would definitely like to see Sailboat videos!

    My favourite Bourjois is Rose Coup de Foudre, and my other blush favourites at the moment are 17 Blush & Glow in Peaches and Cream, and Illamasqua Unrequited.

    I love blush!

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  22. Oooh I love this! Blushes are my favourite, along with lipsticks and eyeshadow and...

    ha really though blushes are my favourite especially pinks! I love bourjois pots, the round shadows are also amazing! xx

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  23. You've definitely made me appreciate blush more! I just bought Benetint... which did scare me when I saw it in the bottle, but it turns out amazing! Stila Petunia is also a new favorite. Great pigmentation and doubles as a cute lip color!

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  24. Gosh these blushes are beautiful, love your blog. :) x

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