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?
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!