Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Favourite Autumn & Winter Blushes: Blogmas Day Four!

When the cooler months arrive, with that distinct chill in the air and that all too familiar biting wind that only the chunkiest of scarves can combat, I find myself reaching for one of two colour families of blusher; neutral or super bright. Before this year I would have said that I don't change my make up for the seasons, but I was wrong, I totally do without even really noticing! Autumn and Winter make up to me is either a bold cheek & nude lip or a nude cheek and bright lip.

Being the total blusher freak/weirdo/addict/obsessive (please choose any of the above or any other alternative you would like) I could quite easily mention 15 blushes here, but I won't. Instead I'll be good, restrained even. Maybe. No, to be honest I think you'll still need a cup of tea to get through this post, but I'll try not to ramble. I promise. I have 6 to mention, a good mixture of high end and more affordable options.

Starting with the more neutral shades, the ultimate for me is NARS Penny Lane cream blush. There's no denying that at over £20 these are pricey, but I think if you find a colour in the range that you really love, the formula won't let you down and I don't think you'd be disappointed. This is a cream to powder blush and it easily lasts all day on my skin without needing to reapply at all. The way I would describe this shade is that it's the blush that will go with any make up look, be it a nude and neutral to a smokey eye to a bright lip. When I'm wearing a red or bight pink lip shade this is the blush shade I will reach for 99% of the time.

A similar blush, with a slightly thicker formula and a considerably lower price tag is the NYX Cream Blush in Natural. This wears quite well throughout the day, not as well as the NARS blush but it's still a lovely product. Again, a very neutral shade with a touch more pink so this is one I reach for when I'm wearing a brighter lip. This stays slightly dewy on my dry skin throughout the day which is nice, if I want a more matte look this looks equally as nice when set with a little translucent powder or a similar powder blush shade.

Vivo Cosmetics Rosy is a beautiful baked blush, it's super affordable and the colour is a pretty soft pink shade when blended on to the cheeks. It's not heavily pigmented, but you can build the colour up to be pretty strong but it never looks too much. This is the blush I reach for when I want a really soft, girly and natural looking make up. This looks lovely with a shimmery highlighter on the tops of the cheek bones to give a fresh and awake look.

Prime Time cream blush from Topshop is one of the newer additions to my blush collection but I think it's absolutely stunning. This has a really lovely cream to powder formulation and I find these wear really well throughout the day. I get a touch of fading, but importantly it fades evenly so your blush never looks patchy or odd and you don't have to touch up if you don't want to. It looks pretty bright in the pan but on the cheeks is softens slightly. Don't get me wrong, this is a statement pink shade and if you're fair like I am you'll need to be careful when applying but it's not overpowering and I think this is a shade that will suit a lot of skin tones. At £6 I think it's a total bargain because they're such good quality.

Illamasqua Laid was a blush I looked at a million times before I finally got it and I am so glad that I did. This is a shade I loved during the warm weather and I love it just as much now. It's quite similar to Topshop Prime Time in terms of colour but I'd say this is ever so slightly deeper in tone. You definitely wouldn't need both, but I think they are still different enough to justify having them both, if that makes sense. Illamasqua cream blushes will always be my favourite cream blush formulation, if you have super oily skin I don't think they would work that well for you, but if you have dry skin these are beautiful because they're so dewy and gorgeous! It barely looks like I've used any because it's so pigmented but I reach for this all the time so although they're pricey, I think they're worth every penny! To see a more in depth review & pictures of how this looks on my complexion, click here!

Finally, Illamasqua Tweak powder blush is my ultimate Winter blush. I know it looks super scary in the pan and a few years ago I would have looked at this and gone 'woah' and put it back down, but this is stunning on the cheeks! It's a red based hot pink colour and the tiniest amount on the cheeks gives the perfect rosy glow, that I've just walked in from the cold look that I love so much. It has a completely matte finish without looking dry & if you're ever near an Illamasqua counter, give this a try because I bet you'll love it! I have a separate review & a picture of how it looks on my complexion & to see that click here.


What is your all time favourite Autumn/Winter blush?
xoxo

61 comments:

  1. Ooh I love the Topshop one, their cream blushers are ace. Think I'll be adding that one to my collection ASAP. :) xx

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    1. I love this shade so much, they're such good value for money too! Xo

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  2. Love Illamaqua blushes! My fave is Chased for spring and summer. For winter I've been loving Mac melba and blushbaby :-)

    Jo x amomentwithjo

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    1. I really want to try MAC Melba, I always hear such amazing things about that shade! xo

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  3. Love the nyx and nars shades, been looking for something a bit less pink for the winter x

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  4. The super bright neons always look so gorgeous with your complexion Jennie, you can get away with a more coral-toned blush too I bet! :-)

    Jem xXx

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  5. The Topshop cream blushes are such great quality, I absolutely love them. My favourite blush is actually Topshop Neon Rose because I think it gives a lovely fresh 'just come in from the cold' sort of look. NYX Natural is beautiful I love it for a pared down look :) I wish I could get Vivo round here but its not in any Tesco stores near me which is a bit pants. The Illamasqua blushes look super scary in the pan but you always look fab in bright colours. I think they'd be a bit overwhelming for my Casper face! xx

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    1. They are so amazing, can't believe they're so affordable! Ahh I know what you mean, I picked this Vivo blush up in a Tesco ages away from me, I wish they were in ever store! Aww I'm super duper pale, I think they'd look amazing on you too! <3

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  6. these are so pretty! I think out of all of these, penny lane is my favorite. I really wish I could find the perfect shade of bright pink blush for my skin tone!

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    1. It's out there! Keep looking <3

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  7. The NYX natural cream blush looks lovely- gorgeous colour!
    Daniella x

    http://daniella-r.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. Such a pretty collection! I think you'd love NARS Douceur, I recently just bought it and similar to Penny Lane; you can wear it with most looks, very natural and lasts for such a long time!

    The nyx one is so cheap, will have to have a look at those :) xx

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    1. I have douceur and I do love it! <3

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  9. Love the colour of the Illamasqua one!

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  10. All so beautiful! You've made me really crave Illamasqua Tweak, it just looks so amazing. I'm still yet to find a neutral blusher to wear with bright lips. I just don't seem to be able to suit ANYTHING other than pinks :( although NYX is really cheap so I might have to try that and see how I go :)

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    1. It's such a beautiful colour! I think you'd really like the NYX blush too, it's a little thick in texture but the shade is lovely <3

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  11. I've never tried a NARS blush, but that looks gorgeous!

    http://emilylikessmakeup.blogspot.co.uk/

    xx

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    1. They're such good quality and the shades are lovely :)

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  12. I absolutey love the NYX blush colour! I haven't managed to find NYX blushes in stores over here yet (but many stores do see the eyeliner and eyeshadows!)but this looks gorgeous. I love affordable products! x

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  13. this is such good review <3
    http://coeursdefoxes.blogspot.com/

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  14. I really need to try a NARS blush, they look incredible! I think I need to try the NYX blush in Natural, too as I'm looking for a really subtle neutral blush


    xx

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  15. Loving the look of Illamasqua Laid! I've heard such good things about their cream blushes, but have yet to try one out

    xx Louise
    A Little Beauty Luxury

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  16. As Samantha said, you need to try NARS Douceur! You will love it, indeed!!

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  17. I love the look of NARS Penny Lane, nice. I was actually looking at this. I may buy it.. as I'm addicted to cream blushes.
    Anita x

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  18. Ooooh a blusher post :) - I am a complete addict when it comes to blushers. I have too many in my collection - surprisingly no Illasmasqua or NARS (yet!).

    I agree with you about the Vivo one -really affordable and natural.

    A few of the blushers that I have been reaching for recently are MAC Dollymix (obsessed with this one), Sleek Rose Gold and Maybelline's dream blush (I think it's called that - it's in a glass tub)

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    1. I love the look of Sleek Rose gold! <3

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  19. Gorgeous picks. I see you like cream blushes. I love them, even better than powders. xx

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    1. They always look so lovely on the skin <3

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  20. this post made me so happy! lol, blushers are my fave. the Illamasqua Tweak colour looks divine. x

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  21. You have a lovely blush collection! I especially love the colour of the NARS one - I don't own any by them but I'd like to!
    ablogbyabbie.blogspot.co.uk X

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  22. Nice blusher picks. They're all such gorgeous colours! I love the look of Penny Lane and Rosy :-) x

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  23. I love the Topshop one. It is gorgeous.
    x

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  24. Loving your Blogmas so far, Jennie! & am very envious of your blush collection!
    Been doing Blogmas this year myself.. It's definitely a challenge but I'm enjoying it so far :)
    Catherine xo

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  25. Gorgeous colours, I think Penny Lane and Tweak are my favourites! I'm reallty excited for your Blogmas! haha xx

    ferdies-place.blogspot.com

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  26. I go for browner shades in winter. I love penny lane. My favourite is a limited edition MAC Blush called Sur which I'm trying to use parsimoniously!

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  27. I just discovered your blog , love it! you have a new follower! these blushes are lovely!

    xoxo,
    alycia

    www.alyciamealy.blogspot.com

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  28. I have not tried a lot of cream blushes but I have NYX Cream Blush in Natural and OMG, it's the absolute perfect everyday shade!

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  29. LOVE LOVE LOVE the Nars blush. Beautiful especially this time of year. Never heard of Illamasqua but the shades are stunning. Great picks.

    www.sweetdarlingblog.com

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  30. I just discovered your blog and I really like it :) I want to try nars blushers so bad :)

    xx

    Following :)


    Im doing a giveaway on my blog xx http://holaflo.blogspot.com.ar/2012/12/christmas-giveaway-100-followers.html

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