I have a feeling that Illamasqua Tweak will be my ultimate favourite blush for winter for a very long time to come, I loved it last year and I love it even more this year. There's no denying that it looks incredibly intimidating in the pan, especially if you're as fair as I am, but with a light hand there's absolutely nothing to be scared of. Illamasqua blushes are so perfect in their consistency and the powders blend like a dream. This red-toned bright pink gives the prettiest flush, like you've just come inside from an afternoon in the snow and it's perfect. I have a review post with pictures of how it looks on my cheeks here. At £18 each these aren't the most affordable blushes, but if you find a colour you really love I think they're well worth the investment.
Topshop Prime Time is a blush that I don't tend to reach for very often during the warmer months, but as soon as the temperature drops it's one I use a lot. With a beautiful cream to powder formulation and a strong pigment, it's one that is easy to apply and lasts a long time before fading just a little before the end of the day. I'd describe this colour as a dolly pink, it's bright & if I apply too much I end up looking a little silly, but it's also wearable and really pretty if I'm really careful when applying it. At £6 Topshop blushes are really well priced, it can be tempting to pick up a new shade every time I'm in Topshop 'just browsing'... oops!
I got this tiny sample of Benetint free with a magazine ages ago and although it's not something I reach for all the time, I'm really glad I have it in my collection. If I'm being totally honest, I find this a bit of a faff to apply because you have to work really quickly before it dries and I tend to panic a little and get flustered. When I'm going for a no-make up look I really like applying one layer of this for a really pretty, sheer rosy tint.
If you have really fair skin I would say don't purchase Encore* in the ELF HD Blush range unless you're willing to be really, really careful when you apply it. The tiniest, tiniest amount goes such a long way, it's insanely pigmented and the smallest dot seems to blend out for eternity. When I used this for the first time I used what I thought was a small amount and I ended up looking like a clown, not even blending it out with my foundation brush would help! Colour wise I would describe this as the blush version of Revlon Cherries in the Snow lipstick, it's a beautiful pink toned red that is perfect for this season. When I have the time to spend in the morning being really careful with application I reach for this because sometimes I think it's worth the effort! For under £4 these are a total bargain!
When I'm looking for a beautifully sheer fuchsia pink I always reach for my Estee Lauder Cello Shot in X-Pose Rose*. Don't let the brightness of the packaging put you off, these really are super sheer but they can be built up a little for a slightly stronger pop of colour. When blended out it doesn't look like you're wearing any make up at all, it's really natural and very pretty. At £24 they're definitely not cheap, but if you love a sheer blush look I would really recommend these! I have an entire review post, which you can see here.
When I don't fancy a pink cheek I always reach for Stila Gerbera because it's the perfect neutral blush. This is one I like to wear all year round, but when I want to wear a festive red lip I've been popping this on my cheeks to balance everything out. The formula is beautiful, it blends really easily and lasts really well almost all day. It's a cream that doesn't feel at all oily, it looks really natural and feels super lightweight. I could talk about this all day long, but I won't, all I'll say is that if you love a neutral blush as much as me, this is one that's well worth investing in!
Have you tried any of these before?
What is your favourite blush for this time of the year?