When I was scrolling through my bloglovin' feed at the weekend and saw the 'Addicted to Blush' tag over on Sleep and Water I immediately knew that I was going to end up with a pretty long blush wishlist after reading it. And I did! She also very kindly tagged me and it really doesn't take much to set me off waffling about the prettiest make up product of all...
1. What colour blush suits you the most?
I think it depends on how my skin is looking, or how evenly my foundation applied on any given day. When my skin is pretty clear I love wearing rosy pink blushes and really going for that 'healthy glow' look, but when my skin isn't the best I find neutral shades much easier to wear and they don't draw attention to any unevenness.
2. Pressed, cream or loose blush?
Can I choose all three? I like them all for different reasons! Pressed blushes are always my go-to for easy application, I love the dewy finish of creams and although loose mineral blushes are a little more work, I find they're always so finely milled and glide over the cheeks pretty much blending themselves.
3. Favourite shimmery blush?
So Susan Universal Blush. It doesn't look like much in the pan but it's glowy without being glittery and the shade is bright enough to add a touch of colour, but muted enough to still look natural. It lasts really nicely throughout the day too.
4. Favourite matte blush?
Lily Lolo mineral blush in Ooh La La. My favourite thing about this blush is how smooth and velvety it feels; it never looks patchy, heavy or dry. The colour isn't unique or especially fancy, but it is a reliable mid-pink that looks quite intense in the pot but is easy to sheer out and apply lightly. Lily Lolo is a brand that I've been familiar with for 4 or 5 years now and I love that their prices haven't shot up hugely like so many other brands have.
5. Favourite cream blush?
Stila Convertible Colour in Gerbera. The formula of this range is perfect; lightweight, dewy but not sticky or oily and easy to blend with either a brush or fingertips. This colour in particular is beautiful. A peachy-pink that looks fresh and blends seamlessly on top of any foundation without looking patchy. Love it.
6. Favourite pharmacy/drugstore blush?
Okay, I'm cheating again and mentioning two. Turns out I'm a bit rubbish at making decisions. Firstly there's the beautiful Rimmel Santa Rose, an easy to wear neutral colour that goes with everything. And secondly there's the Collection Shimmer Shades blush in Blushalicious. Each of the four shades is big enough to use individually which makes it a really versatile little product.
7. Favourite high end blush?
When I was looking through my blush drawers there was only one real choice and it's my Dior Rosy Glow. It looks incredibly intense in the pan, but it really does give the most beautiful glow. There was a time when I reserved it for special occasions only, but recently I've started using it a lot more. What's the point in having beautiful things and not allowing myself to use them, right?
8. Favourite bright blush?
Illamasqua powder blush in Tweak. An intense hot pink with a hint of red, it's definitely a shade I have to be really careful with. A little too much and I end up looking like a clown and it's a bit of a nightmare to try and fix if it does look a little much. A real 'I've just come in from the cold' shade and when I manage to apply it well, I really like it. I'm not a huge fan of the formula though, I mean it's nice, but I don't think it's £21.50 nice.
9. Biggest blush disappointment/regret?
Illamasqua cream blush in Laid. I do really like the formula, it feels so lightweight on the skin and blends really easily, but this is one of those colours that I find quite difficult to wear. Knowing that I need to be really light handed and consider which lip shade I'm going to wear with it kind of puts me off reaching for it. It is a beautiful colour though, so maybe I should put a little more effort in and give it another chance. Perhaps I should try and make it my go-to spring cheek shade.
10. Best blush packaging?
I definitely have a soft spot for the Stila Convertible Colours. The colour of the outer packaging corresponds to the shade of the blush inside, it's sturdy & compact, there's a mirror inside and the floral details add that little extra something. Pretty and functional, the perfect combination.
11. What's on your blush wishlist?
One of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting blushes for sure. They're pretty pricey at £28 each, but I've read so many reviews and looked at so many swatches I'm definitely sure that I'd like to add one to my collection at some point. I haven't decided on a shade yet though!
12. Number One Blush?
It's got to be NARS Douceur. I believe it's been/is being discontinued, which I think is such a shame because it's a beautiful shade. It is a touch on the sheer side, but I think that contributes a lot to why I love it so much. It's the one colour I can reach for no matter what and it'll go with everything. It has been & will continue to be very well loved.
I tag... YOU!
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