Think back fourteen months ago when I had just started this blog and the idea of wearing blush was terrifying to me. I started to dip my toes into blushes last Summer after seeing far too many beautiful shades and finishes in blushes both high-street and high-end which completely caught my eye, meaning I had to get comfortable wearing blush. Before I started this blog, me and blush just did not get along. I have naturally very rosy cheeks, which is why I like more medium to full coverage foundations. I love bronzer because it works well against my naturally tanned olive skin tone. Blush? I was scared of blush. After a long journey with a lot of trial and error, I'm now pretty content wearing blush and actually feel like I look odd when I don't wear blush. In fact, the Infamous eBay Blush Palette really was a turning point for me and blush and it made me experiment, and now I'm comfortable with any shade you throw at me. With the right application and the right technique, anyone can wear blush and look absolutely fab.
It's only this year that I have begun to branch out to different kind of blushes. Is it just me or has cream blush made a stir craze this year? It seems every brand is releasing new cream formulas, new cream blushes and new colour ranges. Everywhere I look, bloggers are sharing their latest cream blush find. But for so long I avoided cream blush, I didn't think it would work for me and if you aren't sure how to work a product, I think it can be quite intimidating. Unfortunately this was down to a bad experience I had with one of Topshop's cream blushes. I couldn't make it work for me at all and not only did it completely put me off of Topshop makeup, it put me off of cream blushes altogether. So what changed my mind? Kevyn Aucoin, Stila, Illamasqua, MaxFactor, oh yes, I've dipped my toes into the cream blushes of a silly amount of brands lately and I will be sharing my thoughts on those here on the blog very soon, but today I want to share my thoughts on four colourful, pretty little pots which I am reaching for every, single, day.
The Bourjois Cream Blushes are, for me, one of my favourite makeup releases of the year. I've always been a fan of Bourjois, their products and especially their packaging, but the new cream blushes have a much more slim lined packaging and boy is it a hit with me. I love how sleek, small and compact they are whilst still giving you plenty of product to last a long time. Still similar to Bourjois' trademark blusher packaging, but modern, fresh and eye catching. I'm a sucker for good packaging, and good scents, I think they help me decide whether I love a product as much as the product itself! The colour range isn't the biggest, just four shades, 01 Nude Velvet, 02 Healthy Glow, 03 Rose Tender and 04 Sweet Cherry, but the shades in the range are actually pretty broad and it wouldn't surprise me if all skin tones could pull at least one of these shades off. Of the four my favourite shades are 01 Nude Velvet, a subtle, warming peach shade and 02 Healthy Glow, a more vibrant but still flattering coral. 03 Rose Tender and 04 Sweet Cherry are just as nice, but darker, warmer shades which I think will come into their own in the colder months. Of all the cream blushes I have so far tried I think the formula of these is my favourite by far. A cream to powder formula, with great pigmentation, quite easily to apply and blend, did I mention long-lasting? I can grab one of these, pop it on the apple of my cheeks for a pop of colour and I'm set for the day. I use my Real Techniques Contour Brush to apply all of my cream blushes - I did buy the Real Techniques Stippling Brush after it was recommend as the perfect brush for cream blushes, but I've found it doesn't dry into shape once washed so I prefer my Contour brush. I've never had to touch up throughout the day with these - ever. Their pretty mighty little pots of magic. I've grown to absolutely adore these blushes, and I really do think they will be featuring in my top favourites of the year, the perfect high-street cream blush, available in Boots, Superdrug and online, £6.99
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