I love blusher. A product I was once terrified to use, I now use blusher religiously, finding a look just isn't complete without a pop of colour. It doesn't need to be a vivid, bright and daring shade for me to become smitten though, with my favourites being blushes that are perfect for any time of year; subtle, flattering blushes that enhance natural features.
Bobbi Brown Almond Powder Blush (3.7g, £19) is the first blush that made me realise a natural toned blusher can be really flattering. A blush I use for all those 'normal' makeup days, where I haven't gone wild with the eyeshadow or blinding bright lips. With a firm powder formula, I've never experienced fall-out with this blush, which I find super-easy to apply, and even easier to blend. It's warming, the perfect almond brown with red undertones that makes the perfect natural blush - or in the colder months, even works well as a contour. I'm struggling to find it online, so I'm worried it's been discontinued - if it has, I'll be using mine sparingly from now on!
The Body Shop Macaroon All-In-One Cheek Colour (4g, £8) is one of the most pretty pink blushers in my stash, with a gorgeous formula I've come to love with The Body Shop blushers. A beautiful cool-toned pink, Macaroon instantly perks up my complexion and is a shade I think would suit any skin tone. I think The Body Shop makeup is really underrated, and if there's anything I'd recommend you try, it's the blush range. I have a few different shades now and all are beautiful to work with.
Milani Luminoso Baked Blush (3.5g, £5.99) was the first blush I tried which made me gain confidence with wearing blusher on a whole. The perfect mix of peach and coral, it's a fairly subtle shade which works well with any look. Baked products are some of my favourites, formula wise, and Luminoso is a dream to work with. I can wear this blush any time of year, and it just works. I was lucky to receive mine in a beauty swap with a lovely Canadian blogger a couple of years back - but you can get Milani on Amazon with fairly decent postage rates. I plan on ordering Delizioso, Rose D'oro and Corallina soon!
NYX Taupe Powder Blush (5.2g, £6) is easily my favourite NYX product. I'm a big fan of their shadows and blushers in general, but Taupe really sets NYX apart from other brands for me. With a buttery soft powder formula, Taupe is exactly that - the most beautiful cool toned taupe that works well as a natural blush, or as I prefer - with a touch more oomph for a natural and less-bronzed contour. One that I know would suit any skin tone, as many of my friends have Taupe in their stash too, ranging from the palest beauties to dark vixens. A really versatile blush!
Benefit Dandelion Brightening Face Powder (7.g, £32.50) has become an everyday essential for me since it joined my stash. Although it would make a gorgeous perk-me-up pink blush on paler beauties, on me it works effortlessly to create a natural-looking glow and highlight. I apply it as I would any normal powder highlighter, with a touch more oomph on the cheeks for a more vibrant colour. It's just so beautiful! Honestly, I don't know how I ever went so long without Dandelion.
AERIN Multicolour Duo for Lip and Cheek (£34) has been one of my most used products this summer, and a real favourite of mine for just how darn beautiful it is! Presented in the most beautiful gold packaging, it features a cream highlight and a cream blush. The highlight is a beautiful warm gold that looks far less intense when on, than in the pan. It's beautiful for an everyday highlight as it's incredibly flattering and subtle. It's the blush in this duo that stands out the most for me though, probably the most perfect rich nude blush I will ever find, it defines and enhances my look without being over-powering, blends like an absolute dream, and gives me a beautiful dewy finish. Smitten.
What are your favourite all year round cheek products?