Soft Autumnal Cheeks

21 Nov 2015

A picture of autumn blushes

If you've caught my autumnal posts so far you'll have seen me share my top tips for making autumnal hues work for you, some stunning purple, red and nude hues that make perfect autumnal lips, how I like to spend my cosy autumn evenings and most recently, my autumn scent library. Continuing on with the autumnal theme, today I've pulled out all my favourite autumn blushes starting from the very budget-friendly picks to some more high-end splurge buys. Blushes and shades which are lovely for this time of year, work with a variety of looks and which ultimately work to compliment a look, with flattering finishes and workable hues. 

A picture of NYX Amber High Definition Blush

A picture of NARS Gilda Blush

NYX Amber High Definition Blush, £5.50
The beauty obsessives among you will know that NYX have recently launched in Boots, which is incredibly exciting; I'm a big fan of NYX products but they've previously been exceptionally hard to find in the UK. Having them readily available both in Boots stores and on the Boots website is absolutely fantastic, a really affordable American beauty brand with products that have amazing quality for the price. Amber is a shade which works well in the autumn, but also doubles up perfectly as a winter appropriate shade too. It's probably more suited to those with olive complexions and darker, as it's quite a deep and warming rose with a matte finish. Applied lightly it can have a very slightly flushed look, but it's also very easy to build up for more intensity. The powder itself has a beautiful soft formula and I find a light handed application with a good fluffy blush brush is the best way to go with this shade. You can check out my thoughts on Amber and a few other NYX products in NYX brand spotlight post I did back in autumn 2013.
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Milani Rose D'Oro Baked Blush, £4.49
I've raved about this blusher more than a few times over recent months, including my little Beauty Crowd Haul which included swatches; although it's worth noting I've since found out that Milani is much cheaper to purchase on Amazon, where you can also snap up free delivery. I love Milani Baked Blushes and Rose D'Oro had been on my wishlist for years. Absolutely beautiful and spot on for autumn, especially with the festive season coming up, it's one I love with a neutral makeup look with matte eyes and lips, as it has quite a fine illuminating finish that gives skin a really beautifully radiant look. The formula is stunning, really buttery soft and easy to work with and for me it's been one of my most reached for blushes of 2015. 
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Max Factor Alluring Rose Crème Puff Blush, £8.99
The Crème Puff Blush range is a fantastic alternative to Milani for a baked blush, being of much better quality with more wearable finishes and a lovely shade range - whilst also being an amazing budget-friendly dupe for the more high-end Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush range. Alluring Rose is a shade I really loved during the warmer months of summer, but now autumn is here I'm finding it really hard to put down, being a super flattering shade for this time of year. A golden nude with a very subtle rosy undertone with the perfect flattering luminous finish, it's an absolute beauty and works particularly well with a striking eye look. You can check out my full feature post on the entire Max Factor Crème Puff Blushes, which gives you a really in-depth look at the concept and choice behind the range and shades included. 
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MAC Buff Powder Blush, £18.50
Over the past couple of years no matter what season we're in, I've found myself turning to the really neutral blushes as an everyday easy look that can also double up as a light contour when applied with enough intensity. One of my favourites for this is MAC Buff, a shade I lusted after from afar for months and months before finally taking the plunge and adding it to my collection. Although MAC isn't within everyone's budget, I really do think some of their products are worth the splurge and their powder blush range definitely falls into that category. Buff has a lovely soft powder formula, a warm nude with very slight peachy pink undertone and a divine matte finish.
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NARS Gilda Blush, £23
Last but not least and the most pricey of my autumn blush picks, NARS Gilda. NARS is a brand I really, really love, but they always have been and always will be a 'treat' purchase for me. Gilda is one of just two blushes I have from NARS and I always used to love it coming out of winter into spring; but lately I've found it's actually beautiful for autumn too. The formula is enriched with Vitamin E and not only feels silky to the touch, but creates an almost perfect veil on skin which looks natural and flawless. Despite being packed full of pigmentation, it has quite a sheer touch to it which can be applied lightly for a slight flush of colour or with more intensity for a real colour pop. Gilda is a warm coral with incredibly slight terracotta undertones. 
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My favourite blushes to reach for this season, each of these shades will easily get me through any occasion or event, being perfect for a variety of makeup looks. What are your favourite autumn blushes?