From their Autumn/Winter 2013 Colour Collection – Belle de Shanghai; Sisley continues to release make up products that are quirky, unexpected and of good quality. Look at the zebra inspired prints! <3
#Pinky Berry Phyto Blush Eclat comes with a huge mirror and a wide brush for ease of application. The berry colours add a punch of berry colours with a subtle shimmer finish. Traditionally speaking, it is really hard to find blushes with shimmer in it that doesn’t appear A) tacky and B) OTT for day wear. Sisley’s Phyto Blush Eclat is able to change that perception to deliver with a subtle wash of colour with a healthy glowy finish.
Available on Sisley counters (DJ) now
Left to right: #Hello Dolly, #O Peachy!
Looking for an inexpensive powder blush that delivers pigment, has longevity and is flattering? Face of Australia actually has some pretty impressive blushes that fits the bill. Today I am swatching two blushes, a pink one and a peachy one.
On the left, we have #Hello Dolly blush is a matte blush with no shimmery particle in it, perfect for day especially those who don’t like shimmer in their blush. The pink blush adds a pop to your cheeks and if blended with a fluffy blush brush, this will blend in nicely without looking OTT. Personally, I think this would suit someone with a fairer skin tone better.
On the right, we have #O Peachy! a shimmery peach shade. Great to freshen any tired look and add a punch of colour to cheeks. I’d recommend this for all skin tones and do remember to blend it well and start with light application and proceed with layers to build up to the intensity that you like.
RRP AUD$9.95 each
Available on Face of Australia counters now
Couple of months ago, Laura Mercier released 3 new shades for the Original and Oil free Tinted Moisturiser in #Blush, #Bisque & #Tawny. I was sent #Blush which is a yellow based beige shade. We don’t need any introduction to Laura Mercier’s award winning and best selling tinted moisturisers for both original and oil free formula. They’ve pretty much graced every single beauty section within magazines and awards around the world. It’s a cult must-have for the tinted moisturiser craze, pre BB and CC cream era.
You know what they say about an oldie is always a goodie? As mentioned above, I was sent the Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturiser SPF 20 in #Blush and this is equally hydrating despite its oil free category. In terms of coverage, the tinted moisturiser is pretty sheer, so I’ll recommend properly concealing your skin prior to applying this. As for application methods, I’ve experimented with fingers, brush and sponge application. Personally, I quite like the sponge application technique as it gives the skin an even finish without packing on way too much products on the skin.
As with all tinted moisturiser, treat it as a make up product. You’ll still need use your skincare, sunscreen and primer (if you have excessive oily T-zone/skin) and make sure you properly remove all traces of make up by the end of the day.
Available at Laura Mercier counters now
This blush was originally in a limited edition Spring 2012 collection that was exclusive in Asia and now available in US via Nordstrom known as the Fleur de Lotus collection. When I first laid eyes on this blush, I knew I had to have it. This baked formula blush is finely milled and is a soft pink shade with a hint of coral that naturally adds beautiful glow on the skin.
Judging from all the reviews online, this is pretty much a universally flattering shade much like ‘orgasm’ is to NARS; this blush is Chanel’s best blush I’ve encountered as yet. It has good pigment, smooth and silky to apply that blends like a dream onto skin and best of all it instantly brightens my face without looking powdery. It also smells like a bed of roses upon application definitely a keeper!
Fleur De Lotus collection designed for Asian skin.
Purchased via Chanel.com USA
RMK Ingenious Jelly Cheek in #JE-03 Cherry
Perfect mix of colour and shimmer ratio making this blush very wearable from day to night. The finish is smooth and long lasting and I love the vibrant pink shade. Definitely one of those cheek palette I keep reaching out and pick out when I am running short of time.
RMK Creamy Sheer Powder Cheeks in #02 Pink Beige
I got this cheek duo palette because I liked the idea of cream to powder finish cheek products, work especially well for my combination skin. This combo works as a highlighter and blush but in this case it’s more like a highlighter and bronzer despite its named Pink Beige.
It is recommended to layer both shades to define and boost radiance. However, due to both shade has too much metallic finish to it plus the colours didn’t really compliment my skin; it ended up looking too shiny and brownish on my fair skin. This palette is now better as my contour and highlighting palette and I top this with the above Ingenious Jelly Cheeks for that rosy blush finish.
USD$58.99 (from BonBon Cosmetics)
A while back, I saw this on the internet and knew I wanted it. While I am not a big fan of NARS make up products, I do however have to admit that I do quite like their powder blushes so when they released a cheek palette (these are very rare!) in Foreplay I knew I had to have it. Thanks Mel for getting this from Sephora!
Packaging wise, it is still the stock standard NARS matte packaging which I hate. It attracts dirt and fingerprints like no tomorrow. The palette comes with a huge mirror with no blush applicators.
This quad cheek palette comes with 4 different shades with the best-selling Orgasm (bottom right) blush as the highlight of the palette. There’s also a hot pink, peach and shimmery gold highlighting shade for you to mix and match the shades to your hearts content.
Personally I feel that it was very hard for me to get full sized brushes to pick up pigments evenly on the hot pink, peach and shimmery gold shade because of the size of the pigment is relatively small. As we all know blush brushes do come in quite fluffy and big in size making it difficult to work on small surfaces. I also find that my brushes often pick up colours from other shades that I wasn’t intending to pick up.
Colour wise, this is very NARS, what you see in the palette is exactly what you’ll get in results. Go easy with the blush and build it up to your desire. Would I recommend purchasing it? Yes for value, however if you don’t like variety and would prefer to stick to a shade that works for you, I’ll say buy the individual full size NARS blush.
You can purchase this via Sephora for about USD$49
Who would of thought that Italy is not only great for producing shoes and bags but they are good at dishing out make up products too. Tom Ford’s cheek color blush is made in Italy. As always, their make up packaging is luxe, simple to open and sturdy. Also, the packaging is a nice generous size and notice the lack of make up brush?
#Love Lust is a coral pink shade that is vibrant and glows. It is easy to apply, all I need is a swirl and a buff on the cheek and the colour is just the right amount. Making the whole blending/buffing process effortless for me! There’s also a slight sheen to it due to the formula with spherical pearls in it. It lasted all day long and did not had any fading at all.
All up I am really happy with the packaging, the colour (foolproof for fair skin!) and the finish. I have no complaints at all and I find myself reaching out for this blush for days where I am not thinking of any blush in particular.
I picked this up from Harrods for £45.00
A while ago, RMK launched a limited edition make up collection to celebrate their 15th anniversary. In which, the RMK 15th Anniversary Cheek Palette caught my attention when I was at the RMK counter in Malaysia when I visited. Unfortunately, then the cheek palette was sold out as a result I have to purchase via online.
There are two shades available for the 15th Anniversary Cheek Palette (£32 / ¥5250 / RM150) – #01 Pink Coral (I bought this) & #02 Brown Beige.
#01 Pink Coral has a beautifully embossed fairy in 6 different shades of colours that will complement the cheeks. Texture wise, this blush is really fine and goes on pretty sheer. I usually use a brush and swirl over all the shades together and buff onto cheeks.
One word of advice, once you draw a brush over this cheek palette, you’ll immediately lose all the pigment on the fairy’s hair, features, necklace and all the black lining. I did read a few reviews about this happening but was still very shock to see how quickly the pigment disappear before my eyes.
Regardless, I am very glad I have chosen to use this palette instead of storing it away for collectors’ item because this cheek palette shade is really smooth and the colour combination is perfect for me. The sheer-ness of this blush is buildable so instead of appearing way too pigmented you can build to your own’s heart content. There is also a light layer of shimmer within this blush, while this was not picked up in the photos above, the shimmer helps to make skin appear radiant and luminous.
In additional, the white shade can double as highlighter but since I am lazy when it comes to make up, I usually just pick up all the shades and use them all at once and use this as a blush. For those who don’t like scent to their make up products, you’ll love this one because there’s no scent in this cheek palette.
I recommend to get this if you’re into collecting blushes, love blushes in general because this cheek palette has a sleek packaging, effortless to use and it complimented my skin tone giving me a sheer hint of colour and shimmer to the cheeks. Great as your daily go-to cheek palette!