Tuesday, July 26, 2011

My Favorite Blushes

Blushes are one of the least used makeup products according to a poll due to the lack of confidence women have in using them. Did you know, just a blush application can give you a mini face lift without a surgery, they are that powerful.

Unfortunately the reason we dont buy a blush because we feel that blush would look overdone and you might end up looking like a clown. To kill this myth, I am going to list some of my favorite blushes in the retail market so that you could plan to at least own one of them. Here are 10 of my most most favorite blushes and the reason why I love them.

1. Clinique Fresh Bloom All Over color in Peony

This is a blush trio with a lovely embossed flower that is deep within the container. Its a universally flattering blush shade preferably for fair, light and medium skins. The best benefit is it can also be used on eyes. I like this blush because I adds subtle highlights and a lovely dimension to the skin without looking over done. The packaging is flattering and so is the color. The shimmer is quite light weight and not glittery and I advice subtle application of the 2 colors and then highlighting using a fan brush.

2. MAC Powder blush in Hipness

Though a limited edition  Hipness does crawl into certain collections of MAC so if you dont have one then go and get one. Its a flattering peach with a cool toned frosting. Makes an amazing blush for everyday usage and really adds dimension to the complexion. It could be similar to Peaches or Peachykeen.

3. Shiseido Accentuating Stick in Rose Flush

What a beautiful color. It feels like you are amongst fresh bloomed pink roses or enjoying the warmth and glow of the spring season any time of the year. This stick blush gives the most flattering finish and the most beautiful rosy glow you can dream of.

4. Clinique Blushing Blush in Precious Posy

The most flattering coral blush I have seen. More radiant and neon than Benefit Coralista and of course adds three dimensions to your face on application. This color is also one of the fastest movers from the brand. Its very versatile and can be used over a bronzer, as a brightener for the face, over eyes, over lips and then topped with a similar shade of lip gloss.

5. Chanel Le Tissage Tweed Blush in Tweed Fucshia

A limited edition this blush is an eclectic mix of the right amount of pink, fuschia, gold and silver pigments intertwined within each other like the Tweed Lame Jacket, Chanel is famous for. On application it goes sheer berry pink and looks so stunning. I got this on a strong recommendation of ace makeup artist Lisa Eldridge.

6. Benefit Hoola

I know its a bronzer but for me its multi-functional. For some one's bronzer this matte powder could be some one else's blush or a contour powder. I like this cocoa colored boxed powder as it gives a very sophisticated finish to the skin and bring everything into place.

7. MAC Bite of an Apple

This limited edition blush from Venomous Villians collection of  MAC blew my mind. Its got a hint of peach, red and coral and is so so different from any of the blushes I own. Since it is matte it can be layered under some really gorgeous shimmer or else used just on its own to pull up natural looks for spring. I feel that MAC should have this blush in their permanent line as its just so different.

8. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Rose

Though I thought it was so similar to the Dior Shimmer Star powder in Rose or the Body shop highlighting powder, I was blown away by the texture of this 5 colored illuminator cum blush. Use it subtly for a sultry glow or vamp it up in the evenings, this palette is fail proof. Btw so are other shimmer bricks from Bobbi Brown like Nectar, Pink, Pink quartz, Bronze, Oyester etc.

9. Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Cream Blush in Plum

Its the easiest thing to use and you'll love the dewy rosy glow it creates though its plum. Its more of a dusty rose for most of the olive or yellow undertones. Looks very understated, is fast on application and the results are long lasting for a creamy blush like this. Moreover the cream blush has anti-ageing properties.

10. Estee Lauder Signature Blush in Deep Spice

Its a must have if you have medium to dark undertones. This cinnamon colored blush just looks perfect for any occassion. The blush is so pigmented that just a touch of the brush gives you a high impact color. One tip while applying this dark blush. Of course you can use it as contouring powder but apply Deep Spice over a powder face if you dont want the blush to look patchy which is a common thing to happen with darker blushes.

Now after having a vanity full of blushes and limited edition MAC products these were the commonest blushes I use on my clients and friends. Its not like I dont like other but these are my ultimate favorites. They are fail proof, mistake proof and wear throughout the day. Though I must make a special mention of some more blushes that are not listed here.

  • Clinique Blushing Blush in Smoldering Plum and Bashful Blush
  • MAC Dollymix, Sunbasque, Mocha and Prism
  • Chanel Tweed  Corail and Tweed Amber
  • Shiseido Luminizing Satin Face color in Petal, Carnation and Tea Rose
  • Certain Lancome Blush Subtil blushes
  • MAC mineralize grad duo blushes..............all of them

Hope you find this article useful.

Till then,



  1. thats an amazing article. I would love to try the clinique blush, maybe next time i visit the store u can pick one out for me :)

  2. lovely compilation... Im eyeing the benefit bronzer ;)
    I just got something special from MAc and its a very mild creme blush- gives me a cute glow which I always wanted. Do check that out too :D

  3. I am bookmarking this one! Thanks for sharing the list!


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