Monday, March 21, 2016

Makeup Monday: Spring Blush

Next to lip products, blushes are my favorite makeup products to purchase.  I love playing around with different colors on my cheeks.  I used to think that I had to find my 'perfect' blush and wear just that one color all the time.  Now, I like to wear a different color nearly everyday.  This might sound silly, but it's just a lot of fun!

In my opinion, spring and summer has a lot of color variety.  You can wear pastels or muted colors, brights, corals, pinks, you name it!  Last week, I was going through my blush drawer to clear it out (fun fact: I didn't actually get rid of anything) and came across some of my absolutely favorite blushes.  I have a blush at nearly every price, including a new-to-me high end option, to get me through spring.  ;)

Rebecca Lately Spring Blushes 1

Rebecca Lately Spring Blushes 2

The Balm Shadow/Blush in Hot Mama!

This first blush is one that I found out about from Birchbox.  I received a little sample of it a year or so ago, and I quickly used it all up!  This is a gorgeous, shimmery coral that looks good on many different skin tones.  The Balm also has the cutest retro packaging for their products.  At $20 a blush, you're getting a high quality product at a price point just over a drugstore product.

Hourglass Ambient Light Blush in Diffused Heat

Hourglass makes some of the most gorgeous face products.  I mean, even their blushes look like a work of art (Jackson Pollock style, but still...).  If you've never heard of their ambient lighting powders, they are basically skin perfecting powders for a variety of 'issues.'  

Now, the reason I'm mentioning the face powders is because the ambient lighting powders are actually marbelized within the blushes.  So, the light color that you see in the blush is the Diffused Light Ambient Lighting Powder.  Diffused Light is my favorite, because it diminishes redness in the skin.  This chart outlines what each powder is for.  When the blush color is swirled with the ambient lighting powder, it gives my cheeks a lit-from-within look that I absolutely love.  As you can see, the powder is very finely milled and blends amazingly on skin.  You can apply it sheer for a hint of color or build it up, like I have, for a more intense blush.

Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso

Milani makes one of my favorite drug store blushes of all time, Luminoso.  Luminoso is a sparkly coral shade that couldn't be more perfect for spring and summer.  I collaborated with Milani to create a holiday look last year, so they supplied me with this blush for that post.  However, I already owned Luminoso and had so for a few years, and I was very happy to have a brand new one!  At $7.49, it is an outstanding price for the quality and pigmentation.

Wet 'n' Wild Blush in Pearlescent Pink

Wet 'n' Wild was one of the first makeup brands that I ever tried when I was younger.  The brand has come such a long way since then.  Their products are very highly pigmented and rival the quality of higher end brands.  Their blushes are really great quality for the price, which is about $2.99.  This Pearlescent Pink has been called a dupe for Nars Orgasm.  I don't own that Nars blush, but the swatches I've seen look eerily similar.  It's a shimmery, pink coral that looks gorgeous on everyone.  If you're in the market for an affordable spring blush, this is the one I'd go with!

Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush in La Vie en Rose

This last blush is the latest addition to my makeup collection, and it's from a new-to-me brand.  Surratt Beauty was created by Troy Surratt, an NYC makeup artist.  Surratt Beauty features customizable palettes, so you can create your own makeup palette.  This is the only Surratt Beauty product I own so far, and I don't have a palette yet.  I saw this blush on Mallory's channel and new it's a color I would love.  The formula of this blush is so soft, blendable, and buildable (say that five times fast!).  La Vie en Rose looks matte in the pan, but it glows on the skin.  It also has wonderful staying powder and lasts on my combination/oily skin all day.  At $32, it is one of my most expensive blushes.  I can say without a doubt that it is worth every penny.

I hope you enjoyed this!  Let me know if there are any beauty posts you'd like in the future.

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