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The Blush Tag

18 May 2016

It's hard to believe, but I was never that into blusher. As someone who suffers from perpetually red cheeks, I didn't see the need for something which only serves to make cheeks look rosier than they already are. I've since learned the error of my ways (I understand I resembled the moon face emoji). I'm happy to say that I am now a blush convert, and what better way to show my love for them than to do The Blush Tag?

Now, onto the questions!

1. Best packaging

The best packaging award has to go to the Clinique Cheek Pops. I love the acrylic case, and the daisy embossing on the blush itself has to be the first of its kind. Have you ever seen blushes as cute as these? I think not.

An honourable mention goes to the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blushes. I really like the simple round, slim packaging, plus the fact that the colour of the compact matches the blush inside. Also, a tip I learnt from Emily Fox when she did her Blush Tag video was that all of the Amazonian Clay Blushes have little holes at the back which allow you to remove the pan inside so you can place them in your Z-Palettes or whatnot.

2. Prettiest colour

The BECCA Mineral Blush in 'Wild Honey' might not look like the prettiest shade at first glance, but I love it for how unique it is. It's tangerine, it's bronze, it's neutral, but it just perks up the face like no other. I think it looks amazing on medium to deep skin tones as it gives a lovely warmth without pulling too orange, but I still think fairer skin tones could make this work as long as a light hand is used.

3. Most pigmented

I must admit, I'm not usually one to buy super bright blushes as I prefer to wear fairly neutral-looking shades, but I do own these Makeup Revolution Blushes in 'Treat' and 'Sugar' which Hannah sent me during our first makeup swap. These are great affordable options that definitely don't give you the affordable look. These blushes are pigmented to the point where they can leave a bit of a stain on the skin after I've swatched them!

4. Everyday blush

I love using the NARS Blushes in 'Luster' and 'Madly' as no-brainer, everyday blushes. Both look like 'nothing' shades in the pan, but on the cheeks, it's a completely different story. 'Luster' is a shimmery apricot shade and 'Madly' is a dusty mauve pink that gives you a blush/bronzer hybrid look.

5. Party blush

I'm not quite sure what the right interpretation of "party blush" is, but when I think of parties, I imagine something fun and bright. Two blushes that definitely fit the brief are the Stila Convertible Colour in 'Gladiola', a vibrant yellow-toned orange cream blush, and the ColourPop Super Shock Highlighter in 'Most Necessary', which I use more as a blush topper. It looks bronzey in the photo but it's more of a coppery rose gold.

6. Regret purchasing

This might cause a bit of a stir, but I regret purchasing the limited edition Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette. I originally bought this as a Christmas present for a friend, but after I lowkey asked if she liked the look of this palette and she said she wasn't too keen as the blushes seemed too subtle, I decided to keep it for myself. It turns out she was sort of right. I can't get the blushes to show up nicely on my cheeks, and when they do, it doesn't quite look even. A lot of bloggers and vloggers rave about the Hourglass blushes though, so they obviously work for some people. I'm willing to give them another go, but I really could've done without a whole palette.

7. Least used

A blush I rarely use is the Bourjois Cream Blush in '01'. The colour is nice and the packaging is so cute and dinky, but I just don't find myself reaching for cream to powder formulas. Although I like the longevity you usually get with cream to powder blushes, I prefer my cream blushes to be emollient as they're easier to work with. I find it kind of awkward and difficult to apply otherwise.

8. Most used

Apart from the BECCA Mineral Blush in 'Wild Honey', my most-used blush has to be the Milani Baked Blush in 'Luminoso'. This little drugstore gem is a favourite of many, and I totally see why. It's a warm, shimmery peachy shade. If you're very fair and cool-toned, this might pull slightly orange on you, but otherwise, it gives a gorgeous summery sheen on the skin.

9. Favourite blush brand

This is a tough one, but I'd have to say BECCA and MAC. BECCA just do the most lovely luminous blushes, and MAC just have so many flattering shades. I'm sure their blush line has something for absolutely everyone.

10. Greatest blush discovery of last year

I don't remember buying too many new blushes in the last year, but I did start using ColourPop's blushes. They do so many pretty colours and can be pretty affordable if you live in the US. The texture is like no other, but be wary of going overboard as they're pigmented.

11. Most practical

A practical blush for me is the Benefit Dallas Boxed Blush. It's a plummy mauve — another one of those blush/bronzer hybrids, which makes it quick and practical when you're in that morning rush.

12. Least practical

I typically do my research before purchasing makeup, but on this occasion, I purchased on impulse and ended up with a dud. The CoverGirl Clean Glow Blush in 'Peaches' looks pretty, but it doesn't show up on me. At all. Maybe mine came from a bad batch, but I've named this the least practical blush because it's not practical if it's invisible. It gives the same look as a slightly sheer bone-coloured eyeshadow. Weird.

13. Most expensive

I suppose the Hourglass Blush Palette is technically my most expensive blush, but it's a three-in-one situation so I'm looking elsewhere for this question. My most expensive single blush is the Benefit Dallas Boxed Blush. I think I paid something like $51 for this, and that, ladies and gentlemen, is the reason I don't own any other Benefit blushes.

14. Least expensive

I think I have cheaper blushes in my collection, but one I actually use is the Natural Collection Blush in 'Peach Melba'. This is no more than £2 and is a great no-fuss neutral peachy colour for everyday.
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