Mia Mariu Mineral Blush in Flor De Canela ($17) Made with pure natural minerals from the earth and combined with optimum color pigments, our silky vitamin-enriched Mineral Blush sweeps over cheek bones to create a luminous glow. Contains Vitamin A, C and E.
Mia Mariu Mineral Blush in Flor De Canela is a gorgeous dusty rose colored powder blush with a hint of coral. The blush is very pigmented so you really only need a little bit for the blush to show up on your cheeks. I can see the blush lasting a long time because a little bit really does go a long way. The blush provides a healthy glow to your cheeks and feels very light. I can see this shade working for every skin tone and skin type.
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Rock and Republic Pressed Blush ($40) That’s right. $40 for blush. All over the beauty blogging world, beauty bloggers have been raving about the miraculous wonders of the Rock and Republic blushes. I tried to avoid purchasing the blushes for nearly a year, but I couldn’t hold out any longer. I had to find out for myself if it was truly all that great. Is it? Oh, yeah! First off, the names of the blushes are very interesting and quite the attention getter: X-Rated, Kinky, Foreplay, Spank, and that’s just naming a few of them. The colors of the blushes also scream for attention. The colors are bold, bright, and pigmented. Don’t be scared by the names and the shades. You get what you pay for. Besides the humongous size (it’s about the size of the palm of my hand!) and sturdy compact, the blushes go on super smooth and last all day. No need for touch ups. The blushes are also blendable and not chalky, powdery at all. A little goes a long way so you know these blushes will be lasting you a lifetime plus another 50 years. No need for backups. What was I thinking not buying these earlier? I want to say Rock and Republic blushes now ranks as one of my favorites, and I will absolutely be buying more shades when these babies go on sale.
Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Blush ($25)
A cream blush that naturally sculpts and highlights the cheeks for a healthy glow.
HD Microfinish Blush combines mattifying and reflecting powders to create a soft-focus effect for a radiant complexion. Its ultra-fine, second-skin texture blends seamlessly, imparting a healthy glow that’s hard not to notice.
I’m a hyprocrite. I admit it. After telling so many people I wouldn’t buy it because of the tiny size and the high cost, I caved. After playing with it at Sephora, I fell in love. A little goes a long way and it blends very easily. However, you have to blend quickly because it will set quickly. When you first pump the blush out, it comes out pretty pigmented and bold. When you apply the blush and blend it, the color is toned down and more natural looking. The blush can get heavy if you apply a lot at once. It’s best to start of with a thin layer and slowly build up to the color you’re going after. I love the wide range of colors to choose from. I’m just still debating whether the size and quality of the blush is worth the high price tag.
Thanks to MJ for reminding me to mention the staying power. It lasted all day for me.
NARS Highlighting/Bronzing Blush Duo ($37) This limited-edition Blush-Bronzer Duo contains the incomparable combination of Nars’ Orgasm Blush (subtly peachy-pink shimmer) and Laguna Bronzer (sheer light brown shimmer), which have been individually touted for their universally flattering and natural-looking hues. This compatible pairing creates summer’s quintessential glow both with ease and convenience – anytime of year.
Orgasm and Laguna are cult favorites. So when I saw this duo I had to snatch it up. Also, it doesn’t hurt that it was on sale. Thank you Sephora Friends and Family. Did I mention I’m a sucker for sales?
Orgasm: a very pigmented shimmery/sparkly blush. It’s a peachy pink shade that despite what practically everyone says, doesn’t work on every skin tone. I’m sure it works on most skin tones, but it didn’t really work on mine. I have yellow undertones if you were wondering. Orgasm looked more pink than peachy on my skin. It also shimmered like a disco ball. I think it’s overrated. Don’t get me wrong. It’s a pretty color. I just think there are better shades of peachy, pink blushes than Orgasm. Overall, the blush texture is wonderful. It’s finely milled, soft, and pigmented. You can read about my thoughts on Nars blushes in the review section.
Laguna: gotta love the Laguna Bronzer. It gives you that perfect tan color that isn’t reddish or orangy. Do you notice that? That reddish or orangy tone that comes with most bronzers? I have to say Laguna will probably suit most skin tones. Be careful if you have a light/pale complexion. It can look dirty/muddy if you put too much on. Laguna adds a natural warmth to you face that will be perfect for summer and handy during the winter. It’s a pigmented bronzer that does shimmer. Overall, I will probably purchase the full sized Laguna bronzer. It’s not everyday you find a good bronzer. I can understand why people are going nutso over Laguna.
Benefit Sugarbomb ($28) Swirl the 4 flattering shades of peach, soft plum, shimmering pink and rose powders together and sweep on cheeks for a sweet rush of gorgeous. Complete with soft, natural-bristle flush brush.
The newest blush to join the Benefit family gives a gorgeous rosy, peach flush. I think this blush will only work for people who have a light to medium tone. It’s a light colored blush so I don’t think it will show up on a tanned or dark complexion. The blush is shimmery, but you can’t see the glitter because the powder is finely milled. It doesn’t show up shimmery, but rather gives you a glow. Sugarbomb actually reminds me of a lighter, more subtle shade of Benefit’s Coralista. I think Sugarbomb is for light complexions and Coralista is for darker complexions. It’s an expensive blush, but it will last a very long time.