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Blogtober Day #25 The IABT Guide to: Blusher


Blushers come in all different shapes and sizes, and whether you're new to makeup wearing, or just want to find some blushes to try, all the different formulas can be very overwhelming. Which is why I thought I would do another instalment of The IABT Guide to: and introduce you to the different formulas. If you want to see The IABT Guide to Bronzers then you can see that here, and for the IABT Guide to Highlighters just click here.

Starting off with cream blushes, they come in lot's of different unique formulas, and can be the most difficult to work with if you're new to them.
With cream blushes you can either apply them using your finger and just pat them into the skin, or using a stippling brush like from ELF or Real Techniques, but my tool of choice is actually a Beauty Blender (or the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge would suffice). All of the cream blushes I have tried all come from the drugstore so you don't have to spend much on them to get a good quality product. Here's my favourites...

Makeup Revolution All About Cream Ultra Blush Palette 
No7 Pop & Glow Cream Blush Stick - Rose Blossom 
Bourjois Aqua Blush - Berry Nice
Makeup Revolution Vivid Blush Lacquer - O'Boy
Bourjois Cream Blush - 03
KIKO Rebel Bouncy Blush - 03 Treasure Rose 
Maxfactor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush - Soft Pink

The Makeup Revolution palette is such great value for money as it's only £6 and you get 8 shades and they're really great quality. If you want to see more swatches of this palette then you can check out my haul/first impressions on it and other MR products here, along with the Vivid Blush Laquer which is a very pretty shade - you can see what other products I've tried from them in My Intro to Makeup Revolution here. The No7 Pop & Glow Cream Blushes are very convenient and easy to apply as they're in a stick so you can just swipe, blend a little and go. If you want something which is more widely accessible then the Maxfactor Creamy Touch Blush and the Bourjois Cream Blushes are great offerings too and one of the first I tried and also the ones I go back to when Spring and Summer rolls around. Bourjois also have the Aqua Blushes which are water-light, gel type texture and these I find are the most pigmented when patted into the skin with a finger, a brush seems to just soak up the product. Finally for cream blushes is a very unique concept, which is the Kiko Bouncy Blush. This is a cream blush, but it's a very soft product and it's very pigmented, but it feels very velvety when you touch it in the compact and this particular shade is very rosy/mauve which is great as a neutral blush for a heavier eye or lip look. Really great blush.

If like me, you are a fan of a good glowy complexion, an illuminating blush is a great way to accomplish this, especially if you are a beginner or on a budget and you don't want to buy a separate highlighter. There is a mixture here of drugstore and high-end, but that doesn't mean there's much of a difference in quality and formula.

Milani Illuminating Face Powder - Beauty's Touch 
Milani Baked Powder Blush - Dolce Pink
Sleek Blush by 3 Palettes - Pink Lemonade
Maxfactor Creme Puff Blush - Seductive Pink & Nude Mauve
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes
Too Faced Love Flush Blush - Justify My Love & Baby Love

The Maxfactor Creme Puff Blushes are a drugstore alternative to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes - you can see my comparison of the two here. The Sleek palettes and single blushes, also available in the drugstore are between £5 and £10, and they're so pigmented, they last really well on the cheeks, plus the shade range is incredible, and there are cream blushes available too like in the palette shown above. The blushes that really stand out to me and I'm sure they do to you too is the Too Faced Love Flush Blushes. Isn't that packaging just the cutest thing ever. Heart shaped blushers, last well on the cheeks and jeez Louise they're pigmented, which makes applying them, blending etc. super easy, what more could you ask for? A fairly reasonable price tag for a higher end brand? Done. These aren't massively expensive at £18 each with 6 beautiful shades available. There are holiday sets currently which have 3 of these blushes and 3 of their Melted Liquified Lipsticks (or a name along those lines). Milani isn't a drugstore brand in the UK but it is in America and when I first got my hands on the Baked Blushand the Illuminating Face PowderI fell in love. They both give such a beautiful glow to the skin and they're pretty pigmented too. 

I've put this last category as powder blushes but actually most of them are matte which is something that can come in handy if you have oily skin or are using a shimmery highlighter and don't want to use a glowy blush too. Anyway, here's the ones I think are staples and a great place to start if you're getting into makeup and blusher.

Milani Powder Blush in Tea Rose
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blushes in Exposed & Dollface
Natural Collection Blushed Cheeks in Pink Cloud
KIKO Mosaic Blush in Luminous Baby Pink
NARS Virtual Domination Palette in Sex Fantasy, Final Cut & Deep Throat (Shimmery)
MAC Powder Blush in Well Dressed (Satin)

So first is the Milani Powder Blush in Tea Rose* which is such a beautiful looking product and they have a few other shades but this is the one I gravitate towards the most. They're matte, no shimmer whatsoever, and they're pigmented. The Kiko Mosaic Blush isn't actually available anymore which I am really annoyed about, but their other blushes are absolutely beautiful and the brand itself is really good quality for affordable prices so if you haven't checked them out, I highly recommend doing so. 
Tarte are well known for their Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blushes and although they're a bit of a pain to get hold of in the UK but once you do they are such great products. The shades I have - Dollface and Exposed are such natural colours and they're matte so you can go crazy with the highlighter over the top if your heart desires. I am keen to get my hands on one of their blush palettes which they have as part of their holiday collection so hopefully I can get my hands on one this year. If you know of anywhere you can buy these in the UK then please leave it in the comments.
Natural Collection is a brand that doesn't get enough credit in the beauty world and although I haven't tired all of their range, they really are an underrated brand. The Pink Cloud Blush is a beautiful natural flush shade and goes well with any makeup look you want, as a natural pink or built up for a bit more of a pop. It's a great blush and it's only £1.99 - how awesome is that? £1.99? Crazy.
The NARS Palette has 3 blushes in there, 2 mattes Sex Fantasy and Final Cut which are really great quality, pigmented blushes and I always notice how easy and effortless they are to blend out whenever I use the,. They also have one of their infamous shades too Deep Throat which has a beautiful shimmer running through with it. The last blush I want to talk to you about is my one and only MAC Blush Well Dressed is a satin finish and it's just a beautiful cool toned light pink. I love how this looks on my skin as it adds a slight sheen but nothing too noticeable.

I hope you liked this new instalment to The IABT Guide to: series and if you have any requests for any kind of product reviews or posts then please let me know and I would be happy to do that.
Thanks for reading.

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