Thursday, December 26, 2013

Oh How You Make Me Blush

Hello Again!

I have been working a lot lately but I still have time for makeup, there is always time for makeup. In this post I will be reviewing a few cheek products I have purchased recently. I have a huge blush collection already but it is one of my favourite products to buy, I just feel like the right blush will make your whole look complete, and there is just so many beautiful choices (I am very partial to coral colours in particular). So here are the products I will be reviewing for you today:

L-R Clockwise - Sleek Blush by 3 in Lace, Covergirl Clean Glow Blusher in 100 Roses, Bourjois Paris Blush in 54 Rose Frisson, and Australis Crème Colour in Flirtatious Pink

Sleek Blush by 3

I had read many reviews for the Sleek Blush by 3 palette in Lace, but wasn't sure how to get hold of the brand in Australia, I ended up caving and purchasing it for $17.99 AUD off eBay (I bought of the seller I linked, they had great service, posted quickly and no problems whatsoever. I do not regret my decision at all, this is a great little palette, the colours are gorgeous and so pigmented! You really only need to apply a small amount of colour otherwise you will end up looking a bit clownish. This palette includes shades Crochet, Guilpure and Chantilly.

L-R: Crochet, Guilpure & Chantilly

Crochet is a stunning orange matte shade. I must admit this absolutely terrified me in the pan, but with a light hand it can look absolutely stunning and more of a coral pink than just scary pumpkin orange.
Guilpure is a pink and gold shimmer shade. This is my least favourite shade in the palette, which is a shame as I think that this looks absolutely stunning in the pan. It is just all that shimmery glitter, while gorgeous it does accentuate my already large pores, and nobody wants to see that. If you have perfectly acceptable pores (I envy you) and love shimmer then this would be a shade for you, but sadly anyone who does not want to accentuate their pores, I suggest that you steer clear of this blush.
Chantilly is a deep pink but not quite red matte shade. This is my favourite and most used shade out of the three. As with the other blushes, this is highly pigmented so only swipe a little on your brush, otherwise you will end up with much more blusher than necessary.

I think that this palette is great quality (with a liong wear time on my oily skin) and at a great price (although we have to pay slightly more to purchase this in Australia, as per usual!). This was the only Blush by 3 palette I was interested in purchasing but I would definitely look into purchasing their single blushers, I have also heard good things about some of their eyeshadow palette's and their much loved Face Contour Kit.

Covergirl Clean Glow Blush

I purchased the Covergirl Clean Glow Blush in shade 100 Roses during a sale in Big W, after doing some online research I can see that this comes in two different shades, 100 Roses and 110 Peaches, I would have bought the peaches shade if this was offered at the time of purchase! The 100 Roses shade is 3 colours, a light pale pink, medium beige pink and a deeper wine red. This blush was designed to be a 3 in 1 product, with claims you can use the colours separately or mix together to make a whole new shade. I usually just mix these together as I find it too niggly to try and separate the colours. On me, this is not very noticeable, but mainly just a natural looking flush to the cheeks. I will try to use this more in the future, but if considering to purchase it I would pass, it just sadly isn't that exciting, the wear time needs improving and, the packaging is fairly plain and quite bulky. This retails for $12.95 AUD.

L-R: Light Shade, Medium Shade, Darkest Shade & All Shades Mixed

Bourjois Paris Blush

I purchased the Bourjois Paris Blush in shade 54 Rose Frisson during Priceline's 40% off cosmetics sale. This is probably one of the more expensive blushes I have purchased as this retails for $20 AUD. This is a baked blush that comes in a very cute compact with a mirror and includes a small blush that fits on top of the blush, Bourjois offer 12 shades in this range. Shade 54 Rose Frisson is a pink blush that is ever so slightly shimmery, it also has a smell of roses which I believe is common with Bourjois Paris products. I love this blush and would love to expand my collection as they are of a high quality and last quite a while on my oily skin.

Swatch of Bourjois Paris Blush in shade 54 Rose Frisson

Australis Crème Colour Blush

This is a 2 in 1 crème colour blush/lip product that I purchased at Kmart for $9.95 AUD in the shade flirtatious pink. The shade I purchased is quite a nice but very pigmented dusty pink. I do not own any other cream blushes so I was interested in trying it out on my oily skin. I used two different techniques to apply this, my fingers and using my real techniques buffing brush. I found it quite hard to blend with my fingers and much preferred using my brush to apply this. It does feel quite strange on my face, I have to be careful not to over apply and end up feeling like I have sticky cheeks, using a setting powder does tend to help if this does occur however. It does not last as long on my skin as powder, but still has a long enough wear time to get me through the day. I will hopefully be purchasing more cream blushes to add to my collection but I believe that this was a good place to start.

Swatch of Australis Crème Colour Blush

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and I wish everyone a Happy New Year!

Love Liz xx

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