First up is MAC's Springsheen. It is a beautiful coral color with quite a bit of gold shimmer to it, sort of a more peachy Orgasm, it is also very similar to Benefit Coralista. Because it is a sheertone it is not as pigmented as the regular blush but I think it is perfect for this color because it could be a tad overwhelming with stronger pigment. I have to say that this is one of my all time favorite blushes, especially for spring/summer. Springsheen is suitable for a variety of skin tones and is available where ever MAC cosmetics are sold. MAC blushes retail for $21, or $17 if you buy the palette refill version.
Next, in keeping with the MAC theme, is Pink Swoon, is a matte sheertone blush. It is a light/medium true bubblegum pink, that leans a little on the cool side. I find that because it is part of the sheertone line it applies fairly lightly but can easily be built up, and is a pleasure to blend. It might be a bit too light if you have a darker than medium complexion, but on the right skin tone it gives the perfect everyday flush. It is in the permanent (for now) collection.
For a cream blush I have NYX's in CB02 Natural. I was reluctant to try cream blushes just because they always seemed like they would be tricky to apply. I picked this one up at Ulta last year and I love it. It the perfect natural blushing color and applying it is really easy for me. I use the Real Techniques Contour Brush and just put it on before I apply powder. I am not as good at applying it with my fingers which seems like it would be the easiest way but I guess not for me, haha. I think this color would look good on any skin tone because it is so natural and can be blended to whatever opacity you desire. The wear time is pretty good for a cream blush probably 3 to 4 hours, but it still fades faster than a powder.
NYX cream blushes retail for $6.99 at Ulta and they are definitely a great value for money.
Another blush that I love that is a great value is Elf's blush in Twinkle Pink. The pigmentation is really surprising for the price and I love that the packaging is similar to NARS. This is a pink-peach with gold glitter. The glitter is a teeny bit chunky, but for only $3 I think it is acceptable. I love the fresh healthy glow this gives me. I would recommend this for fair to medium skin tones. I picked mine up at Target but I know you can buy online as well.
Last but certainly not least, is NARS blush in Gaiety. This a matte, very bright, very cool toned pink. It is absolutely gorgeous with a taupe eyeshadow and a similar shade on the lips. I don't wear it very often because it is so cool and I find myself leaning more towards neutral or warm shades, but it truly is an amazing blush. The only NARs blush I own actually, I do have Albatross highlighting powder, but that is different. This shade can be worn on a variety of skin tones, although you may not like it if you have extreme yellow undertones. NARS blushes retail for $28, and while that is pricey, they also last forever.
|From Left to Right: NARS Gaiety, MAC Pink Swoon, ELF Twinkle Pink, MAC Springsheen, NYX Natural|
I apologize for the quality of the swatch picture. My camera has been doing this weird, soft focus thing, and I couldn't get it any clearer.
That's all for today, thanks for reading. If you want, let me know what some of your favorite blushes are.