I’ve really been getting into wearing cream blushes this year, I find they just add a little something ‘extra’. Don’t get me wrong, I still LOVE wearing powder blushes but I’ve noticed I have been reaching for my cream blushes a bit more than usual the last couple of months. I even bought my mom a cream blush a couple of weeks ago – glowing skin is a must for ageing ladies.
I took these pictures before I started using the blush (I was just so excited and after reading numerous rave reviews I knew I would be doing my own review), that’s why it still looks perfect.
What Stila says: Stila’s ingenious lipstick and blush-in-one proves to be irresistible. This versatile favourite brightens cheeks and lips with creamy, translucent colour. Tap onto cheeks and press onto lips. The sheer tint adds an inherent glow to the cheeks while lips bloom with fresh, radiant colour.
My review: This was my first cream blush I ever owned (a bit late to the party, I know…) and it’s because of this blush that I fell in love with the idea of cream blushes. I used to be terrified of cream blushes, the idea of adding a cream product to my oily skin sent chills down my spine. The secret is, you need to have a light hand when applying it and make sure you blend well. I have combo skin at the moment and find this blush adds the perfect amount of colour with the added bonus of a gorgeous glow. I must admit, I haven’t used this as a lipstick yet so I can’t comment on the longevity. But the staying-power as a blush, is great! I’d say it gives a good 8 – 10 hours of wear. The colour of this blush is a versatile pinky-nude shade (it looks a bit darker and more brown in the pan) and contains no shimmer / glitter.
The pro: The whole idea of adding colour on the cheeks is to mimic a healthy glow and this blush does a great job of that! It doesn’t sit on top of the skin like some powder blushes, but rather melts into the skin – the result is flushed cheeks with a dewy finish. It comes in a sleek compact with a mirror inside, I love that the packaging is not bulky and fits quite easily in my makeup bag.
The con: Cream blushes tend to accentuate enlarged pores. Mine aren’t too bad, so I don’t find it’s a problem for me. Girls with very oily skin may also feel like this could make their makeup slide around, if this is the case, I would suggest maybe setting it (pat, don’t sweep) with a powder blush in a similar shade.
The tip: Apply this blush after your foundation but before your powder (and try not to powder the sections where you have applied the cream blush). Layering cream and powder products (i.e. liquid, then powder, then cream) causes the dreaded cake-face. As mentioned above, if you really need to set the cream blush with a powder (whether it be powder blush or translucent powder), use stippling motions and not blending / sweeping motions. Also, use a brush with synthetic bristles (it doesn’t absorb the product into the hair surface as much as a natural bristled brush) or you can also use your fingertips (the heat of your fingers will help with the blending).
The price: R 229,95 (available from Style36 or selected Foschini, Woolworths and Truworths stores).