Thanks to my pal over at Vintage Makeup who, after reading my Skinny on Concealers post, kindly suggested I do a similar blush post and I am soooo glad she did (thanks so much lady!!). I may not be a professional makeup artist BUT man, do I know a lot about blushes. (Some good and some bad.) So, for those that aren't aware, there are four different types of blushes: loose powder, pressed powder, cream, liquid (aka gel, in some areas) and pencils/stick. (Of course, if you count highlighters and bronzers there'd be seven but, to me, these aren't blushes.). All five are designed to give your cheeks that perfect warm hue but some do the job better than others. Here's a list of my personal faves, broken down by type:
Loose Powder Blush: Avon Smooth Minerals Blush
It's no surprise that I am a huge fan of Avon products. Their products are actually really great and no where else can you find a mineral blush for under $12. It's unbelievable!! This blush is great because it goes on smooth, doesn't make your skin oily and is very long lasting.
Colors are all nice and subtle
Doesn't cause your skin to become greasy or oily
Must be ordered either online or through an Avon rep
Pressed Powder: Illamasqua Powder Blush
So, this was a toss up for me. When I think powder blush, I would always say NARS with no hesitation. However, my allegiance seems to have changed since trying this brand. Illamasqua makes a FABULOUS powder blush. For the money, the blush colors are extremely pigmented and they feel virtually weightless on your cheeks. Another thing is that they last a long time, both on your skin and in the palette. Trust me when I say a little goes a long way.
Fantastic colors (Hussy is my FAVE)
Long-lasting on your skin
Glides on very smooth
Price could be a factor for some
Not available in Canada (well, not in Vancouver, anyway)
Cream Blush: Estee Lauder Signature Satin Cream Blush
It still surprises me that I've yet to RAVE about this product in a post. Seriously, for years this was my go-to blush. Does it help that my mom worked with Estee Lauder, oh probably, but seriously, this blush glides on sooo smooth and doesn't settle in your lines or skin imperfections. Plus, it's not overly creamy. By this I mean there is no stickiness once it's on your skin.
Amazing price for the quality
Long lasting on your skin
Doesn't settle in pores so it makes skin look younger
Intense color so a little goes a long way
Doesn't make your skin oily so though it's made for drier skin, can work on anyone
Not enough colors
Liquid Blush: Benefit Posie Tint Cheek Stain
How I lived as long as I have without this product still amazes me. I first discovered Benefit High Beam and, after I realized how great it was, I branched out to other products. Like the Posie Tint for example. This liquid dries in an instant and adds a sheer pink tint to your cheeks (or lips). Best part of this blush is how long it lasts. Seriously, I apply this in the morning and when I take it off at night (some 14 hours later) it still looks fabulous.
Extremely long lasting
Very dramatic color
Easily applied (even if you're not a blush pro)
Looks very natural
Should you use too much, it can stain your fingers a little
Can be hard to spread if you apply too much
Stick Blush: Joe Fresh Style Cheek Tint
Did you know that this blush stick is only $4...YES, I know. $4!!! Hence why this had to appear on my faves list. Not only is the price good, but the product is remarkably good too. The colors are very pigmented and they are very easy to bend into the skin.
Easy to apply
Can be used on lips as well
Doesn't make skin oily
Have a wide range of colors
Can be sticky when applying
Cheap quality (you get what you pay for)
Blushes (like everything else) are a very personal choice and what might work for me may not work for you. I highly suggest trying out all the different types of blushes and find the one that works best for you. I will say that with all the different types and brands out there, you're bound to find your go-to product!