I have a serious problem with blushes. I just can’t get enough of them. How do I stop hoarding? Today, I decided to admire my stash and came across some old favorites: Illamasqua’s Dixie, MAC LadyBlush and Stila’s Lillium — all cream-based blushes.
I like the effect you can create with cream blushes. Applied properly they can give you the most natural looking glowy cheeks, sometimes better than powder in my opinion. I prefer using my fingers to apply cream blushes, tapping a bit of colour on the apples and then blending. To create an ‘inner’ glow, I use the cream blush first before foundation, then apply foundation on top of it — and then another complementary powder blush or bronzer on top of foundation. The layering of colour creates a gorgeous effect but make sure to do with a light hand!
Of the three blushes below, my favorite is the Illamasqua. I find it has the creamiest texture and blends like a dream. It looks like a scary bright colour in the pan but if you scroll down you can see how with a light hand, it can give a very ‘au natural’ glow. At least, that’s what I think.
MAC’s cream blushes from its permanent line aren’t as creamy or smooth as the Illamasqua. The company recently had some limited edition cream blushes which are definitely a better consistency than the permanent ones. I adore Joie-du-Vivre and Optomistic Orange, both of which I reviewed previously. LadyBlush is a really pretty cool-toned pink from the permanent collection that can also work for warmer-toned girls like me. It applies well but does feel a bit thick.
Stila’s convertible cream blushes are great to work with as well. I have Lillium, which looks similar to LadyBlush in all honesty. The convertible colours can also be worn as a lipstick but this colour on me is too pale. I don’t find this as smooth as the other two but I like the pigmentation.