Made You Blush: Illamasqua’s Dixie, MAC LadyBlush, Stila’s Lilllium

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.

Illamasqua’s Dixie

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.

MAC’s LadyBlush

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.

Stila Lillium

Blush swatches by window with natural light. I swatched this heavily so you can see the colour. On the cheeks you can apply lightly to give a softer glow. 

Blush swatches in a different light

Not sure why I look so serious here. FOTD featuring Dixie blush worn underneath foundation (Revlon PhotoReady). Lipstick is Ella from Mai Beauty, which is a shimmery nude colour. I topped it off with Leela a sheer gloss from Mai. On my lids, I wore Bronze DoubleWear Eyeliner with YSL Faux Cils in Black mascara.


  1. Jane says

    These look gorgeous! I'm addicted to buying blush as well. I do want more cream blushes though…

  2. Lydia says

    Those blushes are lovely, and so is your fotd! You look so chic and sophisticated there!

    The MAC cream blush looks exactly like some I have from Pupa. They're not buttery, but they have beautiful colors! I'll try your method too! Sometimes, after I apply my blush, I take my foundation brush and buffer very lightly on my cheecks with what's left of the foundation there…

  3. MarciaF says

    I know how I'm applying my cream blush tomorrow. Thanks for the tip. I've used it before but forgot about it.

  4. Babybubblz says

    I have yet to try wearing cream blushes under foundation, do you like the effect better? I might try it with my new MUFE HD.

  5. Get Gawjus! says

    You look so pretty again hun! love the glow the blush gives you 🙂 I will have to try Dixie for sure

  6. Veronika says

    I recently delved into cream blush territory and I love them too. I think I might have to get MAC's ladyblush based on your swatch! I love pink blush…I'm obsessed with blush too, so don't feel bad. I can't even leave the house without it! I feel so…unfinished if I don't have pink cheeks.

  7. Beauty Scribbler says

    I've never tried any of the Illamasqua cream blushes, but Dixie looks like my kinda colour! Will have to check it out next time. Hope you're having a good weekend! x

  8. Michélle says

    I love that blush on you!!
    I've heard so many great things about the Illamasqua cream blushes so I really want to try those. Fist Dixi because that looks amazing!

    I have Mac's Ladyblush but it turns out grey and ashy on me because I'm too tanned for it to show up on my skin 🙁 Such a great color though, but I need something more vivid and stronger in color.

    Great post Michelle 🙂

  9. Imo says

    I love that illamasqua blush! I sadly missed out on the Mac in lilyland collection but it would have been nice to try out the blushes as I heard they are fab…you should change the name of your blog to blush rules! Just saying LOL


  10. Stefanie says

    What lovely colours!! I agree about the texture of the Mac creme blushes – I find them difficult to blend sometimes. The Illamasqua ones are fantastic!

  11. MUA says

    I don't know why but cream blushes scare me to death !!! I am always afraid they 'd look greasy or they 'd slide ….But they look lovely !
    I love the lipstick color ….

    Caro xxx

  12. Askmewhats says

    you cannot stop your blush addiction! LOL There's never going to be enough blushes for blush addicts! 🙂 I love all shades you've swatched!!!

  13. Laura Beth says

    How did the creams wear through out the day? I find some get blotchy.


    xox Laura beth

  14. Makeup Majesty says

    amazing! thank you so much for doing a blush review – i think blush variety is overlooked sometimes. great post! xoxo

  15. Anca says

    wow, they actually look quite wearable when swatched. very pretty 🙂
    I love the natural, dewy look you can achieve with these but my poor complexion can't stand cream blushes :/


  16. Lipstick Rules says

    thanks everyone!

    @Laura Beth: these have good lasting power for me and didn't get blotchy at all. Lasting power is even better when you layer with other products like highlighter/bronzer and/or another powder blush on top.

  17. Laura Beth says

    Awesome, yeah I usually have to apply a cheek stain first to keep my powder blush on throughout the day. 🙂


    xox Laura Beth

  18. Catch Me If You Can says

    I've been thinking about picking up MAC's Ladyblush it looks like such a beautiful, natural color!

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