I have a whole array of blushes in my stash, from creams and gels to powders and sticks, but I have to admit that, until very recently, I really didn’t tend to venture beyond my small selection of favoured powder blushes during my day-to-day routine.
Then I discovered two rather unique items hiding within my make up arsenal – the MAC x Brooke Shields Creme Colour Base ($31) and the Josie Maran Coconut Watercolour Cheek Gelee ($22) – both of which have helped to completely revolutionise my cheek colour habits.
Now I know these might seem, at first glance, like your average cream blushers, but believe me, they are so much more than that. The two-toned MAC colour base can be used in any number of ways and applied with all manner of tools – the MAC website suggests brush, sponge, or fingers. Personally, I like to apply it with my fingers and then blend out with a stippling brush to create a more natural look.
And while the product looks a little bit scary in the pan – I mean, it’s really bright – it actually applies beautifully, giving just a subtle flush to the cheeks at first application, which can be layered to create a more dramatic effect if desired. I’ve also been using a quick dab of the darker shade on my lips of late, just to add a nice autumnal stain
On the flip side, the cheek gelee – which is what I am wearing in the picture above – is one of the most subtle cheek products I’ve ever used. Just as the name suggests, it creates a watercolour effect on your cheeks that can be built up ever so slightly, or left as just a light wash of colour.
Application-wise, I think fingers work best for this bad boy too – and most of the time I just leave it at that, without even bothering to reach for a brush. It is the simplest swipe and go product you’ll ever encounter and I have yet to ‘over apply’ no matter how heavy-handed I am!
Needless to say my poor powder blushes have gone a bit unloved of late…