Favorite Summer Blushes

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Aside from being a ridiculous nail polish hoarder, I also have a thing for blushes. Because I wear fairly minimal makeup on a daily basis, that pop of color on my cheeks is important in making me look healthy and awake. I've amassed a decent-sized blush collection over the past few years (decent meaning not as disgraceful as my lack of eyeliners, but not nearly as embarrassing as my 40+ nail polishes) but I rotate them in and out of my daily routine.

Probably the biggest factor in deciding what cheek color I wear is the season we're in, so I figured this would be a perfect time to share with you my favorite blushes for summer!

(Leftmost: MAC Peaches on top, NYX Peach on bottom, Middle: NYC Pink Flash, NYC Wild Berry, Right: Benefit Bella Bamba).

MAC Peaches: This blush looks scary in the picture--like it's actually a muddy bronzer or something! But in real life it's a straight up papaya orange shade which actually still looks pretty intimidating. The genius part here is that it's a more sheer formula, meaning you'd really have to work at piling the product on to get tangerine orange cheeks. With just a few taps of your brush into the pan, though, you get this gorgeous peachy flush that looks especially amazing if you've got a bit of a tan. I like that this blush is matte because I don't usually want shimmer on my face when I'm going to be sweating so much, but MAC does a more pearlescent form of the same color in Springsheen. I don't get too much use out of this during fall and winter, but it's definitely my most used blush for summer and overall, it just makes for a nice change from the pink cheeks I usually wear.

NYX Peach: I haven't done a post on NYX blushes before, but here's my review in short: pigmented, smooth, and $5.99. Enough said. Peach is a cool-toned baby pink color that has a bit of orangey warmth lingering in it which makes it a lot more wearable. (Plain pinks don't always suit my yellowy skin tone, but blushes with a touch of peach work much better with my coloring.) I've dropped mine, as you can probably tell from the huge crack, but that doesn't mean I love this any less. Peach is also matte which is a finish I pretty much only wear in the summer unless I've broken out all over my cheeks and don't want shimmery blushes drawing attention to that. This product doesn't really look like anything special, but there's something about it that I can't put my finger on--it just seems to brighten my face and give me a bit of a lift. In any case, I can't get enough of it!

NYC Blushable Creme Stick in Pink Flash: A few weeks ago, I wrote about wearing cream blush and how it didn't stay put in the humid weather and this was what I wore. Nothing's really changed since that post--this guy still does not hold up in mugginess, but I wear it on days when I'll mostly be indoors. And if you thought Peaches was a scary orange, this might actually terrify you because if the MAC one was papaya, this is a pumpkin-tangerine hybrid. Seriously, if my highlighters die on me while studying one day, I really think I might use this instead. But Pink Flash's (hey NYC, there's nothing remotely pink about this color!) creamy formula means it blends out really easily, leaving less of a orange splotch and more of a vibrant peachy wash of color. I've heard it's unsanitary to do this, but I just dot a little on each of my cheeks and rub it out with my fingers, adding more as I see fit. Some days when I really feel like wearing brighter cheeks, I'll put on a little of this first and then add a touch of MAC Peaches on top--no better way to say "summer" with your makeup!

NYC Blushable Creme Stick in Wild Berry: This is another seemingly intimidating one, but like Pink Flash, it's surprisingly wearable. I never thought I'd be saying that about a stick of creamy fuchsia, but there you have it! Again, this tube doesn't see the light of day outside of the summer months, but if you blend out the almost clownish magenta, you get a really pretty purple-tinged rose color. Frankly, this would look stunning on darker skin, while those who are a little fairer will want to be super careful of how much they apply. You can always add more product on, but it's a lot more difficult to take off!

**P.S. NYC Blushable Creme Sticks? $1.99 each!**

Benefit Bella Bamba: I've written about this before, but it keeps showing up on my blog because I keep coming back to it! Like I've said before, it's a more strawberry pink version of Nars' Orgasm with much smaller particles of shimmer. I love the famous Nars blush and all, but I find this Benefit one to be much more wearable and user-friendly--it's just smoother and easier to put on. Technically, I use Bella Bamba all year-round, but it feels more appropriate for these bright, sunny days.

Phew!

That was a lot--thanks for sticking with me to the end!

And for those of you who didn't, or if you just like a brief summary, I bolded the color descriptions of each of the blushes.

Fun blog posts coming up--skincare and hair stuff included!

Hope you're all well!

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