Product Type: Accessorize makeup
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Lovely, Shimmering Blush - But I Prefer Something More Hollywood
Accessorize With Love Merged Blusher
Member Name: missrarr
Accessorize With Love Merged Blusher
Advantages: High quality, long lasting, great packaging, really good value, lasts on the skin through the day
Disadvantages: Too shimmery for me, not a classic blusher
A while ago I ran out of a blusher that really impressed me from the Boots 17 range, and whilst I still regard that product as a bargain and a great blusher, I couldn't help but scout around the make up shelves of Boots to see what else had hit the market of late.
One thing I liked about the 17 product is that it was split into a pink, traditional blush-style colour with one half of the compact being a shimmery white powder, that added a touch of shimmer to your cheekbones without being trashy or too young. So, keeping that in mind, I fell in love with a Soap & Glory mixed-tone, pressed blusher...but not its price tag! It was £10, way more than I could justify spending in the last week before payday, but the tester showed how these mixed, pressed shades of powder combined to leave a beautiful, English rose, slightly shimmery tone across the back of my hand. With my sad face on, I left the store, blusherless and confused (violins, please!) and headed back to my parked car...
...which happened to be near Superdrug. Now, my mum moved to a new town recently and I was staying with her - one thing I've noticed is that for some reason, despite it not being a big store, her local Superdrug has a lot more concession stands than I'm used to, boasting cosmetic names I hadn't even heard of. I thought I'd nip in there and indulge my curiosity too.
Among the stands was one for Accessorize, who I have to admit, beyond seeing some nail varnishes in their St Pancras store, I didn't realise could claim to have a full range of cosmetics - shows what I know! So, taking a quick chance to glance at what they had on offer, my eyes fell upon a sizeable blusher compact, a clip-down lid with a silver ring around the circumference and a clear lid that showed a pearlescent, mixed-tone pressed powder below, boasting shimmery light pink and occasional swirls of darker pink. Golden butterflies flittered across the lid with the Accessorize logo also in gold. I was intrigued, tried a swipe of the tester against the back of my hand and realised that the product was precisely half the price of the one I had been lusting after ten minutes previously - a mere £5 for a significant amount of product. At this point my willpower, so masterfully exerted in Boots, caved to nothing, and this product came home with me.
***HELPFUL LINKS & INFO***
Accessorize, as the name suggests known for its accessories, is part of the Monsoon family and their popular bags, hats, shoes and jewellery can often be bought in or next door to Monsoon clothing stores. This product, a Merged Blusher in the colour Sensation, was my first foray into their cosmetic efforts. I had high expectations as, for all their accessories are high street and not as robust as you might always like, they are certainly superior to the likes offered by New Look or River Island, and Monsoon always screams quality.
You can find this product at www.accessorize.com, and some of the range is sneaking on to the Superdrug website.
***SO WHAT'S IT LIKE?***
Excitedly, I got home and took the product out of the bag. To open, you pop the clasp at the front of the lid and this pivots upwards. No brush is provided, but I always carry a small brush with me.
Beneath the lid you see a pressed powder dome with those swirling, mixed-together shades of pink. You really do get quite a bit of product here and the press seems very effective (to date, this has gone everywhere with me and also took a significant smack when I dropped my make up bag off the table, but the dome has yet to crack). I swirled my brush across the top and noticed immediately that when you do this, quite a lot of superfluous powder does come loose - however not enough to make you panic and think that the mixture is unstable or that you are wasting product and getting it everywhere. You just need to use the brush to scoop out the escapee powder from the compact now and then to keep things under control - I have yet to have this fall on my clothing or make a massive mess.
So onto the application....and here I found myself slightly disappointed...
I always wear foundation and powder and put this on top of it. I do like the colour, but I feel that the level to which this item shimmers negates some of it, and either the shimmering could be toned down (which I would advocate) or the colour made bolder (which I would still wear).
I just feel that, when applied, the sheer effectiveness of the light-reflective content of the shimmering light pink colour of this product makes it stand out and completely soften the darker tones. When pressed together in a pot this product looks darker than it does on my cheekbones, and unfortunately the unsatisfactory tradition of using testers on the back of your hand doesn't illustrate how this product will operate on a wider skin surface and at a different angle to light.
I'm very, very fair but I do think I could take more colour than this and because the shimmery tones of the powder are so much more noticeable - almost like a highlighter rather than a blush - I feel that this product is a bit 'young' for me and would probably look astonishing on a youthful 20-year-old who doesn't need to plaster her fair skin with foundation!
This said, just because this particular tone (and I believe there is a darker one in the range) is not ideal for me, it doesn't mean I'm not impressed. For a start, I wouldn't rule out picking up the darker tone and being a bit braver when this runs out - and that's going to be a LONG time! I still use this every day, particularly now it's spring, I'm just not madly in love with it and probably wouldn't buy this particular shade again. But I can't criticise the fact that it lasts, it doesn't look chalky or dry, and it doesn't transfer or flake off on my clothes (not that I'd advocate rubbing your face on your favourite white silk top!). It is a really nice product, and for the amount you get for it, the quality and sturdiness of the packaging and the longevity both in use each day and in terms of lasting as a whole, this is a strong product that, for £5, is an absolute bargain for early-20s or late teens who could easily shell out about £7 for a significantly smaller Bourjois blusher (although admittedly with them you'd have a blush brush and a mirror). Personally I just wish they'd put in a bit more of the dark pink pigment that I think I need to make my cheekbones stand out, rather than the dominating sheer pink shimmer that I just don't think I'm young enough to carry off any more - although with summer coming up, and the fact that with my currently red dyed hair may soon go brunette, this could well be far more suitable for me in coming weeks.
***IN CONCLUSION THEN?***
I really like the idea of this product and think it is both well done and well priced. Having used this consistently in two months since purchasing not only have I barely made any impact on the amount of product left, the colours in the merged powder are still separated and have not become one big, blended mess, and the packaging has not let me down once despite my being epically clumsy.
The fact that the tone isn't exactly right for me is not the fault of the product, but I will take one star off for being too shimmery and not blush-based enough, more of a highlighter than a blush in the conventional sense of word. To me, that sums this product up the best - this is a modern, girlie blush, not a classic, old-Hollywood glamour style blusher. This doesn't mean it's not a really high-quality effort, and for me it represents fantastic value and is a great, fun blusher.
If you're looking for the classic blush product, look elsewhere, but if you want a light, fun, girlie shimmer, then this is a high quality option for you. A good effort from Accessorize as they break into cosmetics, but this is not Hollywood glamour.
Summary: Really nice, fun product, just a little 'young' for me