I like to buy make up and make myself up when I go out for the evening and i like to bguy a variety of products so that I can achieve a particular look. I bought this because I thought it looked so bright and vibrant and thought it would make a really big impact, far different to the products that I normally have so it added something different to my make up case.
This comes in a little compact with a blusher brush. I really like the brush as it's flat and I find that this helps me to apply the blush to my cheeks. The way it's shaped makes moving it up your cheeks in a sweeping motion is really easy, you can create a good line with it. I like that it fits in the compact too so you don't need to carry around a brush separately.
Now the blush itself is really vibrant, it's raspberry pink and very bright so you don't need to put a lot on. I normally find that just one sweep across each cheek is sufficient and so for this reason it means that it lasts a long time!
The only criticism I can think of is that is it a little powdery so when I apply it it's very easy for it to end up on my chin when I don't want it to!
I do like this though as it's very lovely and I love the brightness of it, it creates a lovely effect
WHAT IS IT?
This is powder blush that is made by Barry M. The shade I have got is called raspberry.
WHAT I THINK
I have used many blush products and this one is very cheap but I think it is one of the best. It is quite hard to blend but when you have taken your time to apply it the blush looks very attractive because the raspberry shade is bright but not so bright that you look strange when you are wearing it. The blush is not as bright as it looks inside the compact but it is not a natural colour.
There is a small brush in the compact but I do not use that one because I have got my own make up brushes that are alot better in quality so I use them instead.
When you apply this blush it is important not to put too much on your brush to start with because if you do that it makes it harder to blend and you might end up with a mess if you do not blend the edge parts of the blush properly.
This does not look natural and it is not supposed to but it looks fun and flirty and that is good sometimes because I think using bright make up sometimes is good for you and it shows that you can have fun and not take yourself too serious.
I am happy that the colour of the blush lasts for a long time but when I take off my make up it is easy to remove also.
This blush costs about £2.99 and I think that is value because even though it is not the best of quality I think it is a nice product that I like to use for a change.
4 Dooyoo Hearts.
When it comes to blusher it is something that I own rather a few of as I rely on them to emphasis my cheekbones and give my pale skin a bit of colour or I cant tend to look a bit washed out looking otherwise.
I bought this rather a long time ago in Superdrug for £4.59 which I thought was a great price for a Barry M product and the products from this range that I'd had in the past....well I'd been pleased with so I felt that this was worth a go!
The packaging of this is rather simple. The blusher is oblong in shape and set into black plastic with a clear plastic flip top to open lid to the top of it and on that we are told what it is and who it is by and then on the under side we are told what it is, the colour is stated (Raspberry in this case) and contact details for Barry M are listed. Inside there is small black blusher brush provided but no mirror.
The Blusher Itself:
The shade of this is a nice, deep berry red and rather dark. It is easy to apply but I do find the little brush a little fiddly to use and that it saturates to much powder into one small area for my liking so I don't use it and use my usual trusty large blusher brush instead to get a better more even coverage.
I find with this one sweep is very much enough per cheek as it is such a dark and richly pigmented colour. Its easy to blend as long as you only apply a small amount at a time and gives a smooth finish though use too much of this and it really is very dark and tougher to blend!
It contains no glitter and added vitamin E and is meant to last 8 hours on the cheeks once applied, well it does and in fact I think this stays on my skin longer than that and more like 10 ours with no smudging or colour fade at all.
It isn't shimmery but does give a bit of a light reflecting finish and when it comes to removing it, it is simply and easily removed with my usual make up removing routine and it has never caused me skin agitations at all.
I think the quality of this is superb, that a little of it goes a very long way indeed and my only bicker with this is that the shade is so dark and that the compact is a bit cheap looking! Other than than if your happy with the colour of this you wont be disappointed with it I'm sure!
Available from all good Chemists, I bought mine in Superdrug and at the time it was on offer on a buy one get one free deal so do look out for offers!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I am a fond lover of Barry M products especially the dazzle dust eye shadow pots - I have loads of them to experiment with. What makes Barry M that bit different from other make up brands is the energetic bright colours they offer in a range of eye shadows, lip sticks, eye shadows and nail varnish. In particular I love their blushers which stands out a bit more than others.
The blusher I am reviewing today is the Raspberry one - which is the darkest pink one in my opinion.
The design of the blusher is very simple and cute - the blusher powder sits in the black container in a rectangular shape - and this is the perfect sized section to use with the tiny included blush brush which sits in its own compartment under this.
There is a transparant lid over the top of this which opens and closes over the black compartment by a hinge at the top. The transparant lid tells you the product is blusher and comes from the Barry M range - and is decorated in black swirls and flower patterns which looks great over the see through lid with the pink blusher showing underneigh.
On the back of the blusher it tells you the product has a total shelf life of 12 months and contents come to 7 grams.
This particular blush is the hottest pink in the Barry M collection and can be easily sweeped up using the included blush brush. There is a mild Talc scent with the product which kind of reminds me of old lady make up...
You don't get given any information on contents of this blusher but one thing I liked when researching the product was finding it contains vitamin E - which is great for keeping skin in great and healthy condition.
The actual ingredients included in the product are :
TALC, MICA, BIS-HYDROXYETHOXYPROPYL DIMETHICONE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, FRAGRANCE, METHYL PARABEN, PROPYL PARABEN, AMYL CINNAMAL, HEXYL CINNAMAL, LINALOOL, BUTYLPHENYL METHYLPROPIONAL [+/- CI15850:1, CI77891, CI15850:2, CI73360, CI19140:1, CI15985:1, CL77499, CI77492, CI77491]
* Taken from Boots.com
I heard a saying once that darker haired people should go for the more redder shades and blonde haired people to go for the pinker shades... Me being blonde with that saying is what attracted me to the bright shades of Barry M. However I am very light skinned and didn't think about how much this particular shade would stand out on my skin when I purchased it. It stands out like a sore thumb... and due to the lightness of my skin I feel it doesn't blend into my normal face powder as well as I expect. However I have had a lighter shade from this range and had no issues so believe its just happened due to the darker shade so have no real complaints other than the fact its too dark for me.
The great thing about these blushers is they really can last ages before you need another one - I have had this 6 months and use sparingly maybe one a week and I would say I have only used the top layer so far.
Availability and price
Barry M is widely available now through Boots and Superdrug mainly as well as online outlets such as Amazon - the cheapest I have found the blushers is at Tesco.com at £4.59.
The Barry M blushers come in six colours - which are all different shades of pink.