Product Type: Boots 17 makeup
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There's Such A Thing As Too Pink
17 Blush Powder
Member Name: musicmad2020
17 Blush Powder
Advantages: Cheap, sleek packaging, variety of shades
Disadvantages: Difficult to blend, too easy to apply too much
Whilst strolling through boots one day, I came across the 17 make-up section. What caught my eye was some beautiful shades of blusher, and with a "just in" sticker placed on the front, how could a girl resist? There was a few shades to choose from, but "First Flush" caught my eye the most. It is a very strong, dolly pink shade, and under the shop lights really stood out amongst the other shades. At £3.49, it is undoubtedly the least I have ever paid for a blusher. Was this an absolute steal or would it let me down?
As you may imagine from the shade, this blusher is pigment rich. I applied over my liquid foundation, with my Dior blusher brush. My usual technique is to smile, and apply on the apples of my cheeks and then blend out. With my regular Dior blusher, I am used to applying several sweeps on each cheek, to build up the cover evenly whilst blending carefully, to ensure each cheek is identical and the overall effect is not too subtle or too strong.
With the 17 blusher however, because it is *so* pigment rich, I found it very difficult to achieve any subtlety, even if I only applied a small amount to the brush and brushed it onto my hand first to remove any excess powder... everytime it just comes out BRIGHT pink and I look like a child who has been in Mommy's make-up bag. It is also nigh on impossibly to blend out or reduce the effect. It was a bit of a disappointment, and afterwards my blusher brush is coated in it's pigments - something which normally takes a long time to happen with my other blushers.
Having said that, I have pale skin and I appreciate there is a chance I simply have gone too bright for my own colouring. I think if you are someone with a dark skintone, or someone who wears quite thick make-up then this blusher would be perfect for you because it really does show up on the skin. Although it's a blusher I personally struggle to get right because in all honesty it doesn't suit me - I still don't wish to write it off because quite simply, the colour I chose "First Flush" is a very pretty colour.
It should also be noted that to appreciate the true shade of the no 17 blushers (of which there are 6 to choose from: Damson Wine, First Kiss, First Flush, Nude, Plum Puff, and China Pink) , you should really look at them in store, not online. When researching the other shades on the Boots website, I noticed how different "First Flush" looks in the picture as it actually does in real life. The sample pics are also way too tiny to decide if the shade is right for you, so definitely try the tester on your hand in store to be sure!
As for the packaging, I have to say I am really impressed with it's design and funtionability. The pot is made of a solid plastic, and is black with a clear lid to see the exact shade you are buying. It is a screw-cap mechanism so no flipping off the lid and the product going everywhere in your bag! It is also lightweight, and about 2 inches in diameter so very portable and would be great for travelling with. Overall, the packaging is really sleek and certainly much less bulky than other blushers I own. It also doesn't look or feel cheap, given in price - cheap is exactly what it is!
Unfortunately, unless I miraculously get a deep tan this summer (unlikely given I am literally the white sheep of the family), then this blusher doesn't suit me. I have struggled to get a subtle effect from it, however I will persist as it's so beautiful. I also feel that it is very reasonably priced compared to it's competitors - Benefit, Max Factor and Mac to name a few. If you are someone who doesn't want to spend an awful lot on make-up, then this is a product you may well like. Just make sure to try it first, so you buy a shade which suits you, and try not to apply a lot of product to your blusher brush!
Summary: A hit or miss depending on your shade selection