“ Brand: Boots 17 / Type: Blushers „
Those of you who have read my recent reviews will know that I had a bit of a new product binge in Boots recently. But as with all things I'm trying to achieve the best possible results, whilst also taking into account the long term health of my skin, whilst also being on a tight budet.
I recently invested in a Max Factor foundation and free lip tint pen (reviews already up) for a combined total of £13.99. Already that felt like a bit of a steal but I also needed some hair products and a new blush and hate going over a psychological block of £20 in one shop - daft I know but times are tight!
I commute a very long way to work and back and also am quite insecure about my appearance as I suffered from bad skin when I was younger. As such I will pay more for a good product if necessary but my complexion is much strong these days and I also don't need a vastly impress blush - I just like something light to highlight my cheek bones and give a natural looking glow.
So, I decided to do a bit of experimentation with a new blush. Previously I had used a very good and very cheap product from the Boots Naturals range - frankly it was so good that I couldn't believe how cheap it was. That came in a small round, screw top pot, which was great for transporting to work with me as I didn't have to worry about it popping open and also, when the product ran low and crumbled (as they always do!) it meant I didn't have to worry about the powder exploding all over my make up bag and brushes.
But I decided to look elsewhere as there is one criticism I have of that product, that being that whilst the colour was nice, the finish could be a bit abrupt, therefore not looking overly natural at all times. So I looked slightly higher in the pricing stakes and found another Boots range - 17 - had a product called Blush & Glow for £3.99.
Blush & Glow first caught my eye for two reasons other than price; firstly it came in a similar twist-lid pot to the Naturals range, this time in black plastic with a clear lid. Through that lid you can see that the product is split in half - half the colour, the other half a soft, white powder with a tiny degree of shimmer. Could the combination of these colours soften the over all effect and negate the "abrupt" colour sometimes provided by the Naturals equivalent?
The answer is simple. Yes! First I tried this with my finger on the back of my hands; swirling my finger over both colours to blend, the effect was so subtle as to barely be noticeable. I was sold and couldn't wait to try the product properly, so I snapped up a £3.99 pot of Strawberry Swirl.
I am pale with brown hair and dark eyes so I can look bit washed out, hence why I like a subtle brush of colour on my cheekbones for definition - but I find a strong colour looks cheap and over done.
I apply my blush not with a typical blush brush but with a small, twist-out capped foundation or blush brush that is given free with Clinique pots of finishing foundation powder. I find these great as you can twist them back and cap them and not damage the bristles, which also means product residue doesn't taint your make up bag. Great tip for women who are busy! The only downside of this is that, as a small brush, it can be hard to get a soft blend on a blush.
This product has completely negated that. I have now been using it for over a week and I love it. I swirl the brush over the top of the packed powder and tap it a little against the inside of the lid to keep coverage light. Then I just sweep, as lightly or generously as I like, along the cheekbones.
The product is a real credit to the budget range it is from. The blending of the white and pink powders means that there is no abrupt edge to the coverage, the light shimmer of the white powder is subtle but effective, but doesn't look remotely "night clubby" or even that made up. It doesn't even look like you've put a notable amount of blush on, but the healthy glow and natural definition it creates wit h the light is absolutely perfect for me.
In short, I can't see myself using another blush for a very long time. Officially one of my favourite beauty products of all time!
Firstly, let me just say I'm a huge fan of the '17' range at Boots, they provide a wide variety of blushers, eye shadows, eye liners etc. The range is relatively cheap however it certainly delivers in quality and I would certinately reccomend 17.
Initally, the cute cream and pink duo attracted me to the product. The packaging is very appealing and cute. I decided to try this blusher, and at the reasonable price of around £3 it seemed a bargain. In this duo, there is two colours combined together - a very rosy, red colour, which is jam-packed with pigment and also has a nice shimmery sheen to it; the cream side is more sheer - not as much colour but it certainly delivers that glow and compliments the rouge colour very well. It certainely lives up to it's 'Blush and Glow' name.
When applying this blush, I used a basic blusher brush (you cam get them for around £5 at Boots or Superdrug). The powder is quite dense, there is alot of product in the small pot. I swirled my brush around the both colours, making sure I got an even distribution of both shades and I applied it to the apples of my cheeks. Amazingly, the blush gives not only vibrant colour but an attractive, healthy sheen to my skin aswell. For an added bonus, you can also use the cream colour to highlight your brow bone. This is truly an amazing blusher - worth every penny!
Overall, a great product from the 17 range and I would reccomend it to any skin tone. I have quite pale skin and it certinaly gave me a healthy colour to my cheeks. This colour is great, especially in Summer months. I will definitely be buying Blush and Glow again. 5 stars!
***BOOTS 17 BRAND***
The 17 range is only available to buy from boots as it is their own brand. This is a fantastic cosmetic range which is good quality and also affordable. The range includes Eye-liners, Eye shadows, Mascara, Foundation, Bronzer, Powders, Lipstick, Glosses, Nail Varnish and Nail Care, Self tanning products and they do accessories which includes make up brushes, cosmetic bags/cases, false nails and more. Very often with the 17 range if you spend over a certain amount you will get a free gift such as a cosmetic set or other single item such as an eye-shadow or mascara. The 17 range is cheaper than other cosmetic brands and their items are as just as good quality.
I have been using the 17 range for well over 5 years now and they continue to bring out new products and different shades and types of products to suit everyone. Although I may not use their products every single day, I am always on the look-out for new items and promotions on the 17 range.
***BLUSH & GLOW***
Blush & Glow is a new product which has only just been introduced to the 17 range. I stood out from the other blushers as it had a blue label saying 'Just In', which caught my eye and it looked and sounded great so I thought I would buy it and give it a go. There are 2 colours available which includes Peach Melba and Strawberry Swirl. I choose the Strawberry swirl as I preferred the pinkish colour rather than the peach and I also thought this would go with my skin colour more as I'm quite pale. The blusher itself comes in a black plastic pot which has a clear lid so you can see the product inside. The blusher is made up of 2 halves which include the pinkish colour and then a pale, shimmer colour. The lid simply unscrews to reveal the blusher. On the back of the blusher it says that this product is dermatologically tested and fragrance free. It also gives you the name of the blusher which was Strawberry Swirl. The blusher is £3.69, but I got this when the range was on offer for 3 for 2, so I got the cheapest 17 cosmetic item for free.
***USING THE PRODUCT***
I thought the pink colour looked quite dark and I was slightly worried that I may end up looking like a clown; how-ever I was sure I wasn't going to need a lot of this product to create the desired effect. I used a blusher brush and wiped the brush across the powder and then onto my cheeks in an upward sweep motion. I repeated this once more and looked closely in the mirror. My cheeks had a lovely subtle colour to them and also a lovely glow to them as well. Although half the blusher looks shimmery, when applied it looks more glowing rather than glittery and sparkly. I was very pleased with the result and got ready to hit the town. The blusher lasted throughout the night and it high-lighted my cheek bones very nicely. A few friends's also complimented me and asked what I had used on my cheeks to make them glow. The blusher is easily removed with facial wipes and comes off with a quick wipe.
I think this is a fantastic product and makes a nice change from using just normal blusher. I would personally only use this on a night out as I think it may look a bit too much in the day. A little bit of blusher goes a long way and you don't need to use a lot of this product to create a glow which means the product will last quite a long time as well. I would highly recommend this product to anyone who loves this range but also to anyone who wants a nice glow to their cheeks when they go out on the town or for a special occasion. I know there are other brands which may have similar products and some high-lighting products for cheeks; how-ever at £3.69 this one probably comes cheapest and does a fantastic job. Highly recommended and will continue to use.
(review is also in ciao)