“ Brand: Boots 17 / Type: Blushers „
I found this blusher in the sale once as it was only 50p and it was a limited edition piece! Even though I don't tend to use blusher as much, I thought I could use it as eye shadow as well. But I rather use blusher as blusher rather than eye shadow.
The blusher came in three colors so that you could mix them together to create one color. The colors they had were white, pastel pink and bright pink, however I do think that they are the wrong choices of pink as the white and the pastel pink mixed together looks too white and if you add the bright pink with the white and pastel pink it will look too pink and you end up looking like a clown! Not a good look unless you're auditioning for the circus!
Also the shades of pink that are included are more suitable for those with olive or darker skin.
As I do not need to apply much blusher, I had to use more as I had a terrible make-up mark that took forever to remove so I gave up and grabbed the blusher - but it made my make-up look worse, but thank god I was only going to a local theatre and no one I knew saw me! However it does tend to wear off quite quickly and will need re-applying every now and then.
Another bad thing about this blusher is that it leaves weird marks on the blusher which makes the make-up more difficult to come off the applicant.
But one good thing about this blusher is that it is a good size to fit in your handbag or make-up bag! So more room for your bag!
Luckily this blusher was cheap, (originally it was free whenever you spend five pounds or more on n017 products, and luckily it was a free item as it would have probably been a waste of money!) no wonder why this blusher ended up in the 50p box! But this is not a blush I would use often and it has ended up in the bottom of my make-up box!
When someone told me last week I looked dead I was horrified coupled with the fact I'd been to the pub the night before and looked in the mirror and my skin had eaten the blusher powder I had so carefully applied that in the toilets of said pub I ended up with this girl smearing her brush all over me covered in some sort of dark bronzer stuff trying to revive me which made me look like a scary looking clown person. I felt miserable about it and I dislike being pale alot. So miserable was I that I went out to Boots on purpose to buy a decent blusher which I did and I came through the cash out and this stuff caught my eye as I was leaving the store so I bought this as well lol.
Now I'd decided that powder combinations are probably not for me. I started to notice that they vanish too quickly on me and I need to not only work at getting a nice, even and well blended result but I can't seem to make that result stay above a couple of hours (tops) and I really need something that lasts me longer. Blusher I feel isn't something I can simply slap on willy nilly and as I feel like. I can't with my pale skin apply it in not very well lit pub or club toilets and I don't want to have to carry it around with a big blusher brush etc neither. I want to go out and have fun not try applying make up half pis... lol I have enough stuff in my bag already anyway! Of course I forgot all this when I saw this pretty little compact and got dazzled by it and forgot that thought completely! I got caught up in the shopping moment yet again! However at £5.49 (3 colours in 1) when I realised what I'd done I wasn't too bothered for the price of it and still thought it's worth a go!
Light blush pink plastic base with clear plastic flip top lid. It's quite big, round and flat and on the top in silver writing it simply says 17, Skin Awakening Blush. On a large white label that almost covers the base I'm told all in black writing that it's 17 Skin Awakening Blush once again, there is a bar-code and under that I'm told the product is made in China, contact details for Boots are given and finally the recycle symbol is on there. It's nice simple packaging in design but makes me think it looks like kids make up cos it's a bit cheap looking but it's functional and quite sturdy so if you want to take it out and about and put it with other stuff in say a handbag your quite safe to do so because it is plastic and is quite robust (though I wouldn't go chucking it abut of course lol).
Well when you open the flip top lid your eyes are met with three strips of colour that come length ways down the compact. They are not separated but not blended together either. The lines between them are defined but they are all attached and in a circle shape (well it is a circle compact lol). Over the top of the powder and ingrained into the product there is like a diamond pattern which is textured. On the left hand side of the compact you have a white colour, next to that (in the middle) you have a blush kind of pink which is fairly pale but is a real pink and then on the end a brightish quite garish rosy pink.
Now to use them is really very simple (If I say that believe me it is lol). You can apply over make or under make up it's your choice, the powders work anyway you want them to. You can swirl a big brush over the lot and get a mix of colours or you can use individually it really is up to you.
Me I never wear blusher on a 'naked' face as I don't have good enough skin so if I'm not wearing make up that's that and I'm staying in so I don't care anyway so I always use it over foundation. Now if I want a more noticeable bit of colour I apply this over pressed/loose powder as sort of the last product on my face. If I don't want a harder look then I use it over foundation and simply 'set' the colour in with some pressed/loose powder.
So the blush itself if you smell it in the compact has a slight cosmetic smell to it. Nothing gross and when your using it and it's on the face it has no smell to it at all. The powder to the touch is as smooth as velvet. It isn't highly powdery so even when you shove a brush over it, 'crumbs' don't go everywhere which is great because after all you do have three colours in there and you don't want to get them looking all scummy and dirty or anything. If powder does all get mixed up in the compact you can simply blow it off anyway but really I find these mess free.
However the powder does come away and onto a brush with ease and not to thickly but not too sheer either. It's a good amount and you can re-add more product as you work. You choose the amount you want and are always in control with this.
So if I want just a bit of colour on my cheeks I rub a blusher brush over all three colours gently and apply it with gentle sweeps and gradually build up the colour until I'm satisfied. All three colours mingle so well it's like using one colour and I get a nice pinky colour on my cheeks. However I can use the colours separately and the whitish colour I think is a highlighter.
Although I don't think the highlighter is particularly amazing at highlighting (it isn't shimmery enough in my opinion to highlight) it is nice mixing it with the other two colours to give a little definition but it is only a little definition.
I do like being able to sort of mix my own colours up and having the choice. The lighter pink is great on me mixed with the darker shade of pink and the darker pink of the two is great for night time use or times when I really do look mega pale.
Very easy to use and I like the choice loads. Not sure they would suit alot darker skinned girls than me, particularly the white and light pink shades although on very dark skin maybe they would show up more so if your interested it's worth testing them out in Boots (Boots own product). I like the texture on my skin and the fact they are so easy to blend however I work hard to make the colour stay put, I use a foundation base and lots of pressed/loose powder etc and build up the colour and I can only get the results to last about 3 hours max which still isn't good enough for me on for an evening out for reasons I explained earlier. However for a bit of radiance and a pick me up and if your willing to reapply these are not bad at all! For me though not ideal so it depends what you need and expect from a blusher really!