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Clinique Blushing Blush Powder Blush
Member Name: jimmychoogirl
Clinique Blushing Blush Powder Blush
Date: 24/03/12, updated on 24/03/12 (101 review reads)
Advantages: so nearly perfect! - lightweight, soft and silky to apply, colours are lovely, defines cheeks
Disadvantages: not quite perfect - brush is not the best quality
Over the last couple of years I have become a big fan of Clinique and have used a variety of their products from skincare to make up and although I don't find all of their products to be exactly what my skin needs as a whole I still use many of their items on a daily basis. One of their items I use on an almost daily basis is their blusher, which I only don't use if I apply the Clinique Bronzer instead!
~~What is it?~~
Clinique is a brand that has been round for quite a few years now, though originally being famous for it's skin care items, it is now a well established brand that also sells the likes of Make up, fragrances and sun protection, etc.
The Blushing Blush Powder Blush is effectivley their blusher and is one of their most popular ones. It comes complete with a small little brush. There is a range of eight different shades, from darker plums, slightly orangey/ burnt reds to coral pinks, so I am sure that the range is wide enough to suit many people and is range that is much wider than other brands.
~~What Clinique say/ the claim~~
'Defining moment for cheeks. Silky formula sweeps effortlessly over cheekbones to create a natural look. Fresh, jet-milled colour builds to desired intensity with custom-sculpting brush. Long-wearing. Stays colour-true. Oil-free.'
~~Price and Avaliability~~
This product is by no means a 'cheap' blusher and costs £20.00 for 6 grams. As far as I am aware this is the only size it is purchasable in, though they do often offer a free gift, or sometimes when you buy a magazine there is a free Clinique item where you can recieve this blusher in a 2 gram variety.
This item is avalible at the Clinique online store; Clinique.co.uk, also the likes of Boots and some larger department stores such as House of Fraser and Debenhams.
The product comes in a rectangular/square container with a clear, plastic flip top lid, which in silver writing is clearly labelled Clinique. The blusher takes up about half the space, whilst the brush taked up the other half. The plastic is very robust and strong and despite is being dropped on the floor and knocking around my make up bag, it has remained in tact and as of yet the blusher has not cracked / crumbled.
~~Using/ Applying the blusher~~
As previously mentioned, this blusher comes with its own minature brush, however, I prefer to use my own. This is not because I think that it achieves a better look, I just simply cannot get to grips with this brush and although its small size is good for travelling, I don't think the quality of Clinique is quite represented in it.
With the brush it came with
The brush it comes with is fairly small in size, hence it being able to fit alongside the blusher. It has a clear handle and brown bristles, the bristles take up around 1/3 of the brush, which I think is why I find this brush difficult to use as you do not have much of a handle to hold onto.
To apply the blusher I swirled this brush over the blusher in order to pick up the blusher, which it did do very well, not collecting too much, neither too little. I then began to evenly apply this to my cheek bones. The blusher itself felt very light and soft, almost silky as it was being applied, however, despite the bristles on thr bush looking soft when I was applying it to my cheek they felt coarse and ever so slightly scratchy. It was not uncomfortable and didn't bother me too much, it was just that I was used to my much softer brush.
I also found the brush difficult to hold due it being small in size, I felt like I had to grip it in order to kee hold of it, rather than holding is loose, as I would have normally done it order to get a lighter effect. The blusher looked great once applied and although this brush did do the job, I wasn't really happy with the quality of it. Although the small brush does make this perfect for travelling and I can see the idea behind it, as an everyday brush I find it too small and the bristles are a little too coarse for my liking.
With my own brush
When it came to using my own brush, I applied the blusher in the same way, swirling my brush in order to collect the blusher. I found that my brush was also able to picks up just the right amount - the bristles on my brush are black, so I was able to see what the brush had picked up better and must say, it did seem to look like a lot, though when I began to apply it seemed like the perfect amount.
When using this brush, I could still feel the same texture of the blusher; soft, smooth and ever so slightly silky. It seemed to naturally blend across my cheeks in order to give me a natural glow, without any real need for blending. My blusher brush did seem considerably softer in comparison with the one it came with and in such the blusher felt smoother to apply.
The blusher itself was very light on the skin when applying, yet was still able to give my cheeks the pigmentation I was after. It did have a powdery texture to it when applying, though this was to be expected, but I was glad to see there was no fall out and the blusher kept to the area I was applying it to.
~~Results/ What did the blusher look like?~~
I was very impressed with the blusher on my skin. I have fairly pale skin, yet I like to have rosy cheek complexion, not obvious like a russian doll, but a real flash of colour, so the one I opted for was 'Smoldering Plum'. This colour was able to suit my skin tone fantastically and was really able to make my cheek bones stand out, whilst at the same time it was still able to look fairly natural.
The colour that I chose was a really rich pink colour and once applied I noticed that it had some ever so subtle glitter / light reflecting particles in it. At the time, I wasn't too sure whether I would like this, however, it is now one of my favourite features of this blusher. It adds yet more depth to the cheeks and the colour of the blusher and when these particles get hit by the sun outside, although they do not sparkle as such, they really bring attention to your cheeks and definitley make them more defined.
The colour lasted on my cheeks all day and managed to look natural all day, as I sometimes find that over the course of the day the colour of blushes can sometimes change, or become too obvious as other make u is worn away, however this stayed looking almost perfect all day. I loved the fact that it blended into my skin to well, yet also managed to sit on top of my skin, without looking heavy, which is what gave the blusher the natural look.
I was really impressed with this blusher, admittedly I did not get along with the brush, but the quality of the blusher completley makes up for this. It was ever so light and smooth on the skin and the fact that it is an oil-free blusher meant that it the blusher looked matte and kept the natural look all day.
I defenitley believed this product lived up to Clinique's claims, as although I do find most of their products good, I rarely ever find one that lives up to almost all of their claims. I think had the brush been of better quality then this item would have been prefect, though, as I said the brush doesn't bother me too much and I still do find it handy for travelling.
It was really able to define my cheek bones and add depth to them, whilst still looking natural; which is often something I struggle to find in a blusher. I have also tried some of the other colours from this blush selection and have been equally impressed by their quality, though the 'Smoldering Plum' colour is definitley the one for me.
I think this product would be suited to almost all skin types, due to it being non-oil based and a matte poweder blush it means it would suit oily skin, yet at the same time I think it is equally suited to dry skin due to the fact it is a very light powder and is not going to sit heavy or dry out the skin.
~~How long will it last? Is it good value for money?~~
This product, despite the fact it is used almost everday seems to last for ages! The 20 grams tends to last me at least a year, which is a really long time for a piece of make up in my drawer! I know that most make up should be thrown out after 6 months, however due to this being a powder based formula and being used nowhere near the eyes I can really see no harm in using it past this date and it means you definitley get your moneys worth.
Due to it lasting me this period of time, depsite the £20.00 price tag, I think this does make it good valur for money and the period of time it lasts and the quality of the item somehow justifies the initial cost.
-Lovely colours, wide range means suitable for almost everyone
-Fairly widely avaliable
-It comes with a brush, which some people may find handy for travelling
-Colour defines cheeks, whilst still looking natural
-Easy to apply, blends perfectly
-Strong casing, helps to prevent the blusher from cracking/ crumbling
-I found the brush too small to use (bristles were also a little too coarse)
-The price is a little hefty
~~Overall/ Would I reccomend~~
Overall, I really do love this product. Yes, the brush isn't quite up to Clinique quality, however, most blushers don't come alongside a brush, so I just see this as a little added extra. The fact that it is light on the skin, blends almost perfectly and stays in place all day means I will definitley be recommending this product! I know the price may be a little off putting, though I think the quality is definitley refelcted in this and it is really worth it!
I am giving this product the full five stars based on the quality and results of the blusher itself, rather than including the brush within this rating as I think I would have knocked off 0.5 of a star for the brush not being quite up to the quality I would have liked.
Summary: Beautifully Blushed!