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Blush lasts all day
Clinique Blushing Blush Powder Blush
Member Name: helenc72
Clinique Blushing Blush Powder Blush
Date: 07/04/12, updated on 19/07/12 (86 review reads)
Advantages: Looks natural, sturdy compact with mirror, lasts all day, compact lasts months
Disadvantages: Provided brush is not great
In my opinion blusher is one of the most important items of makeup as it really brightens up my face, makes me look healthier, more alive and rosy. I am quite pale so I need a nice blusher to stop me looking washed out.
I bought this Clinique Blushing Blush compact in shade 120 "bashful blush" 5 or 6 months ago.
=== Packaging ===
The blusher comes in a flat rectangular compact with a silver lid bearing the name Clinique in small block capitals. There is a mirror inside the lid, which I find a nice and handy extra. The bottom is clear plastic enabling you to see the colour of the blusher. You get 6g of blusher and a small brush is provided. The compact casing is very sturdy and has withheld daily usage and carrying in my makeup bag, the odd bash and being dropped on the floor. The powder has remained solid with no cracks, and the case is still completely intact. The only slight packaging issue is that the silver lid has become a bit scratched and worn away at the edges, making it look a little scruffy. However, considering I use it every day, I think a little bit of wear and tear is to be expected.
Inside, the blusher only takes up half the compact and I would prefer if the blusher area was slightly larger. Personally I don't use the provided brush as it is the flat, slanted kind which can sometimes lead to your blusher looking a bit like "racing stripes" on your cheeks if you aren't careful! I have a better more rounded blusher brush which I prefer (Body Shop one), so the brush area is just wasted space for me. However, it is quite handy to have the brush included for use on the go on the rare occasions I don't have my own brush, so I can't really criticise its inclusion.
=== Application and wear ===
This is a powder blush so application is very simple and self explanatory - it should be applied with a brush. As already mentioned, I don't think the provided brush is ideal, but it does the job if you don't have your own blusher brush. I apply this on the apples of my cheeks and sweep it upwards to give a rosy and natural glow.
My shade, bashful blush, is a really lovely, natural pink. It is not too sugary or bold that it looks fake but neither is it too subtle that you can barely notice it and wonder why you bothered! You don't need to use a lot of it as it is quite well pigmented. My shade is matte with no shimmer, meaning it looks more natural. I sometimes combine it with another blusher which has a slight shimmer and other times I wear it on its own. I have fair skin and dark hair as you can see in my profile photo and the shade Bashful Blush is ideal for someone with my colouring. There are 8 shades to choose from at Boots including pinks and peachy shades. A lady at the Clinique counter recommended this shade to me and I find they are usually very helpful and happy to suggest colours if you are not sure.
Now for one of the best things about this blusher - the colour stays on and stays true all day. With some blushers I find they have completely disappeared when I look in the mirror in the afternoon but with this I never need to top it up, as it stays on.
Although 6g does not sound like a huge amount of product, I find that this compact lasts for ages. I have been using it every day for over 5 months and there is a lot left. I haven't hit pan at all. I have another blusher (8.5g) which I like from another brand and I find that I hit pan in the middle after only 2 or 3 months, so the Clinique one compares well.
This blusher is available for £20 from Boots. I think this is good value considering it is a daily essential for me.
Summary: An excellent natural blush all day every day