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The blusher comes in its own little compact box, which is really plain on the outside with just a black colour with Elizabeth Arden printed on the front of it. The blusher is easy to open, just by a lift of the lid. Now the inside of the box looks a lot better than the outside. When you open it up, on the top of the lid you are greeted with a mirror that is the full size of the lid, at the bottom, you have half of the base filled with the blusher, then the other half contains a brush. The brush has a protective plastic lid over it which is easy to remove and easy to put back on if you have a steady enough hand to do so.
Using the blusher
The first time I used this I tried to use the brush to apply , but the brush was soft it did not apply this to my liking, and was barely noticeable. So I tried applying it using my fingers instead, so I just rubbed my fingers over the blusher, rubbed it into each cheek. This seemed to give me the desired look that I wanted, and made me have some colour into my cheeks. The blusher did seem really silky smooth, which is always a good thing, because that means that it will even out on the cheeks better, and that is what it did
I would have used a better brush if I had one, as the brush I found to be quite rubbish, but in the end my fingers did a better job than what the brush did. Once I used my fingers it seemed so easy to apply, and blended in really well, so that I did not look like Aunt Sally.
For my birthday this year I got lots of lovely gifts, including a selection of Elizabeth Arden products. One of the items I got was the colour intrigue blusher. This was one of the first of the products I tried, because I'd been looking for a new blusher and hadn't had a huge amount of success with the ones I'd purchased.
I naturally have very pale skin with quite a reddish tone to my cheeks, which I'm very conscious about, but when wearing foundation I can look a little too pale and so need a good blusher that I can put over the top. I prefer the dewy look you get from cream blushers, but do sometimes use powder blush and given the brand name/price of this product I had high hopes for it.
The casing of the blusher is fairly nice to look at, being packaged in a sturdy black case trimmed with gold. There's a small mirror inside the lid which is useful, and also a small brush included. I must admit, I have never used the brush, as I prefer to use my own, large blusher brush, because I always find the smaller brushes included with these things give streaky application.
When applying to the cheeks the powder is light and glides smoothly across the skin. The shade I was given is slightly darker than anything I would have chosen for myself, so I was a little concerned it would make me look like a clown, however I found that it looks quite sheer on the skin. This means I can build up the colour by adding more powder until I get the desired effect.
Another thing I like about this blusher is that it doesn't look caked on, or heavy against the skin. Sometimes face powder and blusher can be very noticeable, but this one is so light, it looks really natural once you're wearing it.
The effects of this blusher are long lasting and I've never found the need to be re-apply it throughout the day.
I knew this would be on the pricey side, being an Elizabeth Arden product, but seeing as it was a gift, I had to look up the exact price online. I was shocked to see that it costs £21 from Debenhams. I do occasionally treat myself to expensive items of make-up, but personally I would not pay that much for this particular item. Don't get me wrong, it's a very good blusher, but I think there are other, much cheaper products that do the same job, and for me, this is way overpriced.
It is available in eight different shades that I'm aware of, possibly more.
Overall, I found this to be a good product, it's lightweight, doesn't look caked on or heavy on the skin and gives a lovely, natural finish, so I am still going to give it four stars, however the price does let it down, because whilst it's good, I don't think it's outstanding, so I would not pay £21 for it.
Lightweight cheekcolor that glides on for a radiant, natural look /