Product Type: Illamasqua makeup
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A Cream Blush Worth Talking About
Illamasqua Cream Blush
Member Name: Machair1
Illamasqua Cream Blush
Advantages: Beautiful application and natural long lasting colour.
Disadvantages: No mirror and expensive.
As the years have gone by my make up routine has adapted, and until fairly recently was only slightly changed from what I have always done. However what I have found since I went through my late forties and early fifties is that cream products look much better on my skin, and a lot more youthful. I say this particularly in relation to blushes, and I have several absolute favourites that I use everyday. My skin is normal and not especially dry as I have the benefit of being pre-menopausal despite my age of 52, but somehow cream products give a more natural appearance on my skin and I tend to use them most of the time.
I have several favourite brands but head and shoulders above all the ones I have tried are the cream blushes from the relatively new company Illamasqua. You can purchase these from Debenhams, Asos and from Illamasqua.com and here they retail for £18. It is worth joining the Debenhams Beauty Club which is a free loyalty scheme that rewards members with points if you shop there regularly. These points awarded on purchases contribute to money off future purchases as well as special event promotions. This can make these blushes more affordable as they are more expensive than some mid-price brands. Debenhams also offer free delivery on beauty products for members all year round.
I think the most important attribute of these cream blushes is that applied correctly they offer the ability to look completely natural with no harsh edges, and they facilitate this by being so easy to blend. The way I do it is to apply a foundation first and then I use a stippling brush (I use Real Techniques) and simply apply a small amount to the apple of the cheeks and blend upwards. I then highlight the top of the cheekbones to complete the look, and will often choose the Illamasqua shade of the blush called Lies, which is an excellent highlighting shade as well as a lovely delicate pink blush for very pale complexions. My two favourite shades in the range are "Dixie" which is a warm coral pink and "Rude" which is a warm peachy pink shade, and both these look so pretty on the skin. You only need to use the lightest touch as a little goes a long way with all these blushes, and by using them sparingly you can build up the colour very gradually until it is the desired intensity. I also have the shade Zygomatic which is a pinky brown, and I wear this when I want to create a more neutral and understated look.
All these shades last all day long with no need to touch up, and the shades Dixie and Rude in particular really impart that lovely healthy glow to the skin. I haven't tried any of the other shades in the range apart from Zygomatic and Lies that I mentioned, but there are some rather exciting colours and some dramatic shades to choose from including the blood red "Brazen!" There are many darker colours ideal for ebony skin tones and very light shades for more Nordic skin types.
The finish on all the shades except Zygomatic is dewy, (Zygomatic is a pink beige more matte shade that can also be used for contouring), and the highlighting shade "Lies" which is a pearl. I think it is this dewy finish that looks so youthful. There is also a cream highlighter available called Gleam in the shade Aurora which can be used to highlight the cheekbones in combination with these blushes.
To give you an idea of the public feel for these blushes Make-Up Alley members voted the shade "Rude" as 4.4 out of 5, with 79% saying that they would re-purchase. The shade "Dixie" was more popular with 88% saying they would re-purchase and giving an overall score of 4.8. Zygomatic actually tops the charts at 5 out of 5 and 83% saying they would re-purchase especially for days when they wanted a natural look.
All of these blushes can also be used on the lips, and this looks brilliant and something that I do with frequency and which makes them very versatile and easy for travel. I think another colour in the range worth looking at in the less extreme end would be Seduce which I understand is a deep raspberry pink and can look natural if applied with a light touch.
The packaging on these blushes is of excellent quality and the top snaps shut with a good quality mechanism, but there is no mirror provided or for that matter no applicator either. However a stippling brush is my preferred way to apply this or alternatively with fingers so a tool would be wasteful but a mirror would be helpful.
The only disadvantage really for me aside from the mirror is the price, but these last for ever as you only need the tiniest amount as they are so pigmented. One of these will easily last over a year with daily use - no question about it. I have given the product 4* because of the price and lack of mirror, but the blush itself is 5*
The product is easily removed at the end of the day with wipes or cleanser and I have had no skin re-actions at all from using these.
What I love about these blushes is that they impart a dewy glow but not a sparkling one, so they have a natural look and feel to them. I think their quality is reflected in the fact that I reach for them most days and they earn their place in my make-up bag without question, and are not something that I have in a drawer waiting for an occasional outing.
Other cream blushes that compare favourably with these are those by Daniel Sandler which are also of excellent quality, and Too Faced also have some good alternatives. Both of these makes are priced at a similar level.
I love these blushes and they are really my holy grail in terms of imparting a more youthful glow. I think they suit all ages from teens to middle age and beyond, and their ease of application and versatility makes them ideal for travel. A quality product from Illamasqua.
Summary: A quality product from Illamasqua