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MAX FACTOR MIRACLE TOUCH CREAMY BLUSH
There is something so fresh and pretty about cream blush products, and for anyone over fifty they are a best friend in my opinion. I have many of them, and some particular favourites including this Max Factor blush that I am reviewing today.
Available widely and usually no more than £6.99 this is an absolute gem as it has five main attributes, and as far as I can see no negatives at all.
I am almost 54 and time is going by. I love to wear make up, but I have discovered in the last few years that less is more, and that natural, but fresh and dewy skin, seems to be less ageing than heavily powdered looks. I tend to choose light foundations or BB creams, neutral eye shades, and above all soft cream blushes to add a natural flush of colour. The effect I love is that of the appearance of just coming in from the cold, as if you have been on a brisk winter dog walk. Healthy and rosy, but not cakey or obviously made up. This is where this product excels, as it imparts a youthful wash of colour that blends effortlessly looking natural and beautiful, so let's look more closely at the five attributes I feel this product has.
5 REASONS I LOVE THIS!
Firstly it is inexpensive. At £6.99 this is a reasonable price and when compared to other blushes in my collection by Illamasqua, for example, that are over twice this cost, they are certainly on a par with those.
Secondly the packaging is dinky and neat, and as the product is best applied with fingers it is so travel friendly. I think of all my blushes this is the one that I take away with me the most as it is so lightweight and compact. It doesn't have an integral mirror however, which for the price I would not expect, but it does mean you will need one for travel if you want to apply this on the move.
Thirdly it is absolutely ideal for mature ladies, and for those with dry skin as it has moisturising qualities and it simply glides over the skin. Blending is so easy compared to the Stila Convertible Cream Blush or the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouges, that I also love, which have a slightly dryer texture than this.
Fourthly it has a lovely shade range that encompasses peach and pink shades well, and there is also a more sun kissed shade available called Soft Copper. My favourite is Soft Pink which is a very pretty rosy pink. There is also Soft Candy which looks like a dark raspberry in the pot, but is paler on application, and Soft Murano which is a bright red-pink. There used to be a shade called Cardinal which Lisa Eldridge used in one of her tutorials on a mature lady, but this is not widely available now, and may either be discontinued or US only, but you can still get this on Amazon or Ebay and it is a lovely coral. I can wear all these shades as they go on sheer and can be blended out easily, so you don't have to be afraid of the intensity of colour.
Finally it lasts all day and I really mean lasts. Its longevity is impressive, and I find I have no need to touch up at all. It also removes effortlessly in the evening with your make up remover of choice.
Over on Make-up Alley, the site where reviewers give their honest opinions about cosmetic products, there is a consensus of opinion that these blushes are superb. 82% say they would repurchase which is impressive.
IDEAL FOR EVERYDAY NATURAL MAKE UP
I think for me the benefit of these blushes has to be in their ability to be used on a daily basis to create a very flawless healthy and dewy look. I love them, especially for days when I want to look polished and don't have very much time, and especially for holidays when simplicity is the key. For example I will apply Estée Lauder BB cream, which is my favourite face product for easy make up days, a little concealer - often I will use Mac Moisture Cover or Nars Creamy Concealer. I will then apply a wash of cream eye shadow all over the lid and into the crease, I love MAC Paint Pot in Groundwork and will follow with a generous coat of mascara. I will then use Max Factor Cream Touch blush and a simple to wear, but pretty lipstick, such as MAC Velvet Teddy or Nars Mayflower. The entire look can be done in less than five minutes and it looks fresh and polished. You can even do all this without a brush, so if you want a holiday friendly make up this is it! I often exchange products, but the general idea is the same, and the cream blush by Max Factor is ideal for this look as it is effortless.
I can't recommend this blush highly enough as it is simply perfect and so tiny that it takes up no room at all in my make up bag. A gem for sure.
This review will also be posted on Ciao under my user name Violet1278.
I don't know if it was just a massive confidence crisis or even a flirtation with depression, but I spent much of 2013 feeling pretty naff about myself. Maybe it was down to the bad hair...the weight, the fact that I wasn't sleeping well and getting very stressed, felt uncomfortable about pretty much every aspect of my working and personal life...yeah, it wasn't great.
BUT. Work got better. I realised I am quite good at what I do. Family stuff got better. Various situations played out and were resolved - and by the time 2014 rolled along, I was ready to go at the year with life a lot more sorted and with clear goals. One of which was to stop moping about feeling sorry for myself and looking, frankly, crap.
Enter stage left shedloads of beauty products and skin treatments, and a really fundamentally honest enjoyment of using them, rather than plastering my face like some sort of camouflage shield to hide behind. And one of the old staples that I have pressed back into service was Max Factor's Miracle Touch Creamy Blush, of which I was lucky enough to receive a generous sample in a promotional giftbox some time ago.
To give you some idea of where this review is going, I have loved using it again. It's just a superb product - more on this later. But I had to review it and in doing so I just checked out the price of the Superdrug product page, and saw this introduction: "Foundation might perfect your skin but a hint of cream blush is the secret weapon to a healthy glow."
And how very true it is.
What you get for your £6.99 is a small round pot with what looks like a screw-off lid. My personal sample is a small square wit ha lift-off lid, which is a fiddly nightmare and has involved several incidences of thumbnails accidentally ending up squidging the product everywhere - thankfully the standard packaging looks far superior.
Within this clear-lidded pot you get a silk-smooth, cutter-like consistency blush in gentle shades of pink - mine was Soft Pink, although there are now a few variations of shade.
This is probably as close as I shall ever get to a beauty tutorial but this is now I use it; having applied a foundation - which happens to also be a Max Factor product- I then gently sweep my ring finger (I don't know why but this just seems to work and feel most natural!) across the surface of the product until a little has built up. I then share this product with the ring finger of my other hand and sweep both gently over the cheekbones. Set with a little powder if you fancy - I tend to become a little 'shiny' over the course of the day if I don't - and job's done. You have a pretty, natural and healthy glow. Very English rose. Sweep it lower over the apple of the cheek for that fair English maiden look, maybe a little higher on the cheekbone if you fancy a touch of the Cersei Lannisters.
And once you've done that, it stays there. Apply it over powder and you may find that it shifts but if you use powder on top to set it, this stays on all day. It doesn't budge, smudge, cake, dry, irritate or vanish. It's just a pretty, soft tone which honestly makes you look like you've had a lovely spring walk in some fields. You might even have conversed with a lamb, or patted a horse. You don't look like that bloke from Northampton who dresses up like a clown and scares the living daylights out of people, and if there are any passing knights on white chargers going about, all you need is a bodice and it's job done. It's that good. Alright it can't give you tumbling tresses, but you get the idea. Blokes in tights with those things that look a bit like banjos, and stupid hats with feathers in them, will sing songs of your beauty to weary travellers over roadside campfires. Okay that might be something of an overstatement, but I really, really love this blush...
Oh, and it lasts forever. Honestly. My sample pot is probably about half of a full pot and it's still going strong with pretty regular use. I my not be able to comment fully on the sturdiness of the official release packaging but then I'm reviewing the product, not the vessel it comes in. Will I be purchasing when I finally run out of my sample? Good god yes. For £6.99 you'll likely get about a year's worth of use of a product that makes you look more refreshed, glowing and gorgeous on a Monday morning than half the coffee in Costa ever could. It's brilliant. Go forth, buy it, thank me later.
As the title suggests this is going to be a rave review as I personally love the effect and the long lasting nature of this blusher. The blush shade that I shall be reviewing is the soft pink shade which is a lovely neutral pink shade (cool being a pink with blue tones and warm being a pink with yellow tones) which means it's suitable for both warm and cool skin types (there are 4 shades in this range of blushers: Soft pink, soft murano, soft copper and soft candy). This cream blusher is very pigmented therefore a gentle fingertip is required unless you want to look like a clown and due to the high density of colour this blusher would work well on both pale and dark skin types. One thing that some people may not like is the packaging as it is rather plain but I personally like the screw lid domed container and have never had an issue with it unscrewing or cracking and I've had a few pots of the years.
The method of application that I used is my fingertips ensuring that I wash my hands before touching the blusher. The blusher itself has a creamy glossy wax like consistency and I personally prefer these types of blusher over powder as my skin is dry and i hate the tell-tale clumping of colour that I get with powders. I tend to dab the colour along the top of my cheek bone as well as a little dab on my chin and temples to give my face an overall glow being careful not to overdo it as you could end up looking sunburn if used in excess which is never a good look. After the blusher has been blended there is a slight dewy appearance which is good for us dry skin types but I would hesitate to use this if I had excessively greasy skin and shine was a major issue for me. This blusher lasts the whole day on me whist at work but is easily removed at the end of the day with my cleanser which is fantastic as I hate having to reapply makeup at lunch.
I have used this blusher for years and although I may purchase the latest fad blusher I always come back to this one which is reasonably priced at anywhere between £5 to £7 depending on where you shop. I would recommend this blusher for those people who want a dewy natural blush which is longlasting and a dream to work with.
One thing I do own alot of is blushers in an array of different colours and formulations. My usual one is this one as I simply love it, love the colour I have and the way it lasts all day long.
Without some sort of blusher or bronzer (and I do favour blushers over bronzers in the main) I do look very ghost like indeed as I have really, really pale skin!
I am lucky I do have cheekbones but I do like to define them as much as I can and se no harm in making the best of what you have got!
This I bought in Boots a few months back and it isn't my first compact of this stuff by any means....no this is one I will happily repurchase when I run out of it time and time again!
This comes in a dark blue plastic container style pot with a see-through plastic twist on and off lid to the top of it and on that we are told what it is and who it by and then on the base of the pot the colour is stated and contact details for Max Factor are clearly given. No applicator or mirror is given which I actually don't mind though as I use my own.
This is available at about £6.99 a pot at the moment in Boots (though do look out for this on offer as at the moment in Boots they have a buy one Max Factor product at full price, get another for half price and things like that) and I usually get mine in Boots to get the points on my Advantage card though it is available in many differentt chemists and supermarkets and of course online. I always get the same colour in this called Soft Candy which is the darkest of the shades and this is also available to purchase in Soft Pink, Soft Copper and in a shade called Soft Murano, all of which are pinky tones.
This is a moist and sheer colour you can pop on directly onto your face or over make up, that is up to you of course. Its a sheer colour a bit like a thin but none sticky lipgloss and I use a cosmetic sponge to apply mine with.
I absolutely love applying this, a little of it goes a very long way indeed and its none greasy and gives a dewy finish that is really rather natural. Once applied I find I get a great coverage with just a little smear of it and that it stays put for hours on end then when I want to remove it that's also as simple as applying it and I just use my usual make up removing routine!
A pot of this lasts me months even with alot of usage and it has never once agitated my sensitive skin at all and quite simply I love it and think its fantastic and one of my top make up products of all time as there is nothing negative to say about it at all!
This review is also posted on Dooyoo under this same username.
I always like how blusher looks on my friends because I think that it makes the complexion look much healthier. I look the natural look, rather than looking like I've used blusher and as I had heard some good things about the Miracle Touch Creamy Blush by Max Factor.
What does the product do?
The product promises to make the skin look radiant, dewy and healthy, and to give you a gorgeous flush on the cheeks. It has a creamy consistency which Max Factor claim will stay put all day and it is suitable for all skin types.
The product comes in four different shades. There is Soft Copper, Soft Candy, Soft Murano and Soft Pink. I chose Soft Pink which is a gorgeous baby pink shade.
How do you use the product?
You can use the product alone or as a finishing touch to your make up. After applying my foundation, I rub my finger gently across the blusher, smile and then apply the blusher to the apple of my cheeks moving towards the hairline along the cheek bone.
Packaging and Price
The product comes contained within a very small plastic pot that is much smaller than you would normally expect from a blusher. The pot has a see through lid so you can clearly see the colour of the blusher inside. It has the name of the product written across it in black writing. The lid of the blusher is a bit fiddly to use but you need to ensure that it is replaced properly if the blusher is not to dry out. The product costs around £6 and it can be bought from department stores such as Boots, from some large supermarkets and also from a range of online websites.
Application and Performance
The product is highly pigmented and the colour you get on the cheeks is very evident. When you first see the product, it does look shockingly bright in the pot but this doesn't translate to the skin. You really don't need to use much of this product in order to get the desired result. You can layer the colour to vary the intensity of the look so you can wear it in a more subtle way during the day and then make it look more dramatic for the evenings. It has a really creamy consistency that it easy to apply to the cheeks. It glides smoothly onto the cheeks and it is easy to blend into the skin. You have plenty of time to work with the product before it dries. The colour looks natural, just the way I like it and it looks like a flush of colour on the cheeks. It does have a slight sheen to its finish which cancels out some of the naturalness but it does look pretty on the skin nevertheless. It feels completely comfortable on the skin and it hasn't caused me any irritations or made any blemishes form. The product has really good staying power and it will still be in place by the time I get home from work which is really good going.
All in all, this is a lovely creamy blusher which gives a lovely flush of colour on the cheeks. It is long lasting, you can build the colour and it is easy to work with. If you're looking for a creamy blusher then this is a good one to get for a reasonable price.
I have bought a couple of these max factor creamy blushers and really like them. In fact I like them so much I'm not sure I will ever be returning to powder blush again and here is why...
The blush comes in a 50p sized pot with a navy plastic base and a clear plastic twist lid. I would liken the design to a cross between an eyeshadow and lip balm pot. It certainly look too small to be a blusher as I am so used to seeing larger sized powder blushes. I did, however, think the pot looked nice in store and with four colour to choose from I knew I had to have at least one. The pot is functional and looks nice and for the price offers everything you would hope it would. I find it particularly useful to travel with because you don't need anything other than a finger to apply it with and it is a really versatile product in a small format.
The blush itself is similar to the texture and feel of a cream eyeshadow. It is soft to touch, easy to apply with a finger and feels very smooth once applied. It is a little tacky to touch so it needs a minute or so to sink in and dry (think how it feels when you apply a cream eyeshadow). The effect is really lovely, the colours are really nice (I own Soft Candy and Soft Pink). The creamy blush gives my cheeks a lovely, natural looking colour to them which is really nice and it blends in very easily allowing you to create a natural blush effect. It also integrates very easily with existing make up on the skin which only adds to the natural effect. I also use this as a lip tint, which is also works perfectly as - it is similar to a tinted lip balm in this way except the moisture sinks in leaving a nice stained pinky colour on my lips.
I have two pots and have been using them for roughly 6-8 months. neither of them has even a dent in the contents and I can easily see these lasting me about 6 months + with fairly consistent use. This is because you need very little to create a really lovely look and due to the fact that it is so long lasting.
They cost roughly £6.00 to purchase from most high street stores, though can be found cheaper on deal and online. I will never go back to powder blush, these cream blushers are easier to use, require less associated equipment (brushes etc.), last longer and look better. In terms of value for money these are second to none and now a staple in my beauty box. Go out and get yourself some, you won't regret it.
My favourite blusher by a long way.
In the summer or warmer months I like to change my blusher over from my usual powder form to that of a cream blusher; mainly due to the fact I prefer the more dewy finish and believe they are easily to blend, especially in the summer. I have never been loyal to a particular brand and although I have favoured some, they were not good enough to repurchase and for that reason decided to try the Max Factor one.
==~~What is it?~~==
It is a cream blush by Max Factor. Cream blushes are an alternative to the 'usual' powder blushes and aim to achieve a dewier look, whilst being easily blend able due to their creamy texture.
==~~Price and Availability~~==
This currently costs £6.99 in Boots which I feel is a pretty average price for a blusher nowadays, especially from a brand which is more established such as the one of Max Factor.
This product is available in from Boots and Superdrug along with some larger supermarkets. It is also available at many online stores, including discounted beauty stores, along with the likes of eBay.
==~~Variations/ Colours Available~~==
There are a few colour variations available, though I did find them to be manly pink pigmented and there were very few coral or orange/ peach based blushes. Nonetheless, the colour range was lovely and they seemed to have the right amount of both warm and cool shades to suit many skin tones. The colour I opted for was named 'Soft Pink' which was a salmon pink colour with some red tones which made the colour look really warm and perfect for the summer. I found the shelves in Boots to be well stocked and they seemed to stock more of a colour range in store opposed to online. I also found the colours to be very true to that shown on the sticker/ shelf when tested and although they did differ slightly, they were very good matches.
==~~Applying the blush~~==
I have tried many different ways to apply this blush and I found that some ways were much harder to blend the product than and it didn't seem to sit on my skin aswell.
The first way which I tried to apply this product was with my normal blush brush. My normal blush brush is quite fluffy so I was a little dubious as to how well this would blend a cream blush as it is normally intended for powder style products. I simply swirled over the cream blush and was pleasantly surprised at how well the blush transferred onto the brush. However, I soon found that the blush did not transfer aswell from the brush onto my cheeks.
It did not seem all that creamy when applying to my cheeks and was very hard to blend into my makeup. The brush did not seem to be transferring the blush onto my face and instead the blush got lost within the brush. I also found that what little blush applied to my face was very opaque and was far too bright to be able to blend. This was my least favourite way to apply the blusher and felt that the blushes looked far too blotchy and unblended when applied in this way.
The second way I tried to apply this product was with my fingers, which worked considerably better than my blush brush yet was still a little difficult to blend and did not achieve a flawless result.
When applying it this way I found out just how creamy this blusher was and to the touch it felt incredibly soft and was not greasy at all. I found that when applying this way the blusher was much easier to blend and seemed to give a more natural blushed effect. This is because when applied this way the blush was very sheer, meaning it could be built up to the desired look rather than the opaque look of the previous. I really liked the consistency when blending the product as it was neither thick nor sticky and instead was very smooth and had a lightness about it.
The third way in which I applied this was by far my favourite and was with my stippling brush. I found that by dotting this along my cheeks subtley I was able to build up a very natural look. The blush blended very well when using this brush and seemed to seemed to sink into my skin, rather than sitting on top. I liked the way in which the colour colour again be built up from a more sheer flush of colour to that of a more opaque colour.
I did find this product a little difficult to apply, especially for that of a cream blush which I had expected to be somewhat easier to blend. Although I have now found a way that suits me when applying this product, it is a bit of a pain of a pain to apply and have found that sometimes the colour comes out much more opaque than other times, making it hard to achieve a natural look.
Personally, I found the results to have been best when I applied the blush with a stippling brush. It had blended very well with my skin and had a lovely dewy look to it. Despite the dewiness of the product it did not make my skin look shiny and instead provided my skin with a natural glow.
It felt incredibly light on the skin and had no greasiness to it which I have previously experienced with other cream blushes. The colour I had chosen had a very slight sparkle to it, which I found reflected the light very well in order to add definition to the cheekbones and also somewhat acted as a highlighter. I normally prefer matte blushes, but I found I really liked this, as it was very subtle and was great for adding warmer tones to the skin in the summer.
I was also pleased to find that the product stayed in place and despite the recent warm weather did not begin to slide or become greasy and shiny. I have dry-normal skin, so I am not sure whether this cream blush would translate quite as well to those with oiler skin, though despite having relatively dry skin I was pleased to find that this blush did not cake over those areas. I found that after 8 or 9 hours the blusher began to fade and although I tend to leave it, if I am going out of an evening I do tend to find I need to reapply it.
Overall, I really like this blusher, in both the way it feels on my skin and results it gives, though is definitely not without its difficulties in applying. Though I have now found a way to apply the blush that suits me, it was very much trial and error and have very rarely had that much trouble applying a blush in the past; be it a cream or otherwise. I have also found that this product melts really easily, as if I have left my makeup bad near a radiator or out in the sun when returning to the product I tend to find the blush far too soft to apply and almost 'slidey' in texture.
Nontheless, I love the dewiness of the product and love the way it looks really 'fresh' on the skin and for that reason award it 3 stars, it's main loss of stars being due to the difficulty in applying.
So today I am reviewing the Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush. I have the shade Soft Pink and got this last summer when I wanted a cream blush that would give me beautiful, natural looking, dewy cheeks. It retails for £6.99 and you can get it in boots, superdrug and maybe some other supermarkets.
4 shades of the blush are available
- 14 - Soft Pink
- 9 - Soft Murano
- 3 - Soft Copper
- 7 - Soft Candy
It is packaged in a round pot with a clear lid that easily comes off. You can see the shade in the shop and there is also the shade listed on the base sticker. It should be used within twelve months of opening and the pot can be recycled.
- My Opinions -
I really like this blush, the texture is very smooth and creamy but it's not melty creamy. It's really, really smooth and easily comes onto your finger but it doesn't melt off on your face. It's really hard to describe ! It blends out really nicely too into such a beautiful, natural finish. I really love the shade, it is a gorgeous, light pink and at first it looks really bright and scary but trust me, it blends out beautifully but it is really pigmented so don't get too much !!
You can apply this in several ways, I apply it using my fingers, but you can use a stippling brush or a sponge etc. Overally, I really love this blush. For summer, it is my all time favourite blusher and I will be wearing it every day till it runs out ! I love the fresh, dewy appearance it gives my skin and makes me look so happy !! I give this 5 stars !!
There are three items of makeup that I just cannot leave the house without having them on: foundation, mascara and blusher.
In a recent splurge to top up my makeup bag I picked up Max Factors creamy blush in the colour soft murano as a part of a 3 for 2 deal in Superdrug.
Soft murano is described as a dark pink. When you take the lid off the small pot you also notice it has a hint of shimmer which makes the dark pink look less scary.
Although this is described as a cream blush, it is actually quite a solid formula which means it is fairly difficult to use too much of this product at once. This solid state also means that it would be fairly impossible to apply with a brush, as you need a little body heat to melt the product slightly to get it onto your skin.
After applying foundation and powder I use a clean finger and sweep across the product to get colour onto my finger. I think the body heat also allows for me to be able to blend the blusher fairly easily to get the finish I want. If I want more colour on my skin I just repeat this step and blend.
The blusher gives a really dewy fresh finish because of the light shimmer. However, if you like a more matte finish to your makeup then this product could still be for you if you apply a powder over the top to stop the shimmer.
I'm not one who usually tops up makeup during the day but you wouldn't have to worry about that with this product as it is hard wearing.
I love this blusher and I'm glad I took the risk to try it. The colour is fab, but there are also a good range of other colours with this item which means there should be a colour to suit all skin types. Although the pot is teeny tiny and fairly pricey at 6.99, the solidness of the product means I foresee it lasting me for many many months.
Max Factor is a make up brand who offer face, eye and lip make up.
The Creamy Blush from Max Factor claims to offer a healthy glow to skin. It is suitable for all skin types and claims to offer a dewy finish to your make up. It can be applied over the top of foundation.
The blush is available in 4 shades :
*14 soft pink - a medium pink shade
*9 soft murano - a dark pink shade
*3 soft copper - a baby pink shade
*7 soft candy - a reddish/pink shade
The blush is simply packaged into a round, plastic pot with a screw off lid. There is a clear lid allowing the shade choice to be seen in the shop and the shade is listed on the base. The blush pot can be recycled and should be used up within 12months.
The full size blush is 14g (I think though no website confirms this). All colours are available from Boots priced at £6.99.
I didn't personally buy this Cream Blush. It came in a set of mini products from Boots and this is a ever-so slightly smaller size that the one at £6.99. It lay in my makeup bag for a while as to be honest, I prefer the convenience of a powder or loose powder blush. I've used Max Factor before and they seem decent enough for a mid priced makeup range.
I suppose I didn't use this for so long as I wasn't really sure how to use it! Unlike a powder blush, you can't simply sweep a brush over it and sweep it across your face. I suppose you could use a makeup wedge of some sort but that is too much wastage and faffing about for my liking! I decided to use my fingertips to apply and this does take a bit of getting used to. I have shade soft pink which is quite an intense pink in the pot.
~The Miracle Touch?~
The blush is fairly solid in the pot but smoothing my fingers across the surface, it softens and a creamy layer is formed making it easier to transfer from the pot to my finger. The blush does feel cool and slightly tacky to the touch. Be warned this does dry in quickly and can cause a clown look. This happened the first time I used it as I didn't spread it quick enough and it sort of settled on one part of my cheeks!
I apply the blush after my powder has settled and I can confirm it doesn't smudge or cake the powder at all. If I am quick enough, it glides on without dragging my skin and the colour transfer is instant. I of course only use this on my cheeks to brighten them up and give them some colouring. The blush feels very smooth and soft against my skin but does keep the tacky feeling for a short while.
The soft pink shade is quite strong on my cheeks and very noticeable even with a small amount. It is a very rich colouring and emphasises my cheeks perfectly especially if I am wearing a light coverage powder underneath. Unlike powder blush, the creamy blush acts like a better highlighter and brightens the cheek area. It isn't shiny or overdone but is much fresher, less matte and does offer the dewy finish that it claims.
The blush lasts very well on my cheeks and around 7hours after application, the colouring has barely reduced. It feels very light on my cheeks and doesn't irritate or go patchy. More often than not, it lasts longer than my powder underneath! Any remaining blush sweeps off with a makeup wipe or a cleansing fluid.
My little pot still remains fresh and moist. It looks barely touched but I don't use it often as I prefer the hassle free application from powder blush. I need to wash my hands after applying this so it is a bit of a faff! It is worth the £6.99 cost and I would recommend the soft pink shade for more intense colour. If you want something less obvious, the soft copper may be a better shade choice.
Thanks for reading x
Having never used cream blusher before, I was advised by a friend that's what I should be using. (I had been using powdered blush with a small amount of vaseline across the high cheek bone to add "radiance" ... which, by the way, works - try it!)
I ordered it online from boots with the Xperience foundation and as it cost more than £15 I got a goody bag from Max Factor free with it too. I was very excited for it's delivery but I must admit, on opening the box and seeing the blusher I thought UH-OH...
It is VERY pink in the pot and a very tiny pot at that, I thought i'd made a big mistake. HOWEVER, swirling my finger into the blush, it felt like silk. So soft and luxurious but not at all sticky or "tacky". I blot the colour into the apple of my cheeks using said finger and smudge, gently, outwards. It's really not as bright pink as it appears in the pot. It gives skin a real healthy glow but gives the appearence of a natural 'matt' flush.
I like to finish over it with some bronzer sometimes, by my ears and outer eyes. Mixing the powdered bronzer with the cream blush on my skin only adds to the natural rosy cheek affect. I love it. I really would never go back to using powdered blusher, it's too cakey, too matt, creases easily and looks too obviously like makeup compared to this creamer blusher, which is naturally glowing, healthy colour - not artificial and it doesn't add a stain like some creams and tints do.
I feel in my teens again, a classy teen!
As for the size, do not worry!! you only need one swirl per cheek, I can see this lasting me for the full 12 months!
Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blusher. A total rip off. Here's why //
This blusher comes in a very small (about 2 inches across?) pot. The lid is see through and the base is black. The packaging looks SO cheap - at first I thought I'd been sold a knock-off, to be honest.
You can see the colour through the lid - I had the colour pictured, can't remember it's name as it was on the base and I didn't spend much time looking at the base.
To use / you use your fingertips to apply this to your cheeks. CAUTION ; Use the very tip of your finger and only press it REALLY lightly against the blush - this stuff sticks to your fingers quite drastically and more than the tip of your finger will make you look like a complete idiot/clown.
The colour was far too dark for my pale skin (my own fault) but I also found it very greasy and hard to apply. It slid around my face and there always seemed to be TOO much of it.
When I was younger I was never really any good at applying blusher and aways seemed to end up looking like someone had just given me a hard slap in the face! I used to use powdered blusher but never really liked the result. So the next time I bought new make up I decided to see what alternatives were out there. It was then that I discovered Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy blush in Soft Pink. I was a bit scared at first as I was unsure how much to apply but my unease soon subsided. The soft pink cream blush is subtle and easy to apply. It blends well on the skin to leave a natural healthy glow. However beware if using the other shades available!!!!
The Soft Candy shade looks nice in the pot but can be very overbaring if applied incorrectly. It is also very hard to blend to a natural look.
Although the pots are small and cost around £6-£7 each just a tiny amount of this blush goes a long way so don't be put off by it's size or price. I would recommend this product to anyone who feels they need a change from old make up habits.
I usually always go for powder blushers over the cream variety as I've never had particularly good experiences with cream blushers in the past and can never gauge how much to use to avoid the ripe tomato look. However, on a recent sort through my make-up I realised that my current blushers have been languishing there for well over a year - high time I got rid of them. That impulse moment obviously left me sans blusher, so I'm currently using Mum's cream blusher (this one) as a substitute until I go to town and buy a new one.
***What it looks like***
It's a small 'pot' (emphasis on the small) with a transparent lid so that you can clearly see the blusher inside before you commit yourself. If you're not familiar with cream blushers, they are basically quite glossy and not too dissimilar to cream eyeshadows in texture. This one is actually more in league with a lipgloss than a blusher and is thinner than the cream blushers that I've used in the past.
You only need a miniscule amount of this blusher to achieve a healthy blush - as I discovered when I scooped a small fingerful out and found that it would probably have been enough to cover my whole face and would have left me looking a lot like a clown if I'd applied it all to my cheeks. With this in mind, I'd suggest that lightly touching your fingertip to the blusher and using what becomes imprinted on it should be an adequate amount. That might sound insufficient but once you've rubbed it in to the general cheek area, you'll usually find that it's plenty - less is more! It's easy to blend and you don't really need to do any more than just blend it in with your fingertips. It sits nicely on the skin, although I rarely use foundation, powder or concealer so I can't comment on how blending this into your skin will affect those.
***How much it costs***
I was pretty shocked to find that this sells for roughly £6 in the shops as there's not really much to it, it's very small and it doesn't seem to differ all that much from the Miss Sporty cream blusher I once bought and discarded for a fraction of the price. To be honest, I'm not sure that it's worth that price tag and you can probably find other cream blushers that do the same job for less.
For example, you can get Maybelline's mousse style blushers for just less than £6 than from what I've seen of them, they seem more substantial than this one. If cheek tints are more your thing, MeMeMe do a combined cheek and lip tint for just less than £5, so the £6 price tag does seem quite steep for the size of the pot.
It does a good job and it's not difficult to use, but I just don't feel that it warrants the price tag - especially given the rather miniscule size of the pot. I have few doubts that even at that size, the pot will take a while to run out as the colour is rather strong and you only need the tiniest amount.
I bought this in Boots as I needed some blusher but they had run out of my favourite 'Dream Matte Mousse' blush so i had to find a replacement brand that would work just as well.
When I first saw the price of around £6, I thought it was pretty expensive as the pot is really quite tiny but went ahead with it anyway as I had used the same brand of foundation and thought it was great. I opted for the 'soft copper' shade as it is a slightly browny hue of pink, as I really hate the sugary/bright pinks because they seem so unflattering and harsh against my skin tone.
The product itself definitely does have a surprising consistency as it looks and feels more like a lipbalm and I was worried that it would be very greasy and difficult to rub into my skin. However, it actually did sink in and blend on top of my foundation surprisingly well and I also only really needed a tiny amount as the colour was quite strong- which is probably why it comes in such a small package.
The packaging is very small like I said before and actually reminds me of those cheapy little 'Miss Sporty' eyeshadows I used to use in my early teens (and of course thought they looked awesome at the time and cringe at the thought of using them now...) The good thing about the product is that because it is small it fits so nicely into my makeup bag and even goes in my purse its that small (I reckon its no bigger than a couple of £2 coins.) The packaging does look a bit cheap and tacky though and as I am paying over £6 for this product I would expect a more professional, trendy packaging rather than just a uninspiring lump of mass produced plastic!
I find with this product that I have to use my finger to rub it in to get the best looking results as the strange consistency means that using a sponge just doesn't pick up the colour as well.
The ultimate finish to a healthy glow!