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I have very pale skin and I have to wear a blusher every day otherwise I just look really ill. I have to be really careful about what shade I use because I can very easily look like Aunt Sally if I am not really careful. I bought a lovely powder blusher from Maybelline called Expert Wear. I had noticed these blushers around for a while but the shade I wanted in particular (the lightest one) was never available in the shops as they always seemed to have sold out, so I was really pleased a few weeks back to find that Superdrug had a whole pile of the shade Rosewood in stock as this was the one I had been searching for for ages.
This blusher comes in a choice of five shades, Rosewood being the lightest one and perfect for my very pale complexion. The packaging of these blushers is plain and simple and it comes in its own small plastic case with accompanying teeny tiny little blusher brush. I never use the blusher brushes that come with blusher compacts as they are always far too small, and this one is no exception. The bristles are short and stiff and to be honest I just threw it straight in the bin and used my long handled soft blusher brush, that I have had for years.
This blusher claims to last for up to six hours and that it won't fade throughout the day. It's easy to apply and as the texture is so nice it's very easy to blend with a decent brush across the cheeks and achieve a really natural looking inky glow to the cheeks. The trick is not to apply to much at first and build I up slowly to achieve the desired result.
This particular shade is obviously the only one I have tried as the others would be just too dark for my complexion. The blusher does last all day, I cannot deny that and it goes on evenly and smoothly and looks really fresh. It sort of makes my complexion perk up a bit and stops me from looking consumptive. It's easy to remove with ordinary make up wipes or make up remover lotion and its not a blusher that is heavy or thick in texture as it gives a really natural glow to the skin.
Overall, for just £5 I have to say I am delighted with this particular blusher. I love everything about it, from the way it looks, to the way it lasts so long and even the price. I can see me using this for ages too as I only have to use a few strokes to achieve a perfect finish.
Because I have quite pale skin I like to wear a bit of blusher on my cheeks as I need a bit of colour but find bronzer a bit too harsh. Therefore, when I ran out of my No 7 mineral blush I went in search of a new one and because there was a buy one get free offer on Maybelline I decided to try their Expert wear blusher. I went for the rosewood shade as it looked the palest shade but still with a pinky hue (one the shade charts Rose almost looks darker than it is but I use the palest foundation available in most brands and this works for me) as I need pink tones to match my cool skin rather than peach tones.
There is nothing particularly special about the packaging as it is in a plastic case with a pot of shadow and a small brush. I don't use the brush to apply my blusher as it is very small and fiddly and a bit rough- it just doesn't apply well. Instead, I use the kabuki brush I got with my No 7 mineral blusher and that works much better.
Well according to Maybelline this is a:
"Powder blush that lasts for up to 6 hours. Lightweight powder dusts on evenly without fading for a soft, natural result that lasts. "
I use this blusher everyday and it is really simple to apply - I just sweep my kabuki brush over it and apply to my cheeks. The consistency is quite smooth (it has clearly been finely milled) and it doesn't feel at all gritty when you apply it which some cheaper blushers can do. Once on it blends nicely and doesn't look too obvious (but off course a lot of that is to do with shade selection) as it is a nice texture it does blend well giving a nice subtle flush. The blusher comes in 5 shades: -peach, rosewood(which is quite lilacy), golden bronze, rose and Flash plum (the darkest shade they do). The one thing I would say is the range is probably best suited for paler skin tones as there doesn't seem to be a massive range for darker skins but I am not an expert there.
I also find it stays put quite well and basically last as long as my foundation does so I can get away with wearing it all day at work without having to reapply. If I am going out straight after work I do reapply it but it does last well on a night out. Overall I would say I get about 6 hours wear out of it which according to the Maybelline website is what the blusher promises so overall I am pretty pleased with it. I have also had it for months (about 4) and it barely looks like I have touched it so it will be really long lasting.
At £5.19 in Superdrug it is not the cheapest blusher you will find but it will last for years and is really easy to use and if you can get in a muliti-buy offer it works out as quite reasonable.
Overall I am awarding this product 4 stars mainly for the annoying brush and price.
Majority of the year I'm quite pasty and look very pale, it's only when the sun comes out that I find my face turn a nice shade of brown, so I find that for the rest of the year I need a bit of something to perk my skin up with. Not that there's anything wrong with being pale and 'interesting' my skin just looks a bit dull without a bit of a colour on it. During the summer it's fine, because I get a nice brown shade and thanks to my freckles I get a nice bit of definition on my cheeks!
~*~ Maybelline ~*~
Another one of those big make up companies that most people know, or have at least heard of. When I was a lot younger I always thought Maybelline was for people with a hell of a lot more money than me, but as I've got older I find it far more approachable - and quite for my age group now actually. They cover most bases with make-up, from foundation, to nail varnish to lip gloss - often on 3 for 2 in Boots, and always coming out with new make-up from what my make-up bag looks like; they are one of my favourite brands!
~*~ Expert Wear Blush ~*~
Is a smooth powder blusher that is meant to last six hours on the skin, is lightweight and has staying power. It comes in five different colours, which vary from fairly pale to quite dark colours; I have the Flash Plum version - which is probably one of the darkest colours in the range, but the pale one did look very pale, and I have the dark one to set out a contrast without being ridiculous to my freckles when I wear it in the summer!
~*~ Do I Like It? ~*~
I've had this blusher for months, and I mean months ago - but then again it is meant to be able to be used for 24 months. It doesn't really look like I've used much of it either, but then again I do only use it when I'm trying to highlight my cheeks - as when I was on placement I didn't really bother to use it, no one to impress in the hospital! Even if you are using it every day though, for the amount you need you're unlikely to get through it in a few weeks, because the colour is quite rich even in the lighter shades, you'll not need a lot. Provided you use a big blusher brush, as the brush that you get in the packaging, just pulls off so much colour at once it will mean your pack will last less time than maybe you would like it to. The brush provided is a bit rubbish if I'm honest, it drags lots of colour off and then when you go to put it on your face, it goes on in one clump and then the brush doesn't really effectively blend it in. So my advice is to get a big blusher brush to use this blusher with, so you don't look daft with big lines of colour across your cheeks.
The packaging is easy to open, and fairly simple to deal with, the box comes with a 2inch square block for the brush and then she same size for the actual blush. So you get quite a lot of blush really, if you are applying it with your fingers - the blush seems really hard to the touch, but if it's on a soft brush and applied to the skin it becomes quite a lot softer and easily blendable. When it's on your skin it is actually quite a soft blush, compared to how it feels in the packet anyway - it genuinely makes my face a lot softer, in the places I apply it to. When putting it onto my brush I just find a couple of sweeps over the top puts a nice covering on to the bristles, without being too much that when you apply it, it goes everywhere, especially as it does have shimmery particles in it so too much will make your face look a bit glittery!
It spreads quite smoothly over your face with a big blusher brush in the places you want it too without going everywhere, it is meant to least six hours after application - and I'd definitely say it does that actually, I've still noticed it at the end of the day especially if I've been busy - because then I'm not touching my face at all and it's got nowhere to rub off onto. On a night out though, or on holiday when you're a bit hot - you might need to put a little bit more on because with a bit of sweat it will easily come off unfortunately, though if it does look a bit excessive, pop a bit of powder over the top to dull it down a bit and help you to not sweat it off too quickly. It will blend in really nicely with your skin, even if you find your skin tone is quite blotchy, as it will use the different pigments to blend it in with your natural skin tone. It's never looked too much on my face, even though I am quite fair and have the darkest blush, so it's just a matter of knowing where and how much to apply to your face. I've never been brilliant with blusher - but this really makes me look like I know what I'm doing so not going to complain at my make-up skills now!
Getting it off your face is easy with a wipe, or face wash - especially if you put a bit too much on it's easy to get off so it's nothing to be worried about being stained for life by. I've never had any issues with skin irritation either as a result of using this, so I find this a pretty fault free blusher for me if I'm honest. Apart from the fact it wasn't quite the right shade for me, so I had to make do with the one I picked, at five different shades it's not really enough but you can blend it with pressed powder or a bit of shimmer pearl.
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
At the minute it seems to be quite cheap on eBay for less than £4 a packet - but in stores it is a bit more pricey at £5.19 in Boots and Superdrug, but keep your eye out for 3 for 2 offers as normally I get my blusher for free with a more expensive foundation and pressed powder. It's definitely worth a go for a soft on your skin, scent free blusher.
Powder blush that lasts for up to 6 hours / Lightweight powder dusts on evenly without fading for a soft, natural result that lasts / Why you'll love Maybelline New York Expert Wear Blush: Soft, fade-resistant colour / Colour doesn't change for up to 6 hours / Keeps a fresh, just-applied look for hours / Comes with an application brush / For best results: For soft, natural look, brush Maybelline New York Expert Wear Blush along cheekbone sweeping upward /