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I had this really great half blush half bronze powder which was perfect for my pale skin to be used as a bronzer. I find most bronzers too dark and harsh on my skin tone and this powder was the perfect compromise. I bought the models own blush in peach blush to replace this powder when I finished it as I felt the colour was quite similar and that it might work in the same way.
This blusher comes in a flat, square palette. The packaging is predominantly clear plastic with an inset metal palette with a white plastic rim. There is relatively little writing/branding on the product - just the name of the brand in white and a stick on the back with a little information. The design is minimalistic, but almost in quite a cool way (especially when looked at alongside their other products as there is a smart, clean consistency to their branding). The lid on this blusher flips open, it doesn't click closed though there seems to be some buffer that prevents it from opening too far. My only real issue with this functional and clean packaging is that the clear plastic does tend to become dirty with powder which does somewhat reduce the aesthetic appeal.
The powder itself is a lovely mixture between a light bronze and a pinky blush - perfect for my skin tone and also for darker tones as a blush. There is the right mixture of matte colour and sparkle, it highlights my cheeks in a really lovely way and gives my skin a beautiful glow. I especially liked using it on holiday to give me a little added colour and to enhance my tan. The powder lasts for a few hours - which as far as I'm concerned is perfect for a bronzer because I usually only wear it in the evening or on holiday. If you are looking for a blusher then this might not be ideal as it does wear off relatively quickly compared to others I have used.
In terms of cost this product will set you back roughly £5.00 depending on where you buy it. I have bought this twice now because I really liked the colour and it acted as the perfect replacement to my previous powder. My only real issues with it are the shape of the palette and the amount of time it lasts for. The palette is a square shape which means the blusher brush I used struggles to pick up powder from the corners. This means you end up with four corners with a little powder in each and it is basically irretrievable - great, right? I think a circular palette is always a better design for a brusher as the brushes tend to be rounded and quite large. My other issue is the length of time this powder lasts me. The powder seems to be quite loose and though this is great for application it does mean that it tends to deplete quite quickly. I tend to have to replace this after a couple of months of use and keep in mind I generally only wear this product in the evening. I might have a look for a product which is as good but offers more longevity, but for now I will continue to use it.
Overall, I like this product I'd just like a little more for my money.
I'm a self-confessed cosmetics addict and I can't help but buy new make-up even when I do not really need to. However when it comes to cheek colour and blusher I tend to stick to the same two products. However when we went on a short break for a few days I forgot to take a blusher with me. Shamefully I couldn't do without my blusher but I also couldn't afford to buy a new blusher from my usual brand at £22 a shot so I decided to head to Boots to find a "cheap" blusher and came across the Models Own Blusher.
***Models Own Blusher***
I must admit before buying this blusher I had never heard of the Model's Own brand despite Boots stocking a range of cosmetics from the brand. The Model's Own brand offers a full range of cosmetics for nails, eyes and face and also sells beauty accessories at the lower to mid-priced end of the cosmetics market.
The Models Own Blusher is described to be "natural, soft and smooth and designed to be soft to touch and easy to blend into your face, leaving a natural, warm and healthy uplifting glow".
This is a powder blusher which comes in three different shades. These are Peach Blush ( a warm peach colour), warm glow (a bronze colour) and cheeky pink (a bright pink colour. I purchased the Models Own blusher in Cheeky Pink therefore my review will be based on my experience of this product.
The Models Own Blusher is sold in Boots, USC Clothing and online from ASOS.com and Amazon. You can also purchase directly from the Models Own website. The blusher comes in a 5g container and has a RRP of £6. Compared with other blushers on the market this is lower to average price blusher. However for such a cheap price I did not expect it to be as good as my premium priced £22 blusher.
At time of writing ASOS are currently selling this blusher for £3 which is a great saving and makes this an extremely cheap blusher.
***Application and Results***
The Models Own Blusher comes in a square 5g blusher container. This is a flat square container made from white plastic. There is a clear plastic lid covering the top half of the container with the "Models Own" branding on the clear section of the lid. Through the clear lid you can see the blusher and its colour within the container. The colour of the blusher actually sold the blusher to me as I wanted a bright pink blusher and it was immediately obvious that this was the colour I was looking for.
The downside to the packaging is firstly it is very flimsy. My container is still in good condition however it is the type of plastic container that if you drop the plastic lid is likely to smash off. Secondly you need to take care to shut the plastic lid down if you are putting in your make up bag to ensure it stays down as it lifts up quite easily. For some another criticism is that this blusher does not come with an applicator brush therefore you will need your own blusher brush, or in some cases (i.e. when you have forgotten a brush) you will need to blend in using your fingers.
As I mentioned previously I purchased this blusher because firstly it was reasonably priced and secondly it was a bright pink colour. This is a deep pink candy colour which I find that many brands do not offer and there are warmer peachy, bronze coloured blushers available.
To apply the blusher I use a brush from my MAC set. When swept into the blusher container I find I need two sweeps (one forward and back), this loads up with brush and I then shake off any excess before sweeping the blusher brush onto my face. I did find that a reasonable amount of blusher transferred onto the blusher brush and not a lot of effort or pressure on the brush was needed to do this. However despite this being a powder blusher the product is not overly dry and powdery so you do not get too much on the brush.
It is a personal preference how to apply blusher but I must admit I tend to sweep my brush down my face and down my cheekbones as I think this gives a more natural and subtle looking glow. The Model's Own Blusher when applied in this way actually gives a very subtle glow and within own sweep on each cheek the bright pink colour is transferred giving a very subtle colour without it looking too dark or dramatic on cheeks. For more natural day time make up I find one sweep per cheek is adequate to give a light colour that is subtle. For more special occasions or going out on a night time I use two sweeps per cheek to give a natural but more noticeable colour to my cheeks. Personally I feel for slightly more colour it would be possible to have another sweep of colour per cheek although this would probably be too noticeable and dramatic for how I like to wear my make-up. I do think more than 3 sweeps per cheek would be far too much and the look would be very clown like and anything but natural.
The colour of the blusher when swept onto the face is very soft and silky. I wear various types of foundation as my base. I wear a tinted moisturiser which has a slightly more moisturised feel however the powder blusher blends well into this and does not clump together or look patchy. I also wear a liquid matte foundation which has the feel of a powder foundation and when the Models Own blusher has been applied on top of this the look is very smooth and soft looking without an overly powdery appearance on my cheeks.
I'm ashamed to say there has been two occasions when we have gone away for the night and when applying my make up the following morning I have noticed I have not packed my blusher brush to apply this blusher with. Rather than forfeit wearing blusher I have actually used my fingers to apply the product to my cheekbones. As expected the effect is not quite as even or impressive as when I use a (professional quality) make-up brush but the Models own blusher still actually can be applied so it looks subtle natural and even. I was very surprised by this especially as the blusher is so easily blended and I do not feel I could do this with my more expensive £22 blusher and for it to blend as well.
I was actually very surprised that this was an extremely good quality blusher for such a cheap price. Once applied the skin feels smooth and soft without an overly powdery, dusty type appearance. Once applied the product is actually very even and this even look stays all day. The product does not rub off or go patchy with wear so if I apply this at 8am it will still look the same the following evening, whereas some blushers by the end of the day or afternoon start looking a little patchy. The blusher however is easily removed and comes off with a make-up wipe without the need to scrub your face.
I have been using this blusher for the last 6 months and probably use at least 4 times a week. I do use blusher quite sparingly however even so this is a very economical product and I probably have not used up a quarter of this blusher yet.
This is an excellent quality powder blusher which gives cheeks a natural even pink looking glow and leaves skin smooth and soft and works well with a variety of different foundation types in addition to when it is applied directly to make- up free skin. The colour when applied in moderation is natural but can be built up for a more vibrant look and lasts on skin all day without going patchy and wearing off unevenly.
For £6.00 this is a very good quality product and is excellent value as it is so economical. I haven't even used up a quarter of my container and I have used this product at least 4 times a week for the last six months. My only real criticism of the Models Own blusher is that the container is not the most durable and it can be difficult to ensure the flip top lid stays shut because it does not have a clasp shutting.
All in all a great blusher which I only purchased as a spare but now use more regularly than a blusher almost 4 times the price!
It's safe to say that I'm a bit of a brand snob when it comes to makeup. I know what I like and what I like is a good quality product that is well presented and offers good value for money, this usually comes at quite a high price tage but if there's anything that 2010 taught me, it's not to knock something before you try it! 2009 and 2010 were amazing years for the brand Models Own, with their nail polishes being some of the UK bestsellers, but when the Models Own stand came to my local Boots last summer, I thought that the rest of their products looked cheap and tacky. It wasn't until I was on the search for the perfect blush at a low price that I decided to branch off from Models Own nail polishes & lipsticks and have a proper look at the rest of their products. I tested all of their blushes on the back of my hand and was instantly impressed, so I picked one up in the colour Cheeky Pink and took it on it's merry way home with me (after paying for it, of course)!
Models Own is a relatively new brand, known for their vast range of colours and their low prices. The packaging for these products is instantly recognisable with everything being packaged in clear plastic (or glass, for the nail polishes) and all the detail being in white. I won't talk about the packaging too much as the image shown above gives you a perfect visual image of what it looks like, so I don't think you need my ramblings about it but I do want to point out that there isn't a catch to open and close this blush. It simply flips open and flips closed again, but there is nothing to hold it in place. This can be a bit of a problem if you've just thrown it into your bag as it can easily open up and cover everything with a pretty pink powder!
I still haven't decided if I like the way Models Own package their products or not, sometimes I think it looks quite cute and other times I think it looks incredibly cheap and tacky. I'll leave it up to you to make your own decision!
Cheeky Pink is a highly pigmented, finely milled blush in a bright, medium pink colour. It can look quite daunting in the pan (the makeup pan, not a kitchen pan, for those of you who aren't up to date on makeup terminology), but anyone who uses blush will know that using a light hand with your blush brush and tapping the excess product off of the bristles will ensure that you don't end up looking like Boy George! I switch between brushes for my blush, and have used both a high end blush brush (MAC 116 brush) and a cheaper alternative (a no7 one that my boyfriends parents included in my Christmas gift) with very similar results. I always say that the tools you use will completely transform how your makeup applies, but when it comes to a blush brush I'm really not as picky, anything will do for blush!
As this is a soft, finely milled powder you really don't need to try very hard to get any product onto the brush, simply tap it into the product, tap the excess off of the brush and you're good to go. This blush applies like a dream and blends incredibly easily. The effect you get with this blush is a very natural, pink colour on your cheeks and will really brighten up your face. You can very easily build the colour up if you're someone who likes a lot of blush, but I'm not a fan of the obvious blush look, so I stick to a light dusting of it.
Most people will say to put your blush on the apples of your cheeks - do not do this. This is a very old technique used in theatre to AGE the face and it has been used by makeup artists for many years since then. The most flattering way to wear your blush is actually on the sides of your face, sweeping down your cheekbones. Couple this with a subtle contour and you will instantly appear to have a slimmer and younger looking face.
The blush lasts all day for me, so I don't have to top at all which is handy! It doesn't rub off in patches like some blushes tend to do during the day, so that is a bonus for me! There is a slight smell to the product, and while it isn't noticeable when you open the lid, it is definitely noticeable when you stick it to your nose and give it a good sniff! I'm not sure how else to describe it other than it smells like my grandma, but I've always thought she smelled lovely.
Here's the exciting part - the 5g pan of this product only cost me £5. Five pounds! I'm used to paying £23.50 for the Benefit Box blushes, so finding a blush of equal quality and pigmentation for only a fiver is incredible. You can buy Models Own at most Boots stores now, and also online at asos.com or modelsownit.co.uk. River Island also stock some Models Own products, but those are mainly nail polishes, so you'd be lucky to find a blush there.
I'm not one for ever including a list of ingredients with these reviews, but I was just looking at the back of the product and noticed that there 5 different types of parabens in there. I've never really bothered about parabens or anything, but the fact that there are 5 in one blush kind of worries me.
I give this product 4 out 5 stars as it is a wonderful product and shows great value for money. The only reason I'm deducting a star is for the lack of a catch on the packaging to keep the lid closed. Had I been someone who paid attention to parabens, I'd probably deduct another star, but the blush works incredibly well for me and I'll probably have forgotten all about the parabens by the time I hit "agree and publish."
Thanks for reading!