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A couple of years ago, I used a great blusher from Sally Hansen called Natural Beauty Sheer Cream Blush and it was fantastic. Easy to blend and a really natural look. Unfortunately it was bought for me online as the brand was only being imported from the USA at the time, and I couldn't get the same colour ever again. I had forgotten about it until I was browsing Poundworld's great make up section and I saw what I thought was the same product for sale. I bought two different shades and when I got one home I realised that only one was the cream blush - the other was a traditional powder blush, also from the Natural Beauty range. As the cream blush that I got on that occasion didn't suit me in the end, I have only been using the powder one and that is the subject of this review. I of course paid a pound!
Sally Hansen seem best known here for their nail care products and the "Air Brush legs" spray. A look online suggests that they offer a much wider range of items in the US which are in turn offered online here, should you not have a Poundworld near to you. At the time of typing, the powder blush is being sold on Amazon from £2.49 to £4.99 a pot, not including postage and elsewhere I have seen a quoted rrp of £8.49. Obviously I made quite a saving when I bought mine. Even at the higher price end I think this product is reasonable value as you do get 4.7g so it isn't tiny.
The packaging looks like a small foundation compact and it is really solid and chunky. I don't like flimsy containers for powder blush because if the blush cracks up it gets very messy! The pot is otherwise quite basic looking, and there is no mirror in the lid or applicator brush included. I couldn't help but compare it to the Bourjois blushers which are around the same RRP and look far more "classy" with their little buttons to open the lid. I appreciated the clear lid of Sally Hansen's product when I was choosing a colour because you get a good glimpse of the powder colour but at the price a mirrored lid may have been nice. It isn't a great size for popping in my overstuffed make up bag overall but it isn't the sort of product I have needed to take out with me to top up with throughout the day so I will forgive it.
APPLICATION AND THE END RESULT
The blush comes in a wide range of colours - I could find at least 13 listed online - and I had around 4 to choose from in Poundworld. I ended up with Cherubin which is a strong rosy pink. I chose a darker colour than I would have done had I realised it was really a powder blush as I find the cream ones go on lighter for me than they appear, but the colour worked out fine anyway. I have pale skin and I look for something that will look natural so easy blending is important and this blush does deliver on that front. The surface area of the powder is around 5cm in diameter so it is easy to use with a full size blusher brush. The powder picks up easily but the surface doesn't break up to much and create a mess so it is quick to apply if you are in a bit of a rush. It feels very light on the cheeks and blends to a silky smooth finish. The look is more solid and less sheer than the cream blush I was used to, which means that over applying it seems easer.. I soon learnt how much to use to suit me though, and it is no worse than any other powder blush. I really only need the smallest amount and although I haven't used only this blush in the last 2 months, it scarcely looks like I have started it at all. I think it will last a very long time.
I must give Sally Hansen full marks for staying power because this doesn't budge all day, whether I use it with or without powder and liquid foundation. The colour I picked is pretty and rosy but doesn't make me look too flushed providing I apply it carefully. I would like to try a lighter colour for when my skin is paler still, but the one I have does give me a healthy glow. It is great that I can still see it at the end of the day, but at the same time it isn't in the slightest bit difficult to actually get off.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS BLUSH?
The blush applies easily, blends well and lasts a long time so in it's own right I would recommend it. If you can get it for £1 as I did it is obviously a great bargain. On the other hand, I am aware of the fact the full retail price is said to be considerably more and I think if I was going to pay that, I would opt for the Bourjois Little Round Pot which is great quality and better packaged with a nicer looking container and a brush included. I also feel conscious of the fact it doesn't really offer anything that the good old Make Up Academy blush from Superdrug doesn't except more colour choice and the MUA costs only £1 all the time. I would suggest that if you can't get the Sally Hansen as cheaply I did, unless you want one of the more unusual shades, you may as well go for one of the less expensive options, or something that at least looks as though it cost the full rrp.
[I still love the cream blush from Sally Hansen more and I think I have tracked some down in the right shade. I won't review it separately as I think I will be repeating myself. But I can say that if it is as good as I remember I would definitely recommend it as the colour is sheer on the skin and so natural looking it is very hard to get application wrong.]