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I hesitate to refer to Soap & Glory''s Love At First Blush as a straightforward blush; it consists of strips of a pearly off-white highlight, two soft bronze shades, a rose gold, and a baby pink shade of shimmery powder in one pan. You sweep your brush over all four shades at once for a three-in-one soft bronze/blush/highlight.
The resulting pinkish bronze shade gives a luminous glow - which is perfect for my very fair skin, as most bronzers just turn out orange on me. I''d say that this can be worn all year round, but I''ll mainly use it in spring and summer as it is very shimmery and glowy. The formula is great; it lasts all day on me, but be aware that all four shades are light and they are all shimmery.
I''ve also used the individual colour slices as eyeshadow quite a few times - the soft bronze shades flatter my fair skin and really gives my blue eyes more of a pop. The individual colour slices are too thin to use as individual blush/bronzers, although I can use the highlight shade with a tiny brush.
One last thing; I do have very fair and cool-toned skin, so the soft, averagely pigmented colours show up easily on me, but I don''t think this product will show up on medium or dark skintones, as the shades are all light. At the moment Soap & Glory only make this compact in the one shade selection, but as it has proven popular hopefully they''ll soon bring out more colours [they do make two shades of a similar product; their ''Blush Brick''].
Overall I think Love At First Blush is similar to Too Faced Pink Leopard, but even though I still think Pink Leopard is better overall as the shimmer isn''t as obvious so I feel comfortable wearing it all year round, I will still definitely maybe re-buy this version if/when I need to for a spring/summer glow as it is cheaper and you get more product for your money.
Soap & Glory cosmetics are sold at boots.
Whilst I only ever use Soap and Glory bath products these days, I've never been a big fan of their cosmetics. When they first released a cosmetic section I excitedly purchased a mascara and eyeliner, only to feel very disappointed.
I was never a big fan of blusher, being unable to find the right colour. I used to use benefit on a night out but stay blusher free generally day to day. I visited a friend one weekend in Wales, and realised I'd forgotten my benefit. Disaster! She said I could borrow some of her Love at First Blush, so I gave it a go. I loved it so much I asked to use it again the next day for the train home and then bought it myself a few days later.
Love at First Blush comes as a sparkly powder, in a circular pot which flips up with a little mirror. The power is set in a circle with different sections - almost like a pie chart! The colours are white, light pink and dark pink. I usually sweep my brush around all three and use all colours on my cheeks. I've also been known to use an eyeshadow brush to use one colour on my eyelids as well!
The brush needs to be bought separately, I found a smaller brush helps to sweep on fuller. Personally, I find the little mirror pointless as it gets covered in loose powder from the blusher so it can't be used. I just use the regular mirror I'm using for my makeup.
A small amount of powder goes a long way. You only need the smallest bit on your brush to get the effect. I tend to do my makeup in my bedroom and then check it in the bathroom mirror when I brush my teeth, and on occasions I do have to wipe a bit of the excess powder off with a tissue or towel as I feel a bit caked (bathroom is at the back of the house and much lighter!)
This product is usually £11 but being primarily sold at Boots you can often get it on a 3 for 2, or build up lots of lovely advantage card points to spend at Christmas! I find a pot can last about 18 months so it's pretty good value for money (I probably use it 6-7 days a week)
Overall, it gives a pretty shimmer to your cheeks, lasts a long time and has really lovely packaging. The downside is that it is easy to put too much on, and the shimmery pink colour might not be to everyone's taste. I would say it's more for younger skin tones.
I love the Soap & Glory products but I have yet to be completely won over by their cosmetic products. I have liked a few of them though and after running out of my favouite blusher, I decided to give Love At First Blush by Soap & Glory a try.
What does the product do?
The product is described as being a mix and match multi shade blushing powder which in simple terms means it's a blusher. Love At First Blush promises to give your complexion a rosy glow and beautifully luminous skin. It promises to give the skin a smooth base and use shimmering metallic pearls to freshen up your cheeks leaving you looking healthy and radiant.
How do you use the product?
The product can be applied onto bare skin or as a finishing touch on top of make up. You can either choose the colours individually to use on the cheeks and also as an eye shadow or highlighter. You can also use a blusher brush to mix the colours together and sweep the mixture across the cheeks.
Packaging and Price
The product comes contained within a powder pink compact which has the usual retro picture of a lady having fun on the front. It flips open and inside the lid you will find a mirror so that you can apply the product on the go. The compact is made from cardboard but it is still quite secure and the product is same inside. Inside the compact you will see a circle of powders which are sectioned into segments and each section contains a different colour pinks, whites and browns. The product will cost you around £11 and it can be bought from Boots and also from a variety of online websites.
Application and Performance
I have the shade called Pink, Pop, Pearl and as far as I'm aware this is the only available shade. The powder is packed quite tightly which means you don't have loads of powdery fall out as you use the product which means that you don't get in a mess and there is no wastage. It isn't however packed so tightly that you can't use the product properly. You can see in the compact that the shades have an irridescent shimmer to them which is really pretty so you know you're not dealing with a product with a matte finish. When using the product as a whole, the product creates a gorgeous shade on the cheeks which is pretty close to a natural blushing shade.
It has a shimmering finish that, even though it doesn't look natural, makes the complexion look healthy and radiant. The creamy shade works well as a highlighter on the brow bone and the bronze shades double up nicely as an eye shadow so the product is quite multi purpose. Even the product is shimmering, it isn't shimmery in a childish way so the results are nice enough to wear to work. You can build the colour so it can also be intense enough for an evening out. The product is fairly long lasting although the colour does fade with time. The product hasn't irritated my skin in any way or caused me to develop any blemishes. It is easily removed using my usual make up remover.
All in all, this is a lovely versatile product while allows you to give your cheeks a beautiful blush but that also acts as a highlighter and an eye shadow. The finish may be too shimmery for some but I think it's very pretty and not over the top. I really like this product and I will continue to use it until it's all gone... Which I don't anticipate will be anytime soon.
I've been a fan of Bobbi Brown's Shimmer Brick for a while now but there's no denying it's expensive. Last time I bought it duty free on a flight back from the US in a set which included a "free" Bobbi Brown brush but it still set me back over £35 - which is a lot of money for a blusher.
When Soap & Glory launched their cosmetic line last year I got a voucher offering me bonus Advantage Card points in Boots if I spent over £10 on products. Love at First Blush caught my eye as the idea seemed similar to Shimmer Brick -the shade of Pink, Pop & Pearl was a pretty good match for Shimmer Brick Rose.
The blusher comes packaged in a pink Soap & Glory box. The retro packaging is saved purely for the blusher itself however, which is round and could be mistaken for a make up compact. The compact itself is constructed from thick cardboard which I am afraid to say does make this look a bit on the cheap side. The compact is easy to open - you just lift it up - and inside reveals the circular blusher which has 10 triangular sections in alternating shades with 4 Pink, 4 Pop and 2 Pearl. The top section has a mirror. The blusher does not come with a brush.
~~Availability and Price~~
Boots is the major stockist of Soap & Glory products and they frequently have 3 for 2 offers on the range. The full price for Love At First Blush is £11.
If you like your blusher to be dark and defining then this probably isn't the product for you. If, like me, you have pale skin and prefer something that gives your cheeks a rosy glow then Love at First Blush is worth considering.
The blusher itself is very well formed. I am tired of buying blushers which crumble on the slightest bump and while I can't say in all honesty that this blusher doesn't make a mess when I apply it on to a brush, there certainly is a lot less excess than on some lesser blushers.
When I wear this I generally sweep my blusher brush over the entire compact, as I like the effect of the three shades blended together. The colour is still quite light but it is shimmery (which figures as Soap & Glory subtitle it a "multi-shade shimmer powder") and the shimmer highlights cheekbones without looking really fake. If you choose to just sweep your brush over the coloured sections of the blusher you still get a shimmery glow but I find it slightly darker and it also lacks the highlighting effect you get with the pearl section added on.
Because the overall effect is quite subtle, I find this the perfect blusher for day wear and also would favour wearing it on holiday somewhere hot as I do with my Shimmer Brick as it seems to bring out the sun kissed look.
You can also use Love at First Blush as an eye shadow - this isn't something I have tried however.
As for durability it wears reasonably well but this is the sort of product you would be advised to keep in your handbag for the odd top up. Unfortunately, doing this reiterates the downsides of this product and the biggest downside for me is the packaging.
Although Soap & Glory have used a sturdy cardboard, it still doesn't beat a compact made of either metal or plastic with a sturdy hinge. Instead the "hinge" is fashioned purely out of paper and this really cuts down on how good it is at both protecting the blusher and the ability of the blusher to withstand repeated opening and closing. Once you have used it a few times the "hinge" area becomes increasingly more creased eventually forming the perfect line which just needs a slight knock for it to tear. Mine hasn't torn yet but it looks very fragile now and as a result it stays in my make-up bag at all times.
I also don't like how this doesn't come with a brush - even a small brush would be helpful. It's not the kind of blusher you can apply with your fingers easily so a brush would make things much easier and also cut down on how much paraphernalia you need to carry about with a product that does need touching up.
It's a shame because the product itself is actually rather good and certainly works almost as well as Shimmer Brick for considerably less money - but when it comes to packaging Shimmer Brick is significantly better and I suppose that may well be one reason why it costs so much more money. However having a fragile lid on a product such as this is a problem - and while my Love at First Blush has thus far revealed itself to be a well compressed powder blusher I fear if the lid were to come off it would chip and crumble in no time.
If you have darker skin I would suggest going for a bronzer from the Soap & Glory cosmetic range but for the pale faces amongst us this is a great product which is sadly only let down by the packaging which does look a bit cheap and certainly could be sturdier.