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I am always experimenting with new and improved blushers - I tended to opt for powder blushes and had recently switched to cheek and lip tints but found that they gave quite a bold look and not a soft day time look, plus if you made it mistake it stained that way! I went back to my powder blushes but found that they had began to dry my skin out and appear in patches. I was about to go back to the tints when I stumbled across the magical invention of mousses. Not the yoghurt deserts or the woodland animal but the creamy, air whipped and light new make up delight. You may have heard of Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse - this is the same idea. It is basically a much thicker liquid foundation, if you think of it in yoghurt terms (easiest way I can explain it) a yoghurt is very runny and liquid like, similar to a liquid foundation but a mousse yoghurt has been whisked and mixed with air to create that fluffy texture. It's the exact same thing with the make up - mixed with air and whisked very fast to create a foamy feeling. I had never tried a mousse blush before but was intrigued to know more. In Boots and Superdrug you can find a multitude of products that cater for the air whipped mousse (Maybelline do a few in their 'Dream' range) but I did not want to spend a lot of money encase my skin did not get along with it. Instead I decided to do some online spending and came across the Technic Whipped Blusher Mousse for a mere £2.99! Bargain! I really love the packaging! It comes in a cute little, frosted glass pot measuring roughly 1 and a half inches in diameter. You can see a little of the product through the glass but not much. The lid displays the brand name and aim in a colour that depends on the shade you purchase - but it's a very thick, sturdy and strong plastic that makes sure no product will escape and erupt all over your bag! when you screw off the lid you are presented with quite a dense and deep pot (as sometimes it is just all lid) with the product neatly contained inside. There are 4 shades to choose from, depending on your skin tone and type and also what look you are hoping to achieve. I have tried to give my best opinion on who the shades who suit, however if you are still unsure pop down to a beauty counter - such as Boots and ask them to match your shade before you buy. Candy Pink - This is a very baby pink blush and appears quite pale on the skin, however it is buildable. I would say this would suit fairer skin tones who are hoping to create an English Rose look - however if you have a lot of pink undertones or are very pale (like me) then I feel this may wash you out and the second shade would probably suit you more. Peaches and Cream - This is a darker pink shade with a few coral tones but not too much that would suit fair to medium skin and would look absolutely gorgeous with a tan as the golden tones would compliment the pink, but if you have fair skin this would brighten up your complexion also. Pink Champagne - When you think of this shade from just the name you would expect a sort of baby coral pink - much like the gorgeous drink but this is not the case! It is actually the colour of normal champagne sort of a light beige with a tiny hint of pink. If you have a lot of golden or yellow undertones to your skin I think this would be a good option, however its more of a highlight shade rather than a blush in my opinion. Plum - This is the darkest shade of the range and is as the name suggests a deep pinky purple colour that would look gorgeous on darker skin tones as it would really highlight and sculpt the cheekbones. It took me a while to choose the right one for me, as I usually go for a more red tones blush rather than a pink, but I finally decided on the Candy Pink shade. At first I thought it would be too light for my skin tone but I decided to give it a go and found that if I build it up and apply a dusting of bronzer underneath the cheekbones it sets off my skin perfectly and brings my eyes out much more. I try and team it with a baby pink lipstick to get a proper pinky look! How to use: Apply your foundation and BEFORE powder apply the blush. If you apply after powder it will clump and sit in the dry patches. I swirl my finger in the pot and then starting with a little, apply it to my cheeks starting at the apples, in circular motions. You can build it up as much as you like as long as you work with just a little then there is no danger of looking to over the top. I have tried to use a brush to apply this but it does not have the same effect as the bristles do not pick up the mousse formulation as well - plus it makes your brushes sticky! If you don't like to use your fingers then you can use a sponge but make sure you control how much product you put on and again use dabbing and circular motions. I love the texture of this product - its very creamy but not a liquid, it smoothes onto my skin really well and blends in so easily you could do it blindfolded! I apply a very light dusting of powder over the top to set my whole make up however this is optional. It lasts for ages - a good 8 hours, but you can top up of you feel you need to. This blush is not available in high street stores such as Boots or Superdrugs unfortunately but there are some great online shops that sell it for a cheap price - even Amazon and eBay. If you would like to know where I purchased mine from for £2.99 plus £2.00 packaging then please feel free to message me and I will happily pass you on the link.
I love blusher and am forever trying new ones, I particularly like mousse based blushers, so when I was in my local independent beauty store I spotted the Technic Whipped Blusher Mousse I had to have one. I got the Plum 05 shade and paid £2.99, which I think was reasonable. The blusher comes in a small glass pot with a dark plum, screw top plastic lid, which is easy to use and stays in place. The colour of the lid depends upon the shade you buy so the lighter pink shades have girly pink lids, which is a nice design feature, also if you have a few its easy to spot them in your make-up bag. The blusher is a soft mousse, with a deep plum shade, that also has a good helping of sparkle and dries with a matte finish. I apply mine using my finger tips to the apples of my cheeks and find that it blends well and leaves a nice plum blush to my cheeks. I find that I use a few layers to build up the right shade for my skin, but that it has good staying power and lasts most the day providing I do not rub my face. The sparkle also helps to make my skin look like it has a nice glow to it. Overall I would recommend this to others, it is well priced, is easy to apply and has a good depth of colour.
Technic is a brand that is found most on lovethymakeup.co.uk ( or other discount websites ) or Bodycare stores but is not availible conveniently as Boots and Superdrug stores do not offer this brand. Technic is a brand made by Badgequo LTD and is " Bang up to date with the very latest fashion-inspired colours and styles, Technic is the name that keeps you in vogue with a WOW factor right off the scale." The blusher mousse recommended retail price is £2.99 and comes in a small glass jar with a pale pink plastic lid, with the writing " technic blusher mousse" and the colour, in my case " Candy Pink 01" The mousse comes in 4 different shades; Candy Pink, Plum, Pink Champagne and Peaches 'n' cream . As said above; I opted for 01 Candy Pink. When I purchased this blusher online, I had never heard of the brand so was sceptical about online swatches. Because colour swatches weren't available elsewhere, I took a gamble with what would be a light pink, although wearable, is more of a neon (and glittery) pink colour. The mousse is very creamy, soft and applies matte to the skin. It can be applied with a brush, sponge or with your fingers. Though, because of the small jar, most make-up brushes are too big to fit into the jar and makes getting colour out of the jar awkward. This can mean that only a light flush of colour will be applied. The blusher, because it is a mousse, blends easily into the skin, often too much though, so has to be built up to leave more of an obvious colour to your cheeks. In doing this however, you are not left looking cakey. The blusher can be applied under, or over, foundation or powder and will not look cakey whichever you opt for. It applies matte with smaller glitter particles. I find that when using this blusher, applied lightly on a daily basis, that the colour will fade after a couple of hours. However, the more colour that you apply initially, the longer it will last on the skin. Overall I would rate this product 3 stars as it is a good quality product. The reason that I rated down this product is that it has awkward packaging and the glittery finish that this leaves puts me off repurchasing this shade.