I bought my Body Shop Cheek blusher a few years ago now as an impulse buy. I was shopping with my sister and we popped into The Body Shop and decided to try out some of the tester products. At first looking at The Body Shop Cheek Blusher I was confused as to what it was – I am not very into make-up. To me it looked like a lip balm as it comes in a little tube but my sister informed me that it was a blusher.
When I was trying out this blusher there were a few different colours, I think there was a pink, a red and a colour in-between the two. The price for these was about £8 but they were half price when I was there and so I got a real bargain!
The tubes are tiny and so it looks like you are paying a lot of money for not very much, but this is not the case. You don’t need very much and it literally seems to last forever. This blusher is really easy to apply. You simply squeeze a bit of it out onto the back of your hand and rub it onto your cheeks when you want it with your fingers. The blusher is a bit of a cross between a liquid and a powder. You don’t even have to use a brush to apply it with although you can go over with a brush afterwards if you feel you need to.
I bought this blush as i had heard the gel and liquid ones lasted much longer and gave a more natural look so i decided to try this one because I had read good reviews about it in a magazine. I applied it over foundation and just dabbed it into the apply of my cheeks and it looked really natural and looked like it was a flush of colour and not cakey and powdery.
However if you have visible pores and greasy skin it may not be too good because you can see it sitting in your pores and then it doesnt look so natural.
However I really liked it and the feel of it on my skin felt smooth and glided on well and only really needed to be applied once and it lasted all day. I paid around £8.00 for this from the body shop and it last forever as you only need a small amount so definately value for money in my opinion. The look is natural and rosy.
My future in-laws being the lovely people they are didn't want me to feel left out at Christmas. We stayed there for a few days and so they wanted me to feel included. They were feeling rather flush this time around after a slightly difficult year previously so they went all out.
They got their three children stockings even though they are a little past that age (I say a little, my other half is 27 shortly!), it was fun. As they wanted me to be included they also got me one.
My other half, his brother and sister had big plain fluffy stockings and I had a small intricate sophisticated one, just like me of course. So cute and really unnecessary, a lovely gesture I think you will agree.
The thing is, where it was small they had trouble finding me gifts that would fit inside it. This was a little stocking filler which was ideal and turned out even though I was sceptical to be really rather good!
When it was all wrapped up I knew it was make up, well I guessed it was but I thought it would be lip-gloss but it is a little tiny tube of cheek blush.
I had never tried liquid blush before, I thought that it was bound to be difficult to get a good look from and would probably leave me looking over done and frankly looking like aunt Sally! I hadn't even looked into them, I had just dismissed it without a second thought.
I opened it and was willing to give it a go and really didn't want to look ungrateful as I wasn't but was dreading looking stupid with it on.
In my stocking I had another one too, they had bought me two different shades, I will get to that in a minute.
I tried it out that day when putting my face on and was really pleased with the effect it had, I haven't used any other blusher since in fact!
This comes in a tiny little tube, only 7cms long! It is that small that keeping it in an over packed make up bag is very easy it takes up so little space. It has a silver screw on lid and the main body of the tube is the same colour as its contents, even having a slight shimmer effect in the plastic.
It only contains 8mls of blusher but as you only need a tiny amount of it, so this tube will last a very long time.
You squeeze the tube and get a little on your finger and then dot an equal amount onto each cheek before gently rubbing it over the area you want it. Simple! The colour looks intense to start with but quickly blends to a subtle even finish.
You can use a brush to apply it if you prefer, I have tried it this way and it is easy to do but at the same time more will be left on the bristles of the brush than get left on a finger tip so you will end up using more for each application.
If you want a more intense look you can build up thin layers, this way is always better so that you do not end up over doing it.
The slight shimmer in the blush is not all that obvious once it is blended and just offers a slight iridescence. I don't tend to like shimmery make up unless it is on the eyes but I do like this, it isn't over the top and it doesn't look stupid.
This can be used over foundation, under it or alone, however you want.
I was worried that rubbing this in might affect the coverage of my foundation but I have no such problems. This is so light and easy to blend that it is quick and easy.
The effect I get from it if anything is subtler than from a powder, I never thought I would end up saying that of a cream blusher!
I was given this in sunset pink and toast shimmer.
Sunset pink is my favourite of the two, a more natural and inconspicuous shade for my colouring. It is a natural pink not baby pink or bright pink but very neutral. It does look a bit scary when it is fresh from the tube but when on it is really a great colour choice for just about any skin tone.
Toast shimmer is a coffee colour when it is fresh from the tube and can look a little dark when on. I would NOT recommend this one for lighter skin. I used to use bronzer more than blusher so thought I would prefer the coffee tone but it didn't look as natural as the pink did.
This actually comes in six shades so there is definitely a shade for everyone.
This contains Marula oil, which is a great moisturiser, so if you have dry skin and worry that this may be drying, it's not.
The light reflecting particles in this mean that it would be good for more mature skins as well as younger ones, the light being reflected will distract from any fine lines.
If you find putting on make up worrying and can't usually get it right then this is for you, it is the simplest way to use blusher, where it blends so well you really can't get it wrong. Just use a very small amount and blend gently.
This lasts longer than any powder blusher I have ever used, if you like to keep the look quite strong then this will easily fit in any pocket or bag to use on the move.
Removing this is no problem and cleanser will easily get it off without too much rubbing.
At £9.00 for this small tube it seems very expensive but as it will last so long I don't actually think it is all that over priced. Realistically how much would you pay for a decent powder blusher? Any how much of that would get wasted, lets face it powder gets everywhere and there is a lot of wastage involved. With this there is hardly any wasted and you don't need to worry about having a brush or cleaning one.
I highly recommend this product and will be buying it again in future. Sunset pink is certainly my shade!
This has to get a full five stars it really is excellent!
The Body Shop has a great website, so if you want to find out about this or other products, find out where your local store is or to purchase where I have convinced you then take a look www.thebodyshop.co.uk
Here is a full ingredients list for anyone who may be interested.
Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate (Emollient), Isododecane (Solvent), Polymethyl Methacrylate (Emollient), Mica (Opacifier), Dextrin Palmitate (Emulsifying Agent), Silica (Absorbent), Myristyl Lactate (Emollient), Cyclomethicone (Emollient), Disteardimonium Hectorite (Suspending Agent), Trimethylsiloxysilicate (Skin Conditioning Agent), Propylene Carbonate (Solvent), Sclerocarya birrea (Marula Oil) (Skin Conditioning Agent), Talc (Absorbent/Bulking Agent), Propylparaben (Preservative), Barium Sulfate (Opacifier), CI 77492 (Colour), CI 77891 (Colour), CI 15850 (Colour), CI 42090 (Colour).
A gel-based blush for a long-lasting, natural-looking finish /