Wednesday, 24 January 2018

4 Beautiful Barely-There Blushes

Nude blushes are the only kind of blushes I've been wearing lately. I'm all about those muted, biscuity shades, that give a whisper of colour to the cheeks rather than an overtly flushed look. My blush collection is full of these kinds of shades because a) I'm a shopaholic, and b) I know I'll get a lot of use out of them. They're as perfect for minimal everyday makeup looks as they are for more dramatic eye/lip-heavy looks. They're great for everything in between too. They go with everything.

If you don't have a nude blush in your makeup bag, now's the time to rectify that. And if you'd like some recommendations, here are a few I've been reaching for recently.

MAC Mineralize Blush in 'Cosmic Force' (£23)
Here we have the ultimate barely-a-colour, non-blush blush. It's basically beige, with the kind of extremely subtle rosy tint that's only just about perceptible to the human eye. It's a blush you see in the pan and think: 'That's gonna look like a whole lot of nothing on my face'. I'm not selling it to you, am I? But I promise it's fabulous, and one of the most used blushes in my collection. It gives a bit of soft definition to the face, which is perfect when you don't particularly want to pinken the cheeks, but do want to add dimension to them. The formula is also a dream; it's matte but it's baked, so it doesn't have the typical flatness of a matte powder. The texture feels more like a satin - there just aren't any shimmer particles.

Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in 'Nude Mauve' (£8.99)
Despite the shade name, I wouldn't call this a mauve. It's actually very similar to 'Cosmic Force', but with a slight, almost negligible hint of mauve thrown in. This one does contain shimmer particles, but they're subtle, satiny shimmer particles - the kind that impart classy, low-key sheen. It's really difficult to find good nude blush shades like this at the drugstore, and I don't know why. Maybe I just haven't explored enough because, I'll admit it - I'm a bit of a blush snob. If you know of anything similar on the high street, please share!

MAC Powder Blush in 'Blushbaby' (£19.50)
If the previous blushes are a bit too nude for your liking, I recommend something like 'Blushbaby' - a natural browny rose, which more closely resembles the colour of flushed cheeks, while still being very muted and neutral. This one's pink enough to perk up the cheeks, but nude enough to be versatile and compliment a lot of different makeup looks. 'Blushbaby' is part of MAC's 'Sheertone' range, which means what it sounds like it means - it's a sheer blush formula. Very lightweight and always diffused-looking. Very hard to go overboard with.

Glossier Cloud Paint in 'Dusk' (£15)
I always think of 'Dusk' as a rosy brown nude, but looking at it swatched next to the other blushes, I realise that it's actually more of a peachy brown nude. Whatever you want to call it, it's a beautiful neutral blush. A your-cheeks-but-better kind of blush. The light, gel-like formula blends effortlessly and sheers out in a watercolour-esque way, leaving a natural wash of colour on the cheeks. My unnecessarily large, heavy swatch does nothing to demonstrate this, but the little blob I dispensed onto my arm turned out to be about a week's worth of product... Take it as a demonstration of just how much bang for your buck you get in this tiny tube. A little goes a long way.

What are your favourite nude, barely-there blushes?
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