I have to fess up, I have a weak spot for cream blushes. Liquid blushes, blushes in sticks, pots – I do not discriminate. Photographing and swatching these has made me realise that there is a heck of a lot of similarity between shades and that I definitely do not need any more blushes in my life. Seriously, I am a little bit embarrassed. Nevertheless, the first part to rehabilitation is recognising the problem so I’m happy to be at this stage, let’s just say.
This post captures all of the blushes currently in my collection which very much lean towards the warm side of the colour spectrum. The purpose is to review the formulas more so than the shades themselves, because everyone prefers different colours and tones after all. So, take a deep breath and lets dive in…
It is no secret that Kosas Cosmetics is probably my all time favourite colour cosmetics brand. I first tried their Colour & Light Creme Palettes at the end of 2017, adding Tropic Equinox to my collection first, followed by Velvet Melon and finally Helios. The first two mentioned are looking quite mature so I think it’s time to discard them as they are definitely past their use by date of 6 months. Yikes. They are all lovely colours and have that added luminosity which is quite unique when compared to the other brands in my collection. In the pan, the formula is very soft, easy to apply and blend with fingers. Tropic Equinox is my favourite and most used and will be replaced with a fresh one soon. Kosas is available at Mecca Cosmetica.
ILIA have grown into a pretty massive brand when you look at where they were say, 6 years ago. With every launch they continue to impress me and their most recent blush offering, the Colour Haze Multi-Matte Pigment, is no exception. I have the shades Waking Up (warm nude) and Temptation (coral pink). The formula is exceptional, it comes out of the tube a little thicker than the Glossier Cloud Paint and distributes like a beautiful water colour paint. “Colour Haze” is the perfect way to describe it. ILIA also have the original Multisticks, pictured here in All Of Me. This is a more traditional cream blush and not as pigmented but equally beautiful. Although no longer available, the limited edition Essential Summer Palette was a great way to try some other shades so keep an eye out for future cream palette launches. ILIA is available at Mecca Cosmetica
Lovesick is a shade that was gifted to me by a lovely friend and it’s certainly not one I would have picked out for myself. I really like it though because it’s not as intense as the coral shades I usually gravitate towards. It has a mauvey vibe to it which is kind of moody and wintery. Ok that’s enough adjectives. What is the formula like? It is extremely pigmented, distributes and blends evenly but it doesn’t leave much room for user error. It is on the dry and matte side of the cream blush spectrum and the rest of the shades look really interesting. The whole Rituel De Fille range really pushes the envelope when it comes to shades. Check it out at Mecca Maxima.
I have reviewed the full One Over One range in a blog post (clicky here) so head over to see an in depth review. In summary, their Duotone Cream Colour palettes come in four shades and each one is a little different. The shades are very natural, so you can rest assured that you won’t be looking like a clown with this range. In contrast to the Kosas Cosmetics duos, these are less soft in their formula however this means that you have more control. It’s handy if you are a cream blush novice or just want a lighter look on your cheeks. Another really handy thing is that you can see the product through the packaging when rifling through your embarrassingly inflated collection. Genius. One Over One is available at The Beauty Edit. Products were gifted.
Since my in-depth review of the Jillian Dempsey Cheek Tints (see here) I have hit pan! Here we have the shades Sunny (warm nude) and Poppy (bright coral) which are a match made in heaven. These have quite a dry formula and a cream to powder feel but offer more control than the Rituel de Fille mentioned earlier. It also has a gorgeous satin finish on the skin that is very natural. This is such a solid product, I honestly can’t fault it and I just love mixing these two shades together. Jillian Dempsey is available at Revolve.
Olio E Osso Balms are designed for lips and cheeks and there are several shades, clear versions and ones with light reflecting particles too. The colour pigment is very subtle as it is housed in an oil and wax based balm. The consistency is like a lip balm so it gives a very dewy, glossy and plump finish on the skin. I have the shades No. 2 French Melon and No. 5 Currant which use on my cheeks if I’m having a “no makeup” kind of day. Packaging wise it is very cute, it reminds me of ye olde Stila Push Up Colour from way back when. The price is quite high, but you do get 10 grams of products which is much higher than a typical cream blush. I purchased my Olio E Osso products from Vim & Co Pharmacy but they have since become available at Mecca Cosmetica as well.
Glossier Cloud Paints are a gel-cream formula that is quite light in texture and pigment. Compared to the ILIA Colour Haze pigment, the Cloud Paint formula is more runny and less pigmented. It requires a little bit more care when applying due to its lighter consistency but it has a similar water colour finish that allows you to achieve a very seamless look. The shades I have are Dusk (warm nude) and Beam (soft peach), of course. I think they look really bouncy and fresh and I love using them on top of a dewy tinted moisturiser. Available at Glossier (not in Australia as yet but click here to find out how to get it down under).
Kjaer Weis has a plethora of cream blush shades and I have Desired Glow which is a bronze terracotta shade. I can’t believe I’ve hit pan on it because I feel like I haven’t used it as much as I should be using it. The formula is kind of a thicker cream and I’ll be honest, it doesn’t blend as easily as some of my other cream blushes. The great thing is that I can reuse the outer packaging and buy a refill of another shade but I’m not sure that I will repurchase. Available at I Am Natural Store.
The 14e cosmetics Foundation and Sheer Tint are long time favourites of mine, so when founder Emma Fortini announced the launch of the Cheek & Lip I was right onto it. I got the shade Sunset which is a warm, peachy hue delivered in a very unique whipped texture. It is highly pigmented and a little goes a long way so this tube will last for ages! Much like the Glossier Cloud Paint and ILIA Colour Haze, it blends seamlessly. Available at I Am Natural Store.
Described as a fresh coral shade, the Ellis Faas Liquid Blush in S302 is indeed a very liquid consistency. It is dispensed via a click-pen with a brush on the end but I’m happy to say that Ellis Faas are changing the packaging. The new packaging will have a doe foot applicator and no clicking business. This blush is really pigmented so you do not need much! I really like how juicy this makes my cheeks look I hope to see some more shades added to the line up soon. Available at Mecca Cosmetica.
The Beauty Archive has a special place in my heart. The founder of the brand is absolutely gorgeous and so interactive with her customers. She put out a call to see what kind of shade she should create next and asked her customers via Instagram for their input. Zandra was very kind to take inspiration from some images that I sent her of sunsets and the beautiful hues they create, and so Sundown was born. These are some of my favourite cream formulas because they simply last. There are a lot of cream products that claim to be for eyes and cheeks but they just don’t stand up to the test. On cheeks and eyes, Sundown blends evenly and it lasts all day. Available at The Beauty Archive. Product was gifted.
Westman Atelier sticks are some of my favourite cream products but it took a while for me to add a blush to my collection. Partly because the colours were not screaming “warm nude” or “coral peach”. I bit the bullet because I wanted to try the formula and tell you my thoughts. The shade I picked up is described as a dusty nude rose and certainly sticks out like a sore thumb amongst the assault of warm toned blushes in my stash. The formula is really creamy and I apply it straight from the stick onto my cheeks. With the ILIA blush for example, I take that onto my finger first otherwise it moves my makeup because it’s a slightly stiffer formula. I really enjoy this blush, I wish it came in some warmer tones without shimmer. Available at Mecca Cosmetica.
I think this is the most I’ve ever written in a blog post but hopefully it has provided you with a solid guide to the world of cream blushes. By comparison, I probably only two powder blushes. I find creams easier to work with, the finish more natural and skin friendly.
Next week: High powered serums from Switzerland