beauty edit: cream blushers

Cream blush – as soon as you utter those two words together you inadvertently cause a divide within the beauty community. Aren’t they just foundation sliding pesks? Can you really get on with this formula when the traditional powder blush just does the job so darn well? I’ve gotta admit, I’ve always been adverse to anything that wasn’t a powder when it comes to my blush. Unwilling to tempt faint with a cream or water based product, who knew what horrors it would leave behind to my perfectly applied foundation I jest. At times the risk just felt too big until this Summer rolled around and I knew I had to dive in to the cream blush pool.

Pan – the traditional way to come across a blush, whether it be a cream or powder formula, is in a pan. The product is laid out ready for a brush, sponge or finger to be swirled in the pigment and applied directly to the cheeks. Here my favourite is the Stila’s Convertible Colour in Lilium as it gives a soft hue to the apples of the cheek without disturbing the makeup below.

Stick – this year I branched out into stick form. At first being lured in by the Laura Mercier Bonne Mine Stick Face in the shade Coral Glow followed by a drugstore offering from Collection. I was intrigued to see how these would fair up in comparison. Applied directly from the bullet, with your finger or as I like to do, swirling the product directly on the brush, this gives the most natural flush to the cheeks. Lasting all day without disturbing the makeup below, I’ve become a stick cream blush convert!

Other – if you thought these were the only two blush types think again! I’ve still got gelee and water to talk about ;) Starting with gelee and the Josie Maran Coconut Gelee in the shade Poppy Paradise. Now I personally find this the hardest to work with due to pigmentation being less then visible, however if you want something light on the cheeks this is perfect. New on the scene comes the Stila Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush in the shade Water Lily. Pigmentation, incredible, colour, gorgeous, moves your foundation off your face? Oh yes! Such a shame as I was really ready to love this blush but so far I haven’t found a way to make it work without removing all the base underneath.

What is your favourite type of blush? Do you like cream bases or prefer the traditional powder formula?