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Toss or Keep: Blush Edition

I am able to keep my blush collection relatively small. I think this is mostly because I use my lipsticks as cream blushers. I learned that hack from my mom who I don’t remember ever buying a pan of blush.

I currently have seven and I’m letting go of two.

Blush Collection Inventory
Blush Inventory

While doing the toss or keep series, I stumbled upon the KonMari Tidying Method by Marie Kondo. I’m still not finished with her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. Ideally, I should finish the book first and do the all the discarding and organizing in one go. Marie says doing it all in one go will create a huge impact that would make me not want to go back to my ‘old ways’. But I’m already in the zone and I don’t want to lose the momentum. So, I’m doing a little discarding here and there while reading.

Let’s talk blushes.

Swatches | [Top: L-R] NARS Mata Hari, Ellana Goddess, Lipstick Queen Oxymoron in Honest Politician
Swatches | [Top: L-R] NARS Mata Hari, Ellana Goddess, Lipstick Queen Oxymoron in Honest Politician

NARS Matte Blush in Mata Hari

This is my first NARS blush. I was looking for a cool-toned lavender or lilac blush (something like Colourpop Rain). NARS didn’t have that color and I was stupid enough to settle for their mauve/plum-toned pink.

Clockwise from the top: Ellana Goddess, NARS Mata Hari, Lipstick Queen Honest Politician (half pan), Marks and Spencer Damson
Clockwise from the top: Ellana Goddess, NARS Mata Hari, Lipstick Queen Honest Politician (half pan), Marks and Spencer Damson

Mata Hari works well with my Bobbi Brown Tawny Pink lipstick and most warm-toned lipsticks I own. I know, strange considering how cool-toned it is. With pale or nude lispticks, it makes me look like I’m drunk in a very bad way. With corals and terra cotta-toned lipsticks, the boldness is dialed down, giving me a natural flush.

My problem with this is that it’s VERY pigmented. Application requires time and full focus. Also, it needs face base perfection. Applied over a non-concealed zit, I look like I have more acne than I really have. You must know that I am lazy and I have ADD-like tendencies so… this is a toss.

Ellana Minerals Lip and Cheek Palette(?) in Goddess

It doesn’t seem like it in the swatch (probably because of the swatches adjacent to it) but it’s a blue-toned baby pink color. It’s one of my most liked and used blushes.

It’s one of those colors that make me look younger. I like how easy I can sheer it out, creating a subtle flush of pink.

Blush Collection Inventory
Ellana Minerals Goddess (in pink packaging)

It would’ve been perfect if it didn’t have shimmers. They’re not as visible when I apply the blush very sheerly. But when I try to build up the color, the shimmers are more apparent — specially in dim fluorescent lighting.

Anyway, I can see myself finishing it. So, this is a keep.

Lipstick Queen Oxymoron in Honest Politician

Strange name to call a blush or any other makeup product. This is my favorite twofer product at the moment. It looks so good on the lips and cheeks. It doesn’t last as long as I would like but I’ve been using it a lot so I’ll keep it. This reminds me a lot of Bloom’s Sheer Colour Cream. One of my favorites from way back. I have a feeling that Honest Politician is very similar to Bloom’s Who Me.

Anyway, I never tried to find out why Lipstick Queen describes this as a matte gloss. It’s not even a semi-matte.

Left: Max Factor Nude Mauve | Right: Lipstick Queen Oxymoron in Honest Politician
Left: Max Factor Nude Mauve | Right: Lipstick Queen Oxymoron in Honest Politician

Marks and Spencer Limited Collection Blusher in Damson

Is this limited edition or is Limited Collection a brand by Marks and Spencer?

I am so happy I found out about this. I was dead set on getting NARS Douceur, good thing Sheva of All Beauty By Berrymix suggested this to me. Douceur and Damson are not dupes. I was just looking for something neutral and muted that I could wear with my kontrabida* lipsticks.

Anyway, Damson is a basic matte neutral/muted pink-brown blush that is perfect for the purpose I intended it for. The best part is, it only cost me Php 450, 3x as cheap as a NARS blush. This is a keep.

Top: Ever Bilena Amethyst | Left: Max Factor Alluring Rose | Right: M&S Limited Collection in Damson
Top: Ever Bilena Amethyst | Left: Max Factor Alluring Rose | Right: M&S Limited Collection in Damson

Max Factor Creme Puff Blushers in Nude Mauve and Alluring Rose

Initially, I thought these were cream blushers, I was disappointed that they’re not.

L-R: Ever Bilena Amethyst, Max Factor Nude Mauve, Max Factor Alluring Rose, M&S Damson
L-R: Ever Bilena Amethyst, Max Factor Nude Mauve, Max Factor Alluring Rose, M&S Damson

I have Nude Mauve and Alluring Rose. They have the same texture but they have very different finishes.

Nude Mauve is almost metallic while Alluring Rose has a more satin but sparkly finish. Since I have zero tolerance for sparkle, I’m letting go of Alluring Rose.

I’m keeping Nude Mauve but I use it more as a highlight color. On the cheeks it looks more lavender than mauve.

Ever Bilena Blush in Amethyst

I love this blush! Seriously. It’s more of a highlighting bronzer blush. On the pan, it looks very frosty but it doesn’t translate like that on the cheeks (it does, if you overapply).

I usually just apply it subtly on the temples and the high points of my cheeks. It makes me look like I want for a quick 15-minute run under the sun. I should make a dedicated post for this, soon. For now, I’ll say, it’s a ‘keep’.

To summarize, I’m keeping five and tossing Max Factor Alluring Rose and NARS Mata Hari.

*villain

31 Comment

  1. OMG, it’s so easy to overlook having to toss some makeup especially if all of them were bought with hard earned money. But you post made me realize how I probably should try to declutter my collection… as hard as it may seem. </3

  2. This seems like a novel idea for many people I know now, pero all my life, I thought it’s normal and something you just do.

  3. I want to spend a day just sorting out my makeup. I tried with my foundations, and I only want to throw away 1. Hahaha! Ang kulit lang.

    Thanks, Rae! Yes, I really enjoy doing FOTDs. I want to do it all day, everyday!!! :D

  4. Detrash!!! Love the word, haha.

    I detrash based on how often I use stuff. If I don’t use it, it’s out! :D

  5. #BeautyBloggerProblems

    I have the ‘keeping old box’ problem, too. But it’s mostly because I sell/ give away stuff as soon as I don’t feel like I like it. Haha.

  6. I think that’s why I like the book! Because it doesn’t force me to throw out everything. Sabi, keep things that spark joy.

    I have two friends who have a bunch of primers and foundations they don’t use. When they’re stressed, they just open their foundation drawers and just stare at them. In that scenario, I guess it’s ok to keep the stuff, haha.

    But if you get stressed whenever you open your blush drawer, maybe give away or toss a few, haha. But I’m so done with finishing things up. Who cares? Just enjoy using the makeup. That’s why I look forward to your FOTDS, I like the tone of your post, na parang enjoy na enjoy mo talaga yung buong makeup application process. It inspires me.

  7. It’s a good book! I love that it doesn’t say that you should only keep a number of things or that you should dispose of something you don’t use.

    My friend loves just looking at some of her makeup and it makes her happy. The book says, keep only things that spark joy. So, I kept a few things I don’t use as long as it really really makes me happy :D

  8. I also wish the ellana cream blushes don’t have any shimmer pero yung loose powder blush nila is maganda, may highlight effect…will try the ever bilena, it’s cheapo eh

  9. I also wish the ellana cream blushes don’t have any shimmer pero yung loose powder blush nila is maganda, may highlight effect…will try the ever bilena, it’s cheapo eh

  10. Waaa? You tossed NARS Mata Hari?! That’s like my favorite NARS blush! LOL Hey, I suppose if it isn’t love, there’s no point in keeping it. :)

  11. Kaya pala I’ve been seeing your name pop up at Beauty Exchange Ph in FB recently, you’re destashing. Speaking of tidying things up, I think I need to read that same book. Haha

  12. Need to swatch those Maxfactor blushes specifically Seductive Pink. Been seeing that being reviewed by UK beauty bloggers (prolly sponspored lol) Mukhang maganda din Nude Mauve!

  13. I have a drawer full of blushes! Ugh! I can’t do this but I need to!

    I want to read that book and clean up my life… :-P

  14. Rae, I’m having such a hard time cleaning out my closets right now. I even keep old boxes that beauty products come in in case I need to check ingredients. So bad! Anyhoo, as always, another great and to-the-point review. Thanks!

  15. This reads easy. I’m impressed that you’re able to let go of the NARS blush that easily. When I “detrash” I tend to let go of super drugstores only (thus, detrash)

  16. Oh I didn’t realise your clean out was inspired by Marie Kondo! Her book is my next read (I’m currently reading a Polish book on ‘sensible minimalism’ but really wanted to see another perspective on the topic once I heard about her books and reputation) so it’s great to see that it is working for you!

    Going through my blush collection would be soooo difficult, I don’t think I could get rid of the majority (I love that powder blushes can last years and I’m a huge blush fan) so I’m even more in awe of your clearing out powers ;)

  17. Oh I didn’t realise your clean out was inspired by Marie Kondo! Her book is my next read (I’m currently reading a Polish book on ‘sensible minimalism’ but really wanted to see another perspective on the topic once I heard about her books and reputation) so it’s great to see that it is working for you!

    Going through my blush collection would be soooo difficult, I don’t think I could get rid of the majority (I love that powder blushes can last years and I’m a huge blush fan) so I’m even more in awe of your clearing out powers ;)

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