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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.