Category Archives: Blusher

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Natural Beauty

15th July 2014

Today I want to talk to you guys about one of my favourite blushers. It’s a bit of a cult product – one of the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blushes and, as you can see from the picture above, I’ve accrued a sizeable stack of them over the years!

Over the next few weeks I’m going to show you how each of them looks on the skin and today’s post is focusing on Natural Beauty, which looks like this in the pan:

As you can see, it looks BRIGHT as hell and I was a bit put off when I saw how crazy pigmented it looked but it really isn’t that garish on the skin, at all. It’s actually quite subtle and gives a really pretty wash of colour on the cheeks, which you can see here:

I really like this colour, mostly because it’s so versatile. In the picture above I’ve paired it with pretty neutral make up but it works well with a smoky eye too. It’s great to warm up my pale skin tone (no shimmer means it looks super natural) and really does live up to its title – I’ve worn this for twelve hours on the trot before and it stays in place pretty darn well.
I’m a big fan of these blushers so make sure you keep an eye out over the next few weeks, when I’ll be reviewing the other shades in my make up drawers!

Benefit Rockateur Blush

8th August 2013

What’s that, you say? Benefit are bringing out a new blusher to add to their line of popular Box o’ Powders? They are, indeed. Rockateur is the latest offering from Benefit, due to hit shops in October this year. Select Boots stores and the Debenhams website offered flash sales over the last week or so, allowing beauty fans to snap up the blusher weeks before it’s on general release.

As a huge Benefit fan I couldn’t resist and ordered myself Rockateur as soon as it came online via Debenhams. I waited (very impatiently) for it to arrive and was pretty darn excited to see a little Debenhams package waiting for me when I got home from work today – it arrived speedily and well-wrapped so big thanks to Debenhams for that!

I tested this little beauty straight away and, dear lord, it’s love!

Everything from the packaging to the creamy quality of the blush to the scent to the gorgeous glow it gives my cheeks – this is an absolute winner. I already have a fair few Benefit blushers in my make up drawers but this is almost certainly my favourite, even after one application. It makes my cheeks look naturally flushed in a way I’ve never been able to achieve with any blusher I’ve owned before. It’s the perfect rose gold shade with just a hint of shimmer – I adore it.

I’m so glad I decided to order Rockateur while I had the chance – it’s an absolutely beautiful shade and I know I’m going to be reaching for this one time and time again. I 100% recommend picking this one up when it’s out in October!

Left: Artificial light // Right: Natural light

 What do you think? Are you planning on buying Rockateur in October?


Review: MUA English Rose Mosaic Blusher

7th December 2012

I’d had my eye on the MUA English Rose mosaic blusher for a long old time so I finally bit the bullet and purchased it when their awesome 35% off sale was going on. I’ve become a bit of a blusher fan of late so I couldn’t wait to try this out, as it’s actually the first mosaic blusher I’ve owned.

I’ve been so impressed with the MUA products I’ve used so far; they feel far better quality than they should be for their price tag and I haven’t had a dud yet. This blusher is one of the better products I’ve tried and I’m now on the hunt for more mosaic blushers – anybody have any they recommend?

The blusher is made up of numerous shades, from pearly peaches to bronze and rose tones. I prefer to swirl my blush brush across the whole pan to get the full mix of colours but I’ve tried concentrating my brush into the lighter shades, which products more of a highlighter effect, which is quite pretty.

The powder is so soft but really keeps its shape, so there’s no blurring between the different colours. Not that I’ve noticed yet, anyway, but I have only used this a few times. I have noticed it fades a little after a few hours but the staying power is pretty impressive – especially when you consider this will set you back a lowly £2.50!

The colours aren’t particularly pigmented so this is a product you’ll need to build up. That can be a good or bad thing, depending on your tastes but it suits me well as I prefer to start off with a paler colour and build up, especially as I can be prone to slapping on a bit too much blush and ending up a little 80s music video…not good!

On the left you can see how this looks in natural light (that was taken six or so hours after application) and on the right is the blush photographed in artificial light (taken just after application…at about 6.30am, which is why I look so blimmin’ cranky. Literally giving my camera evils).

There is a fair amount of shimmer in this blush which I like but I know it’s not everybody’s thing. I think this one would also look great as a highlight on top of a deeper blush for a night out. All in all I’m a big fan of the English Rose blush and I’m looking forward to trying MUA’s mosaic bronzer next.

You can pick this one up from the MUA website or in Superdrug stores or online for £2.50.