The Spring 2013 collections are full of lovely blushes. Spring makeup always come along just when we’re feeling sick of dark dreary days and need a pick-me-up. Pinks seem to dominate the 2013 collections, but I have a few other shades that I think will complete a fresh spring look!
SHIMMER FOR OVER 40 GALS…
Estee Lauder Tease Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush ($40.00) – Part of the Spring 2013 Pretty naughty collection (online only), this blush does double duty as a highlighter too. It looks frosty in the pan but imparts soft color and sheen. When you are an *ahem* mature woman over 40, shimmer products can be scary and bring back memories of Saturday Night Fever and the disco scene. Ugg.
What makes this shimmery blush/highlighter different is the Illuminating Powder Gelee formula, one that Estee Lauder has had great success with the past few years. The powder gelee formula is a combination of a gel, liquid and powder giving it a creamy texture and allowing the pearly shimmer to create a softer subtle finish as opposed to highlighting pores or lines.
The pigment on Tease is superb but I didn’t need a fan brush or go to too much work to apply it. I actually like the sponge applicator that comes in the compact–I apply to the apple of my cheeks and then blend with my fingers. This blush lasted all day (8 hours) on me.
This blush is an excellent choice for fair skinned gals but I can also see it looking stunning on darker skin tones for the spring and summer seasons.
Tease looks fresh and youthful, perfect for spring!
FOR THE FRANCOPHILE…
Lancome In Love Blush in Peche Joue-Joue (Peach) $49 – the two blushes are the standouts of the Lancome In Love Spring Collection. There are two shades in the blush compact. A beautiful coral and a pale, pale peach. I suppose you could use them separately but I prefer to swirl them together to create a lovely coralish/peach shade. There is a pink overspray on the embossed flowers but that will be gone after the first use. This blush doesn’t look exceptionally pigmented in the pan, but the first time I used it I was surprised at how much color was deposited on my cheeks. A less dense brush yielded a more natural look and I’m very happy with the youthful glow this blush imparts. Not crazy about the cardboard packaging even if it is cute and playful. The mirror is removable although I don’t why–being cardboard it will surely get beat up in a makeup bag or purse. Packaging aside, I love the satin finish, the natural glow of this blush and how buildable it is. Also available in Pommettes D’Amour, a pink shade. Psst….I’ll have more reviews of the Lancome In Love Spring collection soon–swooning over Jade Crush Kohl Eyeliner!
DARLING VINTAGE PACKAGING….
Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush ($29) – is great for us fair skinned gals. I like that you can sort of customize the mix of shades. The super cute packaging houses tons of product. For me the pigment is adequate and the color is really pretty. Those of you with darker skin tones will probably only be able to use this as a highlighter. Read the full review on Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush here.
bareMinerals READY Blush in Natural High ($22) – The Natural High READY blush is one of the most exciting pieces of the Remix Collection. This extremely pigmented blush is what I wanted NARS Orgasam to be. The pinky peach shade with a golden sheen is absolutely gorgeous. This is a universally flattering shade that works for all skin tones. READY blushes are smooth, long lasting and have the most delicious texture. That’s why I named them one of the top 10 products for women over 40! I can see myself hitting pan on this blush and THAT is unheard of!
Do any of these gorgeous blushes catch your fancy? Did I miss one of your favorites for spring? What colors or shades do you like to wear on your cheeks for spring?