Illamasqua Cream Blusher – “Laid”

Adding onto my Illamasqua Cream Blusher collection, I recently purchased “Laid” while I was visiting home. Much like my most favorite blush and best cream blush of all time — “Promise,” “Laid” is the same quality, texture, and prettiness.

“Laid” is described as a “bright rose pink” and is exactly that. It’s brightening — meaning, it imparts the most beautiful and subtle glow — yet, the rose pink color gives you a healthy look without coming across too strong in either direction — red or pink. It’s the perfect in-between and totally worth it.

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You may find an Illamasqua section at your local Sephora; for me, I’ve only been able to find it at the Sephora next to my parents’ home. Online, the cream blushers are selling like hot cakes, so when they’re back in stock — I recommend you snag “Promise” and “Laid” to start with! :) The best thing about Illamasqua’s cream blushers is the formula/texture of the product. Not only is it easy to use and apply, but the creamy, non-tacky formula blends easily onto the skin. I don’t feel like it’s wiping off my foundation, like most other cream blushers I’ve tried. It also helps that the product is long-wearing and looks pretty all day.

Retails for $26.00 USD.
Made in Germany.

REVIEW: Le Blush Creme de Chanel – Chanel Cream Blush in 64 “Inspiration”

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Say, what?? Chanel released cream blushes?

Yes. And, they’re selling like hot cakes right now. I had to track down the only color I wanted at Macy’s this time around. In the pan, the colors look much darker than I had expected. However, the color pay-off is pretty, the application process is easy and smooth, and nothing beats feeling pretty when wearing Chanel. That’s all. The Le Blush Creme is marketed as “an innovative powder-cream formula [that] offers an enticing new way to blush with sheer yet vibrant pigments for instant luminosity.” The “silky texture offers a long-wear satin finish—soft and comfortable for every skin type—and is simple to apply with fingertips or brush.”

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I agree with everything. First off, the gel-mousse texture is easy to work with because it’s soft and creamy — not tacky and sticky like Bobbi Brown’s cream blush. Much like my beloved Illamasqua Cream Blusher in “Promise”, the product is soft to the touch and blends seamlessly into the skin. Basically, since it melts on contact, I don’t feel like I’m rubbing off any base makeup or wiping the blush color away. Also, the color leaves behind a soft glow that makes your cheeks look glowy without looking too shiny.

Wear time for this cream blush is average. To get a few additional hours of wear, I’d suggest dusting on some translucent setting powder, but on its own, the blush wears fine throughout the day as long as there’s no excessive sweating/activities. I chose the color “Inspiration” because it’s warm and would flatter my skintone the best. I apply this with any ol’ synthetic brush, but as always, the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush is my favorite. I recommend! :)

Made in France.
Retails for $38 USD.

Illamasqua Cream Blusher – “Promise”

I’ve written and complained about cream blushes before. This is only because I was always unhappy with either the application of it or the texture. However, I think I’ve found the most perfect cream blush and I’m itching for more. While I was visiting home, I went to Sephora and came across the Illamasqua section. I have to admit it was exciting to see the display in person! I purchased the cream blusher in “Promise” and it’s to die for. I recommend. HIGHLY.

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I don’t really like the packaging because it’s so bulky and big. The shape of it is odd, so it’s also difficult to store since it’s not really stackable. However, despite that, the snap closure is tight so the product doesn’t dry out. The color “Promise” is described as a “petal pink” shade; and, it runs slightly on the blue side of pink. I think that’s kind of a good thing though — because it has a subtle brightening effect that gives you a glow without being too obvious.

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The texture is creamy and soft — like butter. It’s pigmented, but not so much that it’s difficult to work with. It blends easily and beautifully without drying too fast, so you have time to work with it before it sets. I’ve used my fingers to blend when in a rush and the application was fine. I prefer to use a synthetic buffing brush (Real Techniques) and it does a great job at allowing the product to apply and settle in a natural way.

The color itself is bright but can be tamed, as the product is quite buildable. While I like to apply this on top of a non-powdered canvas, it does well over powder foundation without disturbing the base. Basically, all forms of issues I’ve had with other cream blushes don’t seem to exist with this cream blush. And, I think that’s why I like it so much. The finish is so pretty and I think it will be perfect for the summer, especially with having a dewy, fresh base underneath.

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If you’ve hated cream blushes before, I highly suggest you give this one a try. There are tons of colors available and I will be exploring more options soon. But if you’re looking for something safe and wearable, I suggest “Promise.”

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Retails for $26.00 USD.