Minimal Face of the Day

Despite stopping by Sephora and Ulta religiously, I haven’t really picked up anything new. And, now that we’ve entered the summer months here in Texas, keeping things minimal and simple has been key. It’s been a rough couple of weeks for me, so I haven’t felt entirely inspired by anything or anyone — my daily look has been the same — just enough to even out the skin tone and a dab of cream blusher to allow me to look alive.

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I’m back to using the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, and recently re-purchased it in the shade “Terre-Neuve” which is a touch lighter than “Finland” and less yellow. It’s a good summer product to have because it does so much — moisturizes, protects, and conceals — much like a BB cream. While marketed as a tinted moisturizer, it’s like a light foundatio to me.

As previously mentioned, I’m still on my Illamasqua cream blusher kick. Currently, “Promise” is the only shade I own because everything else seems to be out of stock on Sephora’s website. When they’ve been re-stocked, I’ll definitely be trying out more shades. This is the best cream blush ever; and, if you’re like me and have lost faith in ALL cream blushes, try this one. Your faith will be restored.

As usual, I’ve relied on my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to do all my blending and applying. I own 4 of these brushes and have them stashed all over the place. It’s great for applying my base product and I use a separate one for applying the cream blusher. But really, any synthetic blending brush will do the trick.

Have a great weekend.

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.”

0.14 oz.
Retails for $26.00 USD.