Now that’s summer, I’m back on the cream blush bandwagon. If you remember from my previous cream blush posts, I’m picky about the formulas because I don’t like for them to be too sheer, too pigmented, too greasy, too sticky, etc. In the past, very few have surpassed my expectations and I’ve written about those here: NYX Cream Blush in “Boho Chic,” the Le Blush Creme de Chanel – Chanel Cream Blush in 63 “Revelation,” the Illamasqua Cream Blusher in “Laid,” and the Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll Kiss & Blush Lips & Cheeks in 02 “Rose Frivole.”
The TOPSHOP Cream Blushes are new to me, but so are all the TOPSHOP beauty products. I became interested in the cream blushes when they started appearing in Korean beauty blogs and beauty magazines. Shortly after that, I noticed Korean beauty bloggers in Korea swatching them and reviewing them. Because TOPSHOP products can be readily found at Nordstrom locations, I decided to pop in and give them some attention. I was elated to to see that the popular shades in “Afternoon Tea” and “Head Over Heels” were available, as they were the ones I had seen featured. They’re perfect summer colors and easy to use.
As previously mentioned before, I’m picky about cream blush formulas. However, the TOPSHOP Cream Blushes in “Afternoon Tea” and “Head Over Heels” have met my expectations. The texture of the formula is light and creamy, but it doesn’t feel heavy or sticky on the skin. It’s easy to apply this with the fingers, but I also like to use a synthetic buffing brush as well. The application is smooth and somewhat sheer — but the colors are buildable in a non-greasy way, which is perfect for me. It dries down semi-matte but doesn’t feel dry or heavy; and, most importantly, the color doesn’t rub off like some cream blushes do throughout the day.
I recommend these blushes and I felt that the price was do-able. The formula is nice and the colors “Afternoon Tea” and “Head Over Heels” are perfect. “Afternoon Tea” is a pretty pop of cool-toned pink that isn’t too harsh or Barbie-like, and “Head Over Heels” is a soft coral-pink that flatters my fair skintone without looking too orange or red. I’ve worn these over liquid foundations and BB/CC creams, but I don’t think they’ll work well on top of powder products since it’s easier to blend cream formulas on top of liquid/cream products. I like that the texture is easily blendable and looks just like powder blushes after application.
Made in Italy.
Retails for $14.00 USD.