What Makes You Blush

I’ve been on a blush kick lately; and, surprisingly, I’ve recently become interested in colors that I’m normally not attracted to. The reason I started to explore more color ranges is because there’s only so many peachy-pink colored blushes one can own before there’s no reason to keep purchasing them.

Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Blushes have been hot for quite some time now, and though I find the “amazonian clay” part to be gimmicky, I discovered the color “Exposed” only after every one their mamas owned it and loved it. Much like many beauty enthusiasts, I obsessively researched beauty blogs online before making the decision to purchase this.

The color is a dusty rose, alomst brown-ish color, that I automatically felt at first glance, to be too dark for my fair skin. Because of my yellow undertones, I was convinced that this blush would look like dirt smeared across my cheeks. Sephora’s website descibes Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Blush series to be “a long-wearing, solar-baked blush that lasts up to 12 hours.” The product is “infused with natural clay harvested from the banks of the Amazon River and naturally baked by the sun,” and “this nutrient-rich blush benefits all skin types for a fade-free flawless finish for an amazing 12 hours.” It claims to be good “for oily skin types, [because] Amazonian clay minimizes oil in and around pores to balance skin and keep product in place.” Tarte also claims that those with dry skin benefit from the blushes as well because “the clay’s nourishing and hydrating properties…naturally restore[s] skin’s moisture.”

Like I said, the “amazonian clay” part is gimmicky to me – but, I do admit that the blush does wear well for a good portion of the day. “Exposed” is a natural color that is buildable and makes me look alive and awake when applied to my fair skin. It cannot be subsititued for bronzer because of the rosey undertones, and since the color itself is on the darker side, I like that against my fair skin, it accentuates the color of my skin.

Another color I got from this line is “Blissful,” a candy-pink color that is quite bright. Normally, I wouldn’t purchase such a loud color since I favor the subdued look on most occasions. However, the color in the pan was so pretty that I couldn’t resist. The bright color is in no way natural looking, but I like that it gives my skin a brighter look. I would even venture to say that darker skinned gals would benefit from this color because it could provide that healthy glow. For me, I have to apply “Blissful” with a lighter hand and fluffy brush; otherwise, I’d look like a creepy glass doll.

I’d like to also note that Sephora’s website also says that Tarte’s blushes “features the following Skinvigorating™ ingredients: Vitamins A and E, two natural preservatives that act as anti-inflammatory emollients and protect against free radical damage; Vitamin C, an antioxidant that fights free radical damage and prevents oxidative stress and premature signs of aging, while brightening the skin; and Amazonian clay, a nutrient-rich, multitasking, skin-balancing clay that reduces dryness and flakiness, improves skin clarity, elasticity, firmness, and texture while removing oil from the skin’s surface for smooth application and wear.”

I’ve saved the best for last – my favorite blush: Lorac’s blush, also named “Exposed.” This would be the typical color that I normally would go for – a peachy-pink color with slight shimmers. I feel that colors like this really brightens and lifts the face. It’s tone gives off a healthy glow, and irridescent effect that doesn’t look overdone. Lorac’s Baked Matte Satin Blush “contains a silky-smooth, highly pigmented formula that blends easily and evenly for natural, long-lasting glow.” It applies beautifully, has good lasting power, and even though it’s labeled “matte,” it doesn’t give you that flat-dead look. It’s a gentle color, dare I say, a “safe” color? It’s the perfect blend of peach and pink; and though there are visible shimmers, none that will make you look like you’re a junior high student.

What are your favorite blushes? Any new exciting purchases on your end?

*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)
*Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in “Blissful” extracted from google images – hence, the different lighting
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