Cream Blush Lover or Fearer – Here are Some New Cream Cheek Products to Try

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I love cream blush product for their natural quality. A good cream blush will melt into the skin looking completely natural and part of you. Cream blushes have come a long way from the thick, tacky, sticky products of past decades. If you have always been nervous about trying a cream cheek product and worried about being able to apply and blend properly then now is the time to finally try them. With the light, silky, blendable versions available now application is made easy. Heck, you can even apply most of these with a brush and you won’t feel too out of your comfort zone.

Makeup For Ever HD Cream Blush ($31 CAD/0.09 oz) The perfect balance of Silicone Oils, Dry Oils and Waxes offer infinite blendability in a long-lasting formula. Silica Powders and Synthetic Mica allow for a smooth, comfortable texture, while delivering a satin, soft-focus finish. Clear Mother-of-Pearl and Pigments give natural colour with a luminous finish for a radiant, healthy glow. These cream blushes offer the dewy glow I love with a long lasting formula that feels super light. There is no stickiness and it applies beautifully with a brush or fingers. Available in an amazing 16 shades.

Revlon Cream Blush ($11.95 CAD/0.44 oz) This cream blush offers a huge amount of product for a great price. It feels very light and silky and blends out to a satin finish. It is available in 4 shades.

Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick ($11.99 CAD/0.24 oz) This new stick blush is wonderfully light and offers a sheer wash of colour. The two shades have quite a bit of shimmer. These are so easy to blend and work with. 6 shades available.

NARS Matte Multiple ($39 CAD/0.26 oz) The new matte version of the iconic NARS multiple is shimmer free and has a matte finish with no dewiness. You can also apply wet for a richer finish that melts into the skin. It feels very light. Silky as opposed to creamy. I absolutely adore the natural soft pink of Anguilla. These can also be worn on the lips.  7 shades are available.

Cream Blush Swatches

MUFE 210 & 410, Revlon Coral Reef, Maybelline Just Pinched Pink & Warm Nude, NARS Anguilla

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Beauty Blogger Top Ten Tuesday | Top 10 Primers

This week the Beauty Blogger Top Ten team is focusing on primers. I don’t think I recall a time when there has been such an onslaught of new primer releases. Most of these being blurring/pore refining primers. I thought I would share with you ten that, with the exception of my professional kit staple Benefit POREfessional, are all new to the market. I have divided them into categories to make things a little more coherent.

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Skincare that Performs as a Primer  - Who doesn’t love a product that pulls double duty?

Dior Capture Totale DreamSkin Global Age-Defying Skincare Perfect Skin Creator ($115 CAD) is a new addition to the Capture Totale skincare lineup. This serum is designed to be as effective on the surface of the skin as it is deep down. It has an exclusive and precise blend of two powders, mica platelets with a crystalline mesh and hollow silica microspheres, to smooth skins tone and texture to both sight and touch. It does so invisibly. It also works deep down over time with the powerful age defying floral actives of Longoza extract from the Ranomafana Garden in Madagascar as well as Opilia, a new discovery made in the Dior Garden in Burkina Faso to perfect skin texture. This product addresses pores, firmness, redness, radiance, and dark spots. It’s a true powerhouse due to the fact it acts as a primer to hide these imperfections while it improves them overtime. It also happens to smell incredible and has a lovely light, weightless feel. This will work on any and all skin tones.

Garnier Ultra-Lift Anti-Age Skin Corrector ($22.99 CAD) works to correct wrinkles, radiance, dark spots, uniformity, and firmness with LHA, proretinol, vitamin E, anti-oxidant ginger, and firming peptides. It comes out white with invisible micro-capsules enriched with micro-pigments that are supposed to create a universal shade. I find the shade far too dark on my skin but if you aren’t as fair as I this is a lovely feeling and smelling product to try at a great price.

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Dior DreamSkin, Garnier Ultra-Lift unblended, Garnier Ultra-Lift slightly blended

 

Illuminating Primers – Due to my dry skin this is probably my favourite category. I am madly in love with all three of these glow giving primers as they are all quite different.

Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base in Rose ($37 CAD) this opalescent pink translucent fluid feels hydrating and gives skin a lovely radiance. It feels really light and I adore the finish of the Rose shade. This is a new permanent product released with the spring collection and it also comes in Champagne and Peach. I am dying to see how the other shades look.

Dior Glow Maximizer ($42 CAD) has quite a strong golden glow. It can be mixed with your foundation to boost skin’s radiance, patted full strength on top of your makeup as a highlighter in light catching areas, or even used sparingly as a primer all over under foundation if you are in dire need of some radiance as I sometimes do.

NARS Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer SPF 15 ($38 CAD) has the benefit of light sun protection and it offers a very subtle, completely neutral, illumination to the skin.  It contains red algae to revitalize skin as well as Vitamins A, C, and E to ward off free radicals. It really works well as a base and feels very light, absorbing quickly into the skin.

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Clarins Instant Light | Dior Glow Maximizer | NARS Pro-Prime Light Optimizing

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Clarins Instant Light | Dior Glow Maximizer | NARS Pro-Prime Light Optimizing barely blended

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Clarins Instant Light | Dior Glow Maximizer | NARS Pro-Prime Light Optimizing blended further

 

Blurring/Pore Minimizing Primer – These seem to really be the rage these days with many drugstore and higher end brands releasing their own version of this silicone heavy primer. I find these all to be fairly similar so it is all trial and error with liking the feel and scent.

Dior Pore Minimizer ($42 CAD) can be used alone or under foundation to smooth skins texture by filling lines and wrinkles. It has a thick balmy, ultra smooth texture. The soft focus pigments work to even out the complexion. You can even use this lightly over foundation to touch up to matify and diminish pores. I find, like with a lot of these kinds of primers, that if you use too much product you can experience pilling.

Garnier 5 Sec Blur Skin Renew Instant Smoother ($19.99 CAD) has soft focus, mattifying, and wrinkle and pore filling effects to give you that airbrushed effect, with or without makeup, in only seconds thanks to silica spheres and silicone elastomers.

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser ($10.99 CAD) has a clear gel texture and includes cherry extract. It is an well performing and excellently priced option if you want to give these kinds of silicone based pore blurring primers a try.

Benefit Cosmetics the POREfessional ($36 CAD) is the original Pro Balm to Minimize Pores. This is the only primer I’ve included that isn’t new but how could I not include this cult favourite that has been around since July 2010. It is the primer I use most often in my professional kit to ensure a long lasting air brushed finish.

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Dior Pore Minimizer | Garnier 5 Sec Blur | Maybelline Baby Skin | Benefit POREfessional

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Dior Pore Minimizer | Garnier 5 Sec Blur | Maybelline Baby Skin | Benefit POREfessional blended.

 

Targeted Primers

L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Eye Smoother ($ CAD) is basically a targeted version of a blurring/pore minimizing primer that also includes illuminators to brighten the eye area and a wonderfully cooling applicator. It includes Revitalift’s Pro-Retinol A, vitamin C and specially designed peptide for the eye area to helps improve the delicate skin around eyes and lines, wrinkles, dark circles, and under eye bags look reduced over time. I love that this has long term benefits and works as an eye cream and primer in one. We all know it can be a struggle to find an eye cream that works well under makeup.

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L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Eye Smoother

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L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Eye Smoother blended

 

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NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette and The NARSissist Cheek Kit | Photos, Swatches, Review

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Palettes make this NARSissist very happy! The arrival of the new NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette and The NARSissist Cheek Kit was some heavenly beautymail.

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NARSissist Eye Palette ($89 CAD/$79 US) This palette features 15 of the NARSissist community’s most beloved and inspiring shades in one compact, ready-to-wear every day, every way. The great thing about this palette is that they are all existing NARS shades. No surprises. There are certainly lots of reviews and swatches out there so you know the quality you are getting. I had thought there were some less than stellar shades included from some of the info I had read but they all swatched beautifully for me. I obviously haven’t had time to test all 15 shades on my eyes yet though. This palette is a real bargain as you are paying $175 US/oz compared to $357 US/oz for the Singles and $250 US/oz for the Duos. Yes of course I had to do the math! It is a perfect assortment of light to dark and matte and shimmering shades. This palette will be a great workhorse palette for any NARS, heck makeup, lover and a perfect travel companion.

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Shades included are:

  • All About Eve I flesh toned neutral
  • Madrague II (matte caramel)
  • Fez (velvety cocoa)
  • Bali (neutral)
  • Coconut Grove (deep brown infused with reflections)
  • Madrague I (matte cream)
  • Nepal (soft sheer rose)
  • Ashes to Ashes (shimmery violet based brown)
  • Brousse II (black violet)
  • Mekong (espresso infused with gold)
  • Bellissima I (shimmering beige with subtle glitter)
  • Lhasa (lavender grey)
  • Bad Behavior (deep pewter)
  • Dogon II (charcoal black)
  • Pandora II (matte black)

NARSissist Swatches

NARSissist Cheek Palette ($55 CAD/$49 US) This set features three must-have shades for Spring and a newly designed mini blush brush for easy application on the go.

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Shades included are Devotee (limited edition, highlighting shade), Orgasm and Laguna. I know, I know. Many of you are annoyed that every cheek palette seems to have Orgasm and Laguna in it. The fact is they are beautiful and iconic shades and what could be more fitting for a NARSissist palette? Even if you already have them in your collection this palette is a must because it is the perfect travel size. The entire palette is the same height and width as the standard blush compacts. It is just about 30% longer. Purse and travel perfect!

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Available now at Sephora.

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