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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Gel, Powder, Cream, Liquid, Mousse and More

Blush Textures and Finishes Explained

Let's discuss blushes; one of, if not my favourite beauty item to purchase and boy, oh boy has the blush landscape changed over the recent years. I'm almost overwhelmed.

Gone are the days, in which I could pop into the likes of Boots and purchase the prettiest coral blush I could find - which was always a powder texture. Sure I may have dabbled with mousse based foundations but when it came to blush, I was loyal to powder formulas for the longest while. In fact it took a whole lot persuasion to as much as get me to try a cream blush - hey if it ain't broke don't fix it.

Teenage me was wrong, very wrong (about a lot of things if I'm brutally honest) - cream blushes are great. Cream blushes needn't be thick, heavy and oil based textures, rather they can offer a pretty and long wearing flush of colour, that is effortless to apply and blend out. As a matter of a fact cream blushes seem to wear better on my oily skin their powder counterparts, they also tend to somewhat optically blur my enlarged pores. The creamier texture also more often than not, offers a dewy finish, great for disguising oily skin without looking greasy - the sheen almost looks purposeful. If you have yet to be tempted by cream blushes, let me tell you they wear beautifully on most skin types and in most instances are lighter than air in texture. The best part is you can apply on the go with just your fingertips.

Blush Textures and Finishes Explained

Gel and liquid blushes are my newest find; water based textures that do veer a little sheer yet are the ideal option for not only the balmy Summer weather but also any water based activity - yes that includes rain storms. Think of gel blushes as a long wearing tint, the sheer finish allows the complexion to somewhat shine through. The end result is  a subtle, hint of a tint - fresh and natural in appearance yet once set, said flush is going nowhere. If I was still within education, I would use a gel blush - trust me it will more than survive a full working day and/or a strenuous gym class. As a side note if you have dry skin and find other blush textures to cling to problem areas, the water based formula of gel/liquid blushes will help prevent this problem.

As much I do enjoy dabbling with newer and exciting blush launches, there will always be room in my stash for a powder blush or ten. The difference is that now a powder blush really has to earn its keep. No longer will I put up or make do with ashen textures, nor poor pigmentation - powder blushes need to wow me or I'll walk away. I will say that powder blushes, when good can be great; they tend to be more pigmented than other textures and in the instance of some shades very much multi-tasking, not to mention most require next to no blending making them the ideal beginners choice. Cream, gel et al blushes may fall in and out of favour but powder blushes will always remain a beauty staple as they do suit all, and let's face it are rather enjoyable to apply.

Mousse blushes? Nope. No thank you. Forever scarred by my Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse days, let's just say mousse textures are one avenue I'm not overly keen to try out. Maybe someone could turn me onto a great mousse blush and change this?

I'd consider myself to be a powder blush gal overall, where's does your loyalty lie?








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23 comments:

  1. Powder blush is what I have most of. I do enjoy a good cream blush too, but it has to be a really good quality cream blush for me to get it. I don't even mess around with mousse, I just won't haha!

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  2. I really loved this post. I will forever be a powder blush kind of gal. I can't seem to get along with anything else x

    www.pintsizedbeauty.com

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  3. I enjoyed this post, I want to branch out and try cream products more as I feel it will work nicer with my dryer skin type!
    Tasha Rose Beauty

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  4. I think gel blushes are a great new innovation and I love the finish they give!

    Makeupmusicbooks.com

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  5. I only own powder blushes but when I'm feeling a little more adventurous, I like dabbing a little bit of lipstick onto my cheeks as blush! Cream blush? Hahaha x)

    Dorky-and-weird.blogspot.com

    Xoxo Jessy

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  6. I'm definitely most loyal to powder blush. Although I own a fair few different blush formulas, I feel like anything other than powder blush is just more of a faff to apply!

    Troves and Roses

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  7. I'm defo a powder lover but I really like Benetint too, when I remember to use it xx

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  8. I've been a bit sceptical about buying any liquid blushers as I have oily skin but after reading this I think I might have to give some a try xxx

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  9. Powder blushers will always be my favourite!

    Www.emilynewstead.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. I have yet to try a gel blush...but I continue to keep my eye on them. I know that Jose Marin made some. Anyone tried those? And I agree...Mousse anything is just a huge red flag! lol

    xx
    Miriam
    Futurenursemiriam.wordpress.com

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  11. I'm a powder blush gal most of the time, but my favourite formulas with unusual textures are the Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Souffles and the Daniel Sandler Watercolour Fluid Blushers :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  12. I love powder blush as i just don't get along with liquid blushers! x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

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  13. I'm too scared to try a mousse blush...they look like they could go so wrong if not blended properly, but I neeeed to venture out of my makeup comfort zone and give it a go! x

    http://whiteshirtchic.blogspot.co.uk/

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  14. The L'Oreal Magic Smooth Souffle blushes are mousses and they are amazing! A little hard to come by as that line has phased out of most stores but you can still find them on amazon. My favorite is in the color Celestial, it's a really pretty natural rosey pink. They feel great on the cheeks and blend out really well. I'd definitely recommend!

    Emma // http://thebeautyingenue.blogspot.com

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  15. I'm definitely a powder blush gal. I've been wanting to try a cream blush though, I just don't really know where to start. I like the dewy finish it can give.

    xo Katrina
    https://preppypinkpeonies.wordpress.com/

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  16. Cream blushes are definitely my absolute fave - they're so quick and easy to use :)
    Elle - http://elleandherbeautyblog.blogspot.co.uk/ xox

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  17. I definitely stick to powder blushes, I think they are easier to apply and take less time and effort in general ;)

    Love, Charline | Charline Has a Blog

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  18. My loyalty definitely lies with powders, although I love the natural look of creams they generally don't last that well on my skin :( xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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  19. I definitely prefer powder blush!

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  20. I mostly own powder blushes, I find them the easiest to apply!
    Philippa - ByPhilippa

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  21. Powder is definitely my favourite formulation!

    Sara - She Who Is Short

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  22. When I was a teen, cream blushes and eye shadows were my favorites...I made such a mess with powders! I have a few powders, but rarely use them. Sounds like I might like a gel, but do still prefer the creams....they have been with me for a looong time.
    My one grandmother always put a dab of her lipstick on her finger and rubbed it on; she said that way she knew l & bl would go together! I do see the blush-lip-eye all-in-ones out there, but have not gotten any.
    I have not tried that brushed makeup, but I bet it looks once one gets the hang of using it.

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