Ok admission – I’m really struggling to get my blogging mojo back LOL! No idea where its gone to be honest. If found, please return. I may offer a lipstick reward. I have my editorial calendar up but I keep pushing things back. So what better way to ease back into the swing of things than to talk about one of my favourite topics – blush!
I was looking in my drawer a while ago and realised that I have a few distinct categories of blush colours that I gravitate towards. I thought I might like to share little compilations from time to time and here’s starting with a very easy to wear category of light pink blushes.
Light pink blushes are one of the easiest ways to ease into wearing blush, especially if you aren’t too adept at applying them yet. Sure, the common lament is that the colour doesn’t show up. But you don’t want splotches on your cheeks. You want a natural glow to your skin, and if you need more colour, its easy to layer them on. Light pink is a good shade, because the colour is light, it gives you just a gentle perky glow and gives you a bit of colour without looking like you applied makeup. Absolutely perfect for the “Makeup? What makeup?” look. That said, not everyone suits pink blush so I am speaking quite generally here – not gospel ok?
Here are 5 light pink blushes I own, that I like and use quite often to get you started. As a bonus, they’re all very easy to use too, even for newbies!
1. Guerlain Blush G Sakura (LE – Asia Exclusive)
Ok, I’m cheating a bit with this one, but if you look around, you may still be able to find it. Despite looking very scarily fuchsia in pan, its in fact a soft light pink on skin. Its fresh and gives a nice glow but only really shows up on lighter skintones. On deeper skintones, you maybe apt to see more shimmer which can put some people off. You can read my review of it here for a better idea of how this looks
2. Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush #2 Pink
This one is the round pan in the middle. I realised belatedly I should have labelled the photo – sorry! I’ll do better next time. I’ve had this one for ages and there is a tiny dip in this pan already. I picked it up from the local GA counter back when we still had GA Beauty and it was pricey! The texture however is beautifully soft and on skin, imparts a very natural glow with little to no shimmer. Nothing noticeable anyway.
Many people find it too light but I like it because you can apply on a very light layer for a gentle hint of colour or layer it on. It doesn’t look chalky or powdery or thick. Absolutely worth the splurge if you have access to it! The colour is actually a pink-peach, not a true pink but it gives a warm glow to the skin.
3. Benefit Cosmetics Hervana – Good Karma Face Powder
I picked this one up a while ago but I never got round to reviewing it even though I use it quite often. In pan, its a swirl of 4 shades of colour – peach, cream, rose and berry. Don’t be afraid of the colours, you just have to swirl your brush around the pan and it’ll blend and pick up the colour for your skin which appears on mine, as a light pink. Hence its inclusion in this compilation
I like how this shade gives my skin a peppy glow and colour. Its actually not that light to be honest, especially if you use a dense brush. If you use a soft brush like I do (I use the Lunasol one for all blushes) then it deposits the perfect hint of colour on my skin. I rarely have to layer. Its very pretty and having good karma is nice, eh?
4. Benefit Cosmetics Dandelion – a brightening face powder
Yes, another one from Benefit, and this one is a little controversial. Dandelion falls into the love or hate category. Many people I’ve read love it. Just as many people complain about how it shows up as NOTHING on their skin. Well, lets be fair. it has to show up as something, right?! The thing about Dandelion is that its marketed as a “brightening face powder” which you can use all over to brighten your skin. Its a very light pink with a bit of shimmer and pink does act as a brightening colour for skin.
But, I hesitate to recommend use of this for all over your face because it really is, pink. You do not want to walk around with a pink toned face. So I prefer to use this one as a blush. If I want something more natural, I just dust on one layer and it gives a hint of colour and brightens the skin. If I want it to look a little better, I apply more layers. Don’t be afraid to layer it on. Unless you apply something like 10 layers, it won’t look chalky at all. I like this one for something quick and easy.
5. Burberry Light Glow Blush – Misty 08
There’s a review of this one here. I must confess that since my review back in 2011 I do find myself rather liking it a lot. In fact, I may have *ahem* picked up a couple others As I said before, it is pigmented enough to suffice applying with just 1 swipe on skin and then lightly blending it in for a lovely glow to the skin. The etching is still pretty much intact and I use this one quite often.
If you aren’t too good with applying blush however, it can be easy to overdo. I know, how easy is it to overdo light pink right? Well, its possible. So don’t be too heavy handed with it and blend it out well. I think its a very pretty, uplifting colour for the face, and definitely one to try.
For comparison purposes, here are swatches of them all side by side.
(1) Benefit Cosmetics Dandelion (2) Guerlain Blush G Sakura (3) Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush #2 (4) Benefit Cosmetics Hervana (5) Burberry Misty Light Glow Blush
I swatched these quite heavily more to show you the different nuances in colour, than to show you how they look on skin. They apply much lighter and more natural than this
My favourite of the 5 is Burberry Misty, followed by Benefit Hervana, GA Sheer Blush #2, Dandelion and then Blush G Sakura in descending order. I know, putting the Sakura last surprised me as much as it does you but I do sometimes find it a little too shimmery.
Are any of these blushes among your faves too? Do you have a favourite light pink blush?
I actually have more light pink blushes so if you like, I’ll do another compilation again. I could quite easily work through the colours in the blush spectrum this way LOL! Oh and I know I haven’t actually reviewed Hervana, Dandelion and the GA blush properly so let me know if you want a full review of it this is sufficient for your needs
Giorgio Armani Beauty isn’t available in Malaysia at this time. Try StrawberryNET.com (affiliate). Benefit Cosmetics is available at department stores and at benefitcosmetics.com. Guerlain is available at Isetan KLCC, The Gardens and Parkson Pavilion. Burberry Beauty is available at Isetan KLCC.