For a transparent Cheek Rush flush, these Estee Lauder gel blushes call the (Cello) Shots

by Paris B on · 32 comments

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On June 26, 2013
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estee lauder cello shots blush For a transparent Cheek Rush flush, these Estee Lauder gel blushes call the (Cello) Shots

The first time I came across Estee Lauder’s Cello Shots capsule collection, the only thing I could think of was “Jello (vodka) shots” Ooh…er… icon wink For a transparent Cheek Rush flush, these Estee Lauder gel blushes call the (Cello) Shots I couldn’t help it! The bright colours and lovely light textures, like the wobbly jelly texture and shine of the Sheer Rush Lip Gloss further enhances this imagery.

But the “Cello” actually refers to “cellophane” and when I read that, it all made sense! Cellophane is sheer, translucent plastic sheet and you sometimes get them in different colours, like glass paper – anyone remember making lanterns and stained glass images with those in art class? Erm… anyone remember art classes? icon razz For a transparent Cheek Rush flush, these Estee Lauder gel blushes call the (Cello) Shots

So, it should come as no surprise that the products in this range are light, sheer, transparent washes of colour. With that background, let me show you the Cello Shots Cheek Rush gel blush. Yes, gel! icon biggrin For a transparent Cheek Rush flush, these Estee Lauder gel blushes call the (Cello) Shots

I’m really into blushes as regulars will be well aware by now, but I mostly stick with powder blush. Its just easier for me to handle and I find them much easier to work with. I used to shy away from liquid or cream blushes because for the most part, they usually call for application with fingers and I absolutely dislike that. I’ve since come up with a workaround that I’ll share with you soon icon wink For a transparent Cheek Rush flush, these Estee Lauder gel blushes call the (Cello) Shots

estee lauder cello shots blush2 For a transparent Cheek Rush flush, these Estee Lauder gel blushes call the (Cello) Shots

The Cheek Rush gel blush actually comes in 4 shades. Pictured here are Hot Fuse, Pink Patent and X-Pose Rose. Not pictured is Techno Jam, a deeper berry. You may remember that I’d showed you the lipglosses of the same names that I really love from this collection. Now, I had nothing bad to say about the packaging of the lipglosses because they come in the same packaging as all the Pure Color lipglosses.

But I was not taken with the packaging of the Cheek Rush blushes. The bottle is small, just about the height of the Estee Lauder lipsticks and contain about 8g of product. That’s alright because a little goes a long way as I’ll show you below. But what I didn’t like was how plastic it all looked and felt.

The colours of the packaging reflect that of the blush colour, which is helpful, but I just felt that it wasn’t quite up to standard. I do think they could have done something a little more elegant. Something a little more befitting the RM120 pricetag.

Packaging aside, performance is touch and go. When I was doing a little research on the Cheek Rush blushes, I realised that almost everyone commented on how sheer they were, going on skin almost transparent. I experienced that myself the first couple of times that I tried it.

However, no one mentioned just how much it stains, so it isn’t so much of a blush, but is almost a cheek stain. Let me show you some examples of what I mean.

estee lauder cello shots blush swatch For a transparent Cheek Rush flush, these Estee Lauder gel blushes call the (Cello) Shots

Estee Lauder Cello Shots Cheek Rush Swatches (1) X-Pose Rose (2) Pink Patent (3) Hot Fuse

When you first pump the gel out on the back of your hand, the colour looks very intense and matches the colour of the packaging almost exactly. Yes, its that bright! The first picture at the top right shows you the product which I pumped on my arm and then swatched them to show you the colour.

  • X-Pose Rose: Intense, it is a bright rose shade
  • Pink Patent: A bright pink with creamier texture
  • Hot Fuse: A red that is a little more sheer than the name implies

On bottom right are the same swatches after I’d left them for a little bit. The product seems to sink into my skin and acts as a stain. Quite a pain to remove, if I’m to be honest. You can see the stain on my fingertips too. The first time I wore this blush, I pumped the product on the back of my hand. I spent the whole day at work with a pink stain on the back of my hand.

But it is this that is the problem. You see, if you pump the product on the back of your hand, then use your fingers to pick it up and apply to your cheeks, you get almost nothing on your cheeks. All the colour is transferred to your hand and fingers and you will be very disappointed. I was. I was all “What? Is this it? All the effort for nothing?”

Here’s what I recommend that you do. Pump a tiny dot on a brush and then use the brush to apply to your cheeks. 1 tiny pump usually allows me enough colour to use on both cheeks. This way, the full intensity of the product goes directly on your skin and you actually see the colour, as opposed to getting frustrated.

When I use the brush method, I truly appreciate the transparent sheer quality of the blush. It doesn’t sit on top of your skin, but seems almost a part of your skin so it is very natural. This sort of transparent colour does give that “natural glow” to the skin that everyone wants to achieve, and allows you to do so without having extra layers of product on the skin.

It could almost be my imagination, but I do have a slight cooling feel as the product goes on my skin which is nice, and best of all, the longevity is very good. As I have said, its almost like a cheek stain, so the colour does get a little more intense after a little while (which is why you have to only use very little) and it lasts and lasts. By the end of the day, I remove it with Bioderma Micellar water and it all goes away with my foundation. But if I try to use the Bioderma to clean my arm it doesn’t go away so easily. I wonder why!

There is one more drawback, which can only be demonstrated by showing you all 3 colours worn on me using the brush method I told you above.

Cheek Rush gel blush – Hot Fuse

el cello shot blush hotfuse 2 For a transparent Cheek Rush flush, these Estee Lauder gel blushes call the (Cello) Shots

Also wearing: Kanebo Lunasol Skin Modelling liquid foundation OC-01, Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Light 2 Vanilla, Chanel Stylo Cream Eyeshadow in Moon River, Dior Serum de Rouge in Crimson 840

Hot Fuse is the bright red shade. On my skin it gives a tiny hint of red flush to the cheeks. You can still see all my freckles coming through. Its that transparent.

Cheek Rush gel blush – Pink Patent

el cello shot blush pinkpatent 2 For a transparent Cheek Rush flush, these Estee Lauder gel blushes call the (Cello) Shots

Also wearing: Kanebo Lunasol Skin Modelling liquid foundation OC-01, Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Light 2 Vanilla, Chanel Stylo Cream Eyeshadow in Moon River

On me, Pink Patent which is a bright creamy pink on the back of my arm, becomes a warm pink on my cheeks. Again, natural and transparent.

Cheek Rush gel blush – X-Pose Rose

el cello shot blush xposerose 21 For a transparent Cheek Rush flush, these Estee Lauder gel blushes call the (Cello) Shots

Also wearing: Kanebo Lunasol Skin Modelling liquid foundation OC-01, Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Light 2 Vanilla, Chanel Stylo Cream Eyeshadow in Moon River, RMK lipstick W Irresistable Lips in 01 Gold Pink

X-Pose Rose was my favourite lipgloss colour in this collection and I think it has to be my favourite cheek colour as well. It looks berry on my arm (honestly, berry blush shades can be quite hard to pull off) but just a light wash of colour on my cheeks makes it look pink and healthy. Its a bit brighter than the other 2 colours on me.

All pictures were taken on different days, including one with a different haircut even! Spot it? icon razz For a transparent Cheek Rush flush, these Estee Lauder gel blushes call the (Cello) Shots That explains the slightly different lighting each day. But that aside, ALL THE BLUSHES LOOK THE SAME ON THE CHEEKS!

Don’t you agree with me? Perhaps its the way my skin causes the colour to develop, or because I don’t use very much product – it gives you clown cheeks if you aren’t careful – or simply because I don’t use my fingers and therefore do not layer on the product. Either way, I have to say that these blushes are very nice, and perfect for hot weather and for longwearing when you’re sweating or getting in and out of a pool (why you’d be wearing makeup then, I do wonder :P) but you only need one.

In a nutshell

The Estee Lauder Pure Color Cheek Rush is a gel blush which I believe is a first from Estee Lauder. The product comes in a rather tacky packaging which I do think could be improved on. The gel blush appears to have very intense colour but sheers out very prettily. I do find that it does stain and if you use your fingers to apply on cheeks, it is very transparent and very light and is very disappointing. When I use a brush instead, I get better colour and better control so I recommend using a brush. Also, I do notice that although the 3 colours look different when pumped out, they all eventually end up looking the same or similar on my skin. It could do with the way I apply or the amount I use, but I do think anyone only really needs one of these.

Pros: Clear transparent colour is very flattering and natural, Longlasting, When applied with a brush directly to skin the colour applies more true to colour than when fingers are used

Cons: Pricey, Packaging is a bit tacky, All colours look similar on my skin, Stains fingers

Who will like this: Anyone who needs a longlasting blush that isn’t too strong or too powdery, Anyone who appreciates gel or liquid blushes or cheek stains

Have you seen these at the Estee Lauder counter? Do you like using liquid or gel or cream blushes generally?

I generally don’t like anything other than powder blushes because I dislike using my fingers and having them all stained, but as I said, I’ve worked it out so I don’t stain my fingers anymore and that my dears, will be the subject of a forthcoming post/tutorial icon biggrin For a transparent Cheek Rush flush, these Estee Lauder gel blushes call the (Cello) Shots

Paris B

Estee Lauder Cello Shots Cheek Rush gel blush comes in 4 shades – X-Pose Rose, Hot Fuse, Pink Patent and Techno Jam Price: RM120 Availability: Estee Lauder counters Limited Edition: Yes, Cello Shots Summer 2013

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cat June 26, 2013 at 9:07 am

Reminds me of benetint from Benefit. Do you think so? I kinda like the benetint and tried it many years ago. Now i am using dandelion and it works well for me.


Paris B July 4, 2013 at 4:07 pm

It isn’t very much like Benetint in that its actually easier to work with thanks to the gel texture, but the longevity and stain qualities are rather similar to Benetint :) I was very curious about Benetint but my curiosity was assuaged when I got a little sample one day. Told me it wasn’t for me! ;) Dandelion is very pretty and so easy to not overdo ;)


Efraín June 26, 2013 at 9:12 am

Now you make me have a lemming, an expensive one, but before start loving it I have to know: how do you think this will behave in tanned skin? for example I need about 2-3 layers of Benetint to achieve a noticeable flush in my cheeks.

In others things: I’m using Sleek BB cream my mom was leaving it alone so I started using it, now I’m so disillusioned it isn’t my right shade, because it’s a good product but I can’t afford more coverage because I don’t want to look like a geisha. Thus now I’m using a very little and wondering which bronzer should I bought to make it look like my skintone.


Paris B July 4, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Oops? :P I can’t say how it’d work on very tanned skin to be honest, Efrain. I do think the deeper shades like Hot Fuse or Techno Jam may show up a little better. The difference between this and Benetint is that the gel formula in this one makes it easier to spread on and to perhaps, add intensity. Benetint is too liquid and sets too quickly. Its a pity the Sleek BB Cream isn’t your shade. I do think its quite a good product too, just that the shades are so far off, its not funny :(


Tine June 26, 2013 at 9:21 am

Ooh I have these and I really like them. But I agree, these stain BAD. I had to use makeup remover twice to get rid of the swatches. The best way for me to use this is pump a tiny amount on my finger and work on the cheek directly (can’t use the blend on back of hand method). The longevity of these blushes are fantastic. They stay on for ages!


Paris B July 4, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Isn’t it funny that no one talks about the staining? I tried looking around for reviews and they range from love to hate due to the sheerness of colour (which I didn’t think was much of an issue once I used a brush) but gosh! It stains! :P


LeGeeque June 26, 2013 at 9:22 am

Looks great! :D And I love the necklace you have on. Sweet Contemplation Accessories? ;) I have the same one ;)

Also, I scrolled up and down the post looking at the pics first and decided X Pose Rose was my favourite then I went back to reading it. Glad that great minds think alike! ;)


Paris B July 4, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Thanks and yep! SCA does it every time ;) YAY! Great minds DO think alike ;)


Lily June 26, 2013 at 9:32 am

Erm, yeah, you’re right. They all look the same on your cheeks. I was paying more attention to the different lip colours, actually :-P


Paris B July 4, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Haha now those were quite different! ;) Funny thing is, no one says anything about the cheek colours looking so similar either!


Tracy June 26, 2013 at 9:54 am

HUH! They DO look the same on you! Weird! Does it move your foundation around? That’s one thing about cheek stains that bugs me-how they can displace your foundation. But, they DO look really lovely on you Paris! Your skin is AMAZING and glowy! Have you reviewed this foundation? I can’t remember now!


Paris B July 4, 2013 at 5:07 pm

Haha thanks Tracy! Yes, I have reviewed the foundation here. Its really awesome stuff. I pull it out every time I need my skin to look amazing :D The gel blushes don’t move anything around to be honest. They just stay put and don’t budge an inch! I do use the brush method to apply it to avoid staining my fingers and it doesn’t move anything about at all. I think its worth trying… but just one :)


Victoria June 26, 2013 at 10:02 am

Hmmm…the blushes all look the same on you but it definitely looks very natural on you. You have a lovely glow with these blushes. I think you had a hair cut for the third picture :-) Not sure if these blushes would show up at all on my tan skin. I still prefer powder blushes though. Which blush brush did you use for this blush?


Paris B July 4, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Thank you Victoria :) I was quite pleasantly surprised at how pretty and transparent they are. As for tanned skin, I suggest you try the deeper toned Techno Jam or Hot Fuse which are brighter in colour and which I think may show up better but I do think you may need an extra layer. I use the Sigma F84 brush to apply most gel/cream blushes so that’s what I used for this one too :)


Jan s June 26, 2013 at 11:42 am

Pink patent is really pretty on you! Thanks for the detailed review. I have many cream blushes to finish up tho… My fave ones are can make :)


Paris B July 4, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Thank you Jan and I love Canmake cream blushes too! They are seriously amazing stuff aren’t they? I think I want another ;)


Applegal June 26, 2013 at 11:46 am

I love all 3 looks! But I didn’t like the idea of having stained fingers in the morning. And although the packaging is eye catching, I did think the plastic body looks a bit cheap :P


Paris B July 4, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Yep! The packaging just doesn’t cut it, Estee Lauder! I’m sure they could have done a lot better. This looks a bit slapdash :P


kel June 26, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Reminds me too much of benetint & how it stains my fingers for the entire dare..nah shall stuck to n powder blushes still..:) great post, b


Paris B July 4, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Haha yeah, same sort of staining. Right pain in the behind until I used the brush application trick. At least that way, I now use it much more!


Firn June 26, 2013 at 1:24 pm

I’m glad I waited for your review before going out to try these. I now have Nars cream blush in Penny Lane which is had to overdo and gives me a perfect rosy flush. I used to need to blend my 2 Lunasol cream blushes and these were more difficult to blend.


Paris B July 4, 2013 at 5:46 pm

I’m glad the Nars cream blush is working for you! Have heard so much about how lovely they are, but until they change that rubber packaging, no more Nars for me :P


Firn July 5, 2013 at 9:05 am

I just keep my blush in my drawer at home, so the rubberised packaging doesn’t really get that dirty. :)


Paris B July 10, 2013 at 3:29 pm

I did too! It wasn’t the dirt that got to me but the fact that it melts. I had a brand new blush that started melting after about a year. I’m sworn off all Nars products since :P


Shreya June 26, 2013 at 4:06 pm

I have just one thing to say … you look pretty in all pictures. The last lipcolor is my favourite


Paris B July 4, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Aww thank you Shreya, you’re very sweet :)


gio June 26, 2013 at 9:58 pm

They all look very similar on your cheeks indeed. I like the effect, but I agree, one is more than enough. I’m not sure I’m prepared to put up with the staining though.


Paris B July 4, 2013 at 5:48 pm

Not a problem if you use a brush ;) I suppose it had to stain, since its so long lasting! ;)


Emma June 27, 2013 at 6:48 pm

I do like cream blushes but they are not very popular here in Hong Kong, the choices thus are quite limited. Anyway, if you can get your hands on Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush, I’d say go for it. It’s more pigmented than these Estee Lauder ones. They are very creamy and easy to blend. They are just much more easier to work with. And the colors are gorgeous. I really enjoy them.
I tried the Benefit cheek tints in their store, just nightmare, they set and stain way too quickly and just soo difficult to blend and work with.


Paris B July 4, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Hi Emma :) I’ve tried the Max Factor cream blush (review here) and you’re right. Its a very nice and inexpensive product and I don’t have a problem with stained fingers. I wonder where my little pan has gone :) I saw that you said you’re based in Hong Kong – do give the Canmake cream blushes a try too. They are seriously amazing and very easy to work with too :D


Jennifer June 30, 2013 at 12:04 am

Hehe, I thought you looked great in all of the 3 shades! Maybe I was busy looking at the lips and earrings :) You looked great in X-Pose Rose. Is that the one with the new haircut?


Paris B July 5, 2013 at 10:47 am

Thanks Jennifer and yes new haircut was in Picture #3. Nothing dramatic, just shorter ;)


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