Being somewhat blush crazed, it was only natural that when I was at Sasa one day picking up my Canmake Cream blush (have I mentioned again just how much I love it?!) I also stopped by to check out the new Cheek & Cheek Powder Blush duos (I first featured them here). I didn’t pick them up right then however. I did like how they looked but I was saving it for a rainy day purchase.
So when these landed on my desk you can imagine the war whoops of joy :P Pictured are the Canmake Cheek & Cheek powder blush duos in 02 Rose Tiara (left) and 04 Love Blossom (Right). They are adorably packed in small compact cases and have this really cute pretty kawaii sort of feel about them. Its like Jill Stuart packaging but scaled down. And at smaller prices too. They are adorable.
Apart from looking good, they apply very well too. The colours are pigmented yet have a silky, sheer and blendable quality that I swear is perfected only by the Japanese brands, especially at the lower end of the price spectrum.
Canmake Cheek & Cheek blush duos – Left: 02 Pink Tiara Right: 04 Love Blossom
Don’t they look like pieces of chocolate? Well, if chocolate was pink :P
The brushes included are serviceable but are too small to be really useful. Why I say so is because the colours are quite strong on their own, so if you don’t have a nice brush to blend it out, you can end up with 2 splotches of colour on your cheeks. Not very kawaii-neh?
According to Canmake, you can choose to apply the blush in any one of 3 ways – blend them together to create a new third shade, use either side on its own, or use the lighter shade as highlight and the darker shade to contour. I prefer to blend the shades together and then use the brighter shade on the apples of the cheeks for a spot of colour.
Canmake Cheek & Cheek Blush Duo swatches – Left: 02 Pink Tiara (light pink and darker pink) Right: 04 Love Blossom (medium pink and coral pink)
I did warn you that these can be bright. These swatches were done with my fingers and by swiping the powder just once. They are strong and do look scary… but they aren’t really! When you use a brush, just dab the brush on the surface of the blush, tap off excess and brush on the cheeks. It does apply a little sheerer than it looks and it blends out very easily and very prettily.
To give you an idea of how it looks on the cheeks, here are 2 looks I did previously.
Canmake Cheek & Cheek 02 Pink Tiara
This was my look done for the Estee Lauder Pure Color Fig lipstick. I used the Canmake Cheek & Cheek 02 on the cheeks and you can see that its pink, but not overwhelmingly so, despite how it looks in the swatches above. With 02, I like to apply the brighter side first and then apply the lighter side over it and nearer the eyes by way of a highlight.
Canmake Cheek & Cheek 04 Love Blossom
04 Love Blossom is more pink with a touch of coral and both colours can be easily used separately. I like to blend the two shades because the resulting shade is a lovely pink-coral and very pretty on the cheeks. I can’t remember what else I used in this look sorry :P As both pictures are taken at different times under different lighting, don’t try to compare them but they are the best representation of the blushes as I see them.
I think 02 Pink Tiara looks nice, but is more suited for someone with a slightly cooler skintone. 04 Love Blossom however, despite how bright it looks in the pan, is something that most people might be able to carry off. As I have mentioned, its easy to sheer this out, but it is just as easy to wear this strong so those who are darker can easily pull off 04 too :)
In a nutshell
Lovely smooth and pigmented powder blush duos that allow you to create a variety of blush colours. The packaging is compact and pretty and the brush included is serviceable provided you take care to blend it out on the skin. The powder blush is pigmented yet can be easily sheered out and blended for pretty flush. 02 Pink Tiara is rather light and cool toned while 04 Love Blossom may be more universally flattering to most skintones and skin colors.
Pros: Affordable, Good pigmentation, Easy to blend on the skin, Compact and adorable packaging, Good range of blush shades
Cons: Local price markup is high even if its still considered relatively affordable
There are 4 shades available with #01 Candy Flower and #03 Gerbera Kiss having a pink/orange combination for a warmer sort of skintone. Those shades aren’t as flattering on my skintone as I might like but if you have a warmer skintone, you may prefer those shades instead of the 2 I have here :)
I do hope Canmake comes up with more colours. I might like a rosy-pink shade combination which I think will be very pretty. Some of the more astute among you may notice how similar they are to a certain high end blush. I will be sharing some thoughts on that very soon! :D
A small gripe. These Canmake Cheek & Cheek blushes retail at 680 Yen which at current exchange is about RM27 so the local retail price of RM43.90 would be considered a high mark up. I would consider it affordable still, as we aren’t in Japan, but not as affordable as if it was in Japan. However, I checked in Singapore, and its S$18.90 there which translates today to RM46 so all things equal, I’d say it still falls into the affordable category. Unless you happen to be in Japan where I’d say its CHEAP! :P But monetary griping aside, I do think these blushes are good value for money, whatever currency you pay :)
Have you tried these yet? I’m thinking of picking up either 01 or 03 next just to be able to say I can wear orange as a blush :D
Canmake Cheek & Cheek powder blush duos come in 4 shades and retail at RM43.90 each at Canmake counters at Sasa stores.