SUMMER BLUSHIN’.

DSC_0020 As much as I love plum-tinted, just bitten cheeks in Fall/Winter, summer corals and hot pinks have a hold on my heart that just might be as strong as Daenerys and Khal Drogo (can you tell I’ve still got my mind on Game of Thrones?). Don’t get me wrong, I love a good “Snow White” pop of barely-there red in the colder months, but give me fresh coral-tinted apples any day over the whole “I’ve just been running through the forest” look. Even if it means giving up all seven of my dwarves. Prince charming, I’ll keep. The most subtle of the bunch comes in the form of Nars Luster. It’s an orange-tinged apricot with a golden sheen, perfect for everyday wear from Spring onward. While it is subtle on first application, it builds effortlessly, going from a peachy haze on the cheeks to a bright pop of almost-orange. It’s very much a toned-down version of Nars Taj Mahal, if a bit pinker. A step up on the pigment scale is Clinique’s Cheek Pop Blusher in Peach Pop. I love the finish this gives; very glowy, almost lit-from within, all down to the crazy weird formula the brand concocted in a laboratory that’s probably the closest thing to paradise. It looks like a cream in the pan, but applies like a powder  and blends like a dream. The product just melts into the skin, building with ease from a fresh peachy coral glow to an intense pop of color. Love. The newest buy of the lot is Becca’s Mineral Blush in Songbird, a brighter, more intense version of Nars Luster, if a bit more orange. Although it’s insanely pigmented, this one blends to perfection. The more it’s blended out, the more visible the highlighter-esque golden sheen becomes. It looks especially good on medium-darker skins, as it’s pigmented enough that it takes no effort at all to make it show up on deeper skintones. Easy-peasy. For a true cream option, Kevyn Aucoin’s The Creamy Glow in Tansoleil is a beautiful option. These really are perfect for glowing cheeks: no shimmer to be seen, just a lovely dewy finish that stays put, even in hot weather. If it can handle Miami beach, it can handle anything. Believe me, this one’s not going anywhere; it lasts and lasts, keeping the dewy finish throughout the day. The no-fuss option for drier skin looking for some color with the extra glow. Last up, the budget-friendly blusher of the pack is Maybelline’s Dream Bouncy blush in Hot Tamale. This is definitely the “my friend made me do it” product; I was dead-set against this whole line, having heard awful reviews online about the lighter/medium shades. Fast forward three days and it was love. The texture is unlike anything else: think play-dough in a pan. Swirl a finger around on the top, blend onto the cheeks, and you’re good to go. It leaves a very similar finish to the Clinique blush, if in a brighter shade of pink. My advice? Buy two: one for makeup purposes, one to play with because it just might be more fun than real play dough. And there we have it! The best of the summer blushers to pop on those apples in hot weather. How do you like them apples?

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14 Comments

  1. i picked up the dream bouncy blush in new york and LOVE it, i usually build it up a little bit but it’s such a gorgeous colour! xx

  2. I’m not a blush person at all, summer-winter whatever time of year I’m more of a bronzer girl through and through. That being said, I love Chanel’s cream blush in Presage! So perfect for anytime of year!

    • I’ve been dying to pick that shade up since it launched, do you have any bronzer recommendations? I always seem to find them too light for my skintone and building and building them up gets annoying haha

      • Nars Casino is amazing! It doesn’t look like much when you swatch it on your hand/finger, but when you put it on your face.. it just glows.
        Also, Bobbi Brown does amazing Matte Bronzers. Both Dark and Deep are perfect for tanner skintones :)

  3. Loving all the glowy picks, they sound amazing! I really want to try Nars Luster, it seems like the perfect subtle peach.

    But omg Daenerys and Drogo, my heart.

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

    • Thanks Tasha! You need to pick it up it’s fantastic :)

      And Daenerys and Drogo, I can’t even talk about. <3 Perfection. Did you see the finale?

    • They’re gorgeous! Personally, I wouldn’t spend money on the lighter shades unless you’re very fair, but this one and I believe it’s called Plum-something are fantastic :)

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