In the Nude: Cheeks
If there's one beauty product that can make me weak at the knees, it's blush. Some people fall head over heels for lipstick, others love trying out new foundations, but I'd say that blush definitely does it the most for me; more specifically, the nude pink variety. With a soft sweep of colour to the cheeks, blush instantly makes my complexion look more alive, and while the nude pink shades have the benefit of wearing well with any eye and lip colour, they're also universally flattering on all skin tones. In the second instalment of my 'In the Nude' series, I'm here today to talk about the products that make up my nude blush collection.
Way back when I first got into beauty blogging, MAC's Powder Blush in Prism, a "muted pinkish-brown" with a matte finish, was one of the first nude blushes I ever bought. On my medium skin tone, it pulls up as a darkish nude pink, but I imagine this looking like a natural flush on darker complexions and making a nice contour colour for those that are fairer. Tarte's Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed is less brown and more pink, and simply described as a "nude", this blush shade has become somewhat of a cult classic within the beauty community. No matter the skin tone, everybody seems to always rave about Exposed and I am no exception. This is the perfect nude for everyone. The Too Faced Love Flush Blush in Baby Love is the most similar to Exposed, though with added sparkle. Described as a "soft dusty nude with fine gold sparkle", Baby Love is a stunning nude blush if you're looking for a little more glitz and glam than from your regular matte or satin finishes. The sparkles are fine and not at all chunky, though it will still awaken a lacklustre complexion the way a good highlighter can.
If I had to pick my favourite blush of all time, it would probably go to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure. From the colour to the finish, everything about this blush is absolutely mesmerising and always makes me feel like a million bucks whenever I wear it. It has a satin-like finish with subtle shimmer and a neutral rosy pink colour, it's described as a "soft plum". I found the other shades in the Ambient Lighting Blush range too pink for my liking, but Mood Exposure is another beautiful shade I imagine people of all complexions loving. The Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blusher in First Love has a similar finish to the Hourglass blushes, though the colour of First Love is more muted and warm-toned than Mood Exposure; the outer shade is shimmery with slight peach undertones, while the inner shade is a rosy nude with a mostly matte finish. The newest addition to my blush collection, I know I didn't need another nude shade, but as I mentioned, I'm a sucker when it comes to blush. I was also wanting another shimmery nude and this one fits the bill perfectly.
Within my nude blush collection, there are another three shades I own, which are now sadly discontinued. Although no longer available, I still thought they were worth mentioning because I love them dearly and as I really don't care when other people talk about discontinued products, quite frankly, why should I? I'm not here to sell you stuff, I just want to share my love of beauty products with you all! I digress though. As I got into the online beauty community back when MAC was all the rage, the first ever high end blush I owned was their Powder Blush in Cubic. Not even knowing it was discontinued until I started putting this post together, it's a "soft, muted pink" with a satin finish. I'd say the closest to it in my collection is Prism, but also look into Blushbaby, a "beige-pink" colour, which I used to own until I used it up. The next nude blush I own that has been discontinued is MAC's Powder Blush in The Perfect Cheek - can you tell I really had a thing for MAC? Released in 2012 for the Marilyn Monroe Collection, it's a "neutral pink beige" that's strikingly similar to Exposed, though I'd say more matte. I have to admit, part of me did buy it for my love of Marilyn Monroe films, though it's still one I'm happy I have in my collection as it really is a beautiful colour I get a lot of use out of.
Last, but certainly not least is the NARS Blush in Douceur. Lord knows why NARS decided to discontinue this shade when it's also considered a cult classic, and if you managed to get your hands on this one, consider yourself lucky! I picked this up from my trip to Hong Kong two years ago and it's one of my most prized possessions in my makeup collection! Described as a "soft pink brown", it's very similar to Prism, though a touch more brown and less rosy. If you absolutely need this blush in your life (you do), I've had a look on eBay where it's actually not too badly priced and it's 100% worth picking up from a reputable seller.
What are your favourite nude blushes?