I'm a blush obsessive. I rarely go une jour sans a hint of pigment on my cheeks; and, surprisingly, tend to embrace the added flush despite my naturally red-tinted cheeks.
But, despite my intense love affair, I only have six compacts of pinkish tinted formulas in my whole stash. Six; now that's self control.
Nevertheless, by the likes of this picture, an intense theme runs: a hint of peach. So, you could say the title of this post is ever-so ironic; 'spectrum' cues images of a white to black scale, with mauves, burnished coppers, and moss-spiked greens ridden through the mix. But, you know my subtle cares, and, for me, my blush vault is the epitome of chromas in the spectrum.
Overwhelmingly, my texture of choice is powder, but two lovely cream formulas stun my heart (and then my cheeks)--when you only have six, you know they're all extraordinary. The muddy, white tinned potion is the RMS Lip2Cheek in Muse*. With RMS Beauty's philosophy and make up of luxe oils and plant pigments, this is by far the glowiest option, but also the most multipurpose. The combination of pink, plum, peach, and a splash of burnish means it's like a contour, highlighter, and cheek shade in one.
And the other cream compliment is the Stila Convertible Color in Gerbera (or the most stunning peachy-pink shade ever...). The pigmented formula requires only the slightest dip with a soft brush to impart the same shade as the packaging hints. Although the formula is slightly glowy, it's also more subtle and tends to stick and dry to a powder finish after a few hours time.
Continuing with the peachy-pink trend, the Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in Peach Whisper won my 'most loved of 2014' award; beyond the more peach-toned shade than the former cream mention, it's formula like butter is the real standout. It's matte, but also gorgeous; who would have ever guessed I'd be praising a matte finish.
Albeit, my two NARS components are the opposite of matte, and one's a peach, the other a pink. The peachy, bronzy, embodiment is the NARS blush in Luster, imparting a truly bronzed appearing complexion--even despite my snow-white, porcelain visage rocking.
The pink compact is NARS Deep Throat (also, my first venture into the world of blush at the beginning of my makeup path). Imagine a true baby doll pink, but with the sophistication of champagne. Both NARS formulas are pigmented and soft, but not as creamy as the Laura Mercier formulation, and also boast a more glowy and sometimes shimmery aesthetic.
In the corner is the loner--Tarte's Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed. A matte punch, stain-like finish, and burnished plum suggests a more toned-down version of the natural beauty of Deep Throat, but more 'no-makeup' appearing and stunningly gorgeous.
Gorgeous? Well, all of them are; why do think they've stuck around? You could say the reason I only have six is because I honestly can't decide which shall be the new addition to the ranks. Minimalist? Maybe, but definitely an obsession. Unfortunately, they can't give me chocolates, though....