Friday, February 14, 2014

The Blush Color Spectrum

Valentine's Day. The only chocolate gifts I receive are from my parents. And I tend to spend the passing hours on a date...with Netflix (although I also tend to cheat with YouTube--we have a complicated relationship). But, what better way to sprinkle the love than with some serious commending?
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....


  1. Mademoiselle natureFebruary 14, 2014 at 4:44 AM

    RMS is a brand I really would like to try :-). The blush doest not have a matte finish then?x

  2. All the blushes look beautiful - I really need to try out a creme blush though, they look so good!


  3. Really intrigued to try some RMS products - I have been for a while now but just haven't got around to it. Lovely selection though, my blush collection definitely needs beefing up a little x

  4. You've got some kick-arse self restraint girl! All amazing products though, so it's nice to keep it small. I want to try Luster by NARS. I just worry I might not be pale enough for it to make much of an impact. xo

    Adrienne @ Late Night Nonsense | Bloglovin'

  5. I really want to try the LM blush in Lush nectarine, although the peach whisper sounds lovely too! Are they long-lasting? xx

    Eleri Roberts

  6. I love the look of the shade natural beauty, so pretty! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

  7. Your collection is lovely! I, too, am of a porcelain persuasion, but I tend to favor pink blushes. I just got a Jouer Tint in Peony, and it's lovely. Tarte just brought out another one of their blushes in Flush, which looks almost exactly like my natural blush, so if I ever finish Amused, that's my next bet. I do think that your Tarte blush might be in the shade Exposed rather than Natural Beauty; I'm pretty sure Natural Beauty is described as "muted strawberry red."

  8. I need to get Natural Beauty in my life. I've been using Exposed this week and the formula is lovely!
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  9. Berrie-Blogs.blogspot.comFebruary 15, 2014 at 2:17 AM

    I loved this post! I really like pinky gold blushes like Orgasm and Deep throat. These are just such nice blushes :)!

    BerrieBlogs - Beauty Blog x

  10. I have Deep Throat and I agree, it's gorgeous, maybe my favorite blush ever. The RMS, Stila and Tarte offering are all on my wishlist!

    x Giada | The Beauty Recensionist

  11. The NARS blush in Luster looks so gorgeous! xx

    Jasmine Cara

  12. Oui; it's dewy, dewy, dewy. xo

  13. Definitely try the Stila Convertible Color; that's my favorite of the two. xo

  14. Haha! This is awkward: pictured is Exposed. The lack of sleep (...) got the best of me and I meant Exposed this whole time. I recently picked up Douceur; more info awaits. xo

  15. Haha! I try.... Even if you're not too pale, I think Luster will still show; if anything, the warmth and shimmer. xo

  16. Really long lasting! Luckily, I sneakily purchased Lush Nectarine for my mom and, without a doubt, steal it every now and then. xo

  17. Thanks for the heads up. Ugh; this lack of sleep is killing me.
    I've been wanting to try some of the Jouer Tints for ages. xo

  18. I totally feel you on the lack of sleep. o_0 I like the Jouer Tint so far. It has a slightly oily texture, so it blends like a dream. I'm not the biggest fan of cream-to-powder formulas, so the Tint is perfect for me.

  19. I have these 2 nars shades, too. And I wanted to try these Stila Cream blushers since...forever. Blushes, oh my...I love 'em all!


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