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Monday, May 12, 2014

Cream vs. Powder

Cosmetic science has come a long way. My mom, the avid makeup wearer wasn't even sure what a highlighter was until I told her last year--granted, she may still be stuck in the beauty dark ages. Until late last year, the famous Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel was the only cream bronzer...ever; why do you think it garnered such a loyal audience? Nevertheless, I've filled some voids in my beauty stash. Choosing blush or bronzer conjures a new question: cream or powder? Each offers it's own special powers and individual aesthetic. Color is normally the deciding factor, but each pot or compact is gorgeous; I did buy it, after all.

NARS Laguna Bronzer was the only bronzer in my stash until lately, it's garnered attention dating back since last spring. I loved it then, and I think it's also the only product I've actually hit pan on. That silvery mirrored, gaping hole represents my love. The new kid on the block, though, is the RMS Buriti Bronzer*. It's not as orange as NARS Laguna--more plum and pink toned, actually--but it's still nice. When it comes to this baby, though, I'm still getting to grips with application, but the best I've found thus far is using my hand (the part where it attaches to my thumb) to dip into the pot and press against the hallows of my cheek for an easy and subtle contour. But it's still more contour than bronzer, and, apart from pigment, the RMS option delivers much more of a dewy finish. In the bronzer category, Laguna (i.e. the powder) wins, but also because the color suits me a bit more, I think.

When it comes to blush, I opt for cream and powder on an equal basis. Honest. The Stila Convertible Color in Gerbera is a peachy pink, leaning more on the pink side, that's ├╝ber pigmented. It's not as sheeny as any RMS product, but it's slightly dewy and dries over time to a more powdery finish. The Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Color in Peach Whisper is more peach than the Stila formula, and it's completely matte. The consistency of this is buttery and smooth, making application a bit more favorable, but, like I said, I don't really have a preference. And to prove the impartialness, I'll disclose that I use the exact same application method for each: I dip in my blush brush and stroke.

In comparison from cream to powder, it's obvious that creams impart more dew and are a bit more difficult to slap on. Nevertheless, their versatility earns a shout, with an ability to be used on the lips, cheeks, and sometimes even eyelids (such a rebel). The powders tend to grasp a bit more appeal in my books, but they're certainly not as glowy, although they may stick around for a bit longer. So, who's the victor in your stash?

35 comments :

  1. Aah the Buriti! I have been eyeing it for the longest time as I am much more comfortable with cream products! Right now my go to is the "so-last-year"Chanel's Destiny cream blush! Its beautiful!


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  2. I'm much more of a powder girl, no matter how hard I try I can never seem to get the blusher to blend properly so I stick to powder which is my comfort zone. I think I just need a good brush!

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  3. I love the idea of all of these products - the workability of a cream, with the lasting finish of a powder - best of both worlds! I'm desperate to try one of the Stila blushes :) Lovely post! T xx

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  4. I normally stick to powdered blush products, they're so easy to pop on. A couple of whirls in the pan and a quick blend on the cheeks with a brush and ta-dah, freshly blushed cheeks. I did go through a stage of using my Bourjois cream blush practically every day though but I actually find it a bigger chore to use my fingers to blend out cream products. x

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  5. What a lovely post - I also usually wear powder but have been experimenting with cream a lot more recently :)

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  6. I'm usually in a rush in the morning, so when it comes to bronzer, I almost always use powder, but with blush, I go back and forth. I find that my cream blush actually lasts longer on me than powder!


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  7. love your blog and how consistent and loyal you are to certain products-all good choices!

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  8. Powders are probably my favourites, I love the look of peach whisper! x

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  9. I *love* cream blushes. Powder blushes are beautiful, too, but the look of cream blush is just delicious.


    I actually don't wear bronzer very often at all. I have the Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil bronzer, which is pretty good, but I usually skip it.

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  10. Ohhh, it's a tie for me! I "have" been delving into more cream offerings lately as I feel they give a perfect glow for S/S and I love them on the lips too, but I'll still always love my powder as well ;) xx

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  11. It's definitely powder for me. I have combination skin and I definitely get shiny by the end of the day. I'm just afraid to try out cream blushes because I imagine it would be all over my face by the end of the day. I've heard good things about the MUFE ones though that blend from cream to powder. I'll have to report back on that. xx

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  12. For blush, should you stick to the same formula that your foundation is? Like, Tarte Amazonian Clay air brush foundation powder-> should I stick with a powder blush? Would cream wipe any foundation away?
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  13. I bought the Laura Mercier Peach Whisper a while ago but I've hardly used it, I must pull it back out!
    xxx Claire
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  14. All the Chanel Cream Blushes look amazing; I never got my hands on any. x

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  15. I understand how you feel, as I'm currently struggling with my powder brush scenario. I recommend the MAC 129; I use it everyday and am always satisfied with my blush, whether cream or powder. x

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  16. Everyone seems to love the Stila blushes. x

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  17. Oooo, I have my eyes on the Bourjois Cream Blush. How do you like it and which shade do you have? x

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  18. Thanks! I'm glad you liked it. x

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  19. I can see that. I think sometimes it sticks to the skin better. x

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  20. Thanks, Michal! x

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  21. I was never a bronzer person...until I discovered NARS Laguna. It's probably bad that I use it everyday though, considering I'm always late running out the door. x

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  22. I think I share the same philosophy. Sometimes creams can be too dewy (especially RMS products), but they're gorgeous, too. x

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  23. I have combination skin too, and I think you should give cream a try. But only if you want to. (: I find they don't really slip around. x

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  24. Hmmm, that's an amazing question. I really think you can do either. For example, I normally use cream blush with my regular blush brush, so I don't risk wiping away any foundation anyway. I guess I'm also lucky in that, if some coverage does slip, I don't need the coverage on my cheeks, anyway. x

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  25. I'm actually experiencing the same thing. I adored it last year and used it all the time; I'm just now cracking it out, again. x

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  26. Haha! I feel you. That's a cat-eye for me—even if it makes me late, it's going on my eyelids!


    I have Laguna in a palette; I'll have to try it! I'm afraid it might be a bit dark on me (which is most of the reason I skip bronzer altogether), but it's pretty blendable, right?


    Also, the RMS bronzer looks divine. There are so many things I want from RMS…

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  27. I tend to think that it's easier to stick with similar formulations, except in the case of powder blush: you can use powder over liquid pretty easily, but not the reverse.


    The beauty of makeup, though, is that you can ignore all the rules. Experiment with what you have, and do what you like best. (:

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  28. You'd probably love it: it's a cream-to-powder formula, as opposed to the Stila one, which I believe is strictly cream. I have the Blush Exclusif, which supposedly adjusts to your unique skin (really, I think it just turns brighter when exposed to the skin's pH; I haven't tested it on other friends, though).


    You'd probably like Nude Velvet a lot, as well as Rose Tender and Healthy Glow.

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  29. I have the one in Nude Velvet. It's a lovely every day colour and you can pretty much match it with any lip shade which is why I wore it almost every day (was a great lazy choice). I don't have many other cream blushes to compare it to but as Ellen said, it's a cream-to-powder finish, staying time is reasonable and it blends out fairly well with a finger. Give it a go, I think it's a great cream blush for the price. x

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  30. It's really blendable. I'm really pale and don't have any problem with it being orange; just be sure to use a big brush to apply it so things don't get too dense. x

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  31. Thanks, Ellen! I think I'll give it a try, especially since I haven't really tried a cream to powder. x

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  32. Thanks, Michelle! I think I need some blushes that go with everything. I really appreciate your help. x

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  33. Sweet! Thanks!

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