Monday, 21 December 2015

My Favourite Blushes for Winter

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From left to right: Sleek Sahara, Sleek Suede, MAC Fleur Power, Daniel Sandler Cherub and Stila Tulip.

It's no secret that I have a bit of a thing for blushes. I love how they can really add so much to a makeup look and let's face it: they're just really pretty. Unsurprisingly this means that I like to switch up my blush choices come winter. Whilst the summer sees me in shimmery peachy tones, I like going for a slightly different colour palette during the colder months. I know that for a lot of people this would just mean a shedload of berry shades but I like to keep things quite light on the blush front so I only own a few real berry blushes - controversial, I know. So today I thought I'd round up five of my favourite blush shades for winter and tell you what I love about them!

1. Sleek Blush in Sahara - I'm quite sure I've mentioned this on the blog before, but it's just the most gorgeous burnished orange shade. I really love earthy tones during autumn/winter and whilst that normally translates most through my eye makeup and my nail polish, it does sneak its way into my blush choices too. Sleek is probably my ultimate go-to for drugstore blushes, they have so much choice and the quality is absolutely amazing! This colour reminds me of the colder months and I usually pair this with simple makeup and a nude lip.

2. Sleek Blush in Suede - Another Sleek one - I know, I'm so predictable. This shade could almost pass for a bronzer because it really leans more to the brown side and it's very warm toned. However, because it's such a neutral colour you can pretty much pair this with any makeup-look and it'll go. As an added bonus it also means that it's pretty hard to go overboard with this shade, something I'm always happy not to have to worry about! If there's already quite a lot going on with my makeup, I'll usually add a bit of this to just add some colour back into my cheeks without disrupting the rest of my face - easy peasy.

3. MAC Powder Blush in Fleur Power - So I've gone and chucked a peachy pink in a winter blushes post - no, I'm not mental. You know when you go on those walks in the winter and you end up all rosy cheeked and rudolph-nosed after ambling about in the frosty weather? When used with a light hand, I feel like this imparts that rosy glow to the complexion without the effort of walking around in the cold. But be wary: I mean it when I say use this with a light hand! Maybe it's just me, but I have ended up looking ridiculous a fair few times after using this too liberally. The formula is super pigmented which is definitely a bonus but it does mean that it's very easy to overdo it. As long as you stick to a light dusting of this over the cheeks it looks like a lovely winter flush.

4. Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in Cherub - The formula of this one is definitely the most interesting of the bunch. You may or may not have heard of these before, but the watercolour blushes are essentially super liquid, super pigmented blushes. This separates when you leave it for a while and you can see the liquid and the pigment settle on separate layers in the bottle so you need to give it a good shake before you use it. I wouldn't compare this to a cream because it really is much thinner in consistency, but the finish is quite glowy. This stuff is so pigmented you seriously only need a drop or two for both your cheeks and once you've got this on it will not budge. It's waterproof and a firm favourite for a lot of brides on their big day because it's just that good! I'm not going to tout this as a super wintery shade, because it's not - I just think this is one you can use all year round. For me this is the perfect pale pretty pink that complements a variety of different makeup looks. Definitely also a good one for the classic bronzy eye and nude lip combo too!

5. Sila Convertible Colour in Tulip - This colour is absolutely gorgeous. It's a pinky plum shade that I think fits perfectly into the season. This is a cream blush formula, which leaves a fairly dewy finish on the skin. I find darker blush shades harder to work with and for some reason I'm absolutely cack-handed when it comes to applying cream blush. I normally just end up with two, completely unblended, sizeable spots of bright colour on my cheeks and a whole lot of stress. In light of that I only ever use brushes to apply cream blush, and for this one I prefer a dense buffing brush. I will say that I've worked with slightly more pleasant formulas than this one, I find it more stiff and less blendable than my other cream blushes but the colour is just so pretty! If I'm not doing much else with my makeup that day, this is a gorgeous one to add just a little something extra to a pale, winter complexion.

I'm really loving the whole winter makeup thing at the moment, I'm definitely not bored of the glittery lids and coppery tones yet! These blushes have been the perfect companions to my various makeup looks recently and I'm sure they'll carry me through to the end of winter too. When it comes to blush I really think that the drugstore options give higher-end brands a run for their money. There are such great blushes at both ends of the price scale and certain drugstore brands - *ahem Sleek* - have such a massive amount of choice that there should be something for everyone! If you're still after some blushes for the current season then I hope this has been somewhat helpful for you! Now to pick which of these I'll be wearing for Christmas/New Year's!


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4 comments

  1. Mac fleur power is a winner in my books. I'm always wearing it!


    Kate// katerosexo1.blogspot.com

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  2. The MAC one looks so pretty! I love the quality of their blushes.

    xo, Liz
    http://lipstickandconfetti.com

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  3. Love love love that Stila Convertible Color! Thanks for sharing x

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  4. I know what you mean about Mac blushes, they're so intensely pigmented that a light hand is definitely needed. Fleur Power is one of my favourites! x

    Megan | http://www.meganjean.co.uk

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