Sunday, March 7, 2010

A Love for Cream Blushes

I have to confess, one of my biggest weaknesses when it comes to buying makeup are blushes. I am obsessed with blushes. They make up the largest part of my collection and though my drawer is threatening to overflow with blushes, I am always on the urge to buy more. I just can't seem to help myself. If you asked me what product I cannot live without, it would have to be blush. I can survive without eyeliner or the mascara, and even skip the lipgloss or lipstick, but I need to have blush. I love how a just little bit of blush can brighten up your whole face and do wonders for your complexion.

NYX Rouge Cream Blush
I love cream blushes. For someone with oily skin, that might seem odd. However, cream blushes have better staying power for me than regular powder blushes, which tend to slip down my face by the end of the day so I become one hot, flushed mess (which really isn't that hot). With cream blushes, on the other hand, they give me a nice glow from the start of the day through to the end. I can use cream blushes alone for a natural glow, or use them as a base and pair it with a powder blush on top for the ultimate long-lasting glow - which is what I usually like to do, since I have such long days at school and work. 

NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Glow
The very first cream blush I've tried were by NYX. You probably recognize the above blush from my January favourites post. I fell in love with this blush and wore it everyday for the longest time. What make these blushes work for me is that though they start off very creamy, they blend out to a soft, matte finish. It doesn't sit on top of your skin nor does it make your cheeks feel sticky.

Since then, I've purchased several more blushes from the NYX collection. I did not expect such a good product for the price that these are worth, and just had to share them with you all. 

Top row: Glow, Hot Pink, Natural
Bottom row: Boho Chic, Golden, Rose Petal 
Left to right: Natural, Hot Pink, Glow 
These blushes don't look very exciting in the pan....

...but with a bit of flash, their true colours show through.

And when swatched, you can really see the gorgeous colours of these blushes. As you can see, the NYX Rouge Cream blushes are all very creamy. Some are creamier than others but they all give the same result.

As you can see, these blushes are extremely pigmented so a little bit goes a long way. They can almost be too pigmented if you do not know how to apply them correctly. 

Personally, I like applying cream blushes with my fingers, but if you want more precise application, I find the 188 small duo-fibre brush by MAC works great for blending out the blush, and I've heard so does the 168 contour brush. 

When blended into my skin, these give me a gorgeous glow that I can't get with powder blushes and looks so much more natural too. Most of the cream blushes are matte but with a slight sheen, so they never look flat on your skin. They look simply amazing and I love them!!

More colours from the NYX cream blushes collection.

Again, these don't look very exciting in the pan.. at all. I was actually a bit surprised when I first saw these in person after having ordered them online. 

Even when I swatched it on my finger, I was feeling worried 'cause I couldn't really tell the difference between these blushes! 

However, when I swatch these on my skin, the difference between these blushes could not be more obvious. First appearances can be deceiving huh?? 
The cream blushes from the NYX collection are interesting because they do not all have the same finish. As you can see, both Boho Chic and Golden have small specks of silver in their finish and are slightly frosty. I fell in love with Boho Chic the moment I swatched it. It is absolutely gorgeous!! I can wear this colour alone without having to use a highlight over or use it as a base and it gives a pretty glow to any blush I put on top of it. It is just amazing <3

Overall, my favourite colours from the collection are 
GlowNatural and Boho Chic. They offer a couple more colours in their line that I have yet to try. I buy all my NYX products from 

 Edit: Just got this in my e-mail!

Cherry Culture is having a sale right now!
I was totally happy to see this 'cause now some of you will be able to take advantage of it :D
Use code "MMM2010" for 20% off everything on the site.
Valid March 10th until March 15th.

Have a great day!


メイ said...

Thank you for following Anita! You'v definitely added a few products on my want list with this cream blush post lol; plus I'm a huge fan of NYX too!

Cyd said...

oh man you have no idea how hard is it to do a project 10 pan...finished 6 and im giving up...i can't do it no more. today i bought another 2 new mac lipsticks...the viva glam gaga & cyndi.. hahahaaha

&&& i have never ever try cream blush looks so're obsessed with blushes and im obsessed with lipsticks...i should so stop!! and thanks for sharing your cream blushes i really wanna try it now hahahahaa

Diane said...

hi Anita. A lot of my blogger friends are from Canada! I love that! Where are they in the US? haha. Anyway, I need to try these creme blushes out cause I have oily skin and they look awesome!!

Klaudea said...

I'm always scared to use cream blushes because of my oily skin. To me it just seems like a cream blush would just slide right off of my cheek!

My all time favourite powder blush are the Nars blushes. They are powdered but are so pigmented and finely milled that they apply like silk! They're pricey though, so I only have few.

When you wear those cream blushes do you set it with anything? And does it seriously stay all day?

bowsnhearts said...

I have just tried out my first creme blush this weekend. It goes on really pigmented...more so than powder.

I have always thought that powder based products would be better for oily skin! I guess I have been wrong all this time!

I am going to Cherry Culture to have a look!

Angelique said...

Hey! I totally feel you on the blush obsession b/c I had one too.. well right now it switched to lipsticks but I tend to revert back. I actually got more MAC ones.

I'm actually scared to get the cream ones of oiliness? I guess you don't have a problem with that?? I hate being all paranoid that my face is super shiny!

But seriously all those NYX ones are gorgeous.. makes me itch to snag some :p

AnNeTtEe said...

OMG! that's a great cream blush collection!! you so make me drool, although I don't really use cream blushes... just haven't really thought of trying it since I have oily skin... but u make them look so pretty that I wanna get one! LOL

Pop Champagne said...

I love blushes too! I have wayy too many, my fav has got to be NYX hot pink :D I haven't tried the creamy ones yet, but I really want to.

Miss K. You said...

Wow so many pretty blush colors! I rarely use blush because I usually focus on the eyes.. but I am really tempted to try them out! I want to see what it does for my complexion haha. Yeah no store should be discriminatory.. especially a high-end brand like LV tsk tsk.. and I understand what you mean about pet stores being more accessible, that's true!

Miss Nikka said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. Aren't those Walmart finds just amazing! :)

All I can say when I saw this post is. "OH EM GEE!" (with super excitement) I love your collection and I love love love..did i say love? love blushes also! I just followed your blog for that. lol

I dont have any creme blushes yet, where did you buy your NYX blushes?


.Serene. said...

wow those cream blushes looks great and really similar to macs ..thanks for sharing dear!

Susie said...

Rose Petal is such a pretty color!

twinsouls888 said...

Wow the cream blushes look so pretty, now this I gotta try :)

Shop T.O. Live said...

I'm going to be honest, I'm not really a 'blush' person. I only discovered it about a year ago. And I am still completely terrified of cream blushes - I'm worried I won't be able to blend enough and it will look streaky (I need a tutorial! :)

Alyssamae. said...

wholly cow! looks at all these blushes! I have to go back and take a better look at them all! :D

Np about the link, I'm just waiting til the end of this month to watch Lee Min Ho's new drama (called Personal Taste or Personal Preference) that's coming out =P

Tutti Patuti said...

wow that's a lot of make-up
personally i like MAC, so sweet , so easy.

good post

Catherine said...

Wow, these look gorgeous! Blush is also my absolute favorite makeup item, but I haven't tried any cream blushes yet. I'm always afraid that they won't work with my oily skin, but these sound awesome. I'll have to check them out!

lindah said...

I really love cream blushes but I hate how it lasts on my skin! I have oily, but dry skin! It's so frustrating because sometimes it'll settle into the little dry lines >_< so gross! But I still manage to wear them because I've seen girls with crazier (whack) looking makeup than myself :D always makes me feel a little better when my makeup looks like crap :X

Fifi said...

I love NYX cream blush too! :)
I have Tea Rose and I think it's quite similar with Natural. I plan to get Glow and Golden next. Thanks for the swatches!

priincess said...

thank you for the swatches! it's greatt! now i'll buy the NYX blush instead of the mac one that i had orginally wanted to get...

Dina (XYYan) said...

I've never tried cream blushes, but you make me want to! and the colors are really pigmented :)

Babybubblz said...

thanks for the swatches, boho chic looks gorgeous

adin_22 (陳亞任) said...

I have the glow for like forever & yet I still hadn't use it yet...:D

D's Beauty Corner said...

I'm jealous of your cream blushes, especially Natural and Glow! They don't sell these anywhere near me and I hate purchasing online so my search continues! lol. They look lovely :)

chung said...

Love these too! I have Glow and Rose Petal and they are definitely gorgeous! Your swatches make me want Boho Chic and Golden... I'm going to put that on my wishlist now! <3

Anonymous said...

they actually sell nyx in tokyo.. i have to keep my eyes for these creme blushes! I love natural and glow.. so pretty!

Irene said...

Ooooh THANK YOU for all the pretty swatches! I always worried that a cream blush might break me out, but the NYX ones looks soooo pretty and PIGMENTED! Man. And I thought I was going to put a cap on my blush spending hehe...I especially love the Boho Chic and Natural too, so pretty!

*Peonies and lilies* said...

Thanks for the swatches, I really want to try some NYX products,but they're not readily available in the UK so the swatches were really useful x

katty said...

when i prepare cakes or another recipe i usually like to add some cream because the flavour drives me crazy.i really love it.

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