Project 10 Survivors // Blushes

By Sarah - Saturday, April 13, 2019

Top 10 blushes after a makeup declutter

Finally I am back with another update on my Project 10 which I had embarked on late last year. This time round, it is focused on the blushes that I've kept. This category was more difficult than bronzers and contouring powders, because I use blush on a daily basis.

Honestly speaking, I used to be a stickler for having a matching blush to match the tones of my eyeshadows and lip products in the past. Now, I'm pretty much up for anything that adds a natural flush to the cheeks. It's because I am going quite light handed with my blushes these days, and I rarely do wear much eye makeup on a daily basis, so even if the tones do clash, I personally don't think it is that obvious. That being said, to each its own and I personally chose to keep blushes that are satin-finished (for a more natural effect on the cheeks) and are generally a neutral /slightly warm pink for that natural flush. I gave up my stronger shades, such as my NARS Liberte blush as that intense warm orange shade could be a little difficult to work with for my natural daily makeup (even though it hurt, because it was such a lovely shade!)

So let's dive straight into my 10 single blushes that I've kept after the purge.

Makeup Store Blush in Sugarpink
I rarely hear Makeup Store being talked about but their cheek products are really nice to work with! I had 4 blushes from that and I did enjoy the run while it lasted. I gave the other 3 away and kept the shade Sugarpink. However, at the time I am typing this, I googled and realised that this is a discontinued shade! This is a neutral pink that adds a lovely light flush to the cheeks. I enjoy the formulation of these, as they are soft and finely milled, so working with them is a breeze.

NARS sin blush review

NARS Blush in Sin 
This is the only NARS blush that I kept as I found the shade really unique. This is a gorgeous berry shade and since I kept many pinks, this would give me a wider range of options. With a light hand, this blush looks lovely on! I find it to lean slightly towards a cooler tone, and it looks better when I am fairer. I do enjoy NARS blushes, but they are extremely pigmented! This can be a pro and con, but now, I generally prefer the ability to slowly build up the colour intensity than a one stroke application. I can be quite heavy handed, and I usually finding myself always having to further blend out the blush with a powder brush or my beauty blender.

MAC Pro Longwear Blush in Blush All Day review

MAC Mineralise Blush in Warm Soul
As you can see from the next 3 blushes, I love me my MAC blushes. My first ever blush was from MAC and it was Warm Soul since it was so hyped up that time. But Warm Soul is the perfect blush. If I could only choose one blush to repurchase throughout my entire life, it'd be this. It is the epitome of a natural flush to the cheeks for me. You can see from the image above that this blush (middle/top) has been very well loved.

MAC Pro Longwear Blush in Blush All Day
This is another favourite shade of mine (left in the image). This is a neutral pink with a luminous finish, and since it not as warm as my other shades, I love this for when I am slightly fairer. I also find that the Pro Longwear formula does last longer on my cheeks than the mineralise and extra dimension range. 

MAC Extra Dimension Blush in At Dusk
I love the extra dimension range from MAC! It gives the skin such a lovely glow and radiance. This blush is a warm pink, and while it takes a bit more effort to build up to the pigmentation that I desire, I love the effect it gives my cheeks. They look flushed and healthy.

Colourpop Super Shock Cheek in Birthday Suit review

Colourpop Super Shock Cheek in Birthday Suit
Colourpop's formulation just knocks it out of the ball park. It is so easy to apply! I just simply dip my fingers in and apply it to the apples of my cheeks. Not the most sanitary, I know, but for a quick, fuss-free application, this is amazing. If I am feeling fancy that day, I'll even chuck this into my gym makeup bag, so I can add a lil flush to the cheeks after showering. Birthday suit is a gorgeous neutral pink with multi-coloured shimmer in it. The shimmers are barely noticeable when applied, so it just adds some lovely glow to the cheeks.

Milani Baked Powder Blush in Luminoso
I feel like this is the more affordable version of my absolute fave, MAC warm soul. This has a stronger sheen to it, and with a heavy swatch, Warm Soul does look a tad warmer and peachier (you can see comparison swatches here) However, with a light hand and when they are applied to the cheeks, I personally feel that they are pretty comparable. This baked blush is great for adding a little glow to the cheeks, and sometimes I would even skip highlighter when I use this.   

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Peaceful
Tarte's blushes are one of the longest lasting blushes out there in the market and the shade Peaceful is my ultimate favourite. I love to bring this travel sized one on my travels as it lasts all day, despite my sweat and grim. This is a soft peach that work really well when I am fairer, and when I get tanned. It isn't too pigmented on the first swipe, which I enjoy, as that means I can slowly build it up to the intensity that I want. Trust me, these are so long lasting, you don't want too much pigment on the first swipe as it would be extremely difficult to remove or blend it away!

Chantecaille Cheek Shade in Emotion review

Chantecaille Cheek Shade in Emotion
Honestly, I kept this because I paid so much for it! Haha. But it is extremely compact, making it great for travelling. Chantecaille also have lovely designs embossed on their blushes, so the shade emotion has a bee. It works nicely to give a flush to the cheeks, but I personally am not overly impressed with the pigmentation or formulation, especially considering the hefty price tag. 

Jill Stuart Mix Blush Compact Blush in Primrose review

Jill Stuart Mix Blush Compact Blush in Primrose
The packaging on this got me, for sure. Jill Stuart Beauty has such lovely packing and I can't give this away. The blush itself works well too, and it is the only cool toned pink that I kept. I like that I could focus my brush on a the individual squares or mix them up for a slightly different shade. It has a satin finish and it looks great on bare skin and with minimal makeup.

There we have it - my 10 single blushes that are left in the my collection! I do enjoy the variety of shades and finishes that I can choose from, and I've been switching it up almost daily.

Hope you enjoyed this little read and I will be posting about my highlighters that survived the Project 10 next. Man, highlighters were so tough to purge. 

What are some of your must have blushes? 

Till then,

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