*trumpet fanfare* It’s the time of year when all the beauty lovers search their stashes and reminisce on all the products we loved, loathed and lusted over for the past 365 days….well if we are being precise it’s more like 349 =P but who’s counting?
Since blush was one of my most purchased products of the year, I thought I would start with that first (also, blush is my favorite). I decided to delegate cream products to a different category so cream blushes aren’t included here. Also, I am not sticking to a set number per say, it just so happens that this time it’s ten.
Physician’s Formula Happy Booster Blush in Natural
Physician’s Formula Happy Booster blush has such a cute design and I ADORE the scent it gives off…someone help me…it’s not lavender, what is it? I have both of the colors but the one shown above is shade Natural, which gives (you guessed it) a gorgeous natural flush and glow. It’s super soft and a lovely powder.
Milani Baked Blush in Lumioso
Milani’s baked blushes have gotten a lot of cover time on my blog this year, and for good reason. They are fantastic. My favorite shade far away has to be Luminoso. It gives a nice glowy look to the cheeks without being gritty or frosty. Plus, it leans peach….my favorite of all blush shades (ok, tied with coral).
NYX Powder Blush in Raisin
NYX Raisin was not a new blush or shade for 2011, and I purchased it in 2010. But, I got a lot of use out it in January and February of this year, and have done the same this fall. It’s my go-to shade when I want a plummier cheek because it’s so easy to use. I have a number of highly pigmented plum shades, but they take too much work. This is swipe and go kind of color and why I adore it so much.
Illamasqua Powder Blushes in Lover and Hussy
I thought NARS was the best blush in the mid-high range until I tried Illamasqua. The formula is so much more smooth and finely milled that I cannot actually compare the two in the same league. I still love my NARS (see below) but Illamasqua’s formula puts NARS to shame. My two favorite shades this year were Lover (a bright peachy apricot) and Hussy (a bright, slightly peached pink).
NARS Blushes in Mata Hari and Desire
NARS does have a strong blush formula. There is no denying their amazing color variety and the awesome pigmentation of most of their range. Their formula is excellent, until you compare it to Illamasqua…then it’s sort of old news (Sorry NARS lovers!). But don’t fret, I still have a special spot in my heart for NARS blushes. Mata Hari (Mauvey-Rose Pink) and Desire (bright cotton candy pink) are two stand out colors for me. In terms of wear time, I get a little more out of Illamasqua (7-8 hours), but NARS stays strong for most of the day (6-7 hours).
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes in Exposed and Tipsy
This was a new product this year. You already know I feel like this is the best blush formula ever. I have oily skin, and these beauties last longer on me than any other blush. The formula is smooth and silky and the blushes have just the right amount of pigmentation. I hope they will continually expand their color range as well.
Burberry Light Glow Blush in Russet
Again, I don’t feel like I need to explain this as I just did a post about there fabulous blushes. The packaging, the design, the quality of the powder and the shade all make this blush one of my favorites EVER. Like, of all time. The reason I felt like I couldn’t name it as my top blush of 2011 is the staggering price. I realize that this is a luxury brand and that not everyone can or wants to pay those kinds of prices. With that in mind, this is the runner up right behind the Amazonian clay blushes. For me personally, though, it’s my number one. The color looks kind of dark and scary in the pan and the swatch but on my cheeks it imparts such a nice glow of peachy/nude that kind of makes it one of those dual-purpose blush/bronzers in one.
Oh, and I have one honorable mention:
You will notice that not a single MAC blush made it in to my top ten. The reason is that although I think MAC does make a nice blush (as evidenced by my collection here) and has the most extensive range of colors, their formula doesn’t usually ‘wow’ me. Nuance, however, is a great blush. It’s a peachy-brown shade with a light golden shimmer. It is gorgeous….but it’s also discontinued. You may still be able to find this at a CCO, though. I have swatched this blush in the same link above.
What made it to the top of your list for blushes this year?