If You Buy Only One Blush This Year

Marc Jacobs air blush flesh & fantasy

Early January, I made a promise to myself that I won’t go binge shopping on blushes in 2016. Now, reflecting back on that (seriously, where did time go this year?!), I think I did pretty good overall – to keep my shopping urge on the bay, I went back to my blush drawer and discovered some old favorites, and letting any tempting purchases sit in the shopping card for a few weeks before making the final decision. There is only one blush that I added to my collection eventually without any second thought, and that is the Marc Jacobs Air Blush in Flesh & Fantasy, which is the best blush launch this year, if I may make a bold claim.

The Air Blush line comes in 5 shades: covering all grounds including neutral nude, peachy pink, pink, and plumy berry tones. Safe to say, all skin tones can find one that’s flattering. I opt in for the Flesh & Fantasy, as I’m in the kick for neutral nude blushes that just add a hint of color to the cheeks and warm up the complexion (though I have also had my eyes on Lush & Libido, a pinky shade).

On first glance, the Marc Jacob Air Blush reminds a lot of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting blushes, which you know, are my favorite blush formula. They contain two colors in one compact – one has more highlighting property and one adds the color. When comparing side by side, I find the Hourglass one has a more luminous and slightly shimmery finish, and the Marc Jacobs one delivers a more satin finish.

You can control how much color you want to apply to the face, swirl the blush brush from the left to the right will pick up less color and adds more sheen, and swipe from right to left will give you color and pigmentation. This is a big plus for me, because as much as I love pigmented blushes, they can be a bit difficult to work with when you want to be out of the door in 10 mins in the morning. The air blush is a dream to work with, pigmented so you don’t need to dig in your brush a million times to pick up the color, but not too pigmented at the same time so you have the full control on how light or heavy you want to it to be. The texture of the blush also makes it easy to work with, it’s incredibly soft, silky and creamy on the touch. It adds natural radiance to the face without emphasizing any pores, and it lasts well – lasts 10 hours on me with minimal fading. I haven’t put this blush down ever since purchased it over a month ago, it’s been my everyday holy grail blush. And did I mention, it comes in a sleek black compact in the true Marc Jacobs fashion? Oh, and it’s huge, houses 8g of products.  

Marc Jacobs Air Blush Flesh & Fantasy swatch and comparison
L-R (light swatches): Hourglass Ambient Blush Mood Exposure, Marc Jacobs Air Blush Flesh & Fantasy, Charlotte Tilbury First Love

The Flesh & Fantasy shade itself is easy to find duplicate, I find it incredibly similar to the Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic blusher in First Love, and not significantly different from the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure. But if you are a blush lover like myself, or are on the hunt for the new best blush in the market, or just in the mood to treat yourself (don’t forget Xmas is just around the corner), then do not miss this one.