There are some products, for whatever reason, just don’t seem to get enough credit and attention that they deserve in the beauty community. So I decided to start this new installation, to talk about all the underrated beauty products in my makeup stash that I absolutely love. Let’s start with blush, shall we?
Blush is my weak point when it comes to makeup, the number of blushes I have accumulated throughout these years is sickening. Some of them are cult favorites, such as NARS blushes, Hourglass ambient lighting blushes and etc., but there are two of them, which I adore, don’t get mentioned often enough.
First up is the Le Métier de Beauté Creme Fresh Tint for lip and cheek. I have two of them: Poppy and Coral Nymph. Poppy is a gorgeous pink peachy color that’s universally flattering on many skin tones. Coral Nymph, as the name suggests, is a bright coral, which I also think will suit all skin tones. I learned about this blush from Sarah, who always has great taste in makeup.
These two blushes are definitely among my favorite. It comes in a nice, simple, plastic pot, and contains 5g of products. For the amount of product you get, I think $28 USD is a very reasonable price. It’s not the usual cream blush you have ever tried, the formulation of this is perfection: it’s pigmented (i.e. it has great color pay off), dries beautifully on the skin, and lasts all day long on me (with a bit of help from Urban Decay all nighter setting spray). When you tab the product on the pot, it does feel a bit tacky and sticky, but when you tab it onto your cheeks (for this formula, tabbing works much better than swiping motion), it’s not sticky at all. It just melts into your skin and gives a natural flush with a satin, dewy finish. Also, it’s one of those self-proclaimed multi-purpose products that actually works on the lips as well. I always use my fingers to apply this blush, but have heard people saying it also works wonderfully with a stippling brush.
The second underrated blush is the Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle in Watermelon/Moonstone. Becca as a brand has received lots of hypes, which they totally deserve. I mean, their highlighters (both in liquid and powder formulas) are what dream looks like. But for some reason, this breathtaking shimmer cream blush doesn’t get its justice. It’s another cream blush that comes with unique texture and formulation — it’s bouncy on the bot, reminds me a lot of the Chanel ILLUSION D’OMBRE Long-Wear eyeshadow, the perfect brush I have found to pair with this blush is the Sephora Pro small stippling brush #42.
The concept of this blush is pretty ingenuous: each shade is infused with its widely adored highlighter. This one, for instance, is infused with Moonstone. It’s pretty much the same concept as the Hourglass ambient lighting blush. And because of this unique formulation, each pot looks slightly different – some with more shimmery highlights, some with less. This cream blush is very buildable, one layer gives you a barely there, but-my-cheek-is-glowing-with-a-hint-of-color effect ( as you can see in the swatch above), and if you want to add more color and highlight, just go over it 2-3 times. In the pot, it has a strong fruity scent, but it doesn’t transfer to my face at all.
I have to admit that I don’t love every single shade in this range. I have swatched everyone when visiting Sephora in the U.S.. Several shades just don’t show up on my cheeks, and looks more like a highlighter rather than blush. This shade though, is stunning. Christine from temptalia described it as “a muted, pink-coral with warm undertones and a gold shimmer-sheen”, which I think is spot on. On the days I’m too lazy to apply highlighters separately, or simply just want to glow all the way out, I will grab this blush.
Do you have any blushes in your stash that you think are underrated?