Review + swatches: Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm

Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm review and swatches

My cream blush streak continues with Clinique’s new Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balms. With the Chubby Stick family now extended to include eyeshadows, lipsticks, lip crayons, and sheer tints, I knew it was just a matter of time when Clinique would introduce cheek blushers into the mix. New for fall 2014, the Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm is available in four shades, and I have two to share with you today – Robust Rhubarb and Roly Poly Rosy.

In general, these Chubby Stick Cheek Colours are relatively dry and waxier compared to the typical cream blush. It is less creamy, more waxy in texture. These don’t dry down as quickly as other cream blushes, and the good thing is, if you do make a mistake, these don’t stain your cheeks like other cream blushers would. You can easily wipe this off or blend it further to your heart’s content. The applicator makes it super easy to apply, just dab on your cheeks and blend out.

Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm review and swatches

Robust Rhubarb is a sheer coral pink shade. I wasn’t too impressed with this shade because it really required you to build up the colour a LOT before it would look like anything on the cheeks. It was really easy to blend out and is foolproof because it is so sheer – anyone can use it without the risk of overdoing.

Roly Poly Rosy (I know, who comes up with these names?!) is a beautiful rose-red shade; it fits perfectly with my current obsession of red blushes. Roly Poly Rosy is much more opaque and delivers a more pigmented wash of colour with each swipe. It is still super easy to blend out, and still pretty much foolproof, but just less effort required. I use 2 dabs per cheek and it is enough to give me a nice flush of colour.

In terms of lasting power though, I found that these don’t actually last super long, which is a disappointment. I put this on in the morning and usually by early afternoon, the blush has mostly disappeared. In comparison with the Chubby Stick eyeshadows that last all day and night, the blushes weren’t so impressive.

All in all though, I would still buy more of these if more colours came out. I love how versatile and easy to apply these are, and the stick applicator makes it travel friendly as well – no need to bring brushes or sponges, and you don’t have to worry about them staining your fingers. If you are looking for a long-lasting blush though, these probably aren’t for you.

Swatches left to right: Robust Rhubarb and Roly Poly Rosy
Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm review and swatches

Swatch + Review: Make Up For Ever HD Blush in 220 Pink Sand and 335 Fawn

Make Up For Ever HD blush in 220 and 335

Make Up For Ever revamped and reformulated its HD Blush range earlier this year. I’ll be reviewing the shades 220 Pink Sand and 335 Fawn.

Prior to me trying the Make Up For Ever HD Blush, I’ve had mixed feelings about cream blushes, but now I’m a true believer. The HD Blush is creamy but not slippery, and blends seamlessly into the skin, creating a light veil of colour.  I use my fingers to blend this in my cheeks, from the apples of my cheeks blending upwards towards my temples. The finish is an ultra natural blushed glow. In terms of pigmentation, I find it relatively pigmented but not overly so (unlike its predecessor); it’s easy for anyone from the makeup newbie to the seasoned pro to use and apply.

The most amazing thing is that this does not come off until I’m ready to take it off. My skin can product oil during the day and most long-lasting blushes don’t exactly last long on me, but this lasts the full 12-14 hours (8AM to 10PM) until I remove it with my oil cleanser at night.

I usually apply this right after foundation and before powder, but you can use it after powder too. Even though it is a cream formula, it has a powder finish once dried down so you can use it on top of non-emollient products as well.

The shade 220 Pink Sand is my perfect blush shade (my cheeks but better?) and 335 Fawn is a great contour colour. Together the two create perfectly sculpted cheeks that last and last and last all day.

Make Up For Ever HD blush in 220 and 335

The new HD Blush is housed in a flat compact that can be easily de-potted, with a mini mirror. Compared to the old pump packaging, it’s a lot easier to manoeuvre and control the amount of product applied; you end up wasting a lot less product. I’m really happy to see that Make Up For Ever has taken the time to not only create a fantastic, reliable product, but also a very user-friendly one.

You can purchase Make Up For Ever HD Blush at Sephora, Make Up For Ever boutiques and all locations that sell Make Up For Ever products, priced at US$26 and C$31.

Recommended? Absolutely!

Size comparison of the HD Pressed Powder (left) and the HD Blushes:

Make Up For Ever HD powder and HD blush
Make Up For Ever HD blush

Swatch + review: Clinique Cheek Pop blush in Peach Pop

Clinique Cheek Pop blush in Peach Pop swatch

Clinique Cheek Pop blushes have been raved in the blog world for quite some time now. These pretty blushes molded into the shape of daisies are available in four shades – Berry Pop, Plum Pop, Ginger Pop and Peach Pop. I have Peach Pop to share with you today.

I was really excited to try the Cheek Pop blushes when I received mine because I had heard so many good things about them. Unfortunately, while I did like Peach Pop, I wasn’t blown out of the water by it.

Peach Pop is a peachy pink shade of blush with very find gold micro-shimmer. The shimmer is very fine and barely visible when applied on the cheeks. The texture is beautiful – smooth, pigmented, very finely milled. It blends into the skin very well and despite it being a peach blush (I don’t naturally blush peach), it looked very natural on the skin. The daisy design also holds up very well. I’ve used mine more than a dozen times and it still looks relatively new and untouched.

Clinique Cheek Pop blush in Peach Pop swatch

I had a bit of an issue with longevity; I didn’t find that it lasted more than 6 hours on my skin. Usually by the end of the work day it was mostly disappeared from my skin.

Would I recommend this? Unfortunately, no. While it does look good on the skin and the texture is fantastic, it just doesn’t last. There are other blush options out there that look great on the skin and wears until the moment you take it off. Sadly this isn’t one of them.

You can get Clinique Cheek Pop in Peach Pop for $24 CAD at Clinique counters across Canada.

Clinique Cheek Pop blush in Peach Pop swatch

Get ready for summer with Marcelle Jelly Cheek Flush!

Marcelle Jelly Cheek Flush swatch and review

A few weeks ago, I suddenly had this urge to buy cheek tints. Coincidentally, Marcelle released two limited edition jelly cheek tints for Summer 2013, inspired by Givenchy’s Blush Gelée. I tried Givenchy’s Blush Gelée when it was first released a few summers back but I was disappointed at the low pigmentation and the intense layering required to get even a smidgen of colour. However I was super interested to see how the Marcelle version would fare.

Lo and behold, the Marcelle Jelly Cheek Flush is maybe 100x better than the Givenchy version. Pigmentation alone is ramped up significantly, in in addition to being very easy to blend, and looking very natural. I’ve been wearing this everyday for the past week and I also found that it is very long lasting, staying put on my cheeks for 14 hours at least (I tested it for 14 hours on one day) with zero fading.

Marcelle Jelly Cheek Flush swatch and review

Marcelle Jelly Cheek Flush is available in two shades – Rosy Tint (left) and Flushed Coral (right). Rosy Tint is exactly what the name says, an ultra natural, rosy-pink flush that looks great on all skin tones. Flushed coral has a little bit more of a red/brown undertone, and would look great on medium to darker skin tones.

Marcelle Jelly Cheek Flush swatch and review
Marcelle Jelly Cheek Flush swatch and review

Priced at just $16.95 and available at most stores selling Marcelle (London Drugs has it for sure, although I haven’t seen it at Shoppers yet), there is no reason why you should resist getting this blush. Compared to Givenchy’s price of $38, you can even get both of the Marcelle blushes. It is limited edition though, so you might want to grab some NOW!

The only minor qualm I have about the blush is the packaging, which dispenses the product out of a sponge. While currently it is very easy to just dot on the cheek and blend, I believe that in the long term I’ll have to try to find a way to somehow clean the sponge in order to prevent bacterial growth.

Marcelle Jelly Cheek Flush swatch and review

I really hope that Marcelle releases this blush in their permanent range, with more colour options because I can already tell that this product will be something I will use regularly this summer.

Marcelle Jelly Cheek Flush swatch and review

The one that got away: Chanel Joues Contraste in Rouge

Chanel Joues Contraste in Rouge review swatches

Have you ever wanted something but restrained yourself, and then have it be taken away forever? That longing for something you no longer have because it’s no longer produced, but the sane part in you refuses to pay 2x the mark-up to acquire it for your collection. That was my experience with Chanel Joues Constrate in Rouge, a once limited edition blush from the Byzantine de Chanel collection released for pre-Fall 2011.

The first time I tried this blush on, I was on the fence about it. I was unemployed at the time and freshly graduated from university, so I felt like I didn’t deserve another blush, albeit how much it was different, limited edition, and looked so amazing on my cheeks. I didn’t buy it, and of course it was sold out almost immediately and I regretted my decision for the next two years. I refused to pay the high prices from eBay, so I waited it out to see if I would find it anywhere else.

Chanel Joues Contraste in Rouge review swatches

Luckily for me, I learned that Chanel re-released this product into the permanent collection in Asia, and I managed to snatch one from Strawberrynet, one of my favourite, and most reliable online retailers for cosmetics (no, this post is not sponsored). I recently received it and it was every bit as beautiful and unique as I had remembered it to be.

Rouge (now assigned a number like all other permanent Chanel blushes – 79), is a fiery red blush with specks of gold shimmer. It applies incredibly smoothly and non-patchy. This comes only in Chanel’s baked blush formula, which usually means that it is sheer, but this one is actually super – with a lot of emphasis – pigmented. The swatch you see is just from one swirl in the pan with my index finger for both the heavy swatch and the blended one. You only need to touch your blush brush to the pan ever so slightly and you will get an intense colour.

My cheeks are naturally quite red, so I need to do a decent amount of cover-up before I apply this, otherwise it will just accentuate the redness in my skin.

All in all, I’m very happy to have finally found this. While this takes more effort to apply in the morning due to how pigmented it is, it does give me the more natural blush of colour. I doubt I will ever need a backup, but that also means I can focus on finding other things that are on my wishlist but are too late to buy retail.

Thanks for reading!

Chanel Joues Contraste in Rouge review swatches
Chanel Joues Contraste in Rouge review swatches

You can more clearly see the gold shimmery-sheen that is subtle and just beautiful.

Chanel Joues Contraste in Rouge review swatches
Chanel Joues Contraste in Rouge review swatches
Chanel Joues Contraste in Rouge review swatches
Chanel Joues Contraste in Rouge review swatches

Swatches + thoughts: Guerlain Blush G Sakura Cherry Blossom Blush

Guerlain Blush G Sakura Cherry Blossom Blush swatch and review

Thanks to Vicky, I was able to get my grubby hands on the Guerlain Blush G Sakura limited release blush that was an Asia-exclusive but showed up at Selfridges in the UK. I hesitated in getting this the first time I saw it on the Selfridges website and it sold out quickly after that, then when it showed up for a second time a few days later, I bought it immediately. I’m glad I did because it sold out again almost immediately after I placed my order.

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Guerlain Blush G Sakura Cherry Blossom Blush swatch and review

Like the original Blush G release, Sakura contains four stripes of different coloured blushes that can be used individually or together. The shades in Sakura, from top to bottom, are a shimmery peach, a white, a satin mauve-pink, and a shimmery light pink. Of the four shades, the shimmery peach – the largest strip – is the most pigmented and the mauve-pink is the least pigmented. The shimmery peach is also the dominant colour when you wear it on your cheeks. You can see Vicky and Paris wearing Sakura on their cheeks along with more swatches.

Guerlain Blush G Sakura Cherry Blossom Blush swatch and review

The quality of Sakura I found was not as good as the previous releases. I found Sakura to be a lot more powdery and a lot sheerer than the original Blush G, and just a lot more powdery than Parure de Nuit. This doesn’t come as a surprise due to Sakura originally being released as a part of Guerlain’s whitening Blanc de Perles collection. It is normal in Asia that beauty houses renew their whitening skincare line and also do a small capsule makeup collection along with it. If you imagine bright, even, glowy skin that is the result of using whitening skincare products, then you will see that this blush fits in perfectly with the rest of the whitening line to create a bright, glowy, but natural look.

Guerlain Blush G Sakura Cherry Blossom Blush swatch and review

Would I recommend this? Yes and no. If you like that sheerer more natural, glowy look then I would say go for it, but if you’re usually more used to blushers than impart more colour, do skip this and look elsewhere. The price of this product doesn’t help sway you towards “buy” either, at £42 (£47 after shipping), which is approximately $76CAD.

Guerlain Blush G Sakura Cherry Blossom Blush swatch and review
Guerlain Blush G Sakura Cherry Blossom Blush swatch and review
Guerlain Blush G Sakura Cherry Blossom Blush swatch and review

Despite these shortfalls, I remain a big fan of Guerlain’s Blush G series, or any of their blushes in the big case that is normally used to house their powder foundations. I currently have all three, and I plan on collecting more as they come out in the future.

Guerlain Blush G Sakura Cherry Blossom Blush swatch and review
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Guerlain Blush G Sakura Cherry Blossom Blush swatch and review
Guerlain Blush G Sakura Cherry Blossom Blush swatch and review
Guerlain Blush G Sakura Cherry Blossom Blush swatch and review

What do you think – is this something you’d like in your collection?