I have recently passed on some of the products I wasn’t enjoying in my collection, namely any blusher that didn’t fall into the neutral blush category, and I quickly realised that while I can be very picky with makeup, blusher is the one category where I’m on top of my game. I currently have seven blushers in my collection, desperately eyeing up their dupes on Temptalia, but I figured I’d go through each every one of them and explain why they didn’t get tossed the way the Hourglass Mood Exposure infamously did. Going through all of these, I pretty much realised I need a nude with a fair amount of pink to show up my warmer skin but colours like Mood Exposure have just a little bit too much pink and not enough nude.
If I were to rank all of them, it’s pretty obvious Accent will come in first but as it was limited edition and the closest dupe in Chanel lineup at the moment is a lot peachier, I am only ranking the blushers which can be purchased now.
Nars Blush in Douceur – this one is a matte nude pink which has the same base colour as Accent hence this is my top pick. You can now only pick it up as Pro Palette refill, but I don’t mind as long as it’s not discontinued. Douceur is the least pigmented out of the bunch which makes it extremely user friendly. It is more pink than the Nars Contour Blush in Paloma and I wouldn’t call it a contour, it’s definitely a blush colour for me but one for those not partial to pink cheeks. It can have a sculpting effect but the matte powder diffuses softly on the cheek without any kickup in the pan which is certainly part of the reason why I love Nars products.
Kevyn Aucoin Pure Powder Glow Blush in Natura – this one is a light warm pink with soft shimmer that Kevyn Aucoin does so well. It is unlike me to go for products that are actually geared towards fair skin but this one can be built pretty easily. I can’t call it a nude but as far as pink goes this is the most enlivening colour I have ever found. I have no complaints on the formula. It is softer than Douceur which is actually ideal given how light this colour is. It applies smoothly and lasts exceptionally well on the skin. While it is natural, it definitely shows up well.
Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blusher in First Love – this one is a warmer version of Accent but they are close enough. A big part of why this ranks third is because I hate powders that kick up product in the pan and this one did way before it smashed on me. First Love has a very slight glow to it which does indeed look beautiful on the skin. Colour wise the blend of soft pink, peach and brown is excellent and if you don’t mind softer powder, this one won’t disappoint. Personally, I find it doesn’t last as well throughout the day though.
Burberry Light Glow Blush in Earthy – this one is a stunning nude pink in the pan and exceptional contour shade for fair skin but I personally find it looks very muted as a blush on my more warm toned skin. For reference, I’ve included Nars Contour Blush in Paloma in the images which is quite a bit darker and in contrast, I do enjoy Earthy for a very natural blush look. The powder is silky soft which transfers onto a brush without much kickup and out of all these, this one feels the nicest formula wise. I do however despise the shape of the compact because it’s a challenge to distribute the product on your brush as the mirror only opens to a right angle.LE Chanel Joues Contraste in Accent – naturally this is a point of comparison for any cheek product I try and sadly it has been long unavailable. It is the perfect blend of pink, beige and brown with a silver shimmer in the pan that translates satiny on the skin. The formula is exceptional, as a baked product, you hardly need any product to get the desired pigmentation on the skin and it lasts all day. Why Chanel doesn’t have an equivalent shade in the range at the moment, I cannot understand but I’ve used it so much and only slightly flattened the dome.
LE Becca Mineral Blush in Amaretto – this one is a powder formula of Chanel Cream Blush in Cheeky which is a pointless comparison because both are no longer available. Amaretto has the most warmth and depth out of all the blushers in this lineup and a very subtle sheen to it. This came with the Champagne Splits compact and I really wish like Chanel, Becca would revise their blush range because they have no neutral shades after discounting Bolero (similar enough to Paloma but slightly more pink) and Sweetpea. Formula wise I can always appreciate a powder with no kickup but there is something about creaminess of Bolero that makes it that bit nicer to apply. I do like this one for a more warm toned look though.
A quick mention of the brushes I like to apply these with. Douceur, Natura, Accent and Amaretto go on best with Nars Yachiyo. Amaretto would work with a softer brush but the compact is too small for me to fit my other brushes. First Love goes on well with softer brush, I use Kevyn Aucoin and Bobbi Brown. I’m yet to find a brush that works well with Earthy because I simply can’t fit anything into the pan since the mirror stands in the way but my favourite so far has been Bobbi Brown which manages to distribute the product quite easily.
I am perfectly aware these are all variations of the same colour and admittedly I like to collect dupes so please send me your suggestions for a dupe for Accent and Amaretto! What are your favourite blushers?