Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Blush ($29 CAD): My latest beauty obsession is blushing, glowing cheeks. I hate when blushes look powdery on the skin or applies streaky - not pretty. This is definitely not the case with Make Up For Ever's HD Microfinish Blush (paraben-free)! I was really excited to receive 6 of them to test out especially after hearing and reading rave reviews from fellow beauty lovers and makeup artists.
HD Microfinish Blush combines mattifying and reflecting powders to create a soft focus effect for a radiant complexion. I am absolutely in love with the texture - it just melts into the skin and never loses its pigment. Don't be fooled by the small packaging (0.33 oz). The blushes are so pigmented that it only takes a tiny dot to give you full blushing colour. The pump applicator can be tricky and may squirt out way too much product. But I've discovered that pumping it very lightly and quickly a few times dispenses the perfect amount. No wasted product!
How to apply: I like using my finger or a fluffy brush like M.A.C.'s #187. If using your finger, dab a tiny amount onto the apples of your cheek. Blend in a circular motion. If using a brush, apply the blush onto a palette or the back of your hand. Swirl your brush into the blush and using a buffing motion on your cheeks. If the colour is very bright a good trick is to apply before foundation so it gives that "glowing from within" effect. Or use after foundation and set with a powder blush or translucent powder.
#4 Walk of Shame: Love this bubble gum pink when I want that baby doll effect. It's a clean pink that really brightens your look. Apply a few layers to really make your cheeks pop.
#5 Nip Slip: This is a great neutral pink that is in between a bubblegum pink and a pink-brown. Great everyday shade.
#6 Quickie: Hot shade for spring and summer! This salmon-pink is really pretty and really warms up your complexion. This blush is gorgeous against bronzed skin!
#7 One Too Many: This peachy-beige is so wearable and has been one of my go-to blushes. It's not too orange, not too pink or not too beige. To me, it's the perfect peach shade.
#8 PDA: This pinky-nude is equivalent to M.A.C.'s cult classic Spice Lip Pencil. It totally reminds me of Spice. It's neutral but warms up your cheeks in the best way possible.
#9 In The Spotlight: Love this nude for sculpting the cheeks or using it as a bronzer. Use a very light amount especially on lighter skin tones. It may look a little muddy on the skin if applied too heavy.
There are 14 shades in total. I actually want the entire collection for my kit - the little bottles are so portable. It may be a little pricey compared to other blushes but the finish and the hues are definitely worth it (if you're a MUA apply for the pro discount!). Your cheeks will be so happy they'll be glowing! :)
What do you think of these blushes? Love 'em? Hate 'em? Want 'em?