I used to think blush was stupid. My cheeks flush when I get embarrassed or excited, encounter a mild climate change, breathe, drink a Diet Coke, blink, etc. . . . Who needs more pink?
Then one day, I realized I have no cheekbones or skin pigment. These days, I'm a blush convert. Seriously, it's the quickest, easiest way to bring your face alive.
There are some gimmicky new blushers on the market now, and I test-drove three. The results!
Clinique Quick Blush, $21.50
This hurt my brain. The blush is smashed into the cap of the stick for on-the-go ease. But when I took the brush out, there was no powder on the end. I tried to extend the brush and stick it back in, but the bristles splayed all over the place. I brushed it on anyway. But nothing. I was late for work, so I threw it down in a huff.
Grade: FAIL! Who has time for on-the-go?
Estée Lauder Fleur De Lys Shimmer Powder, $32
This would make a great gift for a makeup fan. It looked so pretty, I hated to mash it up with my brush. This is billed as an "all-over glow" powder. I'm telling you now, DON'T DO IT. The top color is quite bold and bright, and while it looked lovely and smooth on my cheeks, I would have looked like the second coming of Lucifer had I gone for an "all-over glow."
Grade: PASS! Just don't get carried away.
NYC Mosaic Color Wheel in pink cheek glow, $4.99
I know what you're thinking: "She's crazy to think I'm gonna fork over $30 of Double Stuf Oreo grocery money on blush." I hear you.For a cheaper alternative, try drugstore staple NYC. For a cheap powder, this color packs a punch and lasts most of the day.
Grade: PASS! Go buy cookies!