Those who have been following my blogs for a while might know this little concept I used to do where I described the pro’s and cons of differently formulated product types in a sort of battle form. Well this doesn’t make any sense. Let me say it differently. In today’s post I’m going to share with you the things I consider as pro’s and cons about four types of blushes. I have done a similar thing with different product types in the past, but so far I’ve never discussed blush. Most people exclusively use powder blushes, but I think other forms also have a lot to offer. So, if you want to read about cream, liquid, stick and powder blushes and find out what’s good about them and what isn’t, make sure you continue reading!
Let’s start off with the stick blush category. These are my two favourite stick blushes out of my collection and I probably don’t have many more. In my opinion stick blushes are extremely underrated. They are actually, besides powder blushes, one of my favourite types of blush.
- They are very easy to work with, you just swipe a bit of product over your cheeks and blend it out using a sponge. That’s all.
- They have a very natural looking look to them. These are definitely great for natural makeup days.
- Stick blushes are very longlasting. Because you use them before setting powder they really stick to your face and will stay in place all day long.
- You should apply them before you use setting powder, otherwise it can look funky. I do forget this regularly because I’m not used to it, so in those cases I end up having to choose something else.
- They can be blotchy when the quality is off. Beware of that or invest in a proper one.
The next category I want to discuss is cream blushes that come in a compact. I could have combined this with the stick blush category, but somehow I do feel like there is a big difference between the two. Whenever I do decide to use something else than a powder blush I’d much rather use a stick blush than a cream blush in a compact.
- They are very longlasting. They really hold on to your skin and don’t move all day long.
- They are nice and intense and will create a more visible flush than most powder blushes will.
- Sometimes cream blushes can be waterproof, which is great when it’s either very humid or rainy outside. These won’t budge!
- They are slightly more difficult to apply. Because of their more wet texture you have to be really careful so you don’t over apply and you need a proper tool to blend them in properly.
- They can end up moving your foundation.
- You need to apply it before applying your setting powder in order for it to look proper and this is something I personally regularly forget to do.
The third category I wanted to talk about is the liquid blush category. These are way more fluid than cream blushes are and require a different type of approach because of them. In my opinion they are a bit harder to deal with, but on the positive note they do stay in place extremely long. These two from Bourjois are by the way my absolute favourites in this category, they are stunning!
- They stain your skin in some way, so you can enjoy the colour all day long.
- They are rain and sweat-proof, so definitely a product to go for if you want your flush to last all day long.
- They leave behind a very natural looking flush.
- You can easily apply them with just your fingers and therefore these types of blushes don’t require any tools (a.k.a. less brushes to clean at the end of the week!)
- You have to be really careful with the application. Because they stain your skin you have to work quick in order for it to look smooth and not blotchy.
- They have to be applied underneath your setting powder. Again, this is something I regularly forget.
The last category I want to talk about is the most obvious one. These are the powder blushes, basically everyones favourite. I have to say that out of all of the blush types I do use these the most. However, I don’t necessarily think that they give the best results. They are just the easiest ones to deal with.
- They are very easy to use. You just pick up a brush, dip it in the blush and sweep it over your cheek area. That’s it.
- They have a nice and natural result.
- You can apply them on top of your setting powder, so you can’t forget to apply them and not go back.
- There’s lots of choice in blush shades from this type of blush. Much more than there is of any other type of makeup.
- More often than not they don’t last all that long because it’s a powdery layer on top of your makeup.
- Sometimes they aren’t that obvious and you do need quite a lot in order for them to show up. This obviously does depend on the quality of the blush, but I do think creamier blush types are a bit more visible.
All in all I think that there are lot’s of blush types that work great. Every type has its own benefits and have their down sides. In my opinion powder blushes win it when it comes to the ease of using them, but stick blushes win it in terms of results and staying power. However, what you like the most is totally up to you and depends on your personal preference.
With that being said I think it’s time to end today’s post. I hope you enjoyed reading it and be sure to let me know which blush type you think wins this battle!