Amyleigh. Winchester, England.
An archaeologist & RE specialist with an abundance of love for makeup, nature & architecture photography, comics, taxidermy & a good cuppa.
Blushers for that Summer Glow
It may seem a little odd to be doing a post about "*that* summer glow" at the end of August, but here in the UK it seems like our summer has only just received the memo as the temperature has been a scorching 28 degrees most days which has seen us melting towards the tail-end of summer so I thought it was only right to keep this summer skin dream alive with this little post. Now, considering I'm the pale girl that I am, I always think it sounds odd for me to talk about having a tan or a "sun-kissed glow" but surprisingly, I actually quite enjoy that glow only summer seems to give the skin. I might not fake tan and I 100% only leave the house if I'm smothered in at least factor 30, but since ditching foundation and only wearing concealer, I've enjoyed using the odd product to give my skin a boost in radiance and colour. I've already talked about a heavenly budget bronzer and highlighter duo that can make you seem like you're glowing from within but the ultimate product for me when trying to look "healthy" and "radiant" has got to be blush.
Blusher has been a staple for me since my early teen years when I used to exclusively wear those bubblegum bright pink shades as two rather large and pigmented streaks on both sides of my face because you know, that porcelain doll look was the aim. But I've since toned it down slightly for everyday wear and have a few firm favourites which do a grand job at making me look healthy. The reason blusher is always something I reach for is because I'm so pale and don't have a natural flush to my cheeks (even when I'm embarrassed) so a lot of the time my skin can be quite monotone and team that with my black hair and you're guaranteeing the "you don't look very well" comments will spill in thick and fast. Blush helps me get that little bit of colour injection which helps lift my complexion but it is also so so handy in the summer months to help compliment your sun-kissed skin or the other makeup products you are sporting on a particular day.
It will come as no surprise that my favourite blush products are all from the drugstore. I like to try a lot of different blushers and find the higher end you go, the more you're paying for a product I just won't get the wear out of. That's not to say I won't splurge where I see fit (the Hourglass Ambient Lighting blushers are a firm favourite for example), but when I know there's a decent dupe for a fraction of the price in the likes of Boots and Superdrug I'd much rather test those out. With that being said, today's post is covering six different cheek products (mostly powders and one honorary non-blush product mention will be thrown in there too!) which I think can give you a lovely summer look for pennies.
Max Factor Creme Puff Blush (shade: 25 | Alluring Rose) | £8.99 - I figured I'd mention this one first because it's the darkest shade of all the blushers I'm going to mention and also probably the most glowy. I've talked about these blushers before and how they're a great dupe for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting blushers, but seriously I think I like these more. These Max Factor blushes are so good for giving colour to your face without looking fake or patchy as they're really pigmented and super blendable. Alluring Rose would be gorgeous for darker skin tones but with a light hand, I like dusting it on my cheeks and on my temples/forehead as the deep shade is a great bronzing colour so perfect for summer skin. It does has a shimmer in it too which isn't chunky or glittery so it only adds to creating that lovely sun-kissed look.
Natural Collection Blushed Cheeks (shade: Peach Melba) | £1.99 - Now to the other end of the spectrum both in finish and price. This super cheap blush is possibly my favourite if not, it's at least in my top three (as you can probably tell as I've hit pan and this certainly isn't the first time it's happened with these guys)! These very cheap blushers shouldn't be shied away from as they've got great colour pay-off, last the majority of the day, and I just *love* the small shade selection. Peach Melba is my favourite shade all year round but it's particularly nice for summer as the peachy tones to it give you a nice natural flush which looks slightly bronzed too. As the formula of these blushers is completely matte, it's a lovely one to wear with highlight if you don't want to go full disco ball with your makeup somedays.
Essence Silky Touch Blush (shade: 100 | Indian Summer) | £1.oo - Another cheap blush I love love love is this powder blush from Essence. Essence are great for affordable makeup as I've mentioned before here, so naturally over time I've picked up more and more products - including this blush. This shade is kind of similar to Rimmel's Santa Rose blush (which I'll mention in just a mo) but slightly darker and more pink. It's quite corally when on the cheeks and has a subtle shimmer to it so if you want low maintenance summer makeup - this is the one for you. It doesn't apply patchy, it lasts all day, and it costs next to nothing I mean come on, it's a quid. One whole pound. Unbelievable Jeff.
Essence Soo Glow! Cream to Powder Highlighter (shade: 20 | bright up your life) | £2.80 - Whilst we're talking about Essence, I need to give an honorary mention to this little product. I've talked about these cream highlighters before but basically this is one of the few cream to powder products I actually like. This shade in particular is worth a mention in this post because if you're a minimal makeup girl or like those "no makeup" makeup looks, this is a lovely product to use. As it's a cream, it applies really quickly and easily and the finish of it is very natural despite it being a highlight and if you're a pale guy or have especially pink-toned skin, this will certainly be wearable everyday stuff for you. As it has those pinky pearly shades to it, it is a great one for those of you who might not want to/like wearing blush or who often skip the step because it gives you a subtle colour pay off whilst also giving you that dewy glow which ticks so many boxes for summer skin.
Rimmel Lasting Finish Soft Colour Blush (shade: 010 | Santa Rose) | £3.99 - So I've talked about these wee blush offerings from Rimmel before but this shade is a new favourite for me. I've tried to get my hands on this shade for I don't even want to know how long, but I finally scooped it up in Newcastle Airport and it is now a favourite. This peachy shade is very natural and great for summer makeup but it's also great for you fellow pale pals because its peachy in an almost bronzing way so it really warms up the face and again - like all the shimmery blushers in this post - has a subtle shimmer that isn't chunky that just helps add a tiny bit of dewiness and natural glow to your cheeks. As I've mentioned in a previous post, this one is amazing for just slinging in your bag or for packing for travelling as the packaging is so tiny and compact yet durable. Best combo.
Sleek Blush (shade: 926 | Rose Gold) | £4.99 - Of course I was going to mention this guy. This guy is an almost perfect dupe for Nars Orgasm and is your typical natural flush pink with a gold glitter shimmer running through it. I find the shimmer more noticeable in this blush but its still natural if applied with a light hand. Sleek blushers are fantastic for their pigment pay-off and I'd say this shade is perfect year-round but is super great in the summer sun due to the glitter glow it gives you. I tend to stick with more peachy blushers nowadays but this one is my go-to when I want a more pink tone to my cheeks. It can go a little clowny if you're heavy handed with it, but I really can't rate it enough. It lasts all day and if you want a budget-friendly blush that looks more expensive, this is the one because the packaging looks much more luxurious than it's price-point.
What's your favourite blushers and shades to wear during summer?