Stash: Cream Blushes - Illamasqua, Bobbi Brown, L'Oreal, Invisible Zinc

Thought I'd start this stash series with cream blushes, since I only have a few. I'm not big on blushes, because I always thought I only needed one. But that may very well change soon (oh, blogging, you are such an enabler.)


I'm a recent cream blush convert. Cream blushes are amazing. They can be very pigmented, oh so easy to blend, and last longer than powder blushes (at least on me.)


From left, top row

Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Laid
This is a recent acquisition. Is it a haul if I got with a gift card I received? :) Haul or not, it was a bargain at $14AU (RRP $29AU). I was afraid it was a close match to my a cream blush I already have, but luckily it is quite different to Bobbi Brown's Pink Raspberry.

L'Oreal Touch-On Colour for Eyes and Cheeks
I bought this thinking it was for lips and cheeks, and it was too powdery for my lips. I used it for a while as I thought it gave me a nice dewy effect, but it is quite shimmery. It is more shimmery than it is pigmented, and the pigment wears off quicker than the shimmer. I have not tried it for my eyes until now, because I'm not sure it would stay put on my oily lids.

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks in Pink Raspberry and Cabo Coral
I love these blushes. They are easy to blend and last a long time. I got these at a warehouse sale, so there was not that many shades to choose from, but these are awesome shades anyway, so I have no complaints. But I'm not sure I like it for lips. It feels too dry, and rather powdery for lips. I might try layering it over lip balm or under lip gloss or both.

Swatched from left - Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Laid, Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks in Pink Raspberry and Cabo Coral, L'Oreal Touch-On Colour for Eyes and Cheeks:

And here's my failed attempt at swatching the Illamasqua blush on my bare cheeks (eek, my skin is so pigmented). Left without blush (um, yeah, looks like I already swiped blush). Right with blush. Will put foundation on first next time.


P.S.
I forgot about this which was shoved at the back of the stash drawer (methinks it's time for another makeup reorg). I'll be damned if I will re-take the photos above with this item. I'm lazy like that.

Invisible Zinc Tinted Lip & Cheek Balm in Lip Pink + 1
I am not fond of this colour. Also, I see no point in SPF 30 just for my cheeks. Won't I end up with reverse blush, i.e. tanned face, untanned cheeks? So I was really only planning on using this as lip balm. Though as a lip balm, it was hard to apply, not moisturising enough, even rather powdery. I might try it on my cheeks and risk reverse blush (shouldn't really happen if I layer it over my Invisible Zinc moisturiser, no?)

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