Let’s Get Ready To Rumble!
It’s the Battle of the Blush, and you’re invited! It’s Powder Blush VS Cream Blush VS Mineral Blush VS Gel Blush VS Cheek Stain. They all have their charming and redeeming qualities. They’re all good for something. They all have different purposes. When you break it down, you might find that you’re using the wrong kind of blush for you. Pale skin, dark skin, smooth skin, oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, every kind of skin works better with a different product. Every blush offers a different effect due to its formula and finish. Maybe you’re a huge blush fan who wants to expand your horizons, or maybe you can’t stand blush because you haven’t been able to find one that works for you. Fear not, it’s all here for you to go through and make your best informed decision about what you need to look and feel good.
You know powder blush better than you know any other blush. Admit it, it’s true. Powder blush is the most common way to get things done in the blush neighborhood. The little pressed compacts in varying shades and finishes are the first things that come to mind where blush is concerned, but they’re far from your only option. Powder blush is especially good for people with oily skin. Anything powder can help set and combat oil, and some higher end brands make their pressed powder blushes with this function specifically in mind. If you have smooth, normal skin, powder blush is a classic staple. If you have very light or very dark skin, powder blush may cause you some conundrums. People with light skin may need to find they have to use a very very light hand with powder blush to avoid looking clownish, and people with dark skin may find that the powder shows up ashy. This doesn’t mean you can’t wear blush, this just means that this isn’t the right blush for you. You’ll find the occasional exception here or there, but if you want to find one formula that works best for you under your circumstances, then keep reading.
Mineral blush seems to be the most natural and skin friendly of all of the blushes. It’s true, mineral makeup is typically more natural than other makeup alternatives. It’s also the easiest blush to find that’s manufactured by small indie brands, if you like supporting small business. Mineral blush has a very soft, smooth, texture on the skin, and it’s uber easy to blend. You can build it up with little effort, and keep it light and sheer, with both options allowing the color to remain true. The downside to mineral blush is that it’s nearly impossible to find decent matte shades, since matte mineral pigments tend to be very dry and chalky. Satins and shimmers run abundant, so if you don’t like a matte cheek, you should be in the clear. If you have dark skin, beware, because they have the potential to give you a ghastly gray cast to the face. If you have sensitive skin, you may be in big trouble with mineral blushes, since all mineral makeup can make you vulnerable to milia, little white bumps that the skin develops as a very mild allergic reaction to certain minerals. It’s a huge misconception that mineral makeup is the best for sensitive skin, because even people without normally sensitive skin are still somewhat reactive to some of the common ingredients used in mineral makeup. While minor reactions like milia are not permanent or painful, they can be a real drag, especially since they look like small whitehead pimples that are absolutely unpoppable. Not everyone gets milia, but if your skin is sensitive, you may be better safe than sorry.
Cream blush seems to get cheated out of a lot of the credit it deserves. It’s emollient and ever so slightly moisturizing, and provides a much more natural and radiant look than powder blush, being more realistic than any powdered form of blush. A companion to cream blush would be liquid blush, which is essentially the same thing, with slightly more liquid, that some consider easier and more practical to apply. Cream blushes come in all the same finishes that lipsticks come in, with the exception of matte. If you want a matte look from a cream blush, all you have to do is apply it before you apply a translucent setting powder. These are great for very dry skin types, as they won’t grab and hold dry patches like many powders will. The opaqueness is great for those with darker skin, who have a hard time getting their desired blush intensity from other formulas. If your skin is very oily, beware. Oil seeping from your pores throughout the day can cause cream blush to break down and appear patchy over time, and possibly even make the color run a bit.
It’s possible that you’ve never even heard of gel blush. You might have seen it and not understood what to do with it. It sometimes looks intimidating and confusing, almost like a tube of special effects blood. Most people don’t realize that the nature of the product will make it appear ten times darker in the tube than it will apply to the skin. Once you get past the initial hesitation you might experience at first sight, you’ll find that gel blush can be one of the most brilliant and versatile products you can ever put on your face. Gel blushes are the absolute most natural and realistic finish on the skin, even a far step above cream blush. This is because gel blushes are translucent, allowing the skin underneath to remain totally visible below the layer of color. In HD photography, gel blushes are virtually undetectable as makeup, passing as perfectly rosy or bronzey bare skin. If you have light skin, you’ll find that gel blush will give you the look of a genuinely flushed cheek. If you have dark skin, you may have tough luck, because the formula doesn’t have the opaqueness needed to provide you with adequate cheek coverage. All skin types will agree with gel blush, but if you’re out in the heat for a long period of time, perspiration can cause the color to migrate.
Cheek stains come in a variety of forms. The packaging may appear like lipgloss, face paint, nail polish, or a jumbo lip balm. Whether it’s liquidy or balmy in texture, it all serves the same purpose. If you want sheer color that’s buildable to opaque coverage that will offer a very, very long wear time, you want a cheek stain. These are great for very long events where you want to look your best, such as weddings or other ceremonies. A lot of people will find that they have a great experience with these. If you have fair skin, you can wear them in a single, sheer layer without much issue. If you have very dark skin, however, a lot of cheek stains will be hit or miss due to their opacity. If you have sensitive skin, you may find that the stain will last very long on you, and it may be slightly more difficult to remove. For dry skin, make sure you exfoliate before use, as the staining properties can make dry patches appear to be scaly and flaky on the face.
What Do You Use?
Are you a devout fan of one formula over another? Do you have a mix of some or all of these? Are there any you haven’t heard of before or are eager to try? Is there one formula in particular that you really don’t like on yourself? Let us know in the comments! You can also spout off about what you’re loving on our forums, Facebook and Twitter.
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