Makeup Wars is back to redden your cheeks, bring a flush to your face and enchant you with beautiful blush. We’ve picked some of our favorites that are gracing our cheeks this spring and into the summer. I’ve chosen 9 but I could have chosen 90 most likely.
If you are a Beauty Info Zone reader then you know that I love cream blush. I’m much more likely to buy a cream blush than a powder one so I’m starting with my springiest creams.
1. Tarte cheek stains come in 8 shades and you’ll have a tough time picking out a favorite. I chose Fearless since that’s the one I’ve been using the most lately. It’s a pinky coral and seems to look great with almost every eye look I choose.
2. Maybelline Master Glaze Cream Blush Stick in Pink Fever is my version of Radiant Orchid in a blush. It’s one of the best buys of the year for me since I love the longevity of the product, the perky color and the price. I need to pick up more of these.
3. Face Stockholm Creme Blush in London is getting a lot of love these days. I took a new picture for this review but I’ve used it so much that it looked raggedy. It’s a papaya shade that looks super bright in pictures and swatches but not on my face. I use a light touch when applying this long lasting color.
4. Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee in Poppy Paradise is a blush that just doesn’t want to swatch for me. It’s described as ‘warm toned hot pink’ which is a great, if confusing, description. It feels cooling when you apply it. The Cheek Gelee can be used alone or as a stain to wear under a powder if you find blush fades on you. I just might have purchased Pink Escape during the Sephora 15% off sale.
5. Make Up For Ever HD Second Skin Cream Blush in 210 but I easily could have picked 225 and 330 since the 3 I have are scrumptious. I love the colors of these. They are so smooth and as Lisa said “DREAMY”. We’ve reviewed 6 of these and can’t praise them enough. Find a color (or 5) that you love and you’ll never be sorry.
I’m no slacker when it comes to powder blush and have a small mountain of those too. The 4 I’ve chosen are the ones I’m finding most versatile for spring.
6. TheBalm InStain in Argyle is my latest buy. I purchased it from Hautelook and will purchase more the next time they are on sale. I love the color of Argyle (petal pink) and I love not only how smoothly it applies but it has amazing longevity. It does have stain-like qualities. The pigmentation is intense even though Argyle is the lightest shade available.
7. Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cheek in Parasol is absolutely beautious. I constantly express my love for the Dollskin Cream blushes so I was excited to receive this powder blush. It’s as amazing as the cream blushes. Parasol is so soft and cream like. It has a gorgeous glow to it. Tarina Tarantino describes it as shimmering bright pink coral. I describe it as beautiful.
8. Senna Sheer Face Color in Pink Diva is the sweetest pink of the group. When I want a pink that’s pink this is what I pick. While the name says sheer, the blush isn’t sheer. It’s loaded with cool tones of pinkness.
9. Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Intensity Cheek Color in A Little Toasted doesn’t appear to be a blush you’d choose for spring but it’s great for that very reason. I sometimes need a very neutral shade and this is a neutral. There’s a brownish mauve tinge to it that was hard to capture but it’s there. It’s almost like a contour color for my fair skin.
Do you have any of my 9+ blushes? Do you have others to recommend for the days of upcoming sunshine? — Marcia
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*some products were purchased, some were sent for review
Make Up For Ever has a stunning Midnight Glow look for the winter holidays. Above you’ll see the photo they took of me for their promotion. Oops, they must have deleted mine for this stunning blonde instead. The entire look is made up of the Midnight Glow palette (sent for review), a gorgeous Aqua Rouge Waterproof Liquid Lip Color in Satin Soft Pink, N15 Midnight Glow Glitter and Midnight Glow Strass gems. In addition to these products add in Smoky Extravagant Mascara, a dark eyeliner like MUFE’s Kohl black, and black Aqua Liner #14 for top and bottom lash lines. Did I get this look? Of course not, but I did have some fun creating combinations with the Midnight Glow Eye Shadow Palette.
Make Up For Ever’s Midnight Glow palette is unlike any product I’ve used from the MUFE line. It has an ethereal quality to it that I’ve yet to find from them. When I think of Make Up For Ever I think of bright, bold cosmetics that last incredibly long. Midnight Glow breaks that mold and brings a soft, angelic look to its wearers.
Midnight Glow ($42) is an eyeshadow palette of 8 shades, 6 of which are new and exclusive to this limited edition piece of “art”. The shadows have a diamond finish which make it right for the holiday season especially. It’s not a palette that I personally can wear during the day as 6 of the shades sparkle. But for a holiday party or an evening out, this is what you’d want to pick.
The shades are
- Snow White
- Gun Metal
- Icy Blue
- Icy Pink
- Black matte
- Gold Pink
- Midnight Purple
- Metallic Taupe (satiny)
I’ve worn a variety of the shades a few times so far. I always use an eyeshadow primer and I like to use Make Up For Ever Eye Prime with this palette but unfortunately I didn’t use the primer to swatch.
My favorite look was starting with Aqua Cream 15 as a base on my lid. #15 is a golden brown (described on Sephora as a taupe brown shimmer). I knew that I needed something that the diamond finish would adhere to so this was the answer. Over that I used the Gold Pink (the 6th shade) from lashline to crease. At the outer crease I wore Midnight Purple which was patted on with a flat brush. I dabbed a little of the Icy Pink closer to the lashline and finished my browbone area with Snow White applied very lightly. Because of the texture of these eyeshadows there was definitely sparkle fall out, there was no way to avoid that. But the two products I used to prime (MUFE Eye Prime and Aqua Cream 15) held on to more of the glitter than just the Eye Prime would have.
The first 4 shades in the palette are very light and that’s what makes me describe these as having that ethereal glow. Just applying them over primer gives mostly a hint of color with a lot of glow.
Here are a few things I’ve found with this palette:
1) Start your eyes before you put on any face makeup or moisturizers. You are going to have glitter fallout, there’s no getting around it.
2) Use a good eye primer all over but then apply a cream shadow that won’t crease (AKA Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream) on your lids to hold onto the shadows.
3) Use a stiff flat brush to apply and pat the shadows on. Don’t brush the more glittery shadows on or the glitter will migrate onto your face.
I understand not everyone reading this is old and some may like the glittery look. It’s a bit much for me but my nieces look stunning when wearing eyes that twinkle like Midnight Glow will appear on them. I can picture this as being a great palette for them to use for holiday parties and especially New Year’s Eve. This beauty can be found at Sephora stores. I just worry that my nieces will come shopping at my house and steal this away! Are you going to have a glamorous holiday season? Would you wear eyeshadows that make your eyes glow like diamonds?? — Marcia
*sent for review
This ad from Make Up For Ever tells it all – revolutionary brushes that are made with cutting edge fibers. Make Up For Ever has created a collection to rival any brand that is held in the highest regard. The best part? They used synthetic fibers so every one of their brushes is cruelty free – all 76 of them. This is a huge rollout of products that we are excited to be able to share with you.
Dany Sanz is the creator and artistic director of the brand and she chose synthetics that were as soft yet as efficient as the natural hairs of many brushes. MUFE created something for everyone from the beginner to the makeup artist to the professionals who work in theater and cinema. Besides having this incredible fiber, the handles are almost like works of art.
Last week Lisa reviewed the 5 brushes she chose from the group of 10 we were sent. I have the other 5 to share with you. Obviously this is a drop in the bucket compared to the collection but it gives you a starting point to know what’s available and what you should be saving for or adding to a wishlist.
Here are my five and my opinions.
Brushes in the 100 range are the face brushes and I happily have two of those.
Brush 108 is the large foundation brush. This is made of straight fibers that work equally well on powder foundation as cream and liquid. It’s best for large areas because of the width of the brush rather than detail work. If you like a large blush brush this is great for that too. I like to buff my CC Cream or liquid foundation in with the tip of108. ($36)
Brush 160 is the blush brush. This has the softest fibers. The first time I used it I mistakenly used it as a powder brush and just wanted to stroke my face all day with it. It contains long pointed fibers that are both straight and wavy. That variation, along with the tapered top, gives you great application that helps with highlighting too. The brush is recommended for use with powders. ($44)
Brushes in the 200 range are the brushes meant for eyes.
Brush 218 is my favorite of my 5 brushes. It’s the Small Blender Brush and it’s a perfect size for my eyes. I use this for everything not just blending although that’s where it shines. The fibers are wavy and work on any texture; it’s terrific with cream eyeshadows as well as all powders. It’s a dense brush yet it’s not hard. Goldilocks would call this “just right”. ($25)
Brush 270 is their angled eyebrow brush. It’s the best eyebrow brush I’ve ever tried. I’ve got several brushes from other brands that do different jobs but this does ALL jobs. I’ve used it to blend pencils, I’ve used it with brow mousse and I’ve used it with brow powders. It make short work of doing my eyebrows which normally is my least liked job. It’s very firm with straight ‘hair’. You’ll never need another brow brush again if you get this. ($21)
Brushes in the 300 range are for lips (and 400 is for the body)
Brush 300 is one of the lip brushes. This work of art, aka lip brush, was designed to line the contour of your lips with its geometric head and then to fill in your lips with the flat side. While it doesn’t look like a work of art, its flexibility for the job it was created for makes it a wonderful creation. ($21)
Now that you’ve had the chance to see 10 of the brushes that Make Up For Ever has created, are you anxious to see the collection in person? I want to go to Sephora and get a few more eyebrushes now that I’ve seen what these brushes can do. It was worth the wait Make Up For Ever! Thank you for an amazing collection. — Marcia
*brushes sent for review
For eyeshadow I’d start with one of the Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream shadows. Given the name you know that these are going to be great when it comes to beating the heat. Of the shades I have one of my favorites is #2 which is called Steel. It shows up as a pretty light steel with shimmer. Along with #2 I’d use #16 which is described as a pinky beige shimmer. On my skin it shows up very pink.
For an eyeliner I’ll also choose one of the Make Up for Ever Aqua Liners. Those have gotten me through a lot of hot flashes and moist summer days. One of my favorites is #6 which is a dark navy iridescent shade.
For eyebrows (since I’m working on remembering to do my eyebrows more often) I’ve got Tarte’s emphasEYES waterproof Amazon clay brow mousse in medium brown.
Since I no longer buy waterproof mascaras after an unfortunate incident where I lost a lot of eyelashes, the perfect solution is Anastasia’s Lash Genius Waterproof Topcoat. With Lash Genius you can use any mascara you like and top it with Lash Genius. It’s truly genius and it truly works.
The hardest part about doing a waterproof face is concealer and foundation. I have some longer wear foundations and supposedly products like Revlon Colorstay are supposed to last longer. ColorStay Whipped Crème Makeup is the one I own but if I wear it more than once a week it makes me break out. Other waterproof face products I know about are Make Up For Ever Full Cover Extreme Camouflage Cream for concealer and Face & Body Liquid Makeup. I don’t have either of those though. Tarte has a waterproof bronzer that could be used too.
For blush I really want to use Tarte Maracuja Cheek Tint. I bought it in Light Pink from their website in the fall but I can’t seem to find it on their website or any other. It really is waterproof but it’s not easy to use since it’s a cheek stain and it definitely stains. I have to work really fast when using it and it stains my finger. Maybe that’s why it doesn’t seem available to buy. But it’s perfect when you want something to last. It’s great too as a starter color in case you have blush fading problems. UPDATE: This cheek tint is available on the Sale page at Tarte for only $15. Thanks to a reader for updating me on this.
Another Tarte alternative though are their original Cheek Stains in the wide tube. They aren’t as long lasting but they do last well. My favorite one is the one they came out with for their anniversary called TEN.
Make Up For Ever has again come to my rescue with the incredible Aqua Rouge lip color. I have this in #15 Pink and it’s going to last on those days I need that waterproof addition. This two sided lip stain has the color on one end and the shiny gloss on the other.
While these are the choices I’ve made I think you could easily just go through the tarte and Make Up For Ever websites to find a lot of choices. I’d make a bet that the other Makeup Wars bloggers have done just that. To find out for sure, click on their icons and revel in their choices. — Marcia
Make Up For Ever has finally come out with an eye primer, Eye Prime, and I for one am thrilled. I do not put on my makeup without an eyeshadow primer. I don’t even have oily lids anymore but I find a primer to be an absolute necessity in my preparations.
Eye Prime ($22) is an incredible primer and needs to be tried by everyone who wears eyeshadow. Pretty broad statement there, but I mean it. I’ve used it with half a dozen brands now, from $1.99 WetnWild to $30 Le Metier and Chantecaille shadows, and it works perfectly with every brand.
A good eyeshadow primer should make your eyeshadows creaseproof, make the colors truer and make them last the day. In the “olden” days before primers I had to reapply often but with a product like Eye Prime I’m set for the day and into the evening.
Eye Prime comes in a universal light beige shade that disappears when applied. It’s not meant to provide any color, it’s meant to create a flawless lid that is ready for color. It’s formulated with “a combination of waxes and fixing polymers that render eye shadow smudge-proof and long-lasting, while also intensifying their color”. I find that it’s a very lightweight cream that dries quickly.
It might have taken Make Up For Ever a long time to create an eyeshadow primer but now that it’s here it was worth the wait. — Marcia
Eye Prime Ingredients:
Sododecane, Mica, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Dimethicone, Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic Polyglycerides, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Glyceryl Caprylate, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Propylene Carbonate, Tocopherol, Talc, CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides).