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Best Blushes | 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

2017 Holiday Gift Guide
Best Blushes

In case you somehow missed the torrential holiday storm we’re in the midst of… it’s the holiday season! I’m kicking off this year’s series of holiday gift guides with the best in blush formulas. I’ll also have gift guides for the best eyeshadows, highlighters, lipsticks, lipglosses, palettes, and brushes–and there might be a few more 🙂 If you’re curious about the best limited edition holiday products and sets, check out our Best of Holiday 2017 Palettes & Gifts page, which is constantly updating as reviews are published.

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Make Up For Ever Artist Face Color – Blush

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Make Up For Ever Artist Face Color ($23.00 for 0.17 oz.) is split into three types–Highlighters, Sculpting Powders, and Blushes–that is easy to determine by the first letter of the shade name (H for Highlighter, S for Sculpting, and B for Blush), but a lot of the Sculpting shades could be used as blushes, too! There are three finishes–matte, shimmer, and pearl but was less obvious. The majority of the range was very blendable, pigmented, long-wearing, and had a great finish on the skin–natural but not flat.  Here are some of my personal favorite shades:  B308, B314, and B302.

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Sephora, Make Up For Ever

MAC Extra Dimension Blush

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MAC Extra Dimension Blush ($27.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a powder blush with a high-shine, nearly metallic finish with lots of color payoff.  I was so thrilled when MAC made the formula permanent and released several new shades to boot!  Some of my favorite shades are:  Telling Glow, Cheeky Bits, and Hushed Tone.

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MAC Cosmetics, Ulta, Nordstrom

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush

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Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a powder blush with medium, buildable coverage and a more satin-to-luminous finish. I like how the range includes a mix of more “wearable” neutrals along with brighter pops of color, so it’s a versatile range that can work for many skin tones. Some of my favorite shades are Rapture, TMI, Fetish, and Crush.

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Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom

Clinique Cheek Pop Blush

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Clinique Cheek Pop Blush ($23.00 for 0.12 oz.) is well-worth checking out if you have more mid-tone blush colors paired with pearly, luminous finishes. The finish is what draws me in with this formula, because it sits well on the skin–lightly glowing but never emphasizing. The consistency is smooth, dense, and blendable on the skin. Some of the shades I’ve been reaching for often (at least, more recently) are: Black Honey Pop, Peach Pop, Ginger Pop, Fig Pop, and Rosy Pop.

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Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush

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Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a formula I’ve come to appreciate more over the years for its more buildable, blendable coverage and forgiving finishes. The texture is incredibly soft, smooth, and silky without being too dusty or powdery in the pan. The range of colors is more typical, but the brand occasionally releases the surprise bolder or richer hue (typically limited edition). Some of my favorite shades are Jersey, Alezane, Malice, and Evening Beige.

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Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush

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Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush ($34.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a newer powder blush formula that will be best for those who like a lot of shimmer in their blush (the name of the formula does not lie!). There are too many shades in the range–just six–but they are brighter, bolder shades with good pigmentation and frosted to metallic finishes. Some of my favorite shades are Tigerlily and Dahlia.

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Nordstrom, Sephora, Beautylish, Ulta

Make Up For Ever HD Blush

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Make Up For Ever HD Blush ($26.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a long-wearing, blendable, and easy to use cream blush. There aren’t as many cream blushes that are more than just a tint, so HD Blush is one I’m really glad exists, as it is very versatile with its range of colors and pigmentation levels. Some of my favorite shades are 310, 330, and 225.

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Sephora, Make Up For Ever

Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush

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Marc Jacobs Air Blush ($42.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a new formula for the year, but it is permanent and, surprisingly, quite good. The brand actually made a rather extravagant claim for wear, but it lived up to it better than anticipated–14 to 16 hour wear was definitely possible for me. They had good color coverage that was blendable and sat well on the skin. There are only five shades presently, but here’s hoping for a greater variety in selection in 2017! Some of my favorite shades are Flesh & Fantasy and Lines & Last Night.

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Sephora, Neiman Marcus, Marc Jacobs Beauty

Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek

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ColourPop Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a cream-based formula, but it is a much “drier” cream than your typical cream blush. The texture is more sponge-like, where it doesn’t have the same wet, emollient feel as traditional cream formulas. They range from matte to metallic, and they are best applied with fingertips or a fluffy, synthetic brush. I love the more pearly shades, which I find are most consistent in quality and easiest to apply. One aspect that I particularly enjoy about the formula is how long-wearing it is–anywhere from eight to ten hours. Some of my favorite shades are Might Be, Wisp, Sticky Sweet, and Highly Waisted.

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Colour Pop

Sephora Colorful Blush

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Sephora Colorful Blush ($14.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a powder blush that’s supposed to be buildable, long-waring, and easy to use. I’d say they tend to veer more semi-opaque to even opaque, but they are, generally, blendable, wear around eight hours, and build and sheer out as you need them to without a lot of work. I like the shade variety, and I like that they have brighter, bolder blushes along with more subdued hues–plus, there are even contouring and highlighting shades. Some of my favorite shades are Lovesick, Passionate, and Jubilant.

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Sephora

Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush

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Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is one of those formulas that is just easy to use–the silky, incredibly finely-milled consistency makes short work out of blending and diffusing a chosen shade on the skin. The shade range is rather extensive now, too, which is nice; some pops of color with a lot of more neutral, everyday kind of shades are available. Some of my favorite shades are De Cherubique, Coup de Genie, Parfait, and La Vie En Rose.

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Sephora, Net-A-Porter, Barneys, Cult Beauty

Too Faced Love Flush Long-Lasting 16-Hour Blush

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Too Faced Love Flush Long-Lasting 16-Hour Blush ($26.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a good powder blush for thsoe who aren’t too concerned about a full 16-hours of wear, because it’s lovely in every way but that (but they do wear around eight hours for me, so they are in line with most formulas). The texture is soft, smooth, and blendable, while most shades have a more natural finish, so they don’t look flat or dry on the skin but aren’t overtly shimmery either. Some of my favorite shades are Baby Love and Your Love is King.

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Sephora, Ulta, Too Faced

   
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