Saturday, 25 February 2012

Blush: Lush or Less?

Blush is amongst the many things in life that can go very bad very quickly. Whether too bright, too dark or just too much, every woman (or man, why stop at guyliner?) is susceptible to the dangers of blush gone awry.

For years, I struggled to find the perfect blush. I tried plums, pinks, and corals and finally I found “the one,” Smashbox Blush Rush in Radiance. Unfortunately, this discovery came with a hefty price tag.

So, like every week, I will be comparing my blush of choice with a less expensive option to see if that “fresh from the cold” flush can be achieved without draining your wallet. The challenger this week, Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Pink Frosting. Maybelline’s contender is a cream blush, which differs from Smashbox’s powder formulation; however, it was the only drugstore option that I could find with a similar pigmentation. 

Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Pink Frosting
Retails for approx. $9.99

Smashbox Blush Rush in Radiance
Retails for approx. $24
Top: Smashbox
Bottom: Maybelline
The deciding factor in this case was blendability. The silky texture of the Smashbox contender allowed for easy and even application whereas the Maybelline challenger was difficult to blend outwards which resulted in uneven distribution. Also, because the Smashbox option is so highly pigmented a little goes a long way. In other words, this blush will last you a long time; I purchased the one pictured above in September and there’s barely a dent in it. The verdict: splurge.

On an important side note: proper application is just as important as a great blush. For a natural look, apply your blush to the apples of your cheeks (the fleshy part of your cheek that pops up when you smile) and sweep towards the temple.


  1. I always have a hard time finding the right blush. I might just have to try out Smashbox.

  2. I was going to say the same thing as Sam, it is hard. I am a fan of the powder kind, so I really want to test out Smashbox now. Thanks for all the comparisons.

  3. I will be trying the Smashbox one now too! I love MAC blush as well. I purchased some last time I was down in New Orleans. It is incredible stuff. And lasts so long!

  4. I have never tried these brands, but have heard good things about Smashbox. I also use MAC blush and find that it lasts very long, and they have a good selection of colours.

  5. I love Nars "Super Orgasm!" (And not just because of the name) Also, a bit of hefty price tag, but worth it. Danielle, I love your blog, and your lips look fantastic in your lipstick post haha.

  6. Gotta say my fav ones are Physicians Formula, the ones with different colour hearts on them. They are like $22 but definitely worth it and they smell like lavender.