Addicted to Blush? I Sure Am! (Aka Another Blush Tag)

The Addicted to Blush Tag

What the … ? Another tag in the span of a few days? I KNOW. I don’t typically do more than one tag a month (or even 2-3 months!). But when Norlin tagged me on what’s called an Addicted To Blush tag, I mean, come on! That tag has my name written all over it!

Says the blush fiend. Ahem. 😛

Don’t think of it as a tag. Think of it as me answering a whole lot of hard questions about my favourite blushes. They’re tough because it’s really, really difficult to choose my favourite in the categories below. You’ll probably know the answers to a lot of them but when one is tagged, one has to answer!

Alrighty then, who’s ready to talk about blush?

Favourite Matte Blushes

What colour blush suits you the most?
Peachy-pink shades do very well on me. I think they suit most skin tones. It’s a sort of universal colour that looks good on almost everyone. I said “almost” because there are peachy-pink shades that don’t look as good on my skin as they do on others (blush in point, the NARS Orgasm).

Pressed/Cream/Loose Blush?
Pressed blush because they’re easy to use. Having said that, I really like cream blushes too because they look so natural on the skin compared to powdered blush. I’m not a fan of loose pigment; they’re often messy and ain’t nobody got time to clean that up!

Shimmery Blushes

Favourite shimmery blush?
To be honest, I don’t really like shimmery blush. I prefer mine matte. As much as possible, I steer clear from shimmery blushes, especially the ones that don’t only have shimmer but prominent glittery bits. After going through my stash of blushes, the shimmery blushes that I enjoy using would be Bare Minerals’ Ready Blush in The Natural High and Shiseido’s Camellia Compact blush.

Favourite matte blush?
Okay this is a very tough one because I have far too many. The ones by NARS are really good (Exhibit A and Deep Throat are my favourites). I love the ones by Dior, Tom Ford and Burberry. The Boy blushes by The Balm are fab (my go to is the Down Boy) and so are the Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes. I can’t stick to one, sorry. If I only have one favourite matte blush, I wouldn’t bother getting more. 😛

Cream Blushes

Favourite cream blush?
I used to like Illamasqua’s cream blushes (Dixie is good) but that was until I discovered cream-to-powder style of cream blushes. For that, I’ll take my hat off to Revlon’s cream blushes. They are great cream-to-powder blushes that look very pretty on the cheeks. The high-end equivalent of good cream-to-powder blushes would be Dior’s Diorblush Cheek Cremes. But really, the Revlon ones do just about the same job with the same results at a much better price.

Cream Blushes

Favourite drugstore blush?
Currently, that would be Essence’s Blush Up in Heat Wave. It’s a really beautiful blush and so unassuming too. MAC and Estee Lauder did similar ombre powder blushes too but I reckon Essence did a fine job in their ombre Blush Up blushes. It’s really affordable too. Maybelline’s Master Glaze Blush Sticks come a close second for good drugstore cream blushes.

Essence Blush Up in Heat Wave

Favourite high end blush?
This is another very tough question for me because I simply cannot choose just one favourite. Like the question on my favourite matte blush, I can’t stick to just one favourite high end blush. But if you have to twist my arm, I’d say almost any of the matte blushes by Burberry and Dior.

Tom Ford Blush in Narcissist

Favourite bright blush?
Ahh you know me and my bright blushes. I love them to bits. Even though I sold and gave away a lot of my bright blushes, there are two that I kept and they are the NARS blush in Exhibit A and Tom Ford’s Narcissist. One is bright orange (almost neon) and one is bright fuchsia. These are two colours that would shock anyone who has just seen them for the first time. While they pack a mighty punch in colour, you can still make them look very beautiful and natural on the cheeks.

Disappointing Blushes

Biggest blush disappointment/regret?
I’ve tried a few doozies but so far, I’d say the biggest disappointment would be Josie Maran’s Coconut Watercolour Cheek Gelee. It was so highly raved and recommended by beauty bloggers and YouTubers that I thought I must get one for myself. I didn’t like the measly colour payoff and worse, I hate how foundation seeps into the jelly (I apply my foundation with my fingers and even though I’ve wiped my fingers as much as possible with a tissue, there’s still product transfer) making it dirty and unappealing. This was a huge fail for me. Second in line would be Daniel Sandler’s Watercolour Blush. I just couldn’t get mine to work properly!

Laduree Rose Petals Blush

Best blush packaging?
For me, hands down, Laduree’s Rose Petal blush. Sure it takes up a lot of room and needs a container of its own that you need to splurge on separately and but oh, it’s beautiful. The individual rose petals are works of art. I spent a fortune on this but I hardly use it because I didn’t want to ruin the “veins” on each rose petal. This is definitely for my collection only. 😛

What’s on your blush wish list?
By Terry’s Cellularose Blush Glace in Frozen Petal and the Terrybly Densiliss Blush in Bohemian Flirt. Oh and Kjaer Weis’ cream blushes. I’ve been wanting to try these out for ages but by George, they’re expensive. And by “trying them out”, it means I want them. In my home. In my blush collection. All mine. *rubs hands together in glee*

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Blush

No. 1 Holy Grail blush?
Seeing how difficult it was for me to answer the questions on my favourite matte blush and high-end blush, the Holy Grail would be the toughest to answer. What I can do is tell you the blush I’ve been reaching for almost every time I put makeup on that, so far, I haven’t mentioned in any of the answers above. I would give that (temporary) spot to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush. This is such a beautiful blush that makes my skin looks instantly oomph-ed.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my edition of the Addicted To Blush Tag. I really enjoyed doing it! It’s my turn to tag now and of course I have to tag fellow blush fiend and my purveyor of fine goods, Paris B. I’m also tagging Angie from The Maquillage and Celina from Fables in Fashion. And for all you fellow blush fiends out there, I tag YOU too!

If you’re not able to do the tag, how about answering 1-2 questions from the above in the comments below? Let’s share the blush love!

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18 comments… add one
  1. Paris B

    I say, kena tagged! 😀 Thank you, I’ll do this one but it’s like asking me to choose my favourite kid! How la like that?!?! 😛
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    1. Tine

      That’s why I gotta keep it challenging for you! 😉

  2. Dawn

    I’m just starting to get into blushes so don’t really have that many at the moment.
    But my holy grail blushes are Thebalm’s Frat Boy (Fabulous colour, goes with everything!) and Milani baked blush in Luminoso (I use this more of a highlight, gives me a fantastic glow!).
    I currently have several Colourpop blushes and Hourglass Ambient Lighting blush on my wishlist 🙂
    I’ve heard such good things about Hourglass powders and blushes. And I have a few Colourpop shadows, they’re fantastic and the shimmers are really complex! They tend to be very long wearing too, my Mac paintpot and Maybelline colour tattoos have been neglected since I’ve gotten Colourpop 😀

    1. Tine

      Ooh Frat Boy is gorgeous. I have that one too. Man, I’ve been wanting to try Milani’s baked blushes for ages but we can’t get them here! >.< I've heard great things about Colourpop (gotta love the embossed look of the powders) and their website says that they ship to Australia. Uh oh. 😛

      1. Dawn

        Haha, I only like Luminoso as the rest of the Milani baked blushes are way too glittery for my taste!
        if you do decide to give Colourpop a go.. my favorite shades are Bae, On the Rocks and Bandit!:)
        I’m normally not a fan of shimmery, glittery eyeshadow due to the fallout and glitter drifting to my cheeks as the day goes on.. But its something about the moussey texture that holds onto the shimmer, so fallout is very minimal, if any.
        Its so addictive, I’m going back for more (oh dear). Haha.

  3. Ash

    Loved reading your answers! I had so much fun doing this tag, and I totally agree – some of the questions were just too hard to answer!

    1. Tine

      Haha I know right? I had to take out my blush drawer to do this! 😛

  4. Norlin

    Thanks for doing the tag! I love you long time!!! And…I’m now off to put those bloody Revlon cream blush AND that Maybelline master glaze into my shopping cart because hello…40% off!
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    1. Tine

      No worries, thanks very much for tagging me! As for Revlon and Maybelline, wait for Chemist Warehouse’s 50% off sales. MUCH better. 😉

  5. MonicaP

    Love blush! I’ve wanted to try The Balm blushes for a while so am looking into those now 🙂

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    1. Tine

      The Balm blushes are really good and they aren’t very expensive either. I’m very impressed with them. Do try out their InStain blushes as well. Good stuff. 🙂

  6. Shuang

    I love this kind of tag lol my current HG is also Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta. LOVE!! my other go-to blush would be NARS Taos and MAC Hipness. I tend to grab coral and pink blushes most of the time

    1. Tine

      Coral and pink blushes suit a lot of skin tones. I didn’t think I could wear blue-toned pinks and reds on my cheeks because of how yellow-toned my skin is but once I tried them out properly, they actually work swell!

      Oooh that Hourglass blush in Radiant Magenta is gorgeous. I would have gotten that if it wasn’t sold out at my local Mecca store, which was why I picked up Luminous Flush instead. No regrets though. 🙂

  7. Mel

    I’m such a sucker for blush too! I love that something so simple can really make you look a lot better, and healthier. I’ve had my eye on the NARS and Tarte blushes for a while, but the only blush I’d most likely get sucked into forking out the dollars for is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting ones! Also, have been keen to try the Maybelline’s Master Glaze Blush Sticks after you reviewed them. Look so fun and interesting compared to most drugstore blushes.
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    1. Tine

      Oh I definitely agree; if you’re going to fork out the big $$$, get the Hourglass blush instead. I think they’re more beautiful and looks better on the skin. 😛

  8. Elvita

    My first ever blush purchase was Benefit Cosmetics – Dallas. And to this day, it is still my fave blush ever. My latest blush purchase (i.e. 2 weeks ago haha) is Hourglass Luminous Flush. And to this day, it is coming a very close #2 to Dallas. <3

    1. Tine

      Oh I LOVE the Hourglass blush in Luminous Flush. It’s STUNNING!
      Ahh first blush purchases will always be the best, I totally understand the feeling. 😀

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