Monday, October 15, 2012

BYS Coral Blusher

Summer looms ahead (in all its humid, sweltering, mosquito/fly-ridden finery) and with it comes bright, warm colours. Having lived in Singapore, Thailand and Darwin for the majority of my life, I've had my fair share of heat and prefer to spend my summers elsewhere if possible. Unfortunately this summer I don't think I'll be jetting off to spend it in the wintry weather of the Northern Hemisphere so I'm going to try and see the silver lining in this and play with summer-suitable makeup instead. One product which is absolutely perfect for summer is BYS Coral. It's already received quite a bit of blogger screentime but here's my two cents.


BYS is a dodgy-looking cheaper-than-chips brand with a surprisingly wide variety of products. I suppose it's Australia's version of e.l.f in the US or Make Up Academy in the UK. I would never trust its face makeup for fear of having some sort of reaction to it but I heard good things about its blushers and bought a couple earlier this year. I've since tossed out Candyfloss because I never used it but every time I did a makeup clean out I kept Coral in my collection because I wanted to learn to make it work. I wore it a few times after I first bought it but grew to dislike how red it looked on the cheeks and how scarily pigmented it was (to the point of applying too much). Now that I own a fair few more blushes and some decent tools, I decided to revisit it because
(a) I liked how Coralista looked on me when the girl at Benefit taught me how to apply it, and seeing as I can't buy it (spending ban- boo...), Coral will suffice;
(b) it's a good spring/summer shade;
(c) I want to make use of more things in my existing collection. As always.
Note: Coral and Coralista different- Coral is an orange-red true coral while Coralista is more peachy-pink than coral.




BYS blushers are exceptionally cheap at $3.75 (sometimes more depending where you shop) and they do quite a few shades. The pigmentation of Coral is incredible, but this isn't consistent throughout the range so make sure you swatch before buying any. Coral appears almost neon sometimes. In the photo above it looks fluorescent orange-red. The powder itself is average quality. It's not exceptionally soft or silky. There isn't much fall-out, and though it's easy to blend, the crazy pigmentation requires a lot of blending. It's not shimmery, but there is a distinct sheen.

I find it way too pigmented to apply in the same way I use Bourjois or Essence blushes, so tapping the product onto your wrist or forearm when applying it helps to prevent overdoing it. I never bothered with this when using my other blushes but the MUA at Benefit did it with Coralista and reminded me that it's a vital step.

The packaging is a bit flimsy and cheap, but the fact that they designed the box as a puffy square shape is impressive (I don't have very high expectations of BYS). I like the clear plastic window because you can see the product but in the shop it distorts the colour so make sure you swatch first.


l-r: two swipes; two swipes blended out

BYS is available at Kmart and Cosmetics Plus in Brisbane. I'm not sure where else you can get it. It's definitely something to look into for the warmer months if this sort of shade floats your boat. :)

Take care, and God bless! xx

13 comments:

  1. Beautiful cute and soft blush!
    Xoxo

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  2. It looks nice blended out!
    I quite like Candyfloss but I don't like the shimmers.

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    1. I never wore Candyfloss- I dropped it and it smashed so I never felt like getting it out to use it. :/ You should try Coral for summer though! :)

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  3. I have this and was scared off for a couple of months because I had a horrible first experience with it (too much pigmentation!) The second time I wore it I thought it was lovely :) xx

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    1. The pigmentation is intense! But it can work really well if used the right way. :) xx

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  4. I never wear this mainly because of the reasons you pointed out - too pigmented and looked overly red on my cheeks. But that's a really useful tip about dabbing some on your skin before applying to your cheeks to get most of the colour off and lightly apply it. I might try that next time! Coral is definitely more of a summer colour. I really like Coralista, though its sheen might be a bit much if your skin isn't in tip top condition, as it tends to accentuate any blemishes or unevenness.

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    1. Coralista is so pretty! I walked past Benefit today in Myer and I saw the Tropi-Coral kit but didn't stop to play with it. It looks like such a great way to try a little bit of everything that Benefit's known for. I think Coral is the same in drawing attention to any uneven skintone or redness in the cheeks.

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    2. It is, but it's $59 or something :( It was only about $32 in the US. You're right - I find that blushes need a really flawless canvas to work. Otherwise they just make your skin look patchy and inflamed :p

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  5. i think this looks like a lovely shade!

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  6. we have BYS here too and the shade look so pretty! Thanks for sharing ^_~

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    1. I didn't know it was available outside of Australia! And you're welcome. :)

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