Friday, December 14, 2012

Blush, Naturally

HG alert. I have found a new favourite blush. It's odd because I've been so focused on getting into luxe blushes but Laura Mercier's Second Skin Cheek Colour in Lush Nectarine and this one were added to the collection at the same time and I found myself liking this one even better!





I was looking into more natural, 'nude', not-pink blushes and among MAC Blushbaby (overpriced), Tarte Exposed (inaccessible) and NARS Douceur (too brown), I found Rimmel Santa Rose. It looks like a peachy beige in the pan, with slight silver shimmer that isn't pronounced enough to be anything more than a glow and though sheer, can be built up to a distinct warmth on the cheeks. It swatched surprisingly pink though.

The powder is smooth, not too pigmented, and produces surprisingly little fall out. I've used powder-style brushes and duo-fibre stippling brushes with it and it works well with both. It wears well too, fading after about 6 hours, but I don't pack it on and I have oily-combination skin so it would probably last longer on other people.


L-R: Santa Rose built up to full intensity, Santa Rose swatched twice

It looks so natural on the cheeks, as it's not a true pink or peach. The unassuming beige in the pan just works. It warms the face and looks healthy without looking like you're wearing blush. Now one of my go-to blushes, I can actually see myself hitting pan on this one. 

Rimmel plays it safe with their blush shades, as all of them are wearable, natural colours. The Rimmel Mono Blush packaging is so minimalistic that it's on the cusp of looking cheap, but its compact size is a nice change to the usual wasteful, 'brush included' packaging from other brands. My singular gripe is that it's difficult to open. It retails for $10 and is an excellent product in its own right, not to mention the fact that in my routine, it's beating blushes than cost up to three times as much, so it's definitely making its way into my Best of 2012 list. I haven't really tried Rimmel products, so this is a great introduction to their line. I'm eyeing their three-colour blushes and more Scandal Eyes Kohl Kajal pencils next!

16 comments:

  1. I love the look of this blush. In the pan it just slips by unnoticed because it looks so..well...plain, however in the swatches it looks beautiful!
    xxx

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    1. I know! It looks so bland in the shops but it's really a hidden gem! :) x

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  2. It looks really pretty and natural! And I've actually heard of this one before :D

    Love the name "Santa Rose", very appropriate ;)

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    1. Hehe I'd first heard of it through Tanya Burr! And YES so apt. :) x

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  3. I've been thinking of buying this one because I know Tanya from pixi2woo loves this blush too. :) Thanks for the post, I think you've pushed me over the edge and I actually need to get it now :P xx

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    1. It's so pretty and so cheap and accessible! I can't believe it's so overlooked! I hope you like it if you get it! :) xx

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  4. This is a gorgeous blush! The light swatch looks so lovely- Santa Rose doesn't look too pink or too nude, but a perfect pretty shade. It is great that you found a blush that is a fraction of a price of the more higher end brands which works well! This might make me try out Rimmel's blushes now :)

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  5. this color looks very soft and luminous!
    glad to hear you have found a nice yet very affordable blush!
    i have tried a couple from this brand and i remember i liked them quite a bit myself. :)

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    1. I haven't tried any others from Rimmel but I might do soon! :) x

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  6. I wanted to get this because Tanya Burr spoke so highly of it, but I think I'm done with blushes for now :p I love Rimmel's Autumn Catwalk so if that's any indication of the general quality of Rimmel blushes, I agree they are fantastic and rival higher end ones :)

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    1. I've swatched Autumn Catwalk and I wasn't really enthused! :( I think I'm missing something. LOL I'm pretty set for blush too! I'm pretty set for makeup FOR LIFE now :p

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  7. Wow that is gorgeous...I've only tried their eyeliners and a liquid foundation. I can see this being something I pack on without worrying about too much color for a healthy flush! Such a nice shade, I'd like this! ^^

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  8. I love Rimmel blushes...they're consistent and like you said, very natural :) I love how it highlights the creeks barely enough with a tinge of color. Very classy! :)

    And great blog btw! I'm a new follower.

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    1. Hi Lena! Thanks for following! :) x

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