Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Zygomatic Blush

On a very indulgent day of shopping on Queen St Mall, I went a little mad at the newly opened Daiso (tried their makeup sponge detergent and it cleans brushes in three seconds. I'm so glad I bought two. Speaking of Daiso, their cotton bud/q-tip section is amazing. I didn't buy any but I was astounded that you could fill a whole aisle with different kinds of cotton buds. Their kitchenware and plastic containers fill half the store. It's insane. Stationery takes up a good few aisles too. I was so tempted to get some plastic containers for brushes or desk things but didn't. I walked away with just 9 things quite easily because I've been to Daiso in Singapore a few times. I digress.) and treated myself to Illamasqua's Zygomatic cream blush. Fun fact: the zygomatic is the name of the cheekbone- who knew? (See, watching Bones teaches me things. I didn't know what phalanges were before watching Bones. Now I do.)



When I first saw Zygomatic on Lena, I was going through a peachy pink phase and thought it was too brown and wondered 'why would anyone wear a neutral brown mauve when there are peachy pinks to be had?' but a couple of months down the track and I was swatching Zygomatic and wishing it was mine. It's a creamy neutral dusty pink with brown undertones that looks so natural on the cheeks, especially because it sheers out so easily. Although it has amazing pigmentation when swatched, it sheers out to a very natural flush. I think it might just be this shade though, because it's quite subtle. The formula is amazing- it's so smooth and creamy and easy to blend. The finish is very dewy- it's not matte like a cream to powder formula- it takes a while to dry down so remains dewy for a good ten minutes or so, and after it's dry it looks very natural.

Zygomatic is exactly what I've been wanting in a neutral pink blush for days when MAC Peaches and NARS Deep Throat seem ill-fitting (especially in the cooler weather). It fulfills my desire for NARS Douceur and Tarte Exposed but in dewy cream form. The sheerness makes it less difficult to mess up the application and the formula is so easy to work with. I've only tried two cream blushes so far- the Australis Creme Colour for Cheeks and Lips and the YSL Pop Stick Blush, and they were alright but nowhere near the formula of this calibre. The Australis is thicker and drier in texture, and the YSL thin and quick to dry. The Illamasqua labs have gotten it right, because the formula is pigmented but easy to blend and dewy but natural. I like to apply it with the Real Techniques Stippling Brush and it's so easy to use- one dab into the blush picks up enough product to stipple on and blend out. The shade is subtle enough to be used closer to the apple of the cheek, but I'd prefer to place it a little higher on the cheekbone, or at least flick it up towards the temple to help add some dimension to my round face.

I love Illamasqua's iconic shape and their theatre makeup concept is really artsy and creative. The packaging is nice and sturdy, though fingerprints seem to show up very easily, and I'll definitely look into more of their products, especially since they do sales now and then.

I can't deny that Illamasqua's price drop was a factor in my interest in its products- what used to cost $42 now costs $28. It's not by any means affordable, but it's drastically cheaper for a product of such high quality. My peachy pink phase now over, I'm a strong believer in the humble neutral blush. 

12 comments:

  1. This is gorgeous. I think it is so wonderful that they have dropped their prices so much. Like you said, it is hardly 'cheap' but considerably better than what it was before!
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    1. They used to be $42 I think? Ridiculous.

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  2. This shade looks amaze, it's basically the price of the Revlon cream blushes! Also, I can't wait to go to Daiso! I've been to one in Hong Kong and bought soo much. Haha, I learnt about phalange from Friends, 'Regina Phalange'.

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    1. The Revlon ones are so overpriced- $27? The texture isn't worth it imo. Daiso is great- though everyone finds themselves getting carried away in there and buying things they don't need.

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  3. It looks so pretty! I love glowy blushes!

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    1. It's so good for the cooler weather!

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  4. This is really pretty! It could possibly be because it's called Zygomatic and I love anatomy.
    I'm really keen to try some cream blushers and Illamasqua is at the top of my wish list!

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    1. The formula is great! The names are so creative- what a job that would be!

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  5. this is gorgeous. I've never tried Illamasqua because they're quite pricey! However i think it may be time to save up for this blush :P

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    1. Illamasqua isn't cheap but they're definitely more reasonable than other high end brands. This blush is perfect for filling in the neutral blush gap!

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  6. wow that is such a super lovely shade!! I loved it ^_~

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