Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Nude Mauve | Review and Swatches

I love a new release, but there are only certain occasions when I will stalk the counter until I have one in my hands. Max Factor have recently released a stunning new line of blushes (that I’m sure you’ve already seen all over the blogging world) and I really could not pass this one up…

The Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Nude Mauve is a shimmery brown-toned mauve. These blushes are baked and marbleised, giving a soft and glowy finish. For me, this has the perfect amount of pigment – it is strong enough that I don’t need to layer it up to create my desired intensity, but not so pigmented that it becomes hard to blend and looks over the top. The colour reminds me of my all-time favourite blush, the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed, but a shimmery version. It has the same sculpting effect while still adding a healthy flush to the skin. It is one of those shades that goes with everything. I’ve found myself reaching for this when I don’t know what blush to wear, and it has become a fail-safe option. 

What has impressed me the most about this blush is the way that it wears. I don’t know if it’s just me, but most budget cheek products have the tendency to go patchy on my skin by the end of the day and just don’t sit or wear well. This blush, however, seems to be an exception to this trend – it still looks perfect after hours of wearing makeup.

I loved this formula so much that I actually went and purchased another shade the other day that I’m yet to try. There weren’t actually too many colours that caught my eye, but Nude Mauve is definitely worth checking out. Have you tried any of these blushes yet? 


Clinique Cheek Pop in Peach Pop | Review

I am extremely late on the bandwagon with this one. The launch for the Clinique Cheek Pops was huge in the beginning of this year, and everyone in the blogging world was talking about them. I waited a while before I decided to pick one up and I’ve been using it a good couple of months and thought now was finally time to get my act together and dedicate a post to this beautiful blush…

The Clinique Cheek Pop in Peach Pop to me leans more towards a pinky-coral than a true peach. The shade really brightens up the face and is quite versatile and would suit a lot of skin tones. It is quite a sheer formula so it doesn’t punch as much colour as it looks like it may in the pan. I personally see this as a plus as I much prefer a buildable blush as opposed to one that is far too pigmented that deposits far too much colour with one dab of the brush. The texture is quite difficult to describe – it feels slightly creamy to the touch but not enough to be a cream blush, but it is nowhere near as dry as a powder. It looks so natural on the skin and as Clinique describe ‘virtually powderless’. 

Cue an incredibly unflattering close up of my face:

I pretty much love everything about this blush. The gorgeous flower design (which won’t disappear for a long time), the colour, the formula, the staying power… I could go on and on. It is definitely very unique, and whether you’re a powder or a cream blush gal, I have a feeling you might like this…