Every girl should have a matte blush. It's the best kind to use when you're having your photos taken or if your skin is oily! Used the right way, matte blushes can look more natural than shimmery ones since your skin's natural oils somehow enhance them.
One of the prettiest matte blushes I've come across is the Majolica Majorca Puff de Cheek (P795). These blushes are housed in a tin can that's shaped like a sweet macaron, with the same colors to boot. Aside from the packaging, the biggest strength of these Puff de Cheeks are their lovely, flattering shades. Even though Majo is a Japanese brand, it seems like the Sugary Trap Collection is made for warm skin tones like ours.
What I love about the product
- All four shades look good on me. My favorite has to be Apricot Macaron (OR302), followed by Peach Macaron (PK301). I don't have these shades in my blush collection so I find them unique.
- The powder is well-milled, with a velvety texture. It has a smooth, matte finish that don't sit on the pores.
- The colors look scary loud in the pan, but they actually look natural when applied. They're not super pigmented, but they're not sheer either - the color payoff is just right. I usually use two layers on my cheeks.
- Need I say it? Love the packaging! The tin pan comes with a cute powder puff. It doesn't apply the blush as well as a blush brush does but it's good for quick retouching.
Strawberry Macaron, Apricot Macaron (OR302), Peach Macaron (PK301), Vanila Macaron (82). Don't be fooled by the swatches since the colors are washed out. They are a little more vibrant in person.
Strawberry Macaron is a warm, blue-based pink. This would look great on any skintone, depending on how you apply it. Sheer for fair skin, heavier for morenas.
Apricot Macaron is an orangish, peachy shade that will look great on medium to darker skin.
Peach Macaron is a light peachy pink that will give you that natural can't-tell-it's-makeup flush.
Vanilla Macaron is more of a finishing powder than a blush. I think it's designed as a companion to the other blushes since it looks great layered on top of those colors, giving them a bit of glow. This can also be used all over the face
What I don't like about the product
- Outright? Nothing. This is a pretty good product, with only minor, easy-to-let-pass cons.
- Since this is a new collection, with two blushes being limited edition, it's a bit pricey at P800. However, I read that there are 7grams of product in the pan which is quite a lot compared to other brands (for example, Revlon has 5.1g while MAC has 6g)! You're also paying extra for the pretty packaging, so I think that the cost is justified. This is a Shiseido brand after all.
- Staying power is ok. You will need to retouch in 4-5 hours, depending on your skin condition and the weather. At that rate you only have to retouch once so not bad. It comes with a functional powder puff so you shouldn't have any trouble.
I highly recommend the Majolica Majorca Puff de Cheek blushes in Apricot Macaron or Peach Macaron! Both shades are very in-season, especially the former. I found them quite flattering, plus they're soft shades that are not too common. Go for Vanilla Macaroon (82) is you're looking for a translucent powder than can add a dewy finish to your everyday looks. It's not too shimmery; I love how it evens out the skin and softens imperfections.
Me wearing Apricot Macaron
Wearing Peach Macaron
Love it. If you're looking for a new blush to tote along, the Majo Puff de Cheek blushes are worth checking out.