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It's a Blushin' Week at Project Vanity: My top five blushes

Since I got a lot of positive feedback regarding my first themed week, I thought I'd continue it with a new series about - guess - blushes! Every girl needs a flattering blush to make her complexion look brighter and more alive. This week, I'm going to talk about some of the latest, most exciting blushes I've come across, and hopefully I can help you find your new cheeky best friend. 

To kick the series off, I'm going to start with a list of my five favorite blushes (not including the NARS Super Orgasm because it's such a cop out to do so). These are the blushes I always pick up because their color works perfectly with my skintone and I can rely on them to stay put for a decent amount of time. They're also versatile, delicately nuanced shades, which means that I can easily pair them with most looks I can think of. ;)

Okay enough yapping, here's the list!

The Benefit Hervana Blush: Your perfect pink-peach, aside from the NARS Super Orgasm, will always be one of my favorite brushes. Forever, at this rate! It's muted mauve, peach, and pink combination makes me look healthy and not shiny at all. Oh I love shine and shimmer, but Hervana keeps me in perspective.

It does need a bit of layering but the results will compensate you for the trouble. Love the barely there, super healthy finish it has.

The Shiseido Camellia Compact is more than just a pretty younng thing. It's a blush that's intensely pigmented, long-wearing, and can be combined different ways to achieve several colors. That brick red one over there is so pigmented you can even use it as eyeshadow, while the white is great for highlighting all over the face. How's that for multi-tasking?

Like the Shiseido blush up there, the MAC Mineralize Blush in Love Joy isn't for the weak of heart. It's very pigmented with strong red undertones, but once you figure out how to make it work - bam! This is easily one of the most naturally flattering blushes I've ever come across. It's exactly how I would blush. Pinks and peaches are nice on the cheeks, but the best colors for morena skin like mine will always be reddish hues like Love Joy.

I didn't like the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Blushing Bride at first because it looked odd on my skin, but now it's something I always pick up. Well, it's a blush that sticks even in the most humid weather; that's hard to find, you know! The color, a plummy-berry, looks better on my skin as the hours pass.

Last but not least, I am in love with the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Pale Pink. Let me count the ways! The color is lovely on me, it can be used as lipstick, and it's convenient enough to throw in my bag for touch ups any time. Bobbi pot rouges aren't legendary for nothing, methinks.

And that's it. :D Share your favorite blushes too! I, on the other hand, need to vamoose to meetings all afternoon. Later!

Reader Comments (15)

Lovely! :) I'm a huge fan of Sleek blushes. They are cheap, very pigmented and last long on me :)

April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDenise

The Benefit Hervana blush is on my wishlist for almost a year now, always always contemplating on getting it. I usually end up home regreting of not getting it.

April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLian

this is a sign that i should get a blush but i would probably try something more affordable first (artdeco seems a good buy). thanks for the recs, ms. Liz! i'd practice my blush applying skills before i get these more expensive ones.

April 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkimii

The Tarte Amazonian Clay perfectlt goes with my skin.I super love your list.:)I wanted to try the MAC Blush in Love Joy, is it well in morena?

April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOhms

My current favorite is TheBalm's Down Boy. I love that it is a neutral pink and complements any look. It stays in place too despite the hot weather. i have sensitive skin but this blush never broke me out. I sometimes use it as a quick e/s just to brighten my eyes. i love multi use products which is why Im drooling over the Benefit Hervana up there!

April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAubrey

I didn't think I would like Blushing Bride (shimmer!!!) but it's now one of my favorites as well. :D

April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarina

I don't like shimmery blushes ( or too frosty ) bec I feel they accentuate my pores. I have Nars Orgasm & I found a way to work w it by applying it as highlighter-sort-of. Currently in rotation are Smashbox softlights and MAC Fleur Power. I want to try any of the Benefit boxed blushes and Tarte, since it has claims on an 18-h wear.

April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterManilaJen

i love the tarte blushes!

April 30, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercouchpotato_md

Hope you can make a list for those with tight budgets, as well :)

April 30, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlisa

All your fave blushes are wonderful. Benefit Hervana blush is love! But like lisa, I don't have a huge budget for makeup. Could you recommend drugstore dupes? Thanks Ms Liz!

April 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKris

The Benefit Hervana has been on my wishlist for the longest time now. Haha. You have a lovely blush collection!

April 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKhristine

I haven't gotten the chance to use blushes with several colors like Hervana. How exactly are they applied that they come on without leaving different colored blotches? (Sorry, I'm such a noob!)

Liz, I hope you can one day make a themed week, drugstore makeup edition.

April 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatromao

Benefit's Hervana is definitely one that I want to try! For blushes I go more for warm peach-pink shades like Etude House's Lovely Cookie Blusher in Grapefruit Jelly, since it flattering on most skin tones. My ultimate faves though are cream blushes and tints like Nyx Rouge Cream Blush in Rose Petal and Majolica Majorca Blood On lip and cheek tint since they're easier to blend. Another I've been liking lately is TonyMoly Crystal Jelly Cheek Pot in shade 01. It has this really nice cream to powder texture and it's small enough to fit anywhere for touch-ups

April 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYsabelle

Mac mineralize blush in Warm Soul, my only love!

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Exposed and Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Calypso Coral are my favorites. :D

May 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterApril

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