Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Review & Swatches: Cosmetics à la Carte Bare Blush in Blush

One of the products I brought home after my recent visit to Cosmetics à la Carte's boutique was this Bare Blush, a cream blush packaged in a handy stick.  The shade is also called Blush, and it's a gorgeously bright pink, which looks quite strong in the stick, but blends down to a natural, pretty flush.

The blush itself is relatively well pigmented, and swatches from the stick fairly opaquely.  A little bit of blending with the fingertips or a brush, though, and you end up with a more subtle, yet still noticeable, neutral toned mid pink.

The texture of the product is absolutely lovely - it glides off the stick onto the skin, and is incredibly easy to blend.  I've tried a cream/liquid few blushers recently that require careful blending alongside their strong pigmentation (Becca, I'm looking at you) - and this is really the polar opposite, balancing pigmentation with blendability.  The finish is also rather lovely - it doesn't dry down into a matte, powdery finish, but remains moist and fresh, leaving the skin with a slight sheen that doesn't look shiny and oily.

And here it is within the full context of my face.  I like how it's a subtle, natural blush look, whilst still giving my cheeks a pretty rosy glow.  I'm only wearing a touch of foundation and mascara in this picture - and I think it's a testament to how much a good bit of blush can make you look polished.

As you can tell, I'm a little bit in love with this blush - the ease of application and the pretty pink shade have meant I've been reaching for this a lot in the mornings.  If I had to have a criticism of this product, it'd be that the packaging is rather lightweight and a little bit flimsy feeling - I'm not sure I'd like to carry it around in a busy makeup bag.

Even so, I'd definitely repurchase - and I'm eyeing up Magnolia, a juicy looking coral pink, for a follow up purchase!  If you'd like to try this product for yourself, you'll find it at Cosmetics à la Carte's boutique in Knightsbridge, or online at their all-new store, where it will cost you £25.  

Disclosure: PR sample


  1. Thats so pretty on you, I am planning on ordering some Cosmetics a la carte soon as they have some really nice palettes at the moment, perhaps one of the cream blushers will find its way into my basket ;)

  2. I hope it does! The texture is lovely. And I love anything that's so quick and easy to apply!


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