The weather is definitely starting to get colder and the heating is getting cranked up, these two together always dry my skin out. This time of year I need to rethink my skincare to help boost my hydration levels, I also need to switch my make-up around too. I might introduce a hydrating primer or add a drop of oil or moisturiser into my foundation to give it a boost. Creamy products are definitely the way to go for me – a cream blusher will sit way better on my skin than a powder one will. I love a cream blusher whatever the weather as they give a great glow to the skin, however in winter they are especially nice for adding radiance to a winter complexion. They’ll also help to nourish skin if you choose a good one 🙂
I’ve recently added a few new ones to the kit (and my personal make-up bag)…
The Organic Pharmacy have just launched their new make-up collection and their Sheer Gloss Liquid Blush is gorgeous. The texture is like a creamy gel that you can blend very easily into seamless sheer colour, almost like a stain for the cheeks. You can build the colour easily too. They don’t leave a sheen like some cream blushers do, the finish is quite velvet soft. Full of plant extracts, they will benefit any skin type. Apply with your fingers and blend up along your cheekbones, either onto a moisturised skin or over foundation but before powder. There are three colours, all very wearable.
Packaging – The blush come in a glass tube which is so refreshing – just pop the empty tube into your recycling when finished (rinsed of product). The lid is made from plastic but is a green PE, which is a plastic obtained from renewable sources from sugar cane. Although it is not biodegradable, it is much more sustainable than petrochemical derived plastic and can be recycled. The outer packaging is made from tree-free paper (hemp, bamboo and bagasse fibres) with vegetable ink.
Ingredients – Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride , Silica, Dextrin Myristate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Anthocyanins, Calendula Officinalis Flower Oil, Tocoherol, Parfum (Fragrance), Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool, Citral , D-Limonen, Eugenol, +/- Titanium Dioxide (CI77891)
The Liquid Blush are vegan friendly and Ecocert Natural certified.
Next is the Ere Perez Colour Pots; I’ve had a colour called Holy in my kit for a while and been impressed with the texture and performance, so I recently invested in a few more from Glow Organic. There are actually five in total, I’m missing one called Happy which is more of a crimson red. They are denser in colour and texture than The Organic Pharmacy Liquid Blush, they also have more of a sheen, although not shiny. I find they have good longevity.
They are designed for both the cheeks and lips although I’ve only used them for cheeks. I’ve heard a few comments that they can dry lips out – be interesting to hear any other opinions?
Packaging – These come in a little glass pot with a cute mirror lid – this is plastic but both parts can be put into your recycling. The outer packaging is a paper box so easily recycled.
Ingredients – hydrogenated olive oil, candelilla (euphorbia cerifera) wax, caprylic/capric triglyceride, avocado (persea gratissima) oil, carrot (daucus carota sativa) oil, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin e). May contain +/- iron oxides CI 77019 CI77891.
Ere Perez have recently reformulated their colour pots to remove Ozokerite which is a naturally occurring wax derived from minerals. It is however a controversial ingredient so Ere Perez decided to remove it, I love the fact that these green beauty brands are constantly evolving and will reformulate if they feel it is necessary.
The Colour Pots are vegan friendly.
The third blusher I’ve been playing with is a colour stick from Burt’s Bees. These are from their new make-up line which is currently available in the US, and will be released in the UK early next year. These are multi-use for lips and cheeks, the colour is sheer but feels really nourishing – there are loads of lovely oils in the formulation and a core of pure coconut oil. There are 6 colours in all but I’ve had the chance to try these two.. Great for that natural dewy look.
Packaging – the tubes are made from post consumer recycled plastic – I’m just waiting on an answer as to best practise to recycle – my fault for asking so late.. will update as an answer comes. The outer packaging is a plastic film.
Ingredients – simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, cera alba [beeswax], cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, raphanus sativus (radish) seed extract, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, lauryllaurate, mica, theobroma grandiflorum seed butter, silica, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, tocopherol, glycine soja (soybean) oil, linoleic acid, linolenic acid, aqua [water], alumina, aroma [flavor]*, linalool. May contain(+/-]: Cl75470 [carmine], CI7749HI7749NI77499 [iron oxides], Cl77891 [titanium dioxide] *arome naturel/natural flavor.
Do you love a cream blusher? Have you tried any of these?