Thursday, June 27, 2013
NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Natural
Last summer, I suddenly became very interested in trying cream blush. After returning to America in the fall, I picked up NYX Rouge Cream Blush ($6, 3.5 g) in Natural in a Cherry Culture haul. I was excited to see how a cream blush would compare to a powder. However, I didn't get around to trying it right away, because I didn't want to dirty the product by sticking my fingers into the pan. So it sat awhile untouched until I obtained the e.l.f. Studio Small Stipple Brush (recommended by Emily of Beauty Broadcast), which indeed turned out to be just the right tool for the job.
Natural is a warm pink without any shimmer. The color is pigmented, so a little goes a long way. It has a creamy and slightly slick texture, but not so much that it feels oily. On the skin, it gives a dewy sheen so I don't find the need for a separate highlighter. As stated above, I apply the cream blush with a stipple brush, concentrating the color closer to my ear/hairline and then blending it forward toward the apple of my cheek as well as upward toward my temple--a "C" shape. Because you don't need a lot of product, the stipple brush works well as its dual fibers are designed to pick up less pigment. The brush also does a good job of blending out the color. For the sake of comparison, I have tried applying Natural with (clean) fingers. I found fingers to work fine, although it took me a little more blending to achieve an even finish.
Compared with powder blush, I think NYX Rouge Cream Blush gives a glowier finish which may be considered more natural-looking. I can see people with drier skin favoring cream blush over powder, while those with oilier skin may not want the extra sheen. I have combination skin and I like both finishes, although I think cream blush requires a little more time and effort to apply. On me, my powder blushes and Natural wear for about the same time; all fade a little around the edges by the end of the day.
There's just something about the combination of cream blush and summer that makes me especially want to reach for NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Natural. I'm sure the extra time I have in the mornings motivates me to blend it seamlessly into the skin, but I think it's more so the carefree and easy look of cream blush which makes it seem like I didn't fuss over it at all.