12 June 2014


With a teething baby, I cannot remember the last time I got a full night’s sleep without any interruptions, so as a consequence I feel I am often looking tired and washed out – and one of those makeup products sure to make me look a little ‘fresher’ in an instant is a blush. In other words, I simply couldn’t live without one, and hence has a selection of different ones depending on my mood and occasion..


ELES Mineral Blush in Mixed Berries

I have previously reviewed the ELES Mineral Blush in Coral Sun, and it remains one of my all time favourite blushes. But one in Mixed Berries, which is, as the name suggests a darker shade, is so on-trend, and perfect for winter look. Normally I would not go for a blush that looks so dark in the pan, but the colour has surprised me. While it is extremely pigmented so you have to apply it with a very light hand, you can of course also get just a touch of colour, but just adding the tiniest amount of blush to your brush. It is long wearing, and doesn’t slide or fade during the day. I love that it contains absolutely no chemical nasties, but rather it cares for your skin, containing vitamins A, E and C to condition and protect the skin.

RRP: $39.50 (3.4g) – Available from ELES Cosmetics

Clinique Blushing Blush in Precious Posy


With combination skin, prone to shine by the afternoon, I don’t like too shimmery products as I feel it makes my skin look even greasier – but this blush has just the right amount of sheen to still give you a nice glowing look. It has a lovely peachy-pink shade that brightens up your face and makes you look fresh and like you’ve just had 8 hours of un-disturbed beauty sleep (I wish). And it simply stays put until you take it off again, and I love that it is oil-free so it won’t make my skin break out. It is very pigmented, so you can add just a touch of colour or build it up to a more intense look – which is so easy to do with the soft angled sculpting blush brush that comes with the blusher.

RRP: $49 (6g) –Available from Clinique
Nvey Eco Powder Blush in 957

This blush from Nvey Eco is another one of my go to blushes, and the palest one in my line-up today (check out my initial review here). I simply love the product is certified organic and the products are paraben free and made without talc, synthetic fragrances or chemical nasties. The pale dusty rose and is perfect for pale skin and during winter, and it has a tiny touch of shimmer to give you a nice sheen – it is just perfect for those days when you want a subtle natural look. And being dusty rose colour, it is perfect to use as an Eyeshadow too.
RRP: $29 (2.5g) – Available from Nvey Eco

The Powder Blushes from Left to Right:
Nvey Eco, Clinique and ELES

Swatches (non-blended) of the Powder Blushes from Left to Right:
Nvey Eco, Clinique and ELES

Clinique Blushwear Cream Stick in Peachy Blush


If you are more for a cream blush, you cannot go past the Clinique Blushwear Cream Stick in Peachy Blush. This stick goes on like a cream but transforms into a powder as you blend it onto your skin. The wind-up stick is easy to use and I like to dab on a little onto my cheeks with the stick, and then blend it out with my fingers. And the result is so lovely, giving my cheeks a nice natural flushed look, so perfect for those casual days when you don’t want to look too made up. And while the stick is easy to pop into your handbag without fearing it will spill, there is no need, as it simply stays put all day!

RRP: $43 (6g) – Available from Clinique 

Jane Iredale In Touch Cream Blush in Charisma

Don’t be fooled by what looks to be a very dark colour, as Charisma is a burgundy shade that looks very dark in the stick, yet it blends to a lovely sheer and natural look. This tiny blush stick has a lovely cocoa scent and is full of high quality and very concentrated creamy blush, so you only need a small sweep for a dewy radiant glow. It goes on like a dream and is so easy to blend with your fingers – and as it is so small, it is perfect for the handbag too if you’re on the go, - and then it’s perfect to use on your lips too – and regardless if you use on your cheeks or your lips, it is very long lasting.

RRP: $48 – Available from Adore Beauty

The Cream Blushes from Left to Right:
Clinique and Jane Iredale

Swatches (non-blended) of the Cream Blushes from Left to Right:
Clinique and Jane Iredale

Mineralogie Blush in Pink Sand

If you are more for loose mineral pigments, you cannot go past the Mineralogie Blush in Pink Sand. The slightly shimmering blush in Pink Sand is a beautiful dusty pink shade that will brighten your complexion and give you a nice healthy glow, while looking very natural. It is so easy to use and blends like a dream with a soft blush brush. I love that it has been formulated with vitamins E and A to help sooth and protect the skin, and it doesn’t contain talc, starch, perfume or dyes so it is very gentle on the skin. And as a bonus it can also be used as any Eyeshadow.

RRP: $39.95 (3g) – Available from Mineralogie 
Vani-T Powder Blush in Tibetan Ochre


I have previously reviewed this mineral blush from Vani-T (which you can see
here), but thought it was worth a second mention too as it is still one of my favourites. The warm rose colour is shimmery, but again, has just the right amount of shimmer to give you a radiant and healthy glow without being over the top. It is easy to blend, and just as easy to build up in colour if desired. And I love that it is free from all the chemical nasties. And how gorgeous is the square jar that looks like it has a massive diamond on top!

RRP: 40.95 (8g) – Available from

The Loose Pigment Mineral Blushes from Left to Right:
Mineralogie and Vani-T

Swatches (nob-blended) Loose Pigment Mineral Blushes from Left to Right:
Mineralogie and Vani-T

Estee Lauder Pure Color Cheek Rush in Techno Jam

Finally, if you prefer a tint, you’ll love this light water-based gel from Estee Lauder. I have also previously reviewed this one (see my review here), but again one that continues to be a favourite of mine. It is so light, and so extremely pigmented that you just need a few drops on the apples of your cheeks for that perfect ‘pinched cheeks’ and flushed look that stays put throughout the day.

But I have to warn you, because it is so pigmented you have to work fast to blend it, or it will come up very dark (and stain your fingers too), but it is all worth it. I also love using it as a lip stain, for natural ‘just bitten’ lips!

RRP: $60 (8g) – Available from Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder tint - non-blended

Estee Lauder tint - blended - and if you look closely, you can
see the little darker 'dot' from the picture above, as I obviously
 took too long blending it out while I was taking photos..

So there you have it – a selection of blushes, and something for everyone from light to dark shades in and textures, from standard powder, to loose pigments, cream and tint. So which one is my favourite one, you might ask? And I honestly couldn’t pick one over another, as I love them all, and that you with this line-up can achieve just the look you’re after, be it a barely there flushed cheek to a more intense look for a night out.
*This product was kindly provided for consideration, and it has been reviewed in accordance with my Disclosure Policy.

What do you think of these blushes? Tried any of them? What type or blush do you prefer?



  1. I love Clinique blushes, and I'd love to try the Estee Lauder sticks...

    1. The Estee Lauder tint is really lovely, and so concentrated too, and I love that you can also use it as a lip tint.


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