I’m usually more of a tint or cream blush kind of girl. Considering I have oily-combination skin, you’d think that I’d rather use powder blushes, maybe I should. However, practical speaking they save the extra step of getting another brush out and especially tint blushes tend to be quite long lasting (perfect for someone like me who hates touching up her make up). I also find them much more natural looking than most of the powder blushes I’ve tried so far. So when Max Factor UK sent me their new Creme Puff Blushes*, I was happy to try them, but didn’t think they’d make me re-consider my current make up essentials. The reason: regardless of the name, they are actually powder blushes!
On first look, they are indeed some gorgeous blushes, maybe one of the prettiest drugstore blushes I’ve seen before. The simple gold and black design looks really sophisticated and is great to carry around. I love how you can see the colour and of course the beautiful marbling instantly, thanks to the see-through plastic lid.
The range comes in 6 different shades: 05 Lovely Pink, 10 Nude Mauve, 15 Seductive Pink, 20 Lavish Mauve, 25 Alluring Rose and 30 Gorgeous Berries. I was quite surprised when I first swatched the blushes. They are so insanely pigmented and look incredibly natural! While they are called “Creme” blushes, they are definitely not creme blushes, but pressed powder ones. Nevertheless, the texture is really velvety and smooth. They all have a light shimmer to them, which makes them ideal for the season. Especially 10 Nude Mauve and 25 Alluring Rose are perfect for my tanned skin colour (even though the names are quite misleading), as they are both peach-toned medium shades. Great for daily use! Another favourite is the colour 30 Gorgeous Berries, the darkest in the range. I like to apply it carefully, when I’m getting ready for a night-out. I liked those 3 the most, since I’m not too much of a fan of pink coloured blushes for my warm skin tone. However, Emma tried them on her fair skin and the other 3 colours suited her so much better than me. Especially Lovely Pink looked great on her, while it was more of a highlighter for me. As for the longevity, again, it really depends on what skin type you have. While it lasted around 6 hours on a normal work day for me (I have oily-combination), the blushes stayed on all day for Emma (she has dry skin).
(Update to everyone in Germany: The Creme Puff Blushes will be called Pastell Compact Blushes (which I find makes more sense), and it will be available at the end of March in 4 different shades.)