Friday, 21 November 2014

My Favourite Autumnal/Sculpting Blushes

From top left: NYX Taupe, MAC Tenderling, MAC Harmony.  Middle left: Nars Doucer, MAC Blush Baby,  Tarte Exposed. Bottom left: Benefit Dallas, Nars Sin
From top left: NYX Taupe, MAC Tenderling, MAC Harmony.  Middle left: Nars Doucer, MAC Blush Baby,
Tarte Exposed. Bottom left: Benefit Dallas, Nars Sin

At this time of year I love to wear dusty, earth toned blushes. I have chosen eight shades in total.They range from budget friendly to high end options. I have been using them all for years now, They are definitely all firm favourites. You will see a running theme in this post as they are all earthy shades with either brown/tan or grey/mauve undertones. They provide a subtle amount colour while at the same time giving some subtle definition to my face.
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Nars Doucer
Nars Doucer
Nars Doucer - Link! This blush is probably my favourite out of the bunch, it has a brown undertone with a subtle pink hue as well as a very small amount of shimmer through it. You can see the shimmer in the pan - however it doesn't seem to transfer to the face when applied, making it ideal to use as a very subtle contour. It has decent pigmentation and is very buildable, applies evenly and is long wearing  (it lasts about 9 hours on me).
Sadly I've heard it's being discontinued so I'd grab it while you still can! Check out my previous post here where I created a look using this blush.

Nars Sin
Nars Sin
Nars Sin- Link! This is a plum toned blush with tiny finely milled micro-glitter through it. when applied it leaves a golden sheen on the skin. This shade is slightly more pigmented than Doucer - it again wears evenly and lasts about 9 hours. I like to wear this along my cheekbones as the gold sheen in the blush provides a beautiful highlight. Check out my Instagram here to see what this blush looks like when applied.
NYX Taupe
NYX Taupe
NYX Taupe- Link! This is a very subtle cool toned mauve blush. It has a tiny amount glitter in the pan, however the glitter doesn't transfer to the skin when applied. This is an ideal blush for contouring as its cool tone helps to create shadows on the face. I like to use Nars Doucer along the cheekbones to warm the look up a little after I've contoured with this shade.

Benefit Dallas
Benefit Dallas
Benefit Dallas -Link! This is a dusty rose blush with a brown undertone, it has sliver micro shimmer through it. This blush is really pigmented and has a very soft slightly powdery texture, however as long as you tap the excess off the brush before you apply, it isn't an issue. This blush is perfect to wear along the cheekbones to add a warm dusty rose glow.

Tarte Exposed
Tarte Exposed
Tarte Exposed - Link! This is a matte nude shade with a brown cool slight grey undertone, making it ideal to use a a subtle contour/blush shade. It can either be applied in the hollows of the cheeks to contour or along the cheekbones as a blush. This blush has quite a hard texture (it's not at all powdery) and lasts about eight hours on my skin.

MAC Blush Baby
MAC Blush Baby
MAC Blush Baby- Link! This is a very subtle dusty pink matte blush with warm tan undertones, making it ideal to be used as a sculpting blush. The tan undertones help to provide warmth to my complexion while giving me some subtle definition, and the dusty pink colour brightens my face.

MAC Harmony
MAC Harmony
MAC Harmony- Link! This is a warm toned brown matte shade, it has a beige undertone with a hint of pink in it - which means it doesn't look orange on the skin. It can be used as a contour/blush or bronzer and is perfect for adding definition and shape to my face.

MAC Tenderling
MAC Tenderling
MAC Tenderling- Link! This is a very sheer subtle matte peachy pink shade with a nude undertone. It is perfect for those of us with very pale skin, but I don't think it would have much of an impact on medium to darker skin tones. I like to apply this under the cheekbones to add a hint of peachy warmth and subtle definition to my face.

From left: Benefit Dallas, Tarte Exposed, MAC Tenderling, Nars Sin
Swatches (from left): Benefit Dallas, Tarte Exposed, MAC Tenderling, Nars Sin
From left: Nars Doucer, MAC Harmony, NYX Taupe, MAC Blush Baby.
Swatches (from left): Nars Doucer, MAC Harmony, NYX Taupe, MAC Blush Baby.
I have found some savings online for some of these blushes: 18% off everything on lookfantastic.com (they stock Nars blushes) here. There is also a 10% off offer at Boots when you spend £100 here (They stock Benefit blushes).
Please leave me a comment below letting me know which blushes you guys like to wear at this time of year.

Please note I purchased all of the products mentioned. The above links are not affiliate links.
I hope you have enjoyed this post and found it useful!

LL

12 comments:

  1. That is a really collection you have there! Even though my all time favourite blush is MAC Peach, currently I am using a lot The Body Shop Honey Bronze.

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    1. I think I actually have MAC peaches, I must try it out! :)

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  2. I love MAC Blush Baby and Nars Douceur especially :) xx

    Jasmine // Magpie Jasmine

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    1. Thanks Jasmine, Douceur is probably my fave out of the bunch too

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  3. They all look amazing, would love to try them soom! xx

    Fabi | www.halfwaytonewyork.blogspot.mx

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  4. ooo these all look great. I would love to try the Nars one! x

    I've got a MAC lipstick giveaway over on my blog if you want to check it out

    http://rachelcoco.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Oh fab Rachel I'll check it out. Nars blushes are incredible, I have a few a love them all! :)

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  5. Great post! I still haven't quite got into contouring/sculpting. I'm still a blush only girl! xx

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    1. Thanks Sasha, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I like to use an angled blush brush to apply them. :)

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  6. Hi Leona–
    So I went out and bought Nars Doucer because of your post, however, it doesn't really show up on my skin. For reference, I'm a Nars "Punjab" or YSL B40. So I thought it'd be dark enough, maybe my skin is too olive? Well I'm looking for the same color as Doucer, but maybe there is a darker or more pigmented one you recommend? I also tried on Tarte Exposed and it was way too sheer, and Mac Blushbaby also didn't show up enough.

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    1. Hi Michelle,
      Sorry to hear the blushes are too pale for you. I am a YSL BD20 or Nars Deauville shade so I'm a lot paler than you. Instead of using blush to subtly sculpt your face. Maybe you could try a contour/sculpting powder like the Anastasia contour kit as you get several different shades ranging from light to dark in the kit.

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