What with all the strobing and contouring going on in makeup, it’s easy to forget about some good old faithful products. I’ve been ‘shopping my stash’ lately. A great way to rediscover old favourites or get to grips with some beauty products that maybe just didn’t quite work for my skin in the past. In any case, after much deliberation and testing over the course of many years, these my friends, are my top 5, completely wonderful, super shades of MAC blusher.
For my pale, 34 year old skin, these tones and textures all work perfectly; but they’re all quite different (honestly). MAC blushers aren’t the cheapest, I know, but I find they give such lovely colour, texture and coverage, it’s worth it. Let’s run down the my top 5 MAC blushers for pale skin, then…
Stay By Me pro longewear blush (£20.50)
Probably my favourite blusher of the moment. This formula stays in place all day. The peachy-coral shade goes on sheer but very easily buildable, gives a very natural finish – so fine it’s almost undetectable on the skin. The pro longwear blusher seems to be much more highly pigmented than the rest of the range I’ve tried. You barely need to put the brush in the pan to get enough for a good coverage. Stay By Me is that shade you want when you’re doing that ‘barely there’ ‘my face but better’ makeup. It pulls everything together, adds just a hint of colour but enough to switch your look up a few gears.
Well Dressed satin powder blush (£18.50)
MAC call Well Dressed an ‘immaculate pink’. It is immaculate. Leaning very cool toned, it’s the perfect daytime shade for me when my skin is maybe not looking it’s best. It just perks up the complexion and gives a really youthful glow. Kind of like a few hours sleep – always a good thing.
Peachykeen sheertone shimmer blush (£18.50)
This is so peach. It looks rather dark in the pan, and as a fair skinned gal, it can incite the fear. But, as long as it’s used with a very light hand (dusted off on some tissue before application), it leaves a perfectly peachy, slightly shimmery, wash over the cheeks. Lovely for summer and autumn nights and pairs well with orange-leaning lips (and hair!).
Lovecloud satin powder blush (£18.50)
Lovecloud is officially a ‘bright mid tone pink’ and it does look very bright in the pan! But used sparingly and blended well, it gives such a lovely polished sheen to the cheeks. A perfect pink for day or night.
Sweet William blushcreme pearl (discontinued!)
This blusher of mine is OLD. I’ve had it for years, but you know what, the texture and smell is just as it was the day I bought it. I’m sorry for including a discontinued shade in my top 5, but I love this blusher. MAC’s blushcreme can feel a little tacky, but it stays on the skin all day. Sweet William creme blush has a shimmer to it (some may even call it glitter), which for me makes it unsuitable for day wear, but I love it at night. I use it underneath a powder shade to add luminosity to the texture and depth to the colour. Bring this back, MAC, please!
What are your top 5 blushers?