I keep having visions of myself using Illamasqua’s new $41 Blush Up Brush while I’m on the elliptical machine at the gym, I think because Illamasqua refers to the shape oval brush head shape as an “ellipse.”
(I know, I know. I’m easily distracted.)
You might wondering, “Why would anyone apply blush in the middle of their workout?”
Honestly, I don’t know…but I’m someone who applies makeup to run to Petco in the middle of the night, so I don’t rule anything out anymore.
About the brush, Illamasqua says it opens doors to a bold new world of blush application! The secret: the elliptical shape.
It’s designed to fit snugly beneath your cheekbones. Just gently pull the brush upward along the cheekbones to create a soft gradient of color.
Here’s the recommended step-by-step instructions I’ve been following…
After trying Illamasqua’s technique and the new brush for a few days, well, I think I’ll eventually get the hang of it, get to where I could create some sharp, defined ’80s-style cheeks, but it’s still a little tricky for me now.
First, the stuff I like about the brush: the soft bristles, and the long handle feels sturdy and comfortable in my paws.
Oh, and the density of brush head? Amazing. It’s so thick! It picks up plenty of powder and deposits it smoothly and evenly on the skin.
Really great for strong, defined blocks of color.
But I’m afraid I might be a little too lazy to regularly reach for this brush, because blending out the edges of those solid stripes of color with it takes me forever. Even when I remove every grain of excess product from the bristles, use a light touch, and follow the recommended application technique, I still need at least 5-10 minutes to fully feather out the edges.
Oh and, um, it’s also a little wonky on my left cheek! I’m right handed, so when it comes to applying on my right cheek — no problem — but when I switch to the left cheek, the brush head sits at an awkward angle below my cheek bone.
Hmm… I actually tried applying with it in my left hand and got a little better results, but yeegh, it was slow going.
It’s a skill, I guess, and like anything, practice makes perfect.
Might be worth it, though, especially if you like very sharp, defined cheek looks with blush or bronzer.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Illamasqua counters and illamasqua.com
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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,