Thierry Mugler Make Up Face Shadows & Lights Blush works in a very interesting way. The two-step process starts with intense sticker shock! — as the product costs a whopping $65. The resulting loss of blood flow to the face bleaches the color from cheeks; then, and this is the best part, the powder contouring and highlighting duos restore a lifelike appearance.
But seriously, at least now I know who makes a very expensive, but totally natural-looking, powder blush. The price is like a whole new level of splurge beyond Chanel, but if flawless, airbrushed cheeks are your thing, then it might be worth a shot.
Like a pair of Christian Louboutin basic black pumps without any bells or whistles, the two available shades — Brown & White (a medium warm brown blush with a soft white highlighter) and Pink & White (a light cool pink with a soft white highlighter) — appear restrained and elegant. The duos contain a blend of silky polymers, powders and atomized pigments for a high precision finish with a subtle effect.
What does that mean? It means some of the finest milled powders I’ve ever tried or seen.
I barely see the grains on my skin, and I bet one could apply as many as six layers without producing a heavy, mask-like effect. The quiet sheen they deliver gives off a lovely, soft glow — something like a MAC Beauty Powder turned down a notch or two.
Pink & White (left) and Brown & White (right)
Swatches of Pink & White (left) and Brown & White (right) with the flash
Swatches of Pink & White (left) and Brown & White (right) without the flash
Brown & White on cheeks
Pink & White on cheeks
Color fiends and gals who prefer brighter cheek looks probably won’t be impressed by these quiet pigments. They’re nothing like a NARS blush where one swipe of a brush across the pan picks up enough color for both cheeks. Matter of fact, I have to lay down between two and four layers to even get them to show.
With these Thierry didn’t skimp on quality, but it’s hard to overlook the price (as much as three pans of MAC Blush!). Be that as it may, I can see a certain kind of woman really liking these. She’s already carrying next season’s “it” bag, owns a closet filled with designer clothes and prefers a classical, elegant makeup look. If she’s you, then 1) can I borrow that pair of Jimmy Choos?, and 2) you might really like this blush.
PRICE: $65 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Thierry Mugler makeup counters and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B (great products at a terribly high price)
Allergies, I’m so over you
Has anyone else been sneezing up a storm today? There must be something blooming outside, ah-CHOO! I feel like the Karate Kid, except that I’m battling bad allergies in the tournament. And right now they’re winning, big time. Hmm…maybe I need to sweep the leg.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,