If acid-washed jeans can make a comeback (seriously?!), then it’s just a matter of time before bold, stripy ’80s-style blushes enjoy a renaissance.
And I can’t wait.
Oh, the number of falling stars my 8-year-old heart wished upon for cheeks like Joan Cusack’s in Working Girl…
Visions of those fabulously chiseled ’80s cheeks danced in my head when I opened Illamasqua’s new powerfully pigmented Powder Blusher Duo in Beg & Bronzerella today. “Ooh, yeah!” I thought, when I swatched matte dusty rose Beg and shimmery copper Bronzerella on the back of my hand. “I’m gonna Joan Cusack the CRAP outta these, woop-woop!”
But old habits die hard. After I swept stripes below my natural cheekbones using Beg and Illamasqua’s new $40 Blush Up Brush (review coming soon!), the urge to blend kicked in, and I ended up with my regular look — diffused blush on the apples of my cheeks — which I still like, but I couldn’t help feeling like I let Joan Cusack down…
Oh, well. I guess I just wasn’t ready for that jelly today.
Whether you like the look of strong, contoured cheeks or prefer softer, more natural looks, the new blushes in this duo are flexible enough to handle either extreme. Rich and indulgent like fine chocolate, these potent powder blushes are also as smooth as a tabby’s tum, and a little goes a long way.
I almost like to think of this duo as an eye-and-cheek palette, since both blushes, according to Illamasqua, also double as eye shadows.
I’m not sure about using rosy Beg as a shadow (it seems a little too red and zombie chic for me), but I absolutely LOVE Bronzerella on my lids with MAC Teddy Eye Kohl smudged along my lash lines, which is how I’m wearing the duo in these pics (I really like the look on bronzed, tanned skin, especially).
On my cheeks or lids, both shades last all day long before just barely fading.
This duo probably isn’t the easiest beginner’s blush, since Illamasqua packed it with pigment, but if you’re comfortable with blending, love intensely flushed cheeks, and find warm copper, bronze and rose shades flattering, take a closer look next time you visit an Illamasqua counter.
But I warn you — one swipe and you’ll be hooked!
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Illamasqua counters and illamasqua.com
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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,