Now is one of those times I wish I belonged to a kick-@ss stitch-and-bitch group.
See the pattern on that pan of Physicians Formula Cashmere Wear Blush ($12.95)? Totally makes me want to knit and purl… Yeah, I’m a closet knitter. Not a very good one, but I can make scarves (and that’s about it).
I love so many things about knitting. I love picking out yarn (does anyone else like to smell the skeins, or is that just me?), love the satisfaction I feel after completing a knitting project, love how a well-balanced bamboo needle feels in my hands…
Shoot, I’m still cursing the day I lost my favorite pair of needles. It was at a Bebe sample sale in South San Francisco a few years back.
I knew it was going to be crowded, so I brought along a scarf to work on while I waited in line to get in. When it was my turn, and I finally got inside to shop, somewhere between the jeans and embroidered jackets, my bamboo needles must have fallen out of my tote bag and forever disappeared.
Sucks, too, because I could have used them to defend myself against a couple of the girls who straight-up grabbed things out of my hands. Those sample shoppers are NO JOKE! They’re like UFC fighters about clothes.
I would not be surprised if the textile pattern on pans of Cashmere blush caused some of them to see red.
Physicians Formula refers to Cashmere, a new product recently released for spring, as “the ultimate in attainable luxury,” and I gotta say — it just might be that. It’s available in two shades, Natural and Rose. I’ve been road testing Natural, a fairly sheer warm pink (I have use two layers to clearly see it on my skin) with light silver shimmer.
The formula supposedly contains 100 percent pure cashmere extract, which the company says helps create skin that looks smoother and line-free. Soft focus pearls in the powder also help further diffuse the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
It’s fragrance-, oil- and paraben-free; hypo allergenic; and designed for all skin types, although it sounds like dry skin might benefit from it the most, since the formula is quite moisturizing, and it was designed to diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles (more on that in a minute).
As for the packaging, isn’t it nice? Especially for a drugstore blush? It almost looks like a present. What a great-looking gift. I love the bookish tassel on the front and how the back side opens to reveal a mirror and a brush.
I’m not really a fan of the brush … but it could come in handy for impromptu touch-ups.
Cashmere Wear Ultra Smoothing Blush in Natural, $12.95; also available in Rose
pH Matchmaker Powdered Blush, Happy Booster Glow Mood Boosting Blush in Pink, Happy Booster Glow Mood Boosting Bronzer Blush in Bronze/Natural, Cashmere Wear Ultra Smoothing Blush in Natural and pH Matchmaker pH Powered Lip Gloss in Light Pink
Compared to Happy Booster Bronzer/Blush, the last Physicians Formula blush I tried, Cashmere is much more pigmented and shimmery. It also lasts considerably longer, like 10 hours versus six.
I do like the delicate sheen it gives my skin (looks like I’m almost glowing!), but as for the blush’s ability to diffuse fine lines and wrinkles, expect no miracles here. I still see my 36-year-old self staring back at me in the mirror, LOL!
It’s basically a sheer pink blush in exceptional drugstore packaging. The color may not be all that unique, but I think it wears well and looks natural on cheeks. I would definitely recommend it to someone looking for a cute drugstore fix or a great gift for a friend.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at drugstores
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+/A-
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,