On paper, cream blushes are pure makeup genius. They’re easy to apply and to blend (no brushes required), travel well and deliver a beautiful natural flush.
But with great power comes great responsibility.
Many cream blushes also have an unfortunate downside — poor staying power. Some disappear faster than those tykes from Another Bad Creation.
The trick is to find one that lasts, and I think I found one that does: Illamasqua’s Cream Blusher in Rude ($26). It’s a pinkish matte coral that stays put for hours, even in sticky summer heat.
Won’t budge for nothin’
I’ve worn Rude on bare skin, beneath foundation and on top of it; I’ve even dabbed it on powder. No matter what, it has always stayed put, despite my oily cheeks, from dawn till dusk.
I even mistakenly forgot one night and went to bed with it still on (I couldn’t wait to try it and forgot to wash it off, oops). It was still there come morning, leading me to give it my Vampire’s Choice Award.
If I were a True Blood vampire, I’d soo rock this shizz till the break of dawn, yo!
It’s not marketed as sweat proof, but it might as well be. Even in hella hot weather, Rude doesn’t fade. Where other cream blushes have melted away, like when I’m covered in sweat, pulling a Whitney circa the Bobby Brown years, Illamasqua Cream Blusher’s still going strong.
Pigmentation, texture and scent
And the scent? — In the pan it smells faintly of sugar cookies, but I don’t detect the fragrance when it’s worn on my cheeks.
It’s too bad that such a badass blush isn’t a little cheaper…
A pan of Rude runs $26, venturing into Chanel Glossimer territory, but a little goes a long way, with a single tiny dab delivering a visibly flushed cheek.
And Illamasqua doesn’t skimp on quantity, either, which helps the price go down a little easier. The pan is huge (I can barely wrap my fingers around it when I’m holding it in my hand)!
Considering the quantity of product you get and the quality itself, I think it works out to be a pretty good deal.
Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Rude
Price: $26 for a 4 g pan
Use: A richly pigmented pinkish coral blush with a matte finish
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A
You might like Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Rude if…
- …you’re looking for a long-lasting blush,
- …you don’t mind paying Chanel/Dior prices for makeup,
- …you like cream products.
Do I look like a bed and breakfast?
Lately Tabs has been treating home like a bed and breakfast. He saunters in, gobbles down some food and then lays on top of me.
He treats me like a mattress, ignoring me completely.
Ahh… the joys of cat ownership.
I’ve been a little worried about him lately. El Hub and I may be moving soon (fingers crossed), and I’ve never moved with a cat before.
I want it to go as smoothly as possible. Do you have any suggestions?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,