I imagine it’s just a phase, like wanting a pony or collecting rainbow Lisa Frank stickers, but this particular phase — my obsession with blushes that perfectly balance pigment and shimmer — has lasted, oh, about 10 years so far.
In that time this phase has led me down the road to radiant cheeks many times before, a road marked by MAC Mineralize Skinfinishes, NARS Blushes and lively, glowing cheeks.
And now, there’s a new stop on the road (yay!). It’s called Sunday Riley Blush in Intimate, and it’s a find that should be shared.
One of those “Ohmigosh! I think I look 10 years younger!” colors, the $30 blush is one of six new shades sweeping into beauty departments at Barneys New York and Bergdorf Goodman stores (and also online), alongside the rest of the Sunday Riley makeup collection.
Like Sunday’s Prismasilk Eye Colors, the blushes, which apply with a super smooth, even texture on me, employ silica particles painted in pigment.
Intimate reminds me of a slightly pinker, more neutral version of NARS Orgasm, with a soft, candlelit sheen, as opposed to a high-shine golden shimmer.
I love it, and I have a strong feeling it’ll look lovely on a wide range of skin tones.
With Intimate on my cheeks, I feel like I look refreshed and better rested (and maybe even a little younger…like I’m of an age where I spent my awkward teens years listening to the Spice Girls on CD instead of Debbie Gibson and Tiffany on tape).
Swatch of Sunday Riley Intimate Blush on the left and NARS Orgasm on the right
Big surprise! I tend to be lazy with my blushes, so I like that I only have to sweep a small amount of this pigmented powder on bare skin, tinted moisturizer or foundation in the mornings and can rest easy knowing that the color will still be there when I look in the mirror to remove my makeup later that night.
My biggest concern with this blush beyond the $30 price is the super saturated pigment. It’s just so saturated that it’s easy for me and my leaden hands/clumsy paws to over-apply.
I’ve tried it using a bunch of different brushes and techniques, and I seem to get the quickest, best results when I use a regular ol’ blush brush and the bounce technique.
Eek! I’m getting obsessed with the Sunday Riley line. If you’re a fan of higher-end brands like Le Metier de Beaute and Dolce & Gabbana, keep Sunday Riley in mind.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A
A rainy day in the bay
Happy hump day, friend. I’m on my way into the city this morning to chat with Pati Dubroff, a celebrity makeup artist for Clarins. Hopefully, I can get her to share some of her red carpet (and regular carpet) makeup secrets for us.
I’ll do my best!
I hope the traffic isn’t too bad… When it pours like this, the roads get wacky. You’ll always find me tooling along in the slow lane, driving at the speed of soup, LOL!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,