In the comments this week, quite a few folks have asked, “What blush are you wearing?” which I take as a testament to Laura Mercier’s fabulousness.
You know something’s going well when after almost every pic you post of yourself, someone wants to know what you’re wearing on your cheeks.
I’ve been wearing the two $24 Crème Cheek Colours, Oleander and Praline, from Laura’s new Arabesque collection for spring, and both of them love mugging for the camera.
They photograph really well and do a bang-up job of brightening, both in front of and behind the camera. Both of them give a nice flush to cheeks without looking overdone, or like you’re wearing too much makeup (perfect for a first date).
The colors aren’t new, but their packaging is, and thank gawd! — because the old packaging used to be a bear to close. Technically, both are re-promotes from the permanent collection.
I’ve actually worn the pink blush from this release, Oleander, off and on since 2007.
A cool-toned pink, it’s one of those colors that looks bright in the pan but still works well on dark, medium and light skin tones.
Like Laura’s other Creme Cheek Colours, Oleander is a breeze to apply with a brush (I like synthetic skunk brushes for these) or your fingers.
It delivers a beautiful, effortless flush — and let me tell ya, it’s not always this easy to get that “What, me? I’m just kicking back!” look. With some blushes, I have to do a lot more building and layering; with others, I have to spend a lot more time blending out the edges.
With Oleander, I only need one layer and a few seconds to smooth out the edges. Literally, I smooth some on, take my brush or fingers, and just kind of run it along the edges.
That’s it. Done.
I love that I can wear it on top of bare skin or foundation and powder. Either, or. And in neither scenario does it shimmy or crease. It stays put for a solid 6-8 hours.
I think Praline’s also a great color. A neutral brown, it almost looks peachy on my NC42 skin, and again, it’s another easy-peasy shade that should work well for a wide range of skin tones.
It might look a little dark in the pan…but it appears lighter on the skin.
I think that’s where it feels at home.
Both of these blushes are just really sweet colors you can use with basically anything in your makeup bag. They’re the kind of products you can count on, ya know?
PRICE: $24 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Laura Mercier counters and lauramercier.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A+
Currently looping on my playlist
Ellie Goulding’s Anything Could Happen and One Republic’s I Feel Again.
I swear to you, if you put these on your running playlist, you’ll run like the wind!!
I like both beats and how they seem like they’re driving and pushing forward. Move! Move! Move!
Great lyrics, too, with a positive vibe and a sense of renewal. Good themes for the new year.
The last couple months of 2012 were kind of rough for me, to be honest. I felt overwhelmed, but now? Clean slate!
It’s a new year. Anything can happen.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,