And I thought those stiff, stubby little hairs that popped up on my chin were fast (I swear, it takes less than a second for me to go from hairless to full Santa beard!).
When I saw the new Sula Beauty Blush in Forget Me Not ($8), one of four new powder blushes from the brand, then read that it’s free of parabens, phthalates and petroleum by-products, AND wasn’t tested on animals, I snatched it up even quicker than my wayward chin hairs grow.
It’s a matte peachy pink with the faintest whisper of golden shimmer. I have a feeling that someone at Sula had NARS Orgasm blush in mind when this Forget Me Not came to be, but they chose to button it up, and make it a little less flashy.
Yes, Sula, you’re speakin’ my language. I couldn’t wait to get this cutie on my cheeks.
Ingredients: Mica, Zinc Stearate, Magnesium Carbonate, Ester Isopropyl Isostearate, Kaolin, Benzoic Acid. (+/-) Iron Oxide (CI77491, CI77492, CI77499, CI77891), Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), Carmine (CI75470), Ultramarines (CI77007 ), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI77163 ), Chromium Oxide Green (CI77288), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI77289), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI77510), Manganese Violet (CI77742), Silica, Yellow 5 Lake (CI19140 ), Blue 1 Lake (CI42090)
Right away, I liked the look of the swatch on the back of my hand, and then how sheer and natural the blush looked on my cheeks. Why yes, I am the girl next door, thank you very much.
The powder contains kaolin clay, a frequent flyer in a lot of beauty products today, where it’s added to help products absorb oil. Perfect, because when my combination skin kicks into oily overdrive, some blushes slide right off.
Not Forget Me Not. It stays put all day long, which means no touchups (a HUGE plus).
But it’s not exactly the best employee at Blushes Incorporated, if you know what I mean (it’s hard to work with). The powder almost flees from my blush brush when I swipe it across the pan, like it’s afraid.
Hello, messy! Powder gets all over the place.
Probably not the best choice to apply in the car, but maybe when I’m at home and can apply it over over a sink.
Sticklers for finely milled blushes (I’m one of ’em) might sneer at Forget Me Not’s large powder grains. I did. When I sweep it on my cheeks with my blush brush, I can actually see the grains sitting on top of my skin. Sweeping/buffing some of them away with a kabuki brush helps, but who wants to have to do that? I’m impatient enough as it is.
I like certain things about Forget Me Not — the presentation, ingredients, price and that it’s cruelty free — but I wish it wasn’t so sheer and messy.
If you don’t mind having to dance a little to make it work, have very oily skin and prefer cruelty-free makeup, I’d say give it a try.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Ulta stores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,