Topshop Cheeks in Luminescence on cheeks
If you’ve spent sleepless nights (LOL! I almost typed “knights.” Yeah, someone’s been obsessed with Game of Thrones lately.) tossing and turning over the need to find a cream blush version of MAC Nymphette Lipglass, as bizarre as that might sound, you wouldn’t be the only one.
I’m right there with ya, babe! 🙂 But get this: Topshop might finally have a cure for what ails us.
The line recently introduced three new creamy, multi-purpose sticks called Cheeks, $20 blush/highlighters designed to add shimmery color to faces, lips, bodies and — you guessed it — cheeks.
If they look familiar, you’ve got a good eye. Luminescence, a peachy pink with golden pearl, must have a girl crush on MAC Nymphette Lipglass because it’s totally biting her style. It’s a pretty close reproduction of the color in stick blush form, and it glows on lips and cheeks. It and the other Cheeks are like thicker, creamier NARS Multiples that feel wetter to the touch and cost about half as much as their counterparts at NARS ($20 vs. $39 for a Multiple).
For a soft sheen, I’ll dab the Luminescence stick lightly on my lips and cheeks, blending it in with a finger. And for a bolder effect, I’ll apply one or two more layers (directly from the stick), again blending out the edges with a finger.
Whether atop bare skin or foundation, the formula adheres well to my combination dry/oily skin. I have noticed, though, that when my cheeks are oilier than usual, the color scoots right off, sometimes within minutes, but starting with a layer of primer (and ending with some powder) seems to take care of the problem.
One last thing: the golden pearl in Luminescence has a tendency to emphasize large pores and any flakes on lips and skin. Just something else to keep in mind.
With Cheeks, Topshop gets the price just right, and I love this particular color. Too bad Topshop couldn’t encourage these to get along better with oily and less-than-perfect skin.
PRICE: $20 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Topshop stores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Why are they so hard to shop for? El Hub and my brother both have birthdays coming up, and Father’s Day is Sunday, yet I have NO FRICKIN’ CLUE where to start. I guess I could always go with a gift card, but where’s the fun in that?
I suppose if I get desperate, I could order this NASCAR fruit sculpture thingy I saw on an Edible Arrangements commercial last night…
I dunno. Maybe if it were made out of smoked meat instead, haha!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,