Rimmel Match Perfection Blush in 004 Medium/Dark
Drugstore nirvana. That’s what it feels like when I find a new drugstore blush that perfectly matches my skin tone. I get a real buzz from it, like a sweet treat sugar high. OOH! What glosses can I pair with it!? All that possibility, and oh — so much money saved!
A good drugstore blush can have a powerful therapeutic effect on my brain. I just wish my health insurance covered blushes…
Rimmel’s new $10 Match Perfection Blushes (available in four shades) cost less than the average co-pay, and while they might look like standard blush trios in their big pans, they have a sci-fi-ish formula containing blue sapphire pigments that allegedly emulate your natural skin tone.
Rimmel says they adapt to the colors and contours of the face, creating a natural flush, and you can either wear the colors in the trios separately, or swirled together to create a single shade, which is the way I’ve been wearing them this week.
Swatches from the left: 001 Light, 002 Light/Medium, 003 Medium and 004 Medium/Dark; they apply kinda chalky
Wearing 004 Medium/Dark
As soon as I read the words, “blue sapphire,” in the marketing, I was totally on board with these. Blushes that adapt to your skin tone? How cool is that? But, truth be told, I can’t really see a difference between the way they look in swatches and the way they look on my face.
Not that that’s a bad thing, but it doesn’t exactly scream SCI-FI!
And when I do think of fancy future technology, I don’t usually think of blushes with big grains like these and edges that take a good deal of time to buff out. Or slightly chalky textures.
Eventually, after spending enough time applying them, they do look pretty smooth and seamless, but that’s 2-4 layers later, and after some very low-tech elbow grease.
I do like the natural-looking matte flush these lend to my cheeks, but I wouldn’t call it revolutionary or particularly sci-fi (even though I desperately want to!).
PRICE: $10 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now, but I’ve yet to spot them in stores (here they are at asos.com)
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: C+ (a nice natural flush, and you do get a generous amount of product, but the formula could be smoother)
COLORSMASH! — and the Saga of Pink Hair
Seriously, I feel like I’m on a collision course toward pink hair again!
I’m considering getting the Sultra Extensions shown at the bottom of this post, or this new COLORSMASH Hair Shadow.
It’s supposed to add temporary vibrant color to your ‘do “without the commitment of permanent color.” You just rub the product into a section of hair, and then seal it in with hair spray. Then wash it out when you’re ready.
It’s coming out in nine vibrant shades — Firecracker, Electric Beat, Rags to Riches, St. Martini, Atomic Yellow, Tango Mango, So Jaded, Je Ne Sais Quoi and Oh La Lavender — available online at conditionculture.com later this month.
I hope the pink is bright and vibrant enough to show up on mah hair.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. I hope you’ve been having a good week so far. It’s Wednesday, which means we’ve left Monday in our rear view mirror. The rest of the week should be smooth sailing from here.
Have a good one today, okay? I’ll try to do the same.