My Blush Collection

I’m having a real moment with blush lately. Sometimes I go through phases where I don’t wear blush a lot but recently I have been appreciating the lovely, natural flush it gives my cheeks and how it pulls a look together. I believe blush is one of those products you don’t need to own a lot of different shades of if you’ve found a couple that really suit your skin tone. I know what works for me and what I personally like. I tend to go for mauve tones and blushes that have a bit of shimmer and can be built up. If you’ve followed my blog for a while you may have heard me mention these products but I thought this would be a great way to collectively talk through my favourite blushes and if you have fair-light skin like me these will also work well for you.

Starting from the blush I’ve owned longest and working through to the newest:

1. Dainty Doll – Billion Dollar Babies

Firstly, look at that pan! This is the only cream blush in my collection but it is my most used blush hands down! Billion Dollar Babies is a neutral pink-brown nude. It may look plain in the pan but once it is on the face it adds the most natural flush of colour whilst making the skin look dewy. This blush is the most versatile I own and it really does go with every makeup look! I don’t tend to wear bronzer or contour when I wear this blush as I find it layers better on top of foundation this way and stops my makeup looking heavy. I keep this blush in my everyday makeup bag on top of my dresser which contains products I reach for often.

2. Dainty Doll – You Are My Sunshine

You Are My Sunshine is a dupe for NARS Orgasm and I purchased this blush a couple of years after I started blogging. I don’t know how I first heard about Orgasm but I remember thinking it was such a beautiful shade and the fact it suits many different skin tones is a bonus. I found this blush brand new on eBay for $8 (NZD) and this easily comes in as a close second to Billion Dollar Babies for being my most used. This blush is also my personal favourite in my collection and I love the healthy effect the peachy golden shimmer gives the skin. A little goes a long way with this blush and if I’m feeling under the weather or want my makeup to pop this is the blush I’ll choose. It pairs well with my fuchsia lipsticks and a light shimmery shadow on the lids.

3. NARS Mini Orgasm Blush/Highlight Duo

I picked up this NARS duo in 2018 as I was curious to see how my dupe for Orgasm compared to the real thing. Taking pictures for this post was actually the first time I had swatched both blushes side by side. They are equally as beautiful and look similar on the skin but Orgasm is more pink and easier to diffuse whereas You Are My Sunshine is more peachy and shimmery and needs to be applied with a lighter hand. I bought the NARS duo as it has a blush and highlighter meaning it’s convenient for travel and takes up less space. Despite the fact the blush is mini it will still last a long time. Orgasm is a classic shade and if you haven’t tried it I highly encourage you to give it a go, it may look intimidating in the pan but it is a surprisingly versatile shade.

4. MAC Mineralize Blush – Warm Soul

I forgot I owned this blush for a little while because my Dainty Doll blushes are so good at covering all bases that I didn’t find myself for reaching this one as often. A couple of weeks ago I used it for the first time in ages and fell in love all over again. Warm Soul has a baked mineral formula meaning it layers well whilst still looking soft and gives a pearl-like shimmer. This blush pairs really well with a pink highlight or if you prefer something simple and subtle, Warm Soul can be worn on it’s own and applied a little higher up to double as a blush and highlighter. The microshimmers will catch the light and make the cheeks look more sculpted.

5. Max Factor Creme Puff Blushes – 10 Nude Mauve and 20 Lavish Mauve

I purchased both of these in February so they are still relatively new to me. I have used each shade a handful of times so far and I’m happy with how they perform. This range of blushes is supposedly similar to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes so if you’re looking to try a cheaper alternative, these are a good option. Nude Mauve has a muted pink/brown tone whilst Lavish Mauve is brighter and more pink. The marbled effect in the pan is gorgeous and these blushes also contain microshimmers similar to Warm Soul so they can double as blushes and highlighters. If you have a deeper skin tone these particular shades would make pretty highlighters but if you’re fair like me they are perfect blushes.

Swatches:

Left to right: Billion Dollar Babies, You Are My Sunshine, Orgasm, Warm Soul, Nude Mauve and Lavish Mauve.


Have you tried any of these blushes? What’s your favourite blush?

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31 thoughts on “My Blush Collection

  1. danniijane says:

    You’ve got a nice selection of shades from pink to more tangerine and brown shades😊 I think cream/liquid blushes defo do work best with a natural look. I had a Glossier one that I used if I went out and didn’t want to wear makeup. I’d add just a pop to my cheeks to look alive😊 x

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    • Chanelle says:

      I can’t wear baby pink blushes, they don’t suit my complexion – maybe they’d look better as a cream but I’m happy with the shades I’ve got 😊 ooh thanks for the tip about applying a little bit of cream blush to the cheeks to add a hint of colour, will try that! Some people hate cream products but I don’t mind them xx

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  2. Hollie George says:

    I love blush and agree that it really pulls a look together! Some of my favourites are the Hourglass blushes, they’re so pretty and subtle and have a slight glow in them. Love the look of Warm Soul and the Max Factor blushes, might try those for an Hourglass dupe! 😊You have such a great collection here! 😍

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  3. rebann says:

    That MAC blush looks incredible. I haven’t used anything by MAC in years I never really got the hype tbh but this looks beautiful. I am also so self conscious about blusher and I’m not sure why I just always skip on it but I think I will start pushing myself out my comfort zone and give this one a go. x

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  4. Erica says:

    I absolutely love blush, and it’s an essential part of my makeup routine. Your collection is lovely. Those Dainty Doll ones look beautiful! (I wonder if you can get them in the U.S…?) MAC Warm Soul is such a classic.

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  5. chloeburford says:

    I absolutely love blushes, they complete every makeup look! However, my blush collection is embarrasingly small so I defo need to go on a makeup shop after lockdown. I have never even swatched Nars Orgasm before but it looks so beautiful, I may have to treat myself! Thank you for sharing xxxx

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  6. Rossy Galaxy says:

    You are my sunshine looks like such a great shade, normally I dont care for pinks but it has a bit of a peachy touch to it that I love. Same with warm soul. It may be a baked formula but it looks amazing

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  7. Hunida says:

    Wow! It is so satisfying to see how much you’ve used that Dainty Doll cream blush. I had never heard of the brand before. I wonder if they’re available here! I don’t own as many single blushes at all. I need more lol. Thanks for sharing your collection with us! ♡

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    • Chanelle says:

      Can definitely tell it’s well loved by the amount of pan! Dainty Doll was a British brand that is now discontinued, it specialised in makeup for fair skin 😊 a handful of single blushes is plenty if you have versatile shades that go with everything!

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