You know that a product is a cult classic when a brand keeps manufacturing it for years and years and today I will talk about one such product. I am not a huge blush wearer but if there is one blush that I always swear by, it is the Maybelline Cheeky Glow Blush in the shade Fresh Coral. I still have the old packaging of this product although it seems that it has now been rebranded and repackaged as the Maybelline Color Show Blush. The shades and the formula remain the same though, so my review holds true for both the Cheeky Glow and the Color Show versions (so much confusion though!).
The shade Fresh Coral is true to its name. It is a warm pinkish coral with muted orange undertones. I feel that this type of a coral shade suits Indian skin tones more than the true pinks. I use this color on my cheeks for a nice coral flush and sometimes mix it in with a bronzer to create a blush cum contour. I also use it on my eyes as an eye shadow that gives a nice feminine touch to my makeup.
The formula is a very soft powder that does not have much chalkiness to it. It blends like a dream on the skin and you can build up the color up to the desired pigmentation without your cheeks looking cakey. I love the super adorable and dinky packaging and would buy this product just for the cuteness factor although it performs really well too.
Here is a picture of me wearing this blush as an eyeshadow on the outer corners of my lids. The powder works really well with a foundation or concealer underneath and stays put all day long.
This product is priced at INR 299 and is one of the most affordable and amazing blushes in the market. Its texture is perfect and you don’t really need anything more expensive unless you are on the hunt for a specific shade. The Maybelline Color Show Blushes are also available in two more shades, Peachy Sweetie, which is a cooler pink, and Creamy Cinnamon which has brown undertones. I am eyeing Creamy Cinnamon next to use as a contour (check out my Blush as a Contour post to find out how!) but if you are looking for a warmer pink blush then Fresh Coral will not disappoint!
I hope that this review was helpful. You can buy all the three shades of the Maybelline Color Show Blush here.
I am back with another review today and I will be talking about the Makeup Revolution Protection Palette in the shade Medium. This brand is quite popular for making affordable dupes of high-end makeup products, so I decided to try out the Protection Palette that contains 4 powder products (a bronzer, a highlighter, a blush and a face powder) and 3 cream concealers. I have tested out these products thoroughly and here are my thoughts on each one of them.
Starting from the right, the highlighter is a gorgeous pearlescent shade with pink undertones. It shows up quite well on my skin but is a little powdery. The blush is a pretty pink shade which is not too bright and provides a natural flush to the cheeks. I have no complaints about this beautiful blush. The bronzer is a nice shade of brown and I love that it doesn’t contain any shimmer or orange undertones. It is excellent for contouring but unfortunately, the shade is a little light for my skin tone and is not dark enough to define my jawline as well as I would have liked.
The face powder is extremely light and I cannot use it at all, so I can’t really judge its quality. The concealers, however, are the stars of this palette. They are creamy and blendable and provide medium coverage. I use the lowest shade on my blemishes and the middle shade for my under eye area. I also mix all three shades to create custom colors for different parts of my face. They are a little slippery on the skin, but not enough to make me dislike them.
The giant mirror in the palette is perfect for on the go application and the sleekness of the packaging makes it easy to fit into a suitcase or handbag. Priced at INR 1350, this palette is a good investment if you find the right shades for your skin tone. There are two lighter options and one darker variant of the palette so you may want to test those as well while matching the colors. Personally, I prefer cream products for my face and usually reach for this palette only for the concealers. However, if you like powder based products then you will enjoy the blush, the bronzer, and the highlighter as well.
I am always very uncomfortable applying blush because I worry that I will use too much and end up looking like a painted doll. The City Color Cheek Stain in the shade Berry is one of the very few cheek products that I am able to wear with complete ease.
The product comes in a stick form which reminds me of my school days when my mom would apply her lipstick as a blush on my cheeks for school events.
I like that the formula is a cream because I feel that it gives more control while blending as compared to a powder. The color payoff is very good but the formula blends easily with a brush or even fingers, to give a pink, berry toned flush to the cheeks. As an added bonus, the formula is paraben free and the packaging is tiny and compact and perfect for carrying around in the purse.
I got mine as a part of my Fab Bag, but unfortunately, it is currently available online in India at a very high price of around INR 1400 on the Amazon website. I would recommend this product if it is available at a drugstore price in your country.
I am currently on the lookout for an affordable orange/brown toned blush, do let me know if you have any recommendations!