The Neutral Blush Edit (Take 2)

Around this time last year I wrote up my first Neutral Blush Edit - I guess my love for barely-there blushes will just never die. When going through my collection for this post I was surprised at how many neutral blushes I had picked up since my last post about them - although to be fair, it's the only color I wear, so there haven't been any other blush purchases besides these.

I'll start out with the two outliers - I've got one on the cooler side of neutral pink, and one on the warmer brown side. The NARS Blush in Impassioned has been an everyday grab since I got it from my boyfriend for my birthday. I absolutely love the shade as it never makes my cheeks look too rosy - I usually avoid blush on very hot days because I tend to turn into a tomato-face, but the shade doesn't exacerbate that. It's a beautiful cool mauve shade that looks so natural on the cheeks. Sadly, I think this was limited edition from their spring collection. The warmer option is the Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in Nude Pop. I love the formula of these, so I'm so glad I picked up a more "me" shade. It's just a true nude shade that, again, doesn't make my cheeks rosy in the slightest but rather adds a bit of definition. This is my most-worn of the bunch.

I surprisingly only picked up one non-powder blush (well, two if you don't consider Colourpop powders). I've only gotten the Milk Makeup Blush Oil in Ripe in the past month, but it's quickly become a solid favorite. It's super easy to apply as it's a rollerball, and the formula is lovely - it blends so easily and adds more of a sheer tint. It has such a dewy sheen that makes the skin looks so fresh and alive. The Colourpop Super Shock Cheek Blush I've gotten within the last few months is the shade Birthday Suit, a true neutral pink in a satin finish. This is my first Colourpop Blush, and I'm totally in love. They're super easy to dab on with fingers and blend out, and the satin finish really makes the cheeks "pop."

The oldest blush in this roundup is the Too Faced Love Flush Blush in Baby Love - I almost forgot to include this one as it's been a favorite so long that I could have sworn it was in my original post. The shade is a dusty pink with some gold shimmer, although the shimmer shows more in the pan than it does on the skin. This has reminded me to throw it back in my everyday makeup drawers to remind me to use it more, because it's really such a great blush!

The last two I've got are probably the prettiest, packaging- and product-wise. I finally caved and got the Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Swish and Pop Blush in First Love, and I still can't get over the fact that I think I chose the shade that looks the most like a boob. But hey, it was the neutral one! The idea of these is to use the outer shade all over the cheekbone and the "pop" the inner shade on the apples of the cheeks. I've usually just been swirling them together, though, and it's equally beautiful either way. The formula is just as you'd expect from Charlotte Tilbury - an amazingly soft and smooth powder that just glides onto the skin and melds into it perfectly. The newest blush I've been testing, that also falls into the neutral category, is the Marc Jacobs Air Blush Soft Glow Duo* in Kink & Kisses. There is a more nude shade that I'm dying to get my hands on, but this is the prettiest duo of pinks. The formula provides more of a sheer wash of color, which is perfect for me and my rosy cheeks. I've seen people use the two shades separately, but again, I've just been swirling them together. It leaves such a radiant finish on the skin without containing any shimmer, and it's virtually undetectable. I don't know what kind of wizardry they're pulling down at Marc Jacobs Beauty, but seriously, guys, keep it coming.

What are your favorite neutral blush shades? Have you tried any of these?

*Marc Jacobs Air Blush was sent to me for review by Influenster, but all opinions are my own. See my disclaimer for more information.


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