Thursday, May 19, 2011

Review: Make Up For Ever HD Blush

I love Make Up For Ever's foundations, but until now, that was the only product that I ever used from them. About a year ago now, they came out with their HD Microfinish Cream blushes.They are described on the Sephora website as "A cream blush that naturally sculpts and highlights the cheeks for a healthy glow. HD Microfinish Blush combines mattifying and reflecting powders to create a soft-focus effect for a radiant complexion. Its ultra-fine, second-skin texture blends seamlessly, imparting a healthy glow that's hard not to notice." They are also long-lasting, dermatologist tested and paraben free. They come in 14 shades on the Sephora website, I know there are more shades available however.

These blushes retail for $25US/$29 CAD, you get 10ml in this really cute plastic bottle with a nice pump. However, it's the pump that turns out to be the letdown. Since you only need the tiniest (I mean tiny tiny!) amount of this product, what you get when you pump out some is far too much and it's wasteful. I personally would never ever go through a bottle of this stuff. A good option is to pump out some into a sample jar (like the ones I have below) and then use it from there, that way you get as much as you need. In terms of application though, these are a dream, they look like your skin, and trump any powder blush that I've ever used. Cream blushes are definitely the way to go, these are like a cream-liquid texture. They last all day for me, they have a luminous finish and blend in nicely. I apply these with my fingers, dot a tiny amount on each cheek and then blend in quickly to get the most natural and quick application.

I've been testing out samples of these for a while now, I started with 2, the ones in the centre and then got more as I went along. You can get samples at Sephora, just ask the sales people and they will happily give you some. And I highly suggest getting samples of these, it's all you will need for a long, long time! There are lots of colours, but I am a fan of peaches and pinks myself. I ended up getting the full size of 12 First Kiss which is a beautiful orange peach shade (Sephora calls it a "bright apricot"), perfect for summer and totally the colour that I go for most in blush.

And here are swatches of the samples. As you can tell these are super pigmented and bright, although once you blend them out they aren't as shocking. I am betting that everyone can find a shade that they like. From left to right: 4 Walk of Shame (bubblegum pink), 6 Quickie (salmon pink), 7 One Too Many (peachy beige), 12 First Kiss (bright apricot), 13 Smooth Talker (vibrant pale pink) and 14 Star Struck (pale peach). For more swatches of all the colours, check out Karlasugar's swatches here. On my NC15 skin, I find Quickie turns out looking more red than the pretty colour that it looks here. Smooth Talker shows up a tiny bit, I would suggest that one for the ubber fair, or else you will have to build it up quite a lot.

Would I recommend this product? Totally I love these. Get a sample at Sephora and see if you like them before committing to the high price though, that sample will last you loads of time and will give you a chance to get used to the texture and application of these.


Estefania Lovelifefashion said... Best Blogger Tips

Great review!!! I didn't knew about this product, it seems ti be great!!! Thanks for sharing :)

Kysbel said... Best Blogger Tips

I tried them in person at Sephora and I agree they blend soooo nicely. However the price scared me lol...I don't use blush all that often and with me it would just go to waste :( great review xo.

Jessica said... Best Blogger Tips

I've never tried these blushes but they look amazing from your swatches! I LOVE the look of Smooth Talker, so milky pink!

♥ Jessica

Steph said... Best Blogger Tips

I saw this on Sephora and I was so surprised at how small and expensive the bottle was! I really didn't know they give out free samples at Sephora either! Loving 14 Star Struck :D Will definitely check them out next time!

Fannie said... Best Blogger Tips

Got one of thoe freebies with 100 of my Sephora beauty points but I think the product dried up because the texture was thick and didn't blend well. Your samples and swatches look totally different from my mine. Will get some samples from Sephora next time! Thanks.

StealMyHeartLove said... Best Blogger Tips

Great review & swatches! I'll have to get some samples myself. #4, #7 & #12 looks amazing to me!

BeautyParler said... Best Blogger Tips

I have yet to try these thus thanks for sharing!! I hear they're amazing for bridal makeup too. Love the swatch of the "One Too Many" shade.

Bailey said... Best Blogger Tips

I love those shades! Particularly star struck.

I have a few cream blushes and really love how easy they are to work with. If only I lived close enough to a Sephora to get samples!

christina said... Best Blogger Tips

I have 'Quicky' no.6 and it's AMAZING!!! It blends so nicely and it looks so natural on my skin! Perfect for the summer! The product is expensive but a little bit goes a long way! I like the fact that it has a pump and it keeps everything hygienic, but I think that a lot of product comes out and it's a waste... Overall though a very good product! I have to buy more shades :)

Lauren said... Best Blogger Tips

These are beyond gorgeous!
They are top of my wishlist for when I go to America, i'm going to pick loaaaaaads up xx

Liz (Beauty Reductionista) said... Best Blogger Tips

I had a deluxe sample and knew I was never going to finish even that. I swapped it on MUA for something else. It's also TOO pigmented and I couldn't deal with having to blend so much. I'm glad I didn't spend any money on this.

Justine (Productrater) said... Best Blogger Tips

@Liz - Too pigmented? That's too bad, I love how pigmented they are, and you can always sheer it out, maybe I wear too much blush on my face! Sorry it didn't work for you.