Clockwise from top left we have Clinique's Cheek Pop in Berry Pop, Hourglass Ambient Blush in Luminous Flush, Hourglass Ambient Blush in Radiant Heat and Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Fearless. The top two are on the cooler side, and the bottom two have warmer tones.
Swatched heavily in sunlight, in the same order as above.
The Clinique Berry Pop is hella pigmented - you need the tiniest, tiniest bit of this to get brightly coloured cheeks. It lasts astonishingly well, too, as do all the colours in the cheek pop range. Just use a light hand, and an extremely flexible blusher brush when applying. This is gorgeously pretty packaging too, the gerbera daisy imprint is a delight, and it seems to be lasting well, too.
The Hourglass Ambient Blush in Radiant Flush is a cool pink with beige veining in the pan, and on the skin is much paler than the Berry Pop. I find it works well if you build up the colour in layers, rather than relying on one thick sweep to last you through the day. The shades are on the sheer side, but you can build them up. Ambient Blush in Diffused Heat is a warm coral veined with the yellow Ambient powder in Diffused (which was one of my products of the year in 2013), and is a paler peachy tone when swirled on the skin. As with Radiant flush, you can build this up to a quite significant shade on the skin. I've read quite mixed reviews of the Ambient blushes, but I like them a great deal - their rather sheer formula, and built-in highlighter effect make them ideal for the less dextrous amongst us. Like myself.
Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Fearless is a more or less straightforward matte coral, with some pinkish undertones. It's wonderfully flattering on, and lasts quite well. I'm really happy to see Tarte finally arriving in the UK (even if it is via QVC), and, from what I've seen of the range, I don't think fans will be disappointed. Having read the ingredients list, however, I'm a little underwhelmed by the formula for this, as it's not that different to practically every other blush on the planet in all honesty, but this is a darn fine blusher, particularly if you want a matte shade. Currently the shades on offer on QVC are rather limited, but I'm assured that more colours will be available later on in the year. Personally, I like the foundations more than the blush - which I'm slightly surprised to discover, to be honest - but more about that later.
What changes are you making to your routine for the changes in the weather?
The Fine Print: Mixture of PR Samples and purchases. Hourglass are going to bankrupt me at this rate.
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