Wednesday, 16 June 2010
I first had a sneaky peek at these a couple of months ago when BritishBeautyBlogger kindly let me swatch her sample, and I was lucky enough to be sent a couple too just recently. Not ordinarily a massive fan of blusher (I'm much more an eye and lip product kind of girl), these are gorgeous, and I've enjoyed using them a lot.
Weightless owing to their silicone base, these are easy to apply and spread well over the skin, giving a "lit from within" glow that's very flattering. They're fairly pigmented, and a little goes a long way. I have two shades, 1 & 2, and here's how they look straight from the tube:
No 1, on the left there, is a lightly gold-flecked peach, and No2 is a sheer strawberry shade. I find these a lot easier to blend than normal cream blushes - owing to their light texture, there is little or no "drag" on the skin when blending, Certainly I much prefer using these to something like Benefit's Benetint, as they don't dry as quickly, and you're not left with dreadful stripes. Blended here's how the shades look:
There's not a huge difference between them once blended, but shade number 2 is slightly cooler-toned and is without shimmer, whereas there's just a tiny hint of gold shimmer on the swatch on the right.
Here's how they look on the face:
There is a little bit of a learning curve in using these blushes, it can be very easy to use too much - just a dab'll do ya, but if you do get too much out of the tube, the shades work well on the lips too. I've noticed that the Blushing Fabrics work much better over a foundation with a matte finish rather than one something dewier, a dewy finish-foundation will make them wear off a lot faster, whereas if I wear it over something like Clinique Anti-Blemish foundation, they will last a good 12-16 hours without fading. Tubes of this aren't huge, but you need so little at a time, that I estimate a tube would last quite a few months of daily wear.
Armani Blushing Fabric Second Skin Blush (catchy!) will be available on counters from July 1st, will cost £28, and will be available in three shades. Will you be investing?
The Fine Print: These were sent for review by a PR who owed me a favour. No blue eyeshadow was harmed in the making of this post. Opinions, honesty, yadda, yadda, yadda.