Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Re-learing How To Blush

Blushing once came naturally to me, to my great embarrassment.

 I was very, very shy for many, many years and blushing was my outward response to a terrifying world -- speaking in class, a compliment, a piano recital, an untoward word.

Nowadays I must buy my blush which is fine by me. I find natural blushes charming when I see them seep onto the cheeks of others, but I'd rather not share my feelings so blatantly if I can help it.

For years I used powder blush because I'm so pale and need that color boost. But those days are over as well. My feeling is the only way we can control the effect and keep it appearing natural is a cream and, I've found, not just any cream. I had one in a peachy tone after I acquiesced to a saleswoman who told me that was the only color that was right for me. It may have been a good choice when I have a slight tan, but that wasn't the problem. It was the hard texture of the cream that put me off the product. I had to drag it across my skin which I figured was not ultimately going to give me the blush of youth if I kept pulling my cheeks up, down and sideways.
Remember, Maybelline is now owned by L'Oreal which has perhaps the best cosmetic laboratories in the world.
Finally, unlike my foundation conundrum, I've found blush perfection. I'm warning you: it's not glamorous; has no sexy, expensive "look at me packaging;"  it's bargain priced and it works like a dream. When you open the little jar you think you're looking at an ever so slightly sparkly raspberry and cream souffle, my color at least -- "Rose Petal." As the name implies, Maybelline sees it more as a mousse.

The beauty of this "rouge" is that it can be applied slowly, softly, gently, layer upon layer until the apples of your cheeks look like you've come in from the ski slopes or maybe had a kiss that took your breath away. You decide how you wish to blush. Makeup experts will tell you that if you have oily skin, powder is a better choice. Seems logical. What I like about my mini mousse is that I think it makes me look rested and healthy.

You probably know this, but repetition for emphasis: smile -- see those sweet apple cheeks of yours (?),   use your fingertips to lightly dab the cream on them then blend upward along your cheekbone. Like any cosmetic product you must find the color that gives you the dewy flush we all love. Pinks and some peaches tend to work best with light skin tones and the various nuances on plums and wine on darker complexions.

That about covers the subject for me. You know I always love to hear what you have to say.

34 comments:

webb said...

The last thing that we women of that certain age want is the clown-with-a-red-dot-on-our-cheeks look that so many ladies get in their very old age. I find myself moving my blush more and more "back" as the years pass. Maybe my apples are moving forward? Nice to find a readily accessible and inexpensive product that's also great! thanks for sharing.

Catherine Robinson said...

Oh...the days of natural blush..I remember so well...speaking in class...makes me blush to think of the torment!
I like a cream blush too...Bobbi Brown's are fabulous and last for ages :)
I'll try the Maybelline one too.
Catherine
xx

Cheryl said...

I still tend to blush.... oh and of course a glass of wine will always bring a touch of color to my cheeks!!!
Wonderful post today!!!!

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I use cream blush and hit the apples of my cheeks and go upwards to my hair line...I look like a ghost when I don't use it....but a scary nightmare if I overdo...

The enchanted home said...

Yeah, its not as often as I get the natural blush anymore...I don't use blush I use an overall bronzer, like Guerlain, I buy it in one of the lighter shades and it gives me an all over glow, it works for me!! A little color never hurt anybody:)

Karena said...

I love this little mousse blush!! It is really perfect for a dewy look!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

NotesFromAbroad said...

I still blush naturally and it isn't all that it is cracked up to be :)
( "Awww. look, she is blushing!" )

I do use Blush though :)
Nars ... "Orgasm" .... now I am blushing.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I used to blush like mad when I was younger but it years since anything made me blush now!! I use Maybelline mascaras but I have never tried their blush, I must go and look for some. Thanks Diane

kathy peck said...

Your mascara suggestion was so great, that I'm going to try this blush. Right now I'm using a Chanel powder blush, which looks great at first, but seems to disappear quickly. I was never a natural blusher, although I was quite shy. I just went paler.

V.O. said...

Yay, I'm so glad to see you give Maybelline's cream mousse blush this good review, as I have been using the peach one for three years -- works better and is prettier than Nars or Smashbox. I heartily recommend it -- people compliment my skin all the time when I wear it.

LuxeBytes said...

I switch to cream blush myself just two months ago. Powder blush was making me look old and dried out. It was time to face (hah, no pun intended) the facts and switch over.

Hadn't heard that Maybelline was acquired by L'oreal.

xoxo --
M.

déjà pseu said...

Ooh, will have to try this! I'm wary of cream blushes that deposit too much pigment too quickly.

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

I hope that this is available in Canada. I'm going to give it a try.
Thank you !
I've been looking for a powder blush to go with my mineral make up.

Joni said...

Thank you for this great recommendation, Tish! I'm definitely going to try it; my Bobbi Brown powder blush seems to fade (or soak in?) too quickly these days.

Mary Timmers said...

If I could use only one make-up product, it would be blush. Not only does it provide the bloom of youth,it brightens the eyes, the focal area of your face. The eyes... the light of your soul. Thanks for sharing what you found!

Anonymous said...

I love this product and use the same color as you. It goes on so smoothly and lasts all day. It looks very natural because it is so easy to use and to blend in.

I wish they still made the mousse concealer - I've heard wonderful things about it but it is discontinued.

susan said...

Hate to have to tell you this Tish,but the Maybelline dream mousse blusher has been discontiued,so you had better stock up while you can still find it.
I liked the look of it so i thought i"d check out all the shades on the maybelline uk website,couldn"t find it so went to maybelline.com and oh dear...discontinued.

Tish Jett said...

Oh, noooooo. . . Why does this always happen.

susan said...

replaced by dream touch blush,only 4 shades though.

Villette said...

I needed cheering up, so I decided to go out and buy some of this delightful-sounding Maybelline mousse. But the Maybelline counter had none. Then I came back and found the post from Susan that it had been discontinued. Then I really, really needed cheering up. So, onto the Boots the Chemist British website to see if it is still available in London. Boots says Maybelline has a new 'Dream Soft Blush.' Hmmm. Maybe an impostor, maybe much the same. On my way past Clarins, however, I spotted a limited edition blusher-in-a-bottle Instant Light Blush that looks promising. But by the time I decide to buy it, it will no doubt be discontinued, too...grrrr.

Jean S said...

I didn't realize Maybelline had been acquired by L'Oreal. That may be why I am loving my Maybelline foundation. Excellent and inexpensive!

I have mild rosacea--and anything pink goes WAY pink on me--so have tended to avoid blush. But a peachy tone might work.

BigLittleWolf said...

I am still using powders though sparingly (and after moisturizing).

I suspect I am a "mood blusher" when it comes to my choices. I have a coppery peach, a soft rosy pink, and a slightly more heated tone of a flushing blush - and I love all three, depending on what I wear and how mischievous I'm feeling.

(And I still blush... sometimes when I least want to. What's up with that?)

Rubiatonta said...

I was just thinking that I'm probably going to have to change to cream blush -- and was looking at this one at a department store last night, though they only had peach. I guess if I can't find it, I can go with Bobbi Brown, but I'd love the cheapie!

I've got rosacea, too, so need a light touch.

sanda said...

I have given up powder blushes and have tried several creams but haven't found the right shade. I have recently resorted to using lipstick on my cheeks! Don't know if this is bad for one's skin, but I like the effect. I'll look for the Maybelline cream blush before it's gone forever.

Joni said...

Here's the suggested new product that Maybelline is offering --Dream Bouncy Blush:

http://www.maybelline.com/products/155/face/blush/dream-bouncy-blush/fresh-pink/05?shadeId=845

Seems very similar, no?

Anne @ The Frump Factor said...

Blush has been such a challenge for me over the years -- so hard to find the right shade, so hard to apply just the right amount. I'm a convert, now, realizing how much I need it -- and I am on the brink of trying creme blush because of the richer, more natural, glowy texture that it seems to give. I've been scared to try it for the application reasons you mentioned. Thanks so much for the low-cost option!

Anonymous said...

I know this isn't everybody's concern, but for me, when buying makeup, my starting point is whether or not the products are tested on animals, and then go from there. Loreal still does animal testing so all their products don't even get a look in with me. There's plenty of cost effective options out there that haven't been tested on animals. Personally, I don't want to put stuff on my face that has been subjected to an animals hurt and pain. Sorry if this offends you.

Carol said...

l've recently changed to a creme blush too as powder was not glowy enough on my skin.

l'm another one who has been using Nars Orgasm ( gift from my lovely daughter ) but l think l might try the Maybelline as well after your glowing review. Thanks Tish

Lost in Provence said...

Am psyched that you recommended this, Tish--something affordable! I am headed to the States at the end of next week. Do you want for me to buy some up for you?
And I agree that Maybelline has really improved over the past few years--their Volume Express line of mascaras are effective (sometimes too much so for my taste). They have a super cheap Anti-Age primer (lisseur in French) that totally works for me and this summer I was happily using their Age Rewind foundation with its nice sponge applicator (not enough coverage for me in winter).

Anonymous said...

Good evening ladies,
I haven't used a blusher for years. I use 'The Body Shop' Bronzing powder as a blush. Cheeks, forehead,tip of nose, maybe the chin. Instantly healthy looking and never looks 'made-up'.
Maggie
Canberra Australia

Tish Jett said...

Chere Anonymous,

I had no idea L'Oreal was testing on animals, in fact I thought they were not. I would take this into consideration as well. I despise the idea that cosmetics would be tested on animals.

I'll see if I can find more information.

Anonymous said...

Re animal testing and Loreal, I think you will find that they state they do not test on finished products, but are still testing on individual ingredients. I guess continued use depends on how far one is prepared to test one's beliefs and convictions. Personally, I don't think their statement is strong enough for me to use their products, or any from their stable of companies, which cuts out a lot. But there are heaps of alternatives nowadays.

Susan Tiner said...

My skin is overly pink, no blush needed, but I'm glad you've found a good product that works for you.

Gene Pool Diva said...

"Be happy, it is one way of being wise," might be my new favorite quote. Oh wait I can be enthusiastic in my foolish ways.

What a marvelous website,I can use a shot of style.

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