Here’s a tricky little bugger. I bought the shu uemura Glow On Blush in Soft Mauve 225 after seeing it on a beautiful blogger, who sang it praises and I WANTED THAT GLOW. I wanted it! Unfortunately, I forgot to take into account the difference in our skintones, hers being quite pale.
I am not pale.
So. There. I had such a big problem with this blush, because it was so light and didn’t want to show up, no matter what I did. Enter, the Illamasqua Blush-Up Brush:
It’s a dense, stiff brush that is just perfect for people like me who insist on wearing too-light colors. Ta-da!
Aaaand here is a very heavy swatch:
Soft Mauve 225 is a really pale lavender and it looked to be like the impossible dream. I don’t get a “true-to-pan” color on my cheeks, obviously, but I like the effect it lends. I’ve yet to try it under a cream, neutral base, but I’ve worn this mixed with other blushes, to great results.
The blush itself is a bit powdery, but it’s easy to blend out so that’s not a big issue. Since I am pretty dark for it, I have to apply quite a bit of layers to get it to show up and show up in a way that is attractive.
I bought this limited edition ob case to go with this blush:
In the event that I actually use all of this up, I can use this case to house two eyeshadows or a new blush. Nifty, eh?
shu uemura is not cruelty-free.