I picked up a few things from the Illamasqua super sale during the holidays and have been taking them out on a road test for the past month or so. These cream blushers went from £18 to £7.50 each, so I got three. Obviously… I have Promise, Rude, and Dixie, and they are all permanent shades.
Promise is a “warm candy pink, dewy finish.” Rude is a “warm peach pink, dewy finish.” Dixie is a “warm coral pink, dewy finish.” Of the three, I think Promise is most unique to me, perhaps followed by Rude. I really like the colors I picked because there is a bit of range to the selection, and I can wear all of the shades without looking too strange even though they vary in shade.
I generally stipple them on top of my cheekbones, near the hairline, and I usually apply a very light layer on my face so that it doesn’t look too clownish. I have medium skin, so applying something heavily to get it true-to-pan just looks like a bad decision.
These are all easy to apply and to blend. They are also easy to build up and sheer out. Basically, they are the best. I love them so much. When I first swatched them using my finger, I found them way too slippy, but application with a stipple brush is perf. I wish I had a smaller stipple brush to apply them, but the one I have now (e.l.f. Stippling Brush, not the new smaller one!) works well enough.
I think the only “complaints” I have for these are that they don’t last super long (maybe they need to be set with something?) and also they look really gross after a while, as cream products are wont to. Despite that, these are definitely worth the money. Put it this way: I’d still buy them at full price; that’s how much these have impressed me.
Illamasqua is cruelty-free.