Happy Wednesday, as we hit the middle of the working week, I want to talk about a category of product that can give life back to the face even when the week takes it’s toll. Today I want to talk about the GOSH Giant Blush, which I own in two shades. I bought both of these from Superdrug, although they seem to be discontinued from their store. However, you might be able to find these elsewhere online, so I want to review these nonetheless.
As I just mentioned, I own two shades, which are ‘04 Passion‘ and ‘06 Pink Parfait‘, respectively. ’04 Passion’ is a warmer coraly-pink, which I’ve been reaching for a lot throughout the summer time. While ‘06 Pink Parfait‘ is a cooler toned pink, which I love to pair with my cool-toned makeup looks. It’s quite unlike me to gravitate towards a cream-based blush, but something about these really caught my attention and I can’t quite pin on the reason.
‘04 Passion‘ on my pale skin gives that warm sun-kissed flush of colour, which I’m loving for the summer time at the moment. It gives my pale complexion a little bit of extra life even on my sallow days, and as someone who doesn’t really contour or use bronzer, I really depend on blush to give life and give some definition to my face at the same time.
‘06 Pink Parfait‘ is what my skin looks like when I’ve been out in the cold and that nip brings the colour to my skin. I really enjoy pairing this shade on days I’m using the GOSH Eyelight Trio in ‘002 Fairytale‘ which is a cooler-toned trio. I definitely see myself grabbing for this shade more during the winter and spring, but it still has its place in my makeup routine during the summer.
The packaging itself while called “giant” and by extension, chunky, it does fit nicely in conventional plastic makeup drawers. As you can see photographed above, they fit nicely laid down next to each other in my cheek drawer, next to the E.L.F. All Over Color Stick, and I have no issues opening or closing the drawer.
If you prefer to store your makeup in the infamous IKEA Alex Drawers, they are able to stand upright in the drawers with no issues closing the drawers, so storing these blushes is very simple and straight forward.
When it comes to the application themselves, I’ve tested them in a couple of ways. I first tested these blushes out by swiping dots on the cheeks and blending out from there. As you can see from the swatches above, they apply very pigmented when swiped, so I found it was a bit of a struggle to blend them out without a very mild trace of the initial dot.
The second method I’ve tried and the one I’ve stuck to since, is using a stippling brush to tap onto the dome of the blush to pick up colour, then tap and blend onto the skin from there.
It was trying out this method that helped me figure out a role for my Real Techniques Stippling Brush, which otherwise sat on display for a long time unused. It’s not dense enough for me to blend out foundation, but it has the ideal ratio of density to flexibility to blend out cream blush really nicely. These are my power-duo in my makeup routine right now.
As the blushes are quite pigmented, one of my go-to methods for correcting it is to take my setting powder and my EcoTools Retractable Kabuki Brush and set the blush down, allowing the pigment of the setting powder to tone down some of the blush.
It’s a fairly long-lasting blush, but it does fade a little bit over the course of a very long day. So I do over-apply the blush a little bit in anticipation of this. However, if I’m going to be going outside before the pigmentation has a chance to settle down, I will use the method I described above to help correct it.
I prefer to not set the blush with a setting powder if I can, as I find it removes some of the sheen that gives it that ‘lit from within glow’. I also like to pair the E.L.F. All Over Color Stick in ‘Spotlight‘ to highlight, which I’m testing out as my only highlighter right now.
Overall, I’m pretty happy with these blushes, and if they were still available, I’d get the shade ‘02 Shy‘ which looks like a more plum shade, which would be perfect for autumn and winter. I’m really surprised I was won-over by a cream based blush, but so far I’m enjoying my experience. I’ll be keeping an eye out for how they work in the autumn and winter time, but if you do have access to them, I suggest looking into them.
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