Happy Monday! As spring is really becoming a consistent state for us in the UK, I’ve begun to switch out my makeup from autumn and winter, and picking out products I want to wear through spring and summer. Today I’m combining three categories together: blushes, contour and highlighters, into one category and I’m going to talk about why they’re in my makeup collection right now. So without further ado, let’s get started.
Starting with my blushes: I pulled out the two shades of the GOSH Giant Blush that were stashed away, in the shades ‘04 Passion‘ and ‘06 Pink Parfait‘ respectively. GOSH is a brand I really love, as they’re not only cruelty-free, but they have a lot of really great products.
I currently have their brow kit on the go, which I discussed in my Project Pan post recently, as well as being a fan of their Velvet Touch Eyeliner which I owned in a brown shade, which I have also reviewed. So I pulled these out wanting to try a cream based blush product and thought both of these shades are spring and summery for me.
As blushes are new to me, I don’t have much experience with them, but my plan is to try them out and I’ll review them properly in the future. So far I’m using my Eco Tools Retractable Kabuki Brush to blend these out on the cheeks and it’s working well so far.
The shades themselves are really pretty, with ‘04 Passion‘ being a more pink-based red, while ‘06 Pink Parfait‘ is a much more feminine looking pink. I like both shades, but ‘04 Passion‘ leans more on the warm side while still being on the cool end of the spectrum. So far I’m liking ‘04 Passion‘ the most as it’s more approachable for me, but I really like ‘06 Pink Parfait‘ as well, although it’s a shade I lean for when I make extremely cool toned looks. These soft yet vibrant tones really appeal to me for the spring and summer so I’m looking forward to stepping out of my comfort zone with a cream-based blush line-up.
I did consider putting the Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Airbrushing Blush in ‘Natural‘ in my cheek drawer, but I ended up deciding against this as I wanted to devote my time to using up my cream blushes first. They’ll expire long before my powder blushes, so this is sitting my box of benched makeup products for the time being. I picked up this blush during my trip to Canada and America back in 2016, and you’re welcome to read my haul post if you’re interested.
Moving to contour and highlighter, while I don’t contour very often, I do keep at least one product in my cheek drawer for just in case. You’re likely familiar with this product, but if you’re not, this is the NYX High Definition Blush in the shade ‘Taupe‘. It doesn’t look quite so dark in-person, but it’s a product I used to own in the older packaging, and found wasn’t particularly pigmented… But I picked up the new packaging to see if this issue still persists, and I’ll review this in time when I give it a good shot.
As far as highlighters go, I pulled out both shades of the MeMeMe Beat The Blues highlighters, but I passed along the shade ‘Oyster Gold‘ in my February and March Products I Passed Along post. The shade I kept and I’m using is called ‘Pearl Pink’ and is a pink-toned (obviously) liquid highlighter. This is light enough for my skin to actually perform as a highlighter but not so pink-toned that it looks silly on my neutral-cool skin tone. I’m still figuring out how to use highlighters best – particularly liquid ones – but I’m devoted to only using this highlighter for the time being.
As far as pigmented for these products go, I found the NYX product didn’t swatch impressively, but ultimately I’m going to use a brush to apply this product so bear this in mind.
The highlighter though, I really like just tap the brush onto the back of my hand, then use my ring finger to tap into it, then tap along my cheekbones and build up from there. This is working for me so far, but I plan to experiment with brushes, my beauty sponge, etc.
And this concludes the cheek products I plan to use throughout spring and summer this year. I will be reviewing these products as time goes by and my experience reaches as an appropriate point. I’m really enjoying dedicating my time to specific products, as it let’s me get to know them properly, rather than just swapping out products on a daily or weekly basis. I also enjoy seeing my progress as I work through them, especially knowing I’m avoiding wasting my products.
I plan to write up my go-tos for other product categories, so I hope you’ll look forward to reading those. In the meantime, I hope you are happy and healthy, and I’ll speak to you again soon.