Affordable to high-end, we try it all when it comes to blushes.


Blush is the quickest way to give your face a healthy glow.

There is a new generation of balm formulas that promise to give you that healthy glow without the hassle. I tried out a sample of three.



XX Revolution Balm Blush lives up to the name as there is hardly any pigment at all


XX Revolution Balm Blush ($12): This product is advertised as a “no makeup, makeup” option because it contains so little pigment.

The pan makes it appear a perfect shade of pink, but when I apply it with my fingers or a brush, there is barely any pigmentation even after five coats.

Despite its shimmer, it provides no noticeable color payoff, so there’s no point in carrying it around when a dab of lip balm will do the trick just as well.

I was hoping to put this to good use, but now I’m not so sure.


Vieve's formula is thick enough that it doesn’t immediately pour out of the tube like other liquid blushers


CultBeauty sells the $21 (£21) Vieve Sunset Blush Balm. co.uk: I was skeptical of the balm version of the Vieve blushers because I thought the packaging would be cumbersome to use.

I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Unlike some other liquid blushes, this one doesn’t simply gush out of the tube.

Having tried it, I can attest that the pointed tip makes it very easy to wield.

The thick balm formula provides extra time for achieving a seamless application of color to the face.

Smoothly absorbing into the skin, it dries quickly and stays put all day.

I really want to add a dusty-rose to my collection, so I’m crossing my fingers that more colors are on the way.


If you’re worried about using a balm blusher, this is a great one for beginners


Although it’s called a balm, the Giorgio Armani Neo Nude Melting Color Balm (£32) has a very creamy texture and a powdery finish.

This is an excellent balm blusher if you have never used one before and are nervous about trying it.

It’s preferable to balms and creams because it doesn’t melt away as quickly from oily skin.

Another thing I really like is how the nine muted tones are all so universally flattering.

However, if you’re looking for a dewy finish, this isn’t the product for you because it was more matte than I would have expected from a balm.

Pick of the week

The bottles are made from recycled glass and can be recycled in-store too


Even though it may not look or feel like spring outside, The Body Shop has released several new floral fragrances this week.

The Full Flowers EDP range are £39 each for 75ml.

The glass used to make the bottles is recycled, and customers have the option of recycling them right there.

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Eco-friendly, top-notch, and inexpensive sums up these three words.

I’m obsessed.


Micheal Kurt

I earned a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science from Oregon State University. He is an avid sports lover who enjoys tennis, football, and a variety of other activities. He is from Tucson, Arizona, and is a huge Cardinals supporter.

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