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Make Up For Ever HD Blush #215 Review & Swatches

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MUFE HD Blush 215

MUFE HD Blush in shade 215

Make Up For Ever recently released a line of new HD cream blushes, which I believe replace their old HD blushes (review from quite a while back). I was lucky to receive shade 215, which is the one I had my eye on. It’s a lovely pink-coral, and actually quite similar to the shade of the old-style HD blush I used to own (#6 Quickie). The color in the pan below is more accurate than the color in the photo above.

MUFE HD Blush 215 pan

MUFE 215

This blush blends out really beautifully – it’s just as easy to do a sheer application as it is to build the color. The finish is more matte than most cream blushes, but not as matte/powdery as most cream-to-power blushes.  I think the finish and texture would be great on most skin types – it definitely works well on my (normal-to-dry) skin.

MUFE HD Blush 215 swatch

Unblended // Blended

I only have this one shade, but I’ve swatched several shades at Sephora, and all seem to be easy-to-wear, flattering colors with the same excellent texture.


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Canmake Cream Cheek Clear Red Heart & Clear Sunset Review & Swatches

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Canmake Clear Cheek Red

Canmake Clear Red Heart

I have some quick swatches for you today.  Canmake is a Japanese drugstore brand, and some of their long-time most popular products are the Cream Cheek blushes.  I’ve been tempted by them before, but always decided against purchasing due to the colors offered; mostly pastels, with a white base – something I tend to dislike in blush. A few months ago, I heard that Canmake had released a “clear” series with a few additional shades. Clear refers to the fact that these have a clear base instead of a white base, which gives them a translucent, jelly-ish quality. None of the Clear series blushes have any shimmer or sparkle.

I purchased two shades, [CL01] Clear Red Heart, a true red, and [CL03] Clear Sunset – reddish coral; note that this one was limited edition, but is still available on Ebay (and mine has a broken compact, which is why it looks odd).

Canmake Clear Cheek

Canmake Clear Red Heart // Clear Sunset

There are also two pinks – [CL02] Clear Love Song Pink and [CL04] Clear Pink Joy – I’m not sure how they differ. Canmake recently released a fifth shade, [CL05] Clear Happiness, described as a coral orange, but, per this blog post, is sheerer and not as nice as the others.

I think the best thing about these is the texture – pigmented, yet easy to blend, and with a great finish.

Canmake Clear Cheek Swatches

Clear Red Heart // Clear Sunset

They also work well on the lips.  I bought my blushes on Ebay; they are also available on Ichibankao for a dollar or two more.

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Flower Cosmetics Elegant Azalea Win Some Rouge Some Creme Blush: Review & Swatches

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Flower Elegant Azalea Creme Blush

I purchased two items from the new(ish) Flower by Drew Barrymore line (available available exclusively at Walmart, online and in some stores).   Earlier today, I reviewed the Color Play Creme Eyeshadow in Time Willow Tell, which I did not like – but you win some and you lose some, and this Win Some Rouge Some Creme Blush is a definite hit!  (Okay that was terrible of me.)

Again, I’m not a fan of Flower’s packaging; the white plastic looks cheap and tacky to me, and I really wish they had printed the shade names on the actual packaging rather than on just the peel-off labels.

Flower Elegant Azalea Creme Blush Flower Elegant Azalea Creme Blush

Most – or perhaps all – of the other cream/creme blushes I own are true creams, but this Flower blush is a cream-to-powder formula. The texture is sort of silky and powdery, but also creamy, if that makes any sense – and it definitely dries down to a powder finish.  It is incredibly pigmented (the heavier swatch below is just one swipe!) but also extremely blendable, so it’s easy to apply anything from the sheerest layer on up.

Flower Elegant Azalea Creme Blush Swatch

Elegant Azalea – heavy swatch, blended swatch

I chose the shade Elegant Azalea, which is a bright coral-pink with a matte finish; no shimmer or sparkle at all (my swatch photo came out oddly and it sort of looks like there is shimmer; there definitely is not any).

Overall, I love this blush. It’s a great color and a great texture. I love that it’s so blendable and so easy to apply a sheer layer, yet also so easy to build up more intense color. I would absolutely recommend this product, and I’m considering picking up more shades!

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Stila Convertible Color Trio – Swatch of the Day

stila convertible color trio - warm

A little while ago, I redeemed some of my Birchbox points for this Stila Convertible Color Trio.  I feel sort of “meh” about it and have a backlog of more exciting products, so I don’t see myself doing a full review anytime soon – but since I couldn’t find swatches of all the shades when I was considering purchasing, I thought it would be a perfect Swatch of the Day post.

Here’s a closer look at the Convertible Color shades:

stila convertible color cherry blossom lillium peony swatches

Cherry Blossom // Lillium // Peony

Per Birchbox, “Cherry Blossom is a bright girly pink, Lillium is a peachy pink, and Peony is a slighty darker rosy pink.”

I purchased my box by redeeming points from Birchbox.com – I pay for my own Birchbox, and one of the reasons why I like it is the points system; you can read more about my thoughts about Birchbox here.  This trio (which is labeled the warm trio; there’s also a cool trio) is also available with everyday free shipping from Nordstrom.com.

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ELF Superstar and Showstopper HD Blush Review, Swatches, Comparison

ELF HD Blush Superstar; Showstopper

Superstar; Showstopper

E.L.F. recently released a new HD Blush as part of their studio line.  A few days after it showed up online, they had a “50% off Studio” sale, and I decided to make a purchase – two of the new blushes and several other items (see everything I bought here).  There are five shades of the HD blush available, and I had a hard time narrowing my choices down to two.  They were inexpensive enough for me to buy all five, but given my hit and miss experience with ELF, I wanted to make sure I liked them before buying several.  So, I ended up with Superstar, which I expected to be coral (but is more pink/coral), and Showstopper, which I expected to be berry, and is a purple-toned berry.

This review is two parts; first, I’m going to compare the ELF blushes to the very similar MUFE blushes. Second, I’m going to evaluate the MUFE blushes on their own merits.

MUFE vs ELF HD Blush comparison

MUFE vs ELF: the same packaging

So, how similar are they? The packaging is virtually identical; the only difference I noticed, besides the branding, was that the MUFE has a glossy lid and the ELF has a matte lid.  The pump mechanism seems identical to me (very functional, but you have to be careful not to pump out too much product.)

However, the texture of each brand’s blush is different.  Below, I have extremely heavy swatches of MUFE #6 Quickie and ELF Superstar.

MUFE HD blush vs. ELF HD blush comparison swatches

MUFE HD blush vs. ELF HD blush

Of course, the colors are different, but the reason I swatched them so heavily was so that you could see the texture. The MUFE blush is creamy, with an opaque base, while the ELF blush is more watery, with a translucent base.  The MUFE blush is thicker and takes slightly longer to dry down; the ELF blush is thinner and significantly more pigmented.  The MUFE blush is a little easier to work with because it’s not so pigmented and you have more time to blend. However, if you prefer a very pigmented blush, and especially if you have darker skin, the ELF is going to be your best bet.

And of course, the MUFE blush is $26, while the ELF blush is $3, or as low as $1.50 on sale.  Both are labeled as 10ml (.33oz); however, the ELF arrived full, while my MUFE blush did not – and Sephora.com says that the MUFE blush is .2oz, so perhaps they have adjusted the label to adjust for the quantity you actually receive.

And now, my evaluation of each blush:

ELF HD Blush: Superstar swatch

ELF HD Blush: Superstar

(The darkness on my arm is from a leftover eyeshadow swatch that I failed to remove completely
– sorry about that! I didn’t realize it would show up so clearly in the photo.)

Superstar is a very pigmented pink-coral.  It sets very quickly; you’ll definitely want to apply/blend one cheek at a time. I had the best luck if I put a little bit of blush on the back of my hand, dabbed some on to a fingertip, then applied/blended with my fingers, working quickly. I was able to achieve a subtle result with this method, as seen below:

ELF Superstar, applied

I’m also wearing Superstar on my lips in the photo, mixed with gloss – but I wouldn’t recommend that, as it really settled in to my lip lines. Also, I don’t know if it’s lip safe. And here’s a slightly heavier application so you can see the color better:

Next, Showstopper – this one is gorgeous, but was much harder to work with. It is very, very pigmented, and also sets quite quickly.  The heavy swatch stained my arm (by the way – straight up oil is awesome at removing swatches and stains from swatching).

ELF HD Blush: Showstopper swatch

ELF HD Blush: Showstopper

This is a purple toned berry; a really beautiful color. I think it would work particularly well on deeper skintones, where a more intense color would look natural.

I had a hard time making this work for me.  Even with well-moisturized skin, the color was just too intense.  So, I ended up mixing a little bit with some moisturizer (primer would work even better, due to the texture), and using my fingers to apply the mixture. This worked very well; I wouldn’t call the result natural, but it’s wearable.

ELF Showstopper, applied

Here, I’m wearing Showstopper on my lips. This worked really well – it had a nice finish.  Again, no idea if it’s lip safe.

Overall, these are fantastic products at a bargain basement price.  They require some work to use – I won’t be reaching for them unless I have time to play with my makeup, and time to correct mistakes (i.e. overapplication) if needed.  But, on days that I have the time, they are a really great option. Because they are so pigmented and you need so little, they look just like skin – they basically have no texture at all once applied. I am glad I bought them!

MUFE HD Blush in #6 Quickie Review, Photos, Swatches

One of my favorite blushes is Make Up For Ever’s HD blush in Quickie. I have a weakness for coral blushes, and this one is particularly lovely.  It is a pink-coral cream blush packaged in a pump container (more on that later), with a smooth texture that is very easy to blend – I usually use my fingers, though a brush works easily as well.  It applies easily either on bare skin or over liquid foundation; I’ve never tried to apply it over powder, since I always apply liquid and cream products first and powder products second.

Barely blended swatch;  blended swatch

The only problem I have is the pump mechanism: It dispenses WAY too much product unless you’re very, very careful to only pump it down a tiny little bit. Below, I’ve pumped out one pump on the top of my hand, and the amount I need to apply to both of my cheeks below. You can see that one pump is about eight times too much product for one application.

Here’s a quick look I did to showcase it – as you can see, it creates a very natural flush on me:

Clinique Black Honey on my lips

Quickie is available online at Sephora.com

Have you tried the MUFE HD blushes? Are you interested in them?

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