Lately, I’ve been looking for a good red blush (see why in this post!) Since La Femme blushes are pigmented, high quality, and very inexpensive (around $3), I thought I would give La Femme’s “Red” blush a try.
Instead of buying online, I bought in-person at Nigel Beauty Emporium – a beauty supply store located about 20 minutes away from me. I had never been before, and WOW – it is the most fantastic store I have ever been too! They have so many brands, including the full line of Inglot, OCC, Kevyn Aucoin, Ellis Faas, MUFE, Ben Nye, and so many more. I spent about two hours browsing!
Among my other purchases, I bought two La Femme blushes – Red and Coral, to add to the four I already own (swatched & reviewed here).
Here are swatches of all six together:
For blended swatches and face swatches of the four I already owned, please refer to my previous post.
La Femme Coral is a matte red-based coral. I had no trouble getting a sheer application, despite the intensity of the pigment. My technique for a sheer application of a pigmented blush is as follows: first, use powder (I even powdered my arm – this really helps it blend). Then, use a stipple brush to lightly touch the blush. Touch the stipple brush to a tissue to get rid of any excess blush – you want only the smallest amount of blush on your brush. Then, apply to your face. Use a clean brush to blend.
La Femme Red is a vibrant, bright red with some sparkle. The heavier swatch shows the sparkle, but in the blended out swatch, the sparkle disappears – so little of the blush is used that there is virtually no sparkle visible (which I like). At Nigel Beauty, I compared an Inglot red blush, two MUFE red blushes, and this one, and I liked this one best – the color was the most vibrant and seemed the most true red. This one is a touch more difficult to blend out than Coral, because it is SO pigmented, but I was still able to do so using the technique outlined above.
And, here’s a look at my blush/face palette – it’s in a giant MUFE palette (only $11!) that I bought at Nigel Beauty. I prefer to keep most of my blush in single pots, but the La Femmes come as pans, the packaging on one additional blush broke, and I’ve depotted some bronzers and one highlighter because I found the packaging annoying.