Finding your perfect blush and bronzer is easier then settling on a foundation and a concealer because now you WANT the colour to stand out on your face (albeit not in a Bozo the Clown type of way … and let’s just all agree that clowns are scary). Therefore, when it comes to finding your perfect blush and bronzer it’s all about quality.
One of the worst things to watch out for is when a blush or bronzer is described as ‘light reflecting or luminizing’ … great concept when executed well but some brands just take it as an excuse to put glitter in their product. Do not buy the glitter products unless you’re trying to be Britney Spears circa late 90s. The look is done now … back away from the glitter (until it comes back into fashion of course 😉 )
Another thing to watch out for with blush and bronzer is when the brand boasts ‘cool tones’. Even if your skin tone suits ‘cool hues’ they are VERY hard to pull off in this case without looking like you’re dead. (I currently have alot of my ‘cool tones’ in a box labelled Halloween). I like to read in the description or see a golden shimmer to my blushes and bronzers.
Ok, so keeping those two points in mind, it’s time to swatch!
1) Choose your blush/bronzer. Feel it’s textue between your thumb and forefinger. If it’s smooth and silky (not sticky, grainy, or plasticy) then continue to step 2.
2) Apply the blush/bronzer into your inner arm between the wrist and the elbow (the pale meatier part) with your finger. The colour should look almost exactly the same as it looks in the pan. If it comes out too light then put it back. This means that it is not good quality and it will never transfer nicely with an application brush.
3) If the colour is rich and beautiful begin smudging it with your finger. Does it blend and lighten or does it just smear like a stain? If it blends and lightens then you should continue to step 4. If it smears PUT IT BACK NOW … I don’t care if it’s the prettiest colour you’ve ever seen put it back! Blush and bronzers NEED to blend. Don’t say I didn’t warn you….
4) If your chosen blush and/or bronzer have made it this far it’s now time to try the colour on the meaty part of your hand (that area in your palm beside your thumb and underneath your forefinger) This part of your hand usually gets the same flushed colour as your cheeks. If the colour looks good on this area BUY IT! If it clashes or doesn’t look how you like it spend your hard earned cash on something else!
Hands down my blush and bronzer all star brand is Nars.
Nars’ colours, texture and quality just can’t be beat. If you’re new to buying blush and bronzers I would look no further than the Nars counter and pick up the Orgasm and Laguna duo.
Other notable brands that I would recommend are Pacifica (available at Kardish and other natural health stores), Benefit and Smashbox.