Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Illamasqua Rude Cream Blush
Illamasqua Rude Cream Blush

Illamasqua Rude Cream Blush

Illamasqua Cream Blusher Rude ($24.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “warm peach pink” with a dewy finish. I didn’t detect any pink in the pan, and on my skin, it seemed more orange than anything else. When blended out, it looks more peach-orange (and not to worry, it doesn’t have to be as fierce applied as it appears in the pan). Perhaps on those with more obvious pink undertones, it will look less peach-orange and more peach-pink. If you apply Rude very subtly, it compares to Urban Decay Indecent but without the shimmer (and I’d say Urban Decay Bang is too dark and orange-y).

It definitely has a dewy finish, and it’s almost on the wrong side of dewy, even on my normal-to-dry skin; luckily, it skates that thin line and manages to be a glowy dewy rather than an oily dewy. You can also take down the dewiness by dusting translucent powder on top. This product is buildable and very, very blendable; the creamy, melt-on-your-cheeks consistency enables that, so it is impossible to overdo it, but if you like your blush darker, you’ll likely do better by building up the color in layers.

The texture, despite its creaminess, feels featherweight against the skin; it’s thin, comfortable to wear, and doesn’t feel greasy. It wears around seven hours on bare skin before it seems to reach its limit at eight hours (where it appears faded). Over foundation, it wears five to seven hours, depending on the quality of my underlying skin; if it’s drier, then it tends to cling to patches over time, so it’s manageable for five hours or so, but if my skin is more normal, then it lasts just over seven hours. What I really liked was that it looked and felt good over and under foundation, and many cream blushes have a tendency to work best on bare skin–and let me tell you, my skin is nowhere near good enough to be wearing full makeup and skipping foundation.

The Glossover



I can see why Illamasqua's Cream Blushes are popular; the wear is good (but it has some room for improvement), and the color is buildable and blendable, which are really two must-have characteristics of a cream blush.











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Illamasqua Rude Cream Blush
Illamasqua Rude Cream Blush

Illamasqua Rude Cream Blush
Illamasqua Rude Cream Blush

Illamasqua Rude Cream Blush
Illamasqua Rude Cream Blush

Illamasqua Rude Cream Blush
Illamasqua Rude Cream Blush

Illamasqua Rude Cream Blush
Illamasqua Rude Cream Blush

Illamasqua Rude Cream Blush
Illamasqua Rude Cream Blush

Illamasqua Rude Cream Blush
Illamasqua Rude Cream Blush

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Sephora, $24.

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If you apply Rude very subtly, it compares to Urban Decay Indecent but without the shimmer (and I'd say Urban Decay Bang is too dark and orange-y).

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59 thoughts on “Illamasqua Rude Cream Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. I have this blush and I absolutely love it, it looks so natural while the colour is also buildable. I like the finish of this blush very much, it gives my skin a natural dewy finish.

  2. Jill

    It’s a lovely color, but the texture scares me! With my skin, I think I have to stick with powder.

    • It’s a cream blush – I used a spatula so that I could photograph the actual color better, as there was condensation on the top (as many cream products can have) upon arrival.

  3. Mel

    I LOVE this cream blush. Never wore cream blush before because I thought it would fade too quickly on my normal/combination skin. This one stays on my skin all day, really, all day. Up to 12 hours of good wear. It looks more pink than orange on my skin. It’s the blush I reach for when I’m in a rush or just need that quick freshness on my skin.

  4. Wow, this looks gorgeous x

  5. This blush looks so pretty swatched, but I don’t think it shows up very well on your skin which I find a little strange… maybe it’s just the picture or the lighting or something. Otherwise, it looks great!

  6. jasmeet

    That colour looks so beautiful on you! You’re so so pretty :)

    What brush would you use for this? Would MAC 130 be ok?



  7. You look stunning in the full-face look here! It’s like a perfect no-makeup look <3 Gorgeous!

  8. Belen

    Looks perfect on you, especially with that blue top!

  9. Sophie Rowland

    it from your swatch, it reminds me of MAC’s ‘Ladyblush’ cremeblend blush! :)

  10. Intet

    Was it like that in the pan when you got it? i mean the surface of the cream blush lol

  11. Angie

    I have this, but i have the shade “promise” this is also so pretty, I think I’m going to get this one as well :) thanks for the review Christine!!

  12. Adelita

    Hey, this is my very first Illamasqua product and I’m still loving it! On my cheeks, it’s very similar to MUFE HD Microfinish Blush #6 Quickie.

  13. lilly

    Does it come with that “design”? Because it is quite ugly…

    • No – because of how flat cream blushes appear, and sometimes they have condensation on top, I used a metal spatula so swirl the product so it would photograph better. How funny – I loved how it looked!

  14. Candace

    How do you best apply this cream blusher? I have it in the shade ‘Laid’ and find it easily blendable, but when I just want to use a little bit, I’m not sure how to spread it about (since there isn’t much there). I’m using a large stippling brush? Should I go for something smaller?

  15. Katherine

    Christine this looks amazing on you. You might have warm skin but you must lean very neutral because I’ve yet to see a color that you can’t wear! I’m really interested in this brand cream blush. I am going to start purchasing cream and can’t decide to start with this brand or Le Metier de Beaute. I’m sure I’ll end up with both eventually though.

    • I’m not super yellow in undertone, but I’m definitely not neutral! I look ghastly in a lot of cool colors, lol!

      I find Le Metier de Beaute’s a bit dewier and feel like they don’t actually set. Reviewing soon!

  16. Swenson

    It is very similar to one of the cheap women secret blusher.

  17. Lirael

    I love these, I will never go back to powder blushes. It took me a little while to learn how to apply it but it was so worth it. I have it in Sob <3

    • How do you like apply ’em, Lirael?

      • Lirael

        With a big fluffy blush so I can blend blend blend as these blushes are SO pigmented. It’s probably similar in a way to what you do with a stipling brush, but I don’t have one of those and always find them a bit intimidating looking :S

  18. How funny! I am actually wearing this today. Like you I don’t see how people see “pink” in it…it looks totally apricot on me! It looks nice if I put only a little bit and sheer it out, otherwise it’s too orange. I love it though! I love the formula a lot because it’s thinner than my other favorite cream blushes, so when I am in a rush it’s easier to apply quickly. I ordered Promise (cool light pink) too, because I find that I don’t wear Rude much since it’s not a natural color on me.

  19. Nadia

    I have this one and it’s fantastic! It wears for 10 hours on me and blends like a dream. Great, light texture. I like to use a Sigma F82 to apply this or a duo-fibre stipling brush.

  20. Christine B.

    I love this blush and am wearing it right now actually. I’m NW15 and it shows up more pink-peach on me. It’s really nice on lips as well.

  21. Madeline

    Your full face look is so soft and pretty, I love it! And I think it’s genius that you used a little spatula for the blush, I should do that for my cream blushes because I hate sticking my fingers in them!

  22. This is definitely the sort of color I reach for in spring and summer! I really like Illamasqua’s cream blush formula, I’ll have to keep this shade in mind!

  23. Salvinia

    The swatches make this look much less terrifying, lol! I’d wear this, even though I normally go for pink.

  24. Noelle

    I got Rude by chance,and I love it! Sometimes I wear Makeup Forever Sculpting Blush in #22 over rude,and the combo works well for me.

  25. Katrina King

    I think that this blush is very intimidating in the pan and in the swatches. Thank you for doing a subtle look with it, Christine. I know you wish it was pinker, but we all seem to agree it looks great on you in the full face look.

  26. I really wish Illamasqua could use some other oil than petrolatum, that’s just a shame… pretty otherwise, but I really don’t want to use that stuff on my cheeks or any other acne prone part of my face :)

  27. Veronica

    Whoa, that swatched differently than I thought it would. It looks quite flattering on you, though.

  28. Palm

    I’m contemplating between getting this one or the MUFE HD Blush, which one do you prefer, Christine? I really like the colors of both brands, but I heard MUFE pump is a pain to use; however, MUFE contains more product for only a dollar more ($25 for 0.33 oz) so I’m kind of on the fence here. Which one would you recommend for a dewy finish blush? Thank you!

    BTW, that blush looks so naturally beautiful on you!

  29. Carla

    theres real carmine in this?

  30. Alicia

    Love. Love. Love. LOVE. >_< I wish Sephora could ship Illamasqua to Canada. This post KILLS ME in the inside. I have longed for a peach blush EXACTLY LIKE THIS. Do you know of another comparable blush with this exact colour? Or do I have to make a 5 hour trip to the U.S.? I love what you do. Please keep it up.

  31. Abby

    Do you know how it would compare to the Sonia Kashuk Creme blush in Rosy? I have that one and it looks like a similar peach coral color.

  32. jaimemakeup

    I have combo oily t-zone dry cheeks skin so I’m not sure if I should go for this..