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My kind of blush should be easy to blend, has an excellent color payoff and a flattering finish (luminous satin), lasts for hours (around 6-8 hours), melds with my skin, and one that’s not too soft that it turns powdery. 🙂

For me, color & finish are the key. I look for a color that looks natural, and it has to blend into my skintone, seamlessly. That means anything bright and/or warm just won’t work for me. If the color is right, it’s not too much of an issue if it’s too pigmented, but if pigmentation is softer, it needs to be buildable without going cakey. As for finish, I don’t care for sparkle/glitter, nor do I like completely matte. Ideally, a nice dewy glow tops my list.

I feel blush is a sort of extension of my foundation, and while I can go to extremes with eyes (and lips to a lesser extent), I like to keep my face natural. It’s as if my face is a canvas, and my eyes are the artwork.

Blendability is the main thing, I’m always wary of having really harsh lines of blush (because when I started wearing it I just used to pack it on and looking back it didn’t look great).

True to pan colour, good pigmentation, blendable and long lasting!

I prefer satin or ever so slightly shimmery finishes because I think that a little bit of glow always looks flattering on every skin tone but matte is fine too because it’s easy enough to add a highlighter if you so desire.

La Femme blushes are amazing, if anything, they are too pigmented! Incredibly affordable too. I have nearly 2 dozen shades (ordered from overseas) and they are BRILLIANT. I refuse to pay big $ for Tom Ford, MAC and Burberry now, even my NARS gets skipped over for these babies… 😉

Cream-to-powder or powder, should be soft in texture, highly pigmented and long-lasting, should blend easily and have either a matte or glowing finish; I don’t mind shimmer either, as long as it doesn’t emphasize pores too much.

Pigmented but not streaky or chalky. I bought a beautiful bright pink blush from Sonia Kashuk which was pigmented but blended horribly and faded fast. I also like any finish.

Sorry if it’s off topic, Christine, but do you plan on reviewing/swatching the Viva Glam Rihanna set?

1). Even application without the clown effect. No Kidd gloves, no endless layering either.
2). Actually shows up and complements my skin color/tone.
3). Seriously hides pores.
4). Doesn’t itch or smell.
5). Lasts all day/evening

Easy to blend, finely-milled but not powdery, and long-lasting! I’m fine if a blush contains shimmer, but only if the shimmer doesn’t show up as such on the cheeks!

Nice true-to-pan pigmentation that is sheer, but buildable. Has to blend nicely and not make my pores look bigger! 🙂

Two things: pigmentation and ability to blend. I can engineer around the finish, length of wear, etc. but those two things are non-negotiable. Failure results in product going immediately in the trash without any hesitation.

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I love shimmery blushes that have a golden sheen or glow (like a highlighter), rather than chunky particles of sparkle/glitter in them. It should look intense but natural. My boyfriend always comments when I wear Sleek’s Rose Gold that “your cheeks are glowing!” with a look of astonishment on his face, as if he doesn’t realise it’s makeup! 😛 Some say it’s a dupe for NARS Orgasm, but I’ve swatched it many times and I find it far better than Orgasm – pigmented and ultra-glowy without the chunks of glitter.

They should also be buttery, soft and blendable, and preferably very pigmented, although there are some sheerer blushes which are very good, too. I’ve rarely fallen in love with a baked formula, though they are pretty to look at. I’m not a fan of satin blushes, but I have been getting into matte ones lately – and I’m dying to try out more cream formulas: cream-to-powders as well as those that give a dewy effect.
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Pigmentation, blendability, softness, smoothness. I don’t like to see chunky glitter on my cheeks – it looks like fallout – but I like a good sheen. That said, even though I’m fair-skinned, I am always incredibly drawn to COLOR (like Nars Desire or Exhibit A; Clinique Berry or Plum Pop), even if I have to use a light hand to make it look good. Never been afraid of it, never will be, and I always like the option of super intensity. Someday I’ll add something paler to my collection. Maybe.

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