Sunday, January 13th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You


Do you have a lot of variety in your cheek color? Do you tend to stick with one or two blush colors or do you have a whole slew that you go through?

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116 thoughts on “Temptalia Asks You – Do you have a lot of variety in your cheek color?

  1. bec

    Although I have many blushes, I tend to stick to BeneFit Dandelion and Dior Floral Blossom (’08 Spring Collection). I have a weak spot for subtle, girly pinks.

  2. Stephanie

    I hardly have blushes (and I have a pretty large makeup collection), just a couple varieties though. That is the only thing I do not have many of… My Brozers, mac sculpt is usually what I use for blushes.

  3. Lingping

    I had to get a blusher only a couple of years ago when I started using Bare Escentuals mineral foundation. It’s still hard to find one that goes on natural enough for my taste! I’ve got a Nina Ricci colour coordinates powder that I keep coming back to, it’s so natural you can’t even tell it’s there (without seeing the flat, white “before” face, that is).

    • Ahh, so super subtle blushes are your thing, Lingping? It’s good that you’ve found one that works, though. I use Margin blush ALL the time because it gives me the exact coloring I want, too.

  4. lala

    I love blushes!!..I have 2 pallets, 4 cargos, all the hip blushes, all the jane blushes, all nyc blushes for a very natural look…some of the max factor, a few neutrogena blushes, 2 of revlon sculpt blushes ( my fav. finds) lots more…

    I always have that jlo look..dewy face blush, loads of mascara, and a nudie l/g.

  5. Avatar of Madeline Madeleine

    I’ve got 6 MAC blushes(one full case) and one Chanel.
    One beauty powder from 2006 (Summer collection) which I use as a blush,and 3 MSF.

  6. Lydia

    I only have 1 blush! haha I never think about blush and I don’t usually wear it… I am more obsessed with eye shadows and lip glosses. :)

  7. toni

    ive found just recently that i love blush. it really pulls together a look for me and gives me a healthy glow. as of today i have 2 mac creme blushes ladyblush and pink william. i also have 2 dream matte mousse( my fav). I have a peach and dark red/pink. I will be adding more though. maybe some powder blushes? whats your take on the 2?

  8. Fie

    I have 6 blush colors that I use separately or mix and match. :) Basically a blush palette of MAC blushes; (arranged according to usaga, most to least used) Foolish Me, Springsheen, Devil, Peaches, Azalea and Peaches. Sometimes I’ll mix them around with MSFs :D

  9. chuarmk

    My collection for blushers is not much. Only 4pc from MAC, 4pc from RMK (japan brand),1pc from Nouba (Italy) & 1pc from Shu Uemura. Well I think that’s all..

    But among the blusers, I only use MAC Dont Be Shy & Shu Uemura E33. There are both pink colors for a nice glow.

    If you consider MAC MSF also as blush, then I will add on 4pcs MSF: Northern Light,Petticoat,Global Glow & Gold Spill.

    • That’s not a bad collection, Chuarmk! It’s pretty good, actually :) Don’t Be Shy is a great blush! It’s surprisingly versatile for both warm and cool tones.

  10. Ross1977

    Hi Christine,
    I love blushes and I have quite a large collection: 13 mac blushes(azalea, fleur power,pink swoon, sunbasque, frankly scarlet, melba, fleurry, emote, cheek, peaches, desert rose, tenderling and desirous), 2 chanel’s (turbulent-bright fucsia- and in love.coral) and 1 sisley’s (pinky rose, rose and light rose).

  11. Avatar of Alice Allison

    My blush selection is pretty slim.I’m sort of blush challenged..LOL.Never know what I need.I have:

    Lancome Miel Glace
    MAC Strada
    Flirt Caramel Belle
    Maybelline Not so Nude
    L’Oreal Color of Hope
    LORAC Partially Nude
    Avon Peach Champagne
    BB Blushed

  12. M.

    Gosh, I really don’t think about my blush very much. I only have one, NARS Orgasm, and that sounds rather boring! New year’s resolution: more blushes!

  13. Thalia

    I only have three blushes so far, and that’s only because I never go through them fast enough to warrant buying more. Maybe if I start to make a dent in any of them I’ll consider getting another one.

  14. Ashleigh

    i have 4 blushes i use regularly: springsheen, fleurry, Plum Foolery, and Flirt N Tease

    Add in Northern Light, Glissade, and now Light Flush MSF and that’s basically what I use :)

  15. taj

    Blushes and Mascara are my morning HG !
    I have loads of blushes of various colous and texture, and my recent fav is convertible from Stila, but NARS blushes always play the final touch !

  16. Kelly

    I have Orgasm, Sin, and Outlaw from NARS and Cotton Candy (pink shimmer), Dubonnet (matte dusty peach), and Parfait (matte pink) from Jane Iredale mineral makeup. For MAC, I have Don’t Be Shy and Soft Flame from “Of Beauty”. Since I’m quite fair, Soft Flame is really a blush for me.

    While I absolutely love my NARS blushes, I can buy two Jane Iredale mineral makeup ones and still have money left over because I can get them 40% off retail at work. Twice a year we have an employee event and I can purchase testers for even less! The downside to the testers is they come in screw-cap containers instead of the standard clamshell. Next employee sale, I think I’ll be ordering a BUNCH of eye brushes and toss out some of my LC art-store ones that are getting rather stiff. Much excitement for new brushes!

    So far, I have to say NARS are my favorite. Don’t get me wrong, the Iredale blushes have lovely pigmentation and great color payoff (not to mention the price is right!)… there just isn’t the vast selection of both mattes and shimmers that NARS carries.

    • NARS is definitely known as one of the best lines for blushes, so it’s no surprise that they’re your favorite. It’s good to supplement with a lower cost product, though, for some of those other colors you may not wear as often!

      • Kelly

        That’s the funny part, the Jane Iredale blushes retail at the same price as NARS. Thank goodness for employee pricing!!! If Jane Iredale made the same colors NARS, I wouldn’t own any NARS. Everything I’ve ever tried from Jane Iredale has been beautiful, it’s just a much more subdued/natural line compared to companies like MAC, NARS, etc who offer brighter, edgier stuff. The only Jane Iredale product I’d avoid is their lid primer (worthless) and their mascara (smudgy).

  17. Tracey

    Right now, I have five MAC blushes. My favorite is Raizin. I am a real fan of the sheertone shimmers though(Sweet as Cocoa and Sunbasque). I also have desert rose and flirt and tease.

  18. Mandi

    I have only one blush: NARS Sin. I wear a little during the day, and it looks exactly like a natural flush. I put a little more on when I go out at night, so that I get the color of when I pinch my cheeks. I’ve tried the other NARS blushes, but this is the only one that gives me a natural glow, so I stick with it.

  19. Tanya

    I love blush :) It just makes my face come together when I put it on, makes me feel like my happiness is shinning out though my cheeks.

    Everyday colors are either
    Dollymix (bright pink) or Desert Rose (very dusty/dirty pink’ish), I always apply beauty powder up top for a little extra glitter joy.
    Tenderdusk, Drizzlegold or Natural Flare

    For super low key days and hardly any color I will wear Blushbaby (dirty/dusty nude color with hardly any rose tint).

    I also have Honour (no real color, maybe a little bronze, but a very chunky glitter in a blush form) which I hardly wear anymore because I think the glitter is a bit too big.

    I love Dollymix so much that I don’t really see any reason to buy more blush.

    • I so agree, Tanya! A little blush can really “brighten” my mood, haha. Ohh, a beauty powder fan? Yay! :) I’m always putting one of those on, too.

      Gosh, all these bright blushes I rarely touch, but you all love!

  20. Tonee

    I don’t really consider it a slew of colors ;) but I do use several brands, so I do have a wide selection of shades:

    NARS – Luster, Sin, Taos, Oasis and Lovejoy
    MAC – Ambering Rose, Dame, Plum Foolery, Sunbasque, Melba
    Stila CC – Petunia, Peony, Rose, Gerbera
    Urban Decay – Fetish, Score
    Maybelline – Soft Plum
    Smashbox – Lens, Shimmer (used to highlight)

    Sometimes I layer different shades to get the color I want and I like having a variety of colors because my skin tone changes quite often (very annoying) because I tan easily.

  21. Lindsay

    Ladyblush! I love it.

  22. TUPRNUT

    I’ve always been a one-blush kinda gal until recently – well, since my makeup obsession took off, anyway.

    I love Nars Orgasm in the summer and just added Margin and Tendrling to my collection. I like Blushbaby with BB’s Pale Pink on top.

    I am looking to add a few more Nars to my collection and to check out Dior blushes, too… that’ll have to wait until my trip to Cali, and thus Sephora next month. Have you used Dior blushes before? Any thoughts?

    • What do you think of Margin? Do you love it as much as I do? ;)

      I haven’t used too many Dior products, but I really loved their skinshimmers. The name is escaping me at the moment, but it’s gold-bronze colors and it’s such a perfect flush!

  23. I have recently discovered the joys of blush and now I wonder what I would do without it! I must’ve looked a pale mess lol. I only had 2 for years, but they obviously didn’t go with every looks so I got more. Here is what I have:
    Posey
    Afterdusk
    Margin
    Dollymix
    Fleur Power
    Peaches
    Blushbaby

    I also use Sunspill beauty powder, Shock & Shine and Orange Twink glimmershimmers, and I have MSFs. I think it’s a good variety :)

  24. Nicole

    I’m an NC20 with a very heavy hand, especially when it comes to blushes. I have several MAC blushes and MSF’s that i use as blush, but i have to say that my favorites are Dame and Margin. As for non MAC blushes, NARS Orgasm is a favorite, it really gives a beautiful, flushed look!

    • Dame is a great cool blush, and Margin, yes, I love it so!

      I’m glad Orgasm is a great blush for you! I couldn’t get it work quite so well for me.

  25. Jetblack

    I only have 3 blushes 2 of which are the same 1! 1 for home use and 1 I keep in my ‘on the go makeup bag.’ The other is actually a bronzer.

  26. Carla

    I have been expanding my blush collection. My fav’s are that I use ALL the time are MAC Breezy, Sweet as Cocoa, Sunbasque and Format. I want to venture into creme blush tho.

  27. Athina

    well,I’m a blond nc25,so I really love some color on my cheeks!!!here’s my collection:
    Margin (just perfect),
    Honour (i always use it for some glow!),
    Sweet as cocoa,
    Bronzing Powder in Refined golden (i’m a golden addict for the record!!),
    Cream colour base in Bronze and Soft Rose (i looove them)
    and a maybelline expert wear blush in Pinky gold (it’s propably the only non-mac product I have,and it’s gold,what can I say??haha!!) And I’m now waiting to get my first MSF, in warmed!!i already love it!!

  28. Ashlee

    I only have 2 blushes. And I always use the msf with it. If I want a different blush color I play around with pink shadows that I dont use much of. I didnt worry about buying alot of cheek products because Im still not 100% if im applying it right.

  29. Avatar of Carrie Carrie

    For the last few years I had two Loreal blushes, but I wanted to switch to MAC. Finally last month I bought Tenderling and Harmony, so I use those, but I only contour with Harmony a few days a week.

    I actually got them when Sculpt n Shape came out; turns out the duos weren’t what I was looking for (I was anticipating them so much…oh well!), so I made my own combo and use Pearl CCB to highlight.

    • I love that you made your own combo, Carrie! It’s too bad the duos didn’t work out for you :( I used to use Harmony as a contour color, prior to finding Emote, and then now I use Sculpt. It was great while it lasted, though!

  30. Millie

    I usually stick to one blush. I have discovered Napoleon Perdis blush patrol which I truly love. Of all the make-up items, I’m not too fond of collecting blushes. Love lipstick and lipgloss though!

  31. I don’t use blush at all, I have enough of my natural one! I can put lots of foundation and loose powder but it always emerges!

  32. Ana

    I don’t have a lot of blushes but I’m totally sold to NĂ¡rs Orgasm!!!!

  33. Reilly

    I have about 10 blushes… I try to coordinate my blush with my clothing/eyeshadow and all.

  34. Lydia

    For powder blush I like the ULTA brand loose powder one.

  35. victoria

    i only have two, nars orgasm and mac well dressed. i have sculpt and shape, one msf and one beauty powder. i’m not really into different color blushes but i do wish to get a palette and fill it with just the basics like a pink and peach blush, the full size sculpt and shape and highlighters. i like everything in those big mac palettes, it’s just deciding what to fill them with since i’m not really into blushes.

  36. sara

    blushes are something i really need to actually see before i buy, and since the nearest sephora or mac is in the next state, i dont get those chances very often. so i basically have drugstore blushes. i do have nars multiple in orgasm (i took a chance) which i like very much

  37. Janis

    I used to just go for peachy and coral hues for blush such as Benefit Georgia, NARS Orgasm and MAC Margin…but now I want to try other colors. I go for pinkish brown tones and a little pink, sometimes I even use bronzers as blush! My fave right now is Benefut Dallas! It goes well with my complexion and with any e/s and it’s good to wear any time of the day. Oh and I’m loving Northern Light msf too but I only wear this at night :)

    • Those are all great picks, Janis. It’s nice that you’re venturing into other colors, too! I haven’t seen Dallas yet, but I think I need to now!

  38. Summer

    blushes are my favorite collection. I have some MACs and NARS are my babies. My MAC all time favorite is Margin. Nars Lovejoy is my HG. Can’t live without these 2 babies :)

  39. Annie

    I have STILL not found a blush that I look good in. I generally tend to stick with my TARTE Bronzer in Park Ave. Princess. The color and application is fantastic- although not a blush, it is the best blush substitute for me!!!

    • Hey Annie! I can’t believe you haven’t found one that works for you :( That’s really awful! I’m glad that your Tarte bronzer work sfor you in the meanwhile!

  40. Shefali

    I use Benefit’s Dallas in the fall/winter and I just bought their new Thrrrob for the spring/summer. I absolutely love it, it makes my cheeks have that pink blush as if I went to the gym.

    As far as MAC goes, I have Melba which I use for nighttime special occasions. I have 2 beauty powders: Pearl Sunshine (from the Barbie collection) and Natural Flare (a loose beauty powder from the collection that came out around Christmas time). I use both of them as blushes sometimes, depending on my mood :)

    I would like to get NARS Orgasm next, but I’m waiting to finish some of these others first.

  41. Sal

    it’s surprising that many readers don’t have more than one or two blushes. if you’re doing a sexy classic red lip surely you wouldn’t reach for Dollymix? the same way if you were doing a gold eye, you’d want a duskier colour for the cheeks.
    though i only have 4 blushes right now, i’m still lookin for more. its just a tad bit difficult with my darker skin tone.
    you should do a tutorial on blush colours Christine ;)

    p.s: does anyone here know how well nars’ Orgasm works on medium to darker skin? i’m about an NC45

    • I guess because you can always build up color instead of using a heavy hand :)

      Orgasm will probably turn out to be more of a highlighter on NC45 skin – I would opt for Sin, which is a touch darker, but I hear many people with skintones deeper than NC30 prefer it to Orgasm.

  42. I have about four/five blushes on rotation but I hit pan on my NARS Orgasm recently so it’s down to about three/four. I sometimes use the MAC pigments such as Rose as a blush, haha. Lazy but time-saving (oh and money-saving!)

  43. I have only 2 blusher, one Bobbi pot rouge and Lancome blush subtil. Love the pot rouge, really give a dewy look. How bout MAC creme blush or is the normal powder one better? and i so want so try Nars Orgasm

    • I prefer powder blushes in general, but I know there are TONS of creme blush fans! MAC makes several great colors, and I will probably try one or two out again in the summer.

      • I’m like a new MAC fan.. haha any blusher from MAC you would recommend? like a sort of universal colour THank!

        • My favorite powder blush is Margin, and I’m NC30. It’s absolutely perfect for that skin tone, but I know others above and below that enjoy it too. I also like Springsheen for a pinker glow.

  44. zoe

    I have
    Mac:
    -sweet willaim
    -blossoming
    -afterdusk
    -margin
    -sunbasque
    -cubic
    -prism
    -soft flame(im fair so this is definately a blush one me)
    Nars:
    -crazed
    -torrid
    -orgasm
    -penny lane
    -madly
    -portofino(multiple)
    -maldives(multiple)
    shu :
    - p brown 76B
    rimmel:
    coral rose
    Im think i have a fair amount seen as i got into makeup around kast august before that i only had orgasm. However a few of those i rarely use, my favorite four are afterdusk,crazed , torrid and penny lane. which i probably use once a week each the rest i alternate :)

  45. kleri

    I only have 3 blushes margin,sunbasque and honour. But I am thinking about expanding my blush collection.
    It would be great if you could make some swatches from your collection!!!

  46. Kathleena

    Well I only have 2 blushes at the time. I have MAC Raizin, which is the best blush that I have ever used in my life. It is a burnt orange and looks great on brown skin and MAC Pinch Me, which you can virtually wear with anything. I think I may add one of the blushes from the Fafi collection next month.

  47. I wore the same blush (Cubic) for over two years before I started experimenting with others. Now I love having a variety of blushers to use for various looks. I tend to use more than one cheek item to achieve the look I want, but I have found that I prefer more of a matte finish blush for the apples so I can use a highlighter on the cheekbones without looking too glitzy. My fave blush right now is Pinch Me. I also love Sweet William blushcreme which I sometimes use lightly with a 188 as a blush BASE since I find the staying power of MAC’s powder blushes to not be so great.

    • I think I stuck with my first blush for awhile, too, Ariele. I also use two or three products on my cheeks :)

      Oh yes, the 188 with blush cremes is divine!