Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Top 10 of 2011: Blushes & Highlighters

It’s so hard for me to pick favorites, but these are ten products that really caught my eye this year for adding color and/or glow to cheeks. Since these are products for 2011, I did exclude any spring 2012 products that may have been reviewed this year, as they’re technically for next – so these feature products new for 2011 and permanent products I discovered this year! :)

  1. Guerlain Parure de Nuit
  2. Laura Mercier Rose Rendezvous
  3. Guerlain Blush G Serie Noire
  4. Benefit Watt’s Up
  5. Tarte Exposed
  6. Guerlain Terra Inca
  7. Tarina Tarantino Feather
  8. NYX Menage a Trois
  9. NARS Oasis
  10. Chanel Beiges Ombres Tissees

What was your favorite blush/highlighter that you discovered this year?

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29 thoughts on “Top 10 of 2011: Blushes & Highlighters

  1. All gorgeous! I keep using LA Colors Mineral Blush in Pink Suede, for some reason… Very budget friendly and very addictive.

  2. Lauren

    I’m surprised not to see Dior Amber Diamond on this list.

    I haven’t been using blush/highlighter lately– only bronzer to liven up my face a bit. NARS Laguna.

  3. Chiara

    Oh my god Christine, this is makeup porn! I am very tempted to grab that Guerlain peacock palette, but I’ve promised myself to first finish my highlighters that I already have.

    • Chiara

      Looking at the price you paid for it, I feel lucky that I live near the French border where this palette is around 45 euros.

  4. Marina

    Love this! Thanks for doing this! If you were to do 11 of 2011 (because…you know…it’s ’11!) what product would you add in?
    I’ve been wanting Watt’s Up for a while, may just have to make the splurge. I don’t have a highlighter like it. I’ve also been wanting to try a Tarte blush ever since they came out. And those NYX blushes are cheap, good quality, and have some funky packaging! And I want that Laura Mercier badly too! And the Guerluin looks to die for! AH. Decisions…decisions…

  5. Love the pictures you put there. Is there a blush you are waiting to launch next year?

    • Nope – I really don’t get excited about new makeup coming out, because I try to go in with less hype/anticipation so products don’t disappoint me!

  6. Mariella

    Blush would probably be Dollymix from MAC and highlighter is TheBalm’s Mary Lou Manizer (though I might have “discovered” it last year but since I don’t need a lot of different highlighters, the 3 I have more than fill the bill).

  7. Tom Ford blushes…the packaging, the design, the colors, the name of the colors all so luxourious, sleek and elegant. This brand is the new intro to cosmetics this year for me.

  8. Tarte Exposed! I just received Peaceful and I can’t wait to see how it will perform on my cheeks, but Tarte Exposed is really just an enhancement of my normal cheek color. Doesn’t wear 12 hours on me but oh well :p

  9. Linda

    Hi Temptalia!

    My favorite blush (that I’ve discovered this year) is Shiseido The Makeup Accentuating Color Sticks, they are so nice and colorful, I’ve kinda oily skin, they suit me very well and last all day, and they’re very build able. I looove these!!!!

  10. Valerie

    I love your picks. The first time I wore Nars Oasis was at a baby shower recently. My cousin raved so much about how nice it looked, I pulled the compact out of my purse and gave it to her….lol She was thrilled to receive it :)

  11. Melissa

    I love the look of Guerlain Blush G Serie Noire. I think that would definitely look beautiful on darker complexions. I know this line is cost heavy, but for the quality, I think it would be worth it. I have two Chanel blushes (Reflex and Plum Attraction), and at $50cdn a piece (worth every penny), those will last me a decent amount of time. I love those blushes and they cover all my blush needs.

  12. Def agree on Benefit Watt’s Up as my new favorite highlighter! Thank you.

  13. Em

    I own the Laura Mericer one and I love it–it’s one of my favorite highlighter of the year (the other being Benefit’s Girl Meets Pearl). My favorite blush of the year would have to be Benefit’s Bella Bamba.

  14. O.Ali

    I wonder why there was no mention/review of nars’s blush palette that came out this year. It was called NARS Danmari All About Cheeks Palette.

  15. Mel

    Tarte Exposed is awesome!

  16. Carrie Ann

    MAC Pink Cult, Stunner and Equilibrium Blushes, Pink Power, Semi-Precious Rose Quartz and Semi-Precious Pearl MSFs, Mighty Aphrodite Blush Duo and I also discovered Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed and Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Nectar this year.

  17. Michelle

    Ahh! This list is bad news for my wallet LOL! I want to buy every single one of these products.

  18. My fave blush this year is Illamasqua’s Tweak! Great list Christine!

  19. Erin M

    I’m looking to get a highlighter, I don’t have one at all! What would you suggest for a subtle (no sparkle!) highlight on NW10-15 skin that won’t break the bank? I’ve considered Watt’s Up but not sure how the cream will be on my oily skin.

  20. Guerlain blush G Série Noire and Tarte Amazonian Clay in Blushing bride are my favourites this year!

  21. Tracey

    Again no Dolce&Gabbana on your list? I loved the Animalia Bronzer which lasts for ages and the packaging is so luxurious.
    Also the blush in Peach is one of my favourites

  22. Maya

    So glad you put NARS Oasis on here. That may just be my favorite blush