Have your preferences changed for what you like in a blush? (If so, how?)

Sort of. I’d say that I prefer buildable, more medium-coverage blush with some shimmer, which I’ve kind of preferred for a very long time, but I definitely don’t bother (personally! as a favorite!) with really intensely pigmented formulas in deeper tones, and I rarely will favor a matte blush.

— Christine
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I used to love blushes with a bit of sparkle in them (like Nars Orgasm), but have found over time that the sparkle migrated all over my work clothes. I’ve gradually shifted to matte or demi-matte blushes. I’ve always preferred buildable color as I’m pale, so deeply pigmented makeup enters clown territory quickly.

I used to be all about matte blushes when I was younger but in the past 10 to 15 years, I’ve shifted to something with a bit of sheen MAC’s Sheertone Shimmer and some of their Mineralize blushes have the perfect finish for my liking nowadays.

Status quo.. buildable sheer matte or with a bit of shimmer. I like layering cheek products. Super pigmented blushes are not my thing. I would rather err on the not enough side rather than go to fever cheek level.

I’ve been feeling veeery lazy lately so I tend to reach for cream over powder because I can put it on with my fingers- it’s easier to control how much and where it goes. I prefer them on the lighter side of the spectrum, sheerer and buildable because I’ve always had a heavy hand when it comes to blush and it can go downhill quickly!
I used to lean towards shades of coral but I usually go for pink now as I think it looks more natural on me. I prefer matte blush or with just a bit of shimmer. I often put highlighter (well, pre-covid I did!) on top of my cheeks so I prefer to avoid too much sparkle on my cheeks.
As for cream blush I don’t like the kind that feels like a gloss lipstick on my skin and is too sticky.

I liked shimmery bronzes and peaches that blended into my foundation as a glow. Now, I prefer dusky matte shades of plum or cool brown.

Not really. I never was a blush enthusiastic, especially when it comes to more ‘colorful’ ones. I always preferred matte buildable blushes, in soft muted colors. Most times I’ll just apply a sculpting shade or a bronzer as a blush, just to shape my fave a little. I don’t like blush to be very pigmented or obvious.

I haven’t really noticed a change in my preference after the age of 50, so not for the past 18 years. I prefer a subtle blush that is buildable and with at least a satin sheen. I don’t like glitter but do like a little glow. I have several matte blushes from quite a while ago and I still use them but usually pair them with something a little glowy. I like the Ciate Glow to Illuminate blush range and wished they had added new shades but they never did. I think they may be phasing them out as they are hard to find. I have all the shades I am interested in, anyway.

Just as with foundation, I no longer prefer a matte powder formula. A satin finish is my preference or a matte cream, which reflects a bit of light. I have too much texture to enjoy a heavy shimmer but a very small amount looks good if I am careful with application.

No, not really. I still prefer either satin or skin-like finish mattes, both in buildable consistencies. I don’t want metallic or very shimmery finishes that emphasize my large pores! Nor do I want a dry looking flat matte. One type of blush that I have more recently gotten into is cream blush that sets and doesn’t move. As for colors, this too has pretty much remained the same. I will go as warm as MAC Burnt Pepper and Nars Fetishised to as cool as UD Rapture or Fenty Cool Berry.

Yes, my preferences have changed over the years. I used to like a peachy kind of blush till I realised that the undertones clashed with my complexion shade. Now I go for straight corals.

As long as the blush does not make me look as if I am ready to join the circus I am fine with it. Also any blush I apply has to last at least 12 hours and keep me from looking ghastly and pale. If someone tells me that I look pale then the makeup is not doing its job.

I don’t think it’s changed much. I like a satin finish, some shimmer is fine. I used to own only NARS Orgasm and loved it, I still love it, but prefer cooler tones these days.
I’m thinking the new Pop’s from Clinique will be perfect.

Yes, and more than any other category except maybe skin care. I was not very interested in blush most of my life. I just wanted something to put color in my pale face.

When younger, I preferred light colored mattes. I’d keep a light pink, a light peach, and a lavender Cheekers trio that came out when I was in college. After BareMinerals debuted, I almost exclusively wore Rose Radiance as a blush — it was easy, cost effective, and flattering when my time and money was tied up raising kids.

The last 10 years or so, as I’ve had time and money to get back into makeup, and blush formulas and selection has improved, I’ve come to love it.

Now I like a formula that’s either buildable or easily sheered out. I like bolder and brighter colors than I used to:
Coral, purple, orange, fuchsia, berry, red. I wear it more heavily. I like all finishes except frosty or chunky glitter. The past two years, I’ve even had blush be the focus of my look.

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