How do you feel about sheer blushes?

I prefer more medium, buildable coverage unless it’s a very, very powdery formula (where it can be easy to pick up too much product in one pass). Sheer coverage tends to go on less evenly in my experience and often has a thinner consistency.

— Christine
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I like a sheer wash of colour. Because I’m pale (and fading more with each year), I do need blush but it can look overpowering and almost clownish if it’s too pigmented so a sheerer blush is a bit more mistake-proof. MAC’s Sheertone Shimmer blush finish was always one of my favourites.

I tend to steer clear of sheer powder blushes because the more I have to build them up, the more dry and powdery my skin looks, which is not my vibe. I love pigmented blush that I can use a light hand with, even better if it’s a cream or liquid blush.

Considering how much I love MAC Blushbaby, I’d say that these DO have a place in my stash. Mostly as an everyday easy-to-wear sort of thing. But I also love buildible blushes, too. Similar effects once applied.

I prefer blushes which run a little sheerer because I prefer a wash of cheek colour and I like layering products. Blush is one of those products where I think choice has a lot to do with the intensity of your own colouring and face shape.

They’re the only kind of blush I’ll have in my collection! I can’t stand the look of heavy blush and have no use for a pigmented one. If I only ever want a sheer wash of color, it makes sense for me to only have sheer blushes instead of ones that require tapping off for ten seconds and going back over with setting powder.

I LOVE sheer blushes b/c I have a heavy hand, so sheer blushes tend to be the way to go for me. Plus, I just think they look so much more natural — like a wash of color.

Like you Christine, I prefer a more medium kind of blush because I am so fair. After I apply my foundation I need a more definitive shade to add colour to my cheeks. otherwise I tend to look ghostlike.
I am not really into sheer products on me.

Love sheer blushes. I am older and have freckles so I already have a lot of color on my face from the freckles. Love a sheer wash of blush. On an older face it looks more natural.

For everyday wear I like products that let some real skin show through. After applying a foundation that gives me a “my skin but better” look, the last thing I’d want to do is apply a blusher that is obviously artificial looking no matter how well blended. A well formulated sheer blusher can be every bit as smooth, even, and wear just as well as its more heavily pigmented brethren.

All that being said, I can understand why some women wouldn’t care for them. If someone wears a more opaque foundation, a blusher with more omph is needed to artfully put back what the foundation has obscured. Different needs require different products. Aren’t we lucky to have so much from which we can choose?

It depends on the color and how sheer. I’m a medium to tan in the summer and light medium in the winter so it has to show up.

I just hate patchy blush and can’t do the clown blush thing but I need it, it brings my face to life.

I usually go for a buildable, powdered blush as I usually have to wear medium-to-full coverage foundation due to redness and occasional acne. I have to use setting powder due to my oily skin.

I think cream, gel, and liquid sheer blushes can be really pretty and flattering, but I can’t really wear them. I think they look better on bare skin or over a really lightweight foundation, and that leaves me out.

No to sheer blush. I’m not pale and I want color for my cheeks to show up! I can see how someone with very light skin might like sheer, but not for me.

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