Phytosurgence Ember Blush Balm Review & Swatches
Phytosurgence Ember Skin Spark Blush Balm ($17.07 for 0.14 oz.) is a brighter, medium orange with moderate, warm undertones and a natural finish–not dewy but not matte either. The texture was smooth, creamy, and had moderate slip initially; the formula dries down noticeably to a more satin-like finish after a minute or so. I had plenty of time to work one cheek at a time, but the product becomes more transfer-resistant once it sets.
It had intense color coverage to the point where a little went a very, very long way, so the key was to be particularly ginger when picking up product initially (whether on fingertips or brushes). The brand noted this as well, but wow! they really are quite pigmented. The cream blush applied well to bare skin as well as layered on top of base products, as the color blended out easily along the edges without creating patchiness or lifting up base products. It stayed on nicely for eight hours before fading visibly.
FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).
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$17.07/0.14 oz. - $121.93 Per Ounce
The formula is supposed to have a "somewhat powder like finish" without being "sticky or greasy" paired with a "moussey cream" consistency. The brand advises to use very little as it is an "incredibly pigmented product" that is designed to be "sheered out" and used "onto bare skin or on top of other base makeup."
It is imperative to use the smallest amount; it may be even better to pick up product with a stippling brush gently and swirl once on the back of one's hand to ensure there's not too much on the brush--the formula is THAT pigmented! With fingertips, just one gentle tap of of my index finger on the surface was enough for each cheek; there's no need to swirl.
The consistency felt creamy, dense but not overly firm in the pot, and it was easy to apply and blend out on bare skin or on top of foundation. I liked to apply with fingertips as I felt like it extended my working time and gave me the ability to have the product on one fingertip and then use a clean fingertip to diffuse and blend.
The formula dries down to a satin finish, not quite matte but not dewy. It looked very "skin-like" as the product sat seamlessly on my skin, let my skin's natural finish come through, and was more transfer-resistant as a result of the more noticeable dry down. I preferred working one cheek at a time because it does become harder to blend once it dries down, but I had enough working time without feeling rushed (per cheek).
The shades wore between seven and eight hours on me before fading a bit, but they had an even fade and didn't slide/migrate as they wore down.
One thing I noticed was that a few shades seemed to have a warmer base when I did the sheerer/more blended out swatch, but they seemed less apt to turn warmer when I applied to my cheeks (see Fervor swatched vs. applied).
Browse all of our Phytosurgence Skin Spark Blush Balm swatches.
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Myristate, Copernicia Prunifera (Carnauba) Wax, Garcinia Indica (Kokum) Butter, Magnesium Stearate, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuacu) Butter, Boron Nitride, Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopherol. May Contain: Zinc Oxide (CI 77947), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 40 (CI 16035). Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Blue 1 (CI 42090), Iron Oxides (CI 77492, 77491), Manganese Violet (CI 77742)
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Very punchy, intense shade of orange, and I absolutely love it! This is a shade that isn’t the easiest to pull off, yet I think I can during most of the year here.
I like the look of the colour, just not for me. I’d look clownish in such an orange blush. They do seem to be of very good quality, so I might get one of the pinkier ones.