What would you like to see next in the world of powder blush?

There aren’t enough satin-to-pearl finish blushes, especially in a real light-to-dark spectrum of shades and undertones. I love when blush adds a subtle glow to my skin but can still be layered with highlighter (of all intensities).

— Christine
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I liked the concept of the failed Kat von d blush duos from a few years ago. I would like to see more blush duos with a deeper blush for dimension and a lighter blush. Especially colors that suit deeper skin. I personally like to apply a deeper shade going towards my hairline and a lighter blush on the apples of my cheek. I’m seeing a lot more blush and highlight palettes with 4-6 colors, but duos are more appealing to me.

Definitely would like more pearl or shimmer (not glitter) finishes! It sometimes feels like it’s either matte or glittery and not much in between… but in between, with a bit of a sheen, suits me best and would get the most use.

I completely agree. These days its either completely matte or so shimmery it could pass as a highlighter. The satin/pearl formula makes you look like you have a healthy glow yet doesnt emphasize texture. The one blush that stands out to me is Mac’s mineralized blush in new romance..such a beautiful sheen.

1) I’d love to see more satin finishes, too. 2) I’d like to see something like the old CoverGirl blush trios from the 90s come back: They had light, medium, and dark versions of the same shade for draping. 3) I’d like to see more purple blushes from mainstream brands.

YES!! More purple blushes. I love them.

I work part time at Walgreens and we have the Cover Girl trios still, on the very bottom row. I think we only have 2 or 3 shade options, but they so still exist. It’s called Instant Cheekbones.

Thanks for letting me know! I think they were called something else back in the day, but it’s great to hear they are still around in some form. They used to have a lavender trio that I kept using up and repurchasing till they discontinued it. I still miss that one! Next time I’m at Walgreen’s I’ll check and see if they have any.

Yes, I’d say this — pearl to satin finishes — is about whole of my wish list. Mattes can be unflatteringly flat, and for me, shimmers are usually too much.

Satin mattes! Nothing shiny, but something that imparts a soft blurring effect on my slightly aging cheeks, but that won’t emphasize pores. Also, please: more highlighting blushes, too! Especially those that have a duochrome shift to them.

On another note, this is to the brands that still only have a blush range which barely works for someone with my skin tone depth, much less those darker than I; Get with it. Produce fabulous blush shades that flatter and perform beautifully for ALL skin tones and colors!

All I wear is cream blush so I’m not sure it matters to me anymore! It’s a little sad because I have a NARS palette that I think is great but when it comes down to it I reach for Glossier every day now for months.

I completely agree with you, Christine. I don’t love glitter on my cheeks and anything that emphasizes my texture is difficult for me to buy but I do sometimes if the shade is unique. As I mentioned yesterday, I prefer a slightly less beaming highlight so for me a soft sheen or satin is best on my cheeks. I just think that whole category of blushes is under represented.

Definitely some more peachy shades, without the orange undertones! I would prefer a more matte finish so that if I wanted to add a highlighter I can without looking too shiny.
But a pearl or sating finish would be lovely to try too.

I want more shimmer blushes. Not glitter and not matte. Satin ones end up looking matte on me, so I’m slowly phasing them out. I’ve got zero issues w/skin texture (I don’t mean to brag, but it’s maybe the nicest thing about my older skin) so can handle shimmer just fine. But I don’t want the shimmer to be so overwhelming as to basically be lightly colored highlighter.

-Better drugstore blushes. I feel like this is one area that drugstore still hasn’t caught up in term of quality and shade options (compared to something like highlighters, for example)

Yes! There are zero nude blushes in all of my CVS, Walgreens and RiteAids. For what it’s worth, I heard those little square Maybelline blushes were reformulated. I’ve been meaning to try them.

I would love to see more blushes with a mineralized/baked formula. They usually blend effortlessly, sink into the skin and add a shine that is so natural (Laura Geller Baked Flambé Blush in Peach Crumble). I prefer these to the formulas full of dimethicone that just seems to sit on the skin.
As I mentioned on the question re: highlighter, I dont apply the highlighter on the exact area as the blush; they may overlap a bit, but I apply the blush in a more central area, whereas the highlighter is placed above the cheekbone, towards the temple.

Same thing I always want. Pigment that’s easy to blend and actually lasts. I feel like most blushes either don’t have enough pigment or it doesn’t stay on the face.

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