November 19, 2011

Liquid Lovin'

It's no secret I am a blush fiend. I have displayed evidence of this here and here. Powder blush makes up the  bulk of my collection with some cream products thrown in for good measure. However, in recent months I have become quite besotted with liquid blushes.

I think it all started back in June with the launch of Benefit's Chachatint, a gorgeous opaque coral orange liquid that makes cheeks look luminous and fresh. Dee and I attended a beauty bloggers breakfast with the Ford Danielson sisters and were heard all about the product and it's worth direct from the horse's mouth.

After that, it was on my cheeks at least once a week, often more, and, only when the season changed did I retire the neon orange hue for some softer, warmer shades, inevitably in powder form.

However, after being introduced to Clarins new collection for spring 2012 a few days ago, I am right back on the liquid lovin' bandwagon. The French beauty powerhouse is launching a liquid cheek product by the name of Instant Light Blush come January and boy is it gorgeous.

Clarins Coral Tonic (L) and Benefit Chachatint (R)

I got a bottle to trial in the shade Coral Tonic and it is absolutely divine. It, effectively, is the pastel equivalent of Chachatint and, thus, much more suited to the late winter/early spring period. I have worn it non-stop since I got it and I can tell that all three of the Instant Light Blush's will be a huge hit.

The nature of liquid blushes and tints means that application can be a bit of a mess if you aren't careful. Apply it with your fingers and 90% of the product stays on your hands. Apply it straight from the applicator and you look like you've got some badly drawn on freckles.

What I have found to be the best method for getting an even, natural, pigmented effect with these types of products is to use a duo fibre stippling brush like the MAC 187. You need a duo fibre that not too densely packed, moves easily in circular motions and is at least part synthetic so it won't soak up all the product.

MAC 187

The Sigma F80 and the MAC 130 are eliminated as they are too dense and unmanageable. The 187, however, is a dream. I just pop a bit of the liquid on the back on my hand, dab the brush in it and work backwards in circular motions from the apples of my cheeks to my hairline. The result is a finely blended, natural glow that can be built up in intensity by repeating the above steps.

Do you like liquid blush? Let me know your favourites!


  1. I love coral blushes, this is pretty shade. I always try to use my stippling brush with a super pigmented blush.

  2. Coral Tonic looks gorgeous. I love my bottle of ChaCha Tint and still use it a lot.


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