A few months back I won a giveaway from Arisa Chow's blog and I got this Heavy Rotation cream blush from her. It's been so long since and if you wonder why am I doing this review right now it all comes back to me procrastinating over and over again. At least it's up now so all's good right?
Cream blush has been around for a long time but I've never got myself one to try before. Prolly because I'm poor or you might say stingy because paying for one cream blush cost so much and it feels like it's piercing both my heart and my wallet so I tend to put them back onto the shelves. Besides, despite cream blushes giving you that natural blush look, they melt easily in hot weathers so it's not a to-go item. (And that breaks my heart too if the product doesn't work that well)
Long story short, let's get onto the review!
There are 3 shades in this product range and mine was shade 02 Cutie Pink. The product comes in a plastic tube form with 7g priced at RM33.40 on Sasa's website. There's nothing spectacular about the packaging to me, but I do like that it comes in a tube form so it's more hygienic.
With this product, it's a little goes a long way. With one tiny dot, it's enough for both my cheeks. It has a vibrant strawberry shade but it doesn't look too over the top when you apply it. To use cream blush, you should always build up the intensity of the blush with thin layers. Unlike powder blushes, you can't tone them down easily when you've apply too much. But if you really do need to tone it down a little, I find that using a cosmetic sponge helps to pick up a little bit of the colour, making it look less vibrant on your cheeks.
Cream blushes work best in colder climates. However if you're on the warmer region like me, I tend to layer the blush with my Candy Doll Strawberry Pink powder blush. Both shades are similar and I find that they work well together. :) You don't need to go over the entire area of the blush, just highlight wherever needs more intensity of the colour. This will help to set the blush so that it'll last longer even if your makeup starts to melt. :)
So who are cream blushes for?
Cream blush gives a natural blushing effect along with dewy looking skin. It's light and buildable and has some translucency in it. For people with dry skin, it'll probably work much better than powder blush as it doesn't dry out your skin and absorb away the oil and moisture on your face. And did you know that you can use it as lip colour or eyeshadow too? :) It's not a complete substitute for those products but if you're in need for a little colour on your face you can use it that way too. :)
I've done 2 looks to show you some ideas on how you can work your blush for different looks. :) Japanese or Harajuku looks tend to layer their blush heavily under the eye area so I first use the cream blush then layer it over with powder blush. As for Korean looks, it tends to be more natural and dewy so I used only the cream blush around my cheeks for a natural blush. There is a slight difference in the intensity of the colour among the two looks but that little difference makes a huge difference to an overall look! ;)