|MAC Love Thing (source)|
After recently reading many blog posts and online reviews about Chanel's limited edition Joues Contraste Rouge blush, I wondered why more blushes are not red or why I hadn't thought to look for a red blush for myself—always being shepherded toward the dusty roses.
Perhaps my coloring is in the minority at retail counters. I continually struggle to find a realistic blusher, as most are too bright or too warm for my "roses-and-cream" (aka pink) skin. Adding more rose on top of a naturally rosy complexion seems redundant, but there are times when I need a hint of color on my pale face. How nice it would be to find something that looked as natural as the result of pinching my cheeks.
It was perfect timing when Chanel introduced a red blush and the reviews were positive. I was a little taken aback by its intensity, but I also felt drawn to it. However, I have made too many mistakes with that brand, which is overall, too warm for my skin tone. So, I dipped my toe into the Red Sea by ordering what appeared to be an a near-identical color: MAC Mineralize Blush in Love Thing.
I nearly fainted when I pulled the compact out of its box. That blush was RED! And deeply pigmented with fine gold shimmer. I used a small duo fiber (MAC 188) brush and barely touched the synthetic tips to the blush surface. Then I swirled the tips around the inside of the lid to remove excess pigment and push the color into the bristles. Then I barely brushed the tips against my skin. Instant flush, and it looked good. Really good.
I wore Love Thing for a while and decided to also try Chanel Rouge. Who could look at the images on Front Row Beauty and not want this blush?
|Chanel Rouge blush|
For the next few weeks, I wore red blush exclusively. Quite honestly, I need never look at another color. I have found the perfect match(es) for my own blush color.
Below is a picture of the Chanel Rouge blush next to MAC Love Thing. They are both very red and very pigmented. Although they look similar, Love Thing is slightly cooler, with plum undertones—which is ideal for me.
Here are some skin swatches, first in natural light and then in direct sunlight. The shimmer is very subtle in both products and is slightly more apparent in sun. I see no glitter on my face with either, only a diffuse glow.
Bottom line: Both are beautiful, but I prefer the color and value of MAC (plus, it's unscented).
What do you think of red blush? Is it for you?
First image from maccosmetics.com. All others taken by me.