Once upon a time, I loved NARS Orgasm. And then, somehow we fell out of love. I think it’s because I’m a cavewoman at heart and prefer to apply all of my makeup with my fingers. Especially blush, which felt incredibly awkward to apply using a brush. Yes, I know, practice makes perfect but I can’t say I’m inclined to keep practicing when non-powder blushes are easier to apply and travel with than their brush-reliant counterparts. Here are my three faves.
I first experienced this product when I did the BlogHer fashion show last summer, and absolutely loved how it looked and felt. It’s lightweight but very bright and strong, so a very small amount will work. It looks odd when first applied, but worked in is rosy and warm and lovely. It’s one of the longest lasting cream blushes I’ve tried, and generally goes for 10-12 hours without fading. And friends, EVERYTHING fades on my skin.
Aveda Uruku Cheek and Lip Creme, on eBay for various prices
I know, I’m recommending something that is already out of production. I’m doing so in hopes that someone at Aveda is listening and will help a gal out because this stuff is fantastic. If you do snap up a tube from eBay and love it, you should be set for about six months. It’s is less potent than the Elizabeth Arden, but still packs a punch. It goes on light and dry, and lasts nearly all day.
Benefit Pocket Pal, $20
All lip tints dry my lips, including this one. But I use the gloss alone, and love that the stain doubles as a blush. I keep one of these babies in my purse at all times and it’s come in quite handy on days when I’ve zipped out the door without looking at my face. Which are more common than I’d like to admit. I do prefer the creams overall as this stain needs to be rubbed in quickly and accurately or it can look a little paint-like. But it’s great in a pinch. (You can also buy Benetint – just the stain – on its own.)
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