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27 March 2016 8 comments


Relatively speaking, I'm new to the blush game, I only started wearing it regularly in the last few months. Saying that, they're become one of my favourite things to hoard, so today I thought I'd share my top 5 (plus a little bonus extra because I'm indecisive) favourites.


Chanel Joues Contrastes £31 | I really love the formula of these. Although they're definitely a very dry, powdery texture, they offer the perfect amount of pigment and blend beautifully to a satin-sheen finish. There are so many shades I like, Rose Initiale, Rose Petale, Rose Glacier for example, but Alezane is possibly my favourite, just because it's a bit more unusual, and nothing like the other pinks in my collection.

M&S Autograph Pure Luxe Multi-Blusher £12.50 | Autograph are a massively underrated brand. Their DD primer is a really good, and this other embossed blush is just ludicrously pretty yet only £12.50. Their multi-blusher is a beautiful, embossed two-toned blush containing a soft coral tone and more glowy peachy-pink counterpart. I use this liberally on my cheeks as a blush and highlight in one and it's ridiculously pretty.

Maxfactor Creme Puff Blush £8.99 | Coined as the dupe to the Hourglass Ambient blushes, the Creme Puffs are a marbled powder blush that again, have superb blendability and a soft sheen finish (I think we can see a pattern forming here). Seductive Pink is the perfect rosy shade that'd be universally flattering.

Chanel Les Beiges cream blush £32 | If I had to pick just one favourite this would probably be it. If you've been with Barely There Beauty for a while, you can't have missed me witter on about it at every given opportunity. The cream stick is great for travel and top ups, and the hydrating, gel-like formula gives the most realistic, flattering flush from within, it's like a 'your-cheeks-but-better' finish. There are 2 other shades, a bronze and peach, but it's without doubt the pink for me. I know it's expensive but Boots stock Chanel online so use your points!

Kiko Shade Fusion Trio £10.90 | This is probably my favourite more affordable option (although the Autograph one...). This powder formula ends up looking gel-like on the skin and the shades aren't too strongly pigmented so really easy to wear. You can check out my in depth review here.

Milani Luminoso £9.69 | I'm a fan of baked powders in general, they apply and blend wonderfully on the skin. Luminoso is an extremely popular shade by Milani that although swatches pretty garishly, it's super pretty on the cheeks, applied with a light hand. There's a strong coral, almost orange, base with a golden duochrome, it looks great during the summer (hurry up sun) months.

What are your favourite blushes? I think the IOPE Cushion blush sounds like literal perfection, and the new ones in the Summer 2016 collection by Givenchy (swatches here) are next on my list!

P.S Have you seen my swatches of the Lancome Juicy Shakers? I'm utterly in love!

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  1. All these blushes look lovely! Specially the Link one x
    Paula |

  2. Kiko and milani blushes look amazing! I love the makeup geek blush pan in 'spellbound' x

  3. These look so pretty, definitely want to try the Max Factor blushes as the Hourglass ones are just a bit too pricey!

    The Modern Audrey

  4. So gorgeous! I love the look of the Kiko blush, I'm really getting into their make-up at the moment.

    The Jewel Beauty | A friendly beauty & lifestyle blog ツ

  5. Great post! I've never tried any Kiko products, but I keep hearing great things, so I may have to place an order! And I SO want to try the Lancome Juicy Shakers!

  6. I really need to try more Kiko products and I'm kicking myself for not picking up the Autograph Blush its so pretty! I think I'd be terrified to ruin the pattern though haha.

    Eloise x

  7. I too like all of the blushes, but if I had too choose a favorite it would be the MaxFactor blush. What they say is true. You do not have to spend a million dollars to look a million dollars!

    Erica K.

  8. I'm a big fan of KIKO Abricot, Max Factor Seductive Pink and Milani Luminoso so I will have to check out the other 3... I keep seeing the Chanel cream blush on your blog and it's just stunning! xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty


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