In the pan it's quite red-orange. Almost just red. Lovely, right? Bright, yes. Obnoxious, just like me. In all seriousness, though, for blushes, I do prefer strongly pigmented products, because to me, it's easier to apply them sheerly than to build up an already-sheer product.
|I rather like Illamasqua's odd packaging. It's like the blush has feet.|
And of course, you will want to know if it really is that orange once it's swatched. Why yes, yes it is.
|Swatched with my finger; heavy swatch on the left, sheered out on the right. It's definitely orange with a yellow undertone in the heavier swatch, but it sheers out to an almost peachy coral color.|
On cheeks, however, worn sheerly (no clown cheeks for me, thanks), it's actually quite peachy. But still orange. That sounds ridiculously unhelpful, doesn't it? Here you go. Have a look for yourself.
|Forgive the messy hair. It does that sometimes. I don't usually care.|
Other products used: Chanel Perfection Lumière B20, Stila Natural Beauty palette (brows), Tarte Jewelry Box (eyes), Buxom mascara, MAC Neon Orange lipstick (review coming soon)
For those curious, it does seem similar to MAC Optimistic Orange Cremeblend Blush, even though they look really different in the pan. They may not be *exactly* the same (perhaps Libido leans slightly redder), but probably close enough on the cheeks to merit not owning both.
Bottom line? I love the consistency, wear, and color range of Illamasqua's cream blushes, and I think I will need another one. Betray is next on my list, after the ban, of course. I also don't think I need to explore any other brand's cream blushes - these are that good.