|I really like the swirled blush design in the pan, though I don't know that I'm the biggest fan of how the melange translates onto skin. I could probably use less of the coppery shade, but there you go.|
Temptalia's review persuaded me, because she says it shows more plum on the cheeks than in a swatch, and her photos seemed to agree. My experience is the same. In my arm swatch, it's a purply red, almost like a bruise (attractive, right?) - a bruise with flecks of gold.
|The flecks are more apparent in direct sunlight - it's almost glittery, but not as harsh. It definitely seems like individual flecks of glitter in this photo though, huh?|
On my face, since I apply it quite lightly, it shows up as a plummy pink. When applied more heavily, it turns into a deliciously deep mauve, but it can get out of hand in a hurry. I'm still playing around with it - there have been quite a few disasters that resulted in a frantic buffing out of the cheeks, accompanied with pirate language.
|Could I have used a pink blush instead? Probably. This one has just a hint of reddish warmth, though, and works better in some looks than brighter or cooler pinks.|
On lips: Rouge d'Armani 609
At this time, it's still available and retails for $23.50 (0.10 oz). Stratus is not a must-have, by any means. But if you're looking for an autumn addition to your blush stash, this could be it. It would also be divine on those with a deeper complexion.