Friday, February 21, 2014

Shu Uemura Silk Cushion Blusher in Orange Quartz

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Shu Uemura Silk Cushion Blusher in Orange Quartz.
Yeah, I bought blush. I previewed this in my "ORANGE ALL THE THINGS" post.
Aka, "cream-mousse-something-soft-and-squishy blush." It also comes in pink, if that's your thing.
It's a light, soft apricot with a faint shimmer-sheen. The texture is squishy. "Marshmallow-like" is how Shu Uemura's site describes it, and that's pretty apt. I tried a couple of brushes with this, and I prefer the Real Techniques Stippling Brush; I do, however, prefer that brush for most cream blushes. One of the other ones that I tried was the Sonia Kashuk Tools No. 4 Brush (flat top), but I didn't love it for this application. (What's your favorite brush for cream blushes?)
It's like, orange creamsicle-colored. Man, I love food. 

I seem to have fallen hard for Shu Uemura products lately, which is unfortunate as they are only available online in the US.
Wearing the blush. I also applied highlighter to the tops of the cheekbones, though...oops. The apples are all blush! 

It's a subtle thing. I don't think you could go overboard, although it does sort of sit on top of cheeks, texturally. Not the easiest to blend in and diffuse - I have to take extra time with it. It does, however, have a beautiful satin finish. No obvious sparkles. Do you need it? Probably not, unless, like me, you swoon for the color. It's not too pink. There are too many "orgasmic" peaches out there, you know.
Lots of Dennison for y'all.

I see myself getting a lot of wear out of it for spring - I'm ready for gauzy, whispering pastels and flowers and blooming and sunshine. Away with you, winter. Skidaddle.

For more: The Makeup Box has swatches of the full Spring 2014 Bijoux Collection. Everything is pastel and ethereal - very gorgeous, but not the easiest to wear. This is the only item I wanted, because it's so gorgeously orange. The lipsticks were tempting, though! (Also, the blush doesn't only lend itself to sweet looks. It is kind of a natural flush for my skintone, so it works as an almost-neutral; I'm wearing it in the Sweet Devil Rouge post, as well).