|Clockwise from left: Lily Lolo Mineral Blush in Beach Babe; elf Mineral Blush in Bliss; Sleek Powder Blush in Life’s a Peach|
I never really used to be bothered by blush. I seem to recall a dodgy teenage phase when I skipped it altogether, all while going heavy on the black eyeliner and clumpy mascara (no wonder so many people used to ask me if I was ill). But I was wrong to avoid it, because blush can bring a face to life in the swish of a make-up brush. My current favourites are all pretty, peachy, cruelty-free (of course!) and under £10 to boot.
A pretty coral pink with the tiniest touch of shimmer running through it (weirdly, the Lily Lolo website says that Beach Babe is a matte shade but I swear I can see a little bit of sparkle! Maybe my eyes are playing tricks on me?) I must admit, I was wary of the shimmer at first but it’s not really detectable on skin, it just creates a kind of glowy effect, and who doesn’t want that? I would say that Beach Babe is probably the most long-lasting of the three products here — Lily Lolo never let me down.
(If you’re vegan and fancy trying one of the mineral blushes then the shades Doll Face, Cherry Blossom, Rosebud, Juicy Peach, and Rosy Apple are all suitable.)
e.l.f. Mineral Blush in Bliss (no longer sold, but e.l.f. have a lovely selection of blushes on their website)
My go-to everyday shade, this is a little more muted than the other shades here and there’s not a make-up look Bliss will look out of place with. So imagine my horror when I went on the elf website to find that they no longer sell it — what am I going to do when this runs out?! I literally don’t think I could cut down on my usage because it just goes with everything, so I shall just have to enjoy it while it lasts and then mourn the loss.
Scarily orange in the pan but surprisingly subtle on cheeks, Life’s a Peach was an impulse buy last summer and one I put aside once the weather got colder. But now the sun has been making the odd appearance (we’ve also had a lot of rain though, standard south Wales) I’ve been reaching for it more and more. It’s a matte shade and more on the orange-y side of the peach colour spectrum, although thankfully it won’t make you look like an Oompah Loompah, just very healthy. Life’s a Peach is pigmented and buildable and blends out beautifully, and is everything I want from a pressed powder blush. Worth a look next time you’re in Superdrug!
What are your favourite blushes? Do you swear by it, or were you wary at first like I was? Let me know in the comments!
(v) = vegan
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Beth, 25, South East England.
Lover of books, dogs, yoga, travel, gin, and the Oxford comma.
I write about cruelty-free beauty, vegan & veggie food, and trying to lead a less wasteful life. I throw the odd think piece in there, too.