Blush has gone from being a product I paid no attention to, to a make-up must-have.
Even if I can’t be bothered to put anything else on my face (which is most days right now…) I always fill in my eyebrows and blend a dot of cream blush into the apples of my cheeks. The difference it makes to the way your face looks is undeniable — it creates a healthy glow, no matter how you’re feeling.
Illamasqua’s Cream Blush in Zygomatic is the first piece of high-end make-up I’ve treated myself to for a while. I’ve admired Illamasqua’s ethos for a long time, particularly their anti-fascism pledge, and while their Skin Base Foundation wasn’t quite right for me, I appreciate that such a well-known department store brand has plethora of vegan options available and is very open about it. (You can check out the vegan section of their website here.)
I had high hopes for the cream blush, so let’s see what it’s like..
The case comes in a little box made of card, with a window so you can see which shade you’ve picked out. The case itself is made of sturdy black plastic and houses 4g of product. The winged out edges make it easier to grab from a make-up bag and I like the Illamasqua logo on the closure. Nothing out of the ordinary but it’s lovely all the same.
Unfortunately this blush does contain beeswax, so it’s not vegan, and it also contains the red pigment carmine, which is made from crushed insects and is something that didn’t even cross my mind until I started writing this post. This doesn’t sit comfortably with me and it’s something I’ll be looking out for when it comes to future purchases.
Zygomatic is described as a naked pink brown, and while there are definitely nude undertones it leans more towards pink than it does brown. It’s a pretty, everyday colour that will go with most make-up looks and it’s not so pink that it clashes with red lipstick. While it shows up perfectly on my pale skin, I’m not sure if it’d be quite so pigmented on someone with a darker skintone or a person of colour, so that’s something to bear in mind.
Formula and Finish
The cream blush is definitely on the thinner, runnier side, which surprised me, but this does make it very easy to blend out and it sits nicely on top of both liquid and mineral foundation. There’s no shimmer in the product by any means but the finish is too luminous and glowy to be considered matte.
Zygomatic puts up a fight but doesn’t last the entire day, unfortunately, even with a little setting spray. This is partly because of my combination skin, but I had higher expectations.
Illamasqua Cream Blush in Zygomatic costs £23 for 4g. I got mine with the 15% birthday discount.
In a Nutshell
Pros: Sturdy packaging, pretty goes-with-anything pink, easy to blend, glowy finish
Cons: Contains beeswax and carmine, only lasts half a day, expensive
Zygomatic certainly has its good points — it gives the glowy, pink finish I always look for — but it’s not quite good enough to outweigh the negatives, particularly at such a high price point. I think I’ll be sticking with the cream blush compacts from Rosie for Autograph, which are vegan and have excellent staying power.
Have you tried any make-up from Illamasqua? What would be a deal-breaker for you? Let me know in the comments!
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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.