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I’m really into my little Bourjois cream blush at the moment; portable, easy to apply (just use fingertips) and with a smooth, velvety finish that looks natural and low-key. It lasts really well and the colour (shade 01, Nude Velvet) is just the right side of peachy. It’s also a really affordable way of updating your entire makeup look for spring – it’s very youthful and the perfect antidote to the overly-sculpted, contour-chiselled winter face. (Find it online here.)
I have quite a few cream blushers in a similar peachy shade and I decided to do a little comparison post with my other current favourite, the High Definition Second Skin Cream Blush from Make Up For Ever. I tested half my face with Bourjois, half with the Make Up For Ever (MUFE).
Straight off the bat I can tell you that the MUFE blush has more pigment than the Bourjois (I’m looking at a picture of my hand zoomed in to a ridiculous degree!) but we’re not talking a shocking amount. The extra pigment in the MUFE gives it, I think, a slightly creamier appearance on the skin, though still velvety and far from dewy or glossy. In the picture below I have applied the Bourjois Nude Velvet to the right side of my face. (You might recognise the hairband/jumper combo from a few weeks ago when I tested the Soap & Glory highlighter stick – if I’m photographing I’ll usually do quite a few different products at a time!)
It gives a really healthy little flush. I’ve just done one “coat”, quickly buffed out with my fingertips, but it’s very easily blendable and the blush sets quite quickly so it doesn’t end up sliding about all over your face. You can probably tell from the next picture that the MUFE is a little stronger in pigment, though obviously it’s unblended:
The MUFE shade (225, see here) is very slightly brighter than the Bourjois Nude Velvet – almost “semi-neon”, if that’s a thing… I’m really splitting hairs here, because they are incredibly similar, but the MUFE is more conspicuous, more of a colour “pop”, even though I want to prong myself in the eyes for using that word.
And above, both cheeks. The gorgeous, healthy flush is virtually the same on each side, though referring to my notes that I took at the time, the MUFE was ever so slightly more juicy looking. But we are talking so slight that really, in the photograph above, it’s impossible to tell them apart.
The staying power of both is excellent – perhaps the MUFE is a smidgen longer-lasting, but only just. I think that the MUFE requires less product to get the same effect, but it’s very expensive and so if you’re looking for a budget version then the Bourjois is just brilliant. I have to say that the creamy, smooth texture of the MUFE blush has really piqued my interest in the brand – I must do some more investigating. I know that their foundations have something nearing cult status, so perhaps I’ll start there. Let me know if you have any recommendations..
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The beauty retailers seem to be in some sort of crazy pre-Christmas bid to outdo each other when it comes to giving away piles of luxury miniatures or bundling them up into attractive advent calendars. The Liberty calendar, the Harvey Nics GWP, discount codes galore – it’s like a giant beauty race!
Not one that I particularly wanted to get caught up in, post-wise, but I have never been able to resist discounts and free things (every time I go to the GAP website they have a 30% off code and I end up buying more baby stuff) – and the latest offer from Space NK is actually slightly different…
It’s a beauty advent calendar – the 25 Days of Beauty – but it’s also a gift-with-purchase. Before I start harping on about the value of this impossibly tiny tube of luxury face cream or that miniature vial of precious oil, I’ll tell you that behind door number one (or more accurately, inside box number one) there’s a gift card with fifty quid on it. The spend to get the gift, which has a touted value of over £380, is £250, but I suppose that if you were doing your epic Christmas shop anyway, you would, in effect, be getting 20% off. Or at least a 20% bonus.
But if you’re a proper beauty junkie then lots of the bits and pieces inside the beautiful box will definitely get your heart beating faster – a Frog Prince cream blusher from Lipstick Queen (it’s green. GREEN!), a cute mini Laguna bronzer from NARS, the intriguing Rapid Glow Liquid Milk from Wei, and Sunday Riley’s now-heroic Luna Oil.
There’s the obligatory mini Diptyque Baies candle (some of you must be building up quite the collection of these) as well as a StriVectin eye cream that I’m dying to try, a Chantecaille mascara, a Smith & Cult Lip Lacquer and a 15ml pot of 111Skin’s Space Anti-Age Day Cream, which retails at £150 for the 50ml version.
So, if you are doing a big Christmas stock-up (my friend does a mammoth one at Space NK every November, buying gifts for her incredibly lucky staff!) then now is the time to do it. £50 back (you need to use the gift card by the 24th December) and then a walloping pile of beauty goodies. You can find a full listing of each product in the gift by clicking here – sizes are included.
Use the code BEAUTY25 on the shopping page to claim the gift – it’s UK only, so far as I know…