by BR Kellie
Ladies and gentlemen, it's the fight you've all been waiting for! The battle of the blushes! In the pink corner we have powder blush! Renowned for its easy to build, easy to blend abilities, it comes in a range of shades and is a staple of any beauty lovers kit! In the coral corner, we have cream blush! A scrappy fighter that comes in and out of fashion, but never entirely disappears, it's beloved for its ability to create a natural, glowy look!
Okay, clearly I've been watching too much UFC, but that doesn't make this battle... er, I mean this week's poll any less serious: Cream vs Powder blush. What are the pros and cons? Which, ultimately, do you think is the better option to get a fab flush? We make the case for both... but we need YOU to decide the winner!
The pros of powder blush are many - the product keeps for a long time (usually two years), making it more economical compared to its creamy counterpart. It also lasts a long time on the face, which means less touch ups during the day.
If you've oily skin, powder blush is your friend as it won't slip away or be eaten by your skin in the way cream blush can.
Powder blush can be applied with more precision, and it can create a more polished look.
It terms of creating colour pay off, powder blush does so easily and effectively.
HOWEVER, colour payoff can also be the pitfall of powder blush, as some blushes are hugely pigmented, which is why tapping your blush-loaded brush onto your arm before applying it to your face can stop you coming down with a case of clown face.
Not only that, if you have drier or more textured skin, powder blush can emphasise patchy areas and pores, and look uneven. Even more so if there's a shimmer in the formula.
Love a natural look? Cream blush is for you. Creating a 'just went for a brisk walk' luminous flush is its strength.
If you've more mature skin or skin that's on the dry side, cream blush can create a more hydrated look.
Application is also hard to get wrong - simply swipe the product onto your cheeks then pat it out using your fingertips, or stipple it with a brush. As cream blush tends to be on the shearer side, it's easy to layer without disaster striking.
However, with a shelf life of twelve to eighteen months, cream blush won't last as long as powder, making it not so wallet friendly if you find yourself having to chuck it out more regularly - doubly so if you find you don't wear it all that often.
Cream blush is also not as long lasting on the skin (especially if you have oily skin or the weather is on the hot and humid side), so if you're looking to go from work to play without having to spend more time reapplying makeup in the mirror, it's not for you, but if you're wanting to rock around for a few hours with a fresh-faced dewy look, cream blush is unbeatable!
There you have it... the pros and cons of cream versus powder blush. Now, my lovelies, hit that poll up and let us know which gets your vote? Now, head to your corners and... FIGHT!