Wednesday, October 14, 2009

AMW Reviews: Becca Créme Blush in Amaryllis

Most powdered blushes I've tried never last more than half a day. And I always ended up a nice overall made-up face sans the blush. I know the answer to my problem is to use a cream blush and set it with a blush powder to make my blush stays longer. Laziness strikes, so I haven't been doing it.

When I heard about BECCA Cosmetics and the range of products they offer. I can't help but rush to ADORA Greenbelt 5 to check out the products. The cream blushes caught my attention as I needed it both for myself and for wedding gigs or whatever gigs that needed great staying power for blushes!

Here's what I got to try!


The shade I got is called Amaryllis ---



Amaryllis is described to have
an authentic burnt rose hue


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BECCA Créme Blush says ---

The ultimate blush! This highly pigmented formulation and silky-smooth texture melds into the skin for an incredibly natural, "just blushed" look. Layer for added drama.

Provides natural, radiant, long-lasting color to cheek, producing a radiant, healthy appearance

The highly pigmented, creamy formulation can be used to emulate the look of youthful skin and is good for most skin types (except very oily or blemished skin)

Contains anti-oxidant vitamin E
Preservative and paraben-free

Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Octyldodecanol, Cetyl Palmitate, Petrolatum, Carnauba (Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax), Candelilla Cera (Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax), Kaolin, C18-38 Alkyl Hydroxystearoyl Stearate, Tocopherol, Parfum (Fragrance) and may contain: [+/- Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, Carmine CI 75470, Red 21 Lake CI 45380, Yellow 5 Lake CI 19140, Red 7 CI 15850, Ultramarines CI 77007, Red 40 CI 16035, Yellow 6 Lake CI 15985, Bismuth Oxychloride CI 77163, Blue 1 Lake CI 42090, Red 36 CI 12085, Ferric Ferrocyanide CI 77510, Mica].

Size: 3g/0.1 oz compact

AMW says---

Pros
  • color stays the whole day
  • has a tiny floral scent which is ok for me
  • easy to blend
  • creamy yet non oily
  • non-drying too
  • a tiny amount is needed for both cheeks, one pot lasts a long time!
  • very pigmented
  • packaging: made with good taste, has a mirror and protector
  • multi-purpose: Can be used both for the cheeks and lips and lids (only if you have non oily lids or if lid primer is used) Non-drying on lips.
Cons
  • packaging: a bit bulky to stack on train case if you're a makeup artist
  • at first glance, the price tag is steep! (but this definitely goes a loooooonnnggg way!)
  • if you have super oily cheeks, could oil up more, but please read tip below for super oily skin
  • if you apply using your fingers, you have to wash your hands afterwards

Overall

Powder blush is still the way to go for daily blush usage but if you are a budding makeup artist or professional makeup artist, this is a wonderful addition to your makeup collection as I've tried using this Creme blush as a base to the powder blush, it lasts way longer and it looks very natural on photos! I will definitely be toting this around on all my gigs!

Personally, I love using this because it gives out a "natural flush" and it looks so natural that people can't tell you're wearing a blush, I've even tried taking photos up close and it doesn't look like I'm wearing any blush at all. If you love natural, barely there makeup look, this is very pretty. For darker skin tone, you may need to apply more to achieve the flush.

Tips

From Becca
  • Apply over liquid or creme based products (Luminous Skin Colour, Stick Foundation, Compact Concealer) and before setting with Fine Loose Finishing Powder.
  • Can be used on the lips for a beautiful wash of colour.
  • Using Creme Blush Brush #34, apply to the "apples" of the cheeks (the fatty part of the cheek where it is possible to pinch the flesh and where you would blush naturally).
From AMW
  • as recommended by Ms. Amanda of Becca, Turkish Rose or Amaryllis are 2 of the bestselling creme blush shades
  • for dry skin: always moisturize your skin well and use the right kind of foundation for dry skin before applying this.
  • for oily skin: use a good primer and moisturizer for oily skin. Always set this with a loose powder to prevent from oiling up
  • apply in 2 ways: fingers or stippling brush
  • if you are using this for clients or other people? Use the film/protector to grab a tiny amount of product so you don't contaminate the whole creme blush.
  • if you prefer a natural flush, using this alone is ok, but if you want to give out an impact, top with a same shade of blush powder.

Will I repurchase?

No, not this shade. I will definitely check out other shades. Turkish rose (nudish rose shade) looks nice on tester!

Where to purchase and how much?

At BECCA counter ADORA, Greenbelt 5 for Php1,750 (approx $37.00)


A close up shot on Amaryllis
on cheek




Amaryllis Creme Blush
on Lips


What makes you flush naturally?
Keep smilin'
Stay happy!
Stay cheeky! :D

29 comments:

  1. Oh this looks sooo pretty! I am still afraid to try cream blushes though... they seem much harder to use on top of powder foundation, so I've never really looked into them. Looks just gorgeous on you though! Really lit from within glow. =)

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  2. It looks great!! It also sounds great too. I haven't tried cream blush yet but hopefully I will =D

    Yea, the price is kinda...yea..*nods head*

    I haven't seen Becca in Canada but I do have my eyes on the Revlon ones. . . ^^

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  3. What a lovely color!! It looks so beautiful on your cheeks and lips Nikki!! :D

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  4. This one looks lovely on you. I used to have Turkish Rose. I gave it away because cream blushes just aren't my thing - :)

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  5. i turn to NARS for the ultimate long-lasting blush! my skin is really oily by the end of the day but it still stays put even without retouching.

    it does fade but there's still some noticeable color left until i remove your makeup. NARS blushes are expensive (not as expensive as Becca) but sooo worth it!

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  6. i love the color! suits you Nikki.

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  7. Have you tried the NYX creme blushes? They are significantly cheaper and they have a good consistency and pigmentation too. From the images, they come in the same size too, for about Php500. :)(I have the same problem with blushes too, and these creme blushes are love, love, love.)

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  8. This creme blush looks so good on you, Nikki! Gives you such a natural and glowy flush.

    I haven't tried out creme blushes myself, yet cause I always think, it's difficult to blend, and that I'll end up like a clown, hehe... :p

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  9. Catherine, it is indeed quite tricky to use, but for first timers, a stippling brush helps a WHOLE LOT :)

    Lisa, yeah you'll love the staying power for sure!

    Jenn, thank you! glad you like the shade, I'm actually using it again today! *checks mirror* I love! :P

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  10. PB, oohh Turkish rose, I'll give it a try soon!

    Liz, oohh you're right, NARS blushes are great too!!! I have to purchase more nars!

    Khymm, thank you!

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  11. wronggurl, I have to try NYX cream blush, I haven't tried or used them, I only own a couple of NYX powder blush!

    Crystal Gale glad you like the shade on me :)

    Jess, I love the subtle glow it gives and seriously, I still have it on after half a day, I'll take a check again late this afternoon til I go home at night :) Yahoo!

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  12. The compact is very chic! :P It looks so pretty on you. But it is expensive. :)

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  13. OMG! It looks so nice on the lips!! Pretty.

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  14. The colors is so nice and pretty natural! Looks lovely on your cheek!

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  15. That is a very pretty color. It looks beautiful on both your cheeks and lips.

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  16. oh wow i like that! it looks so nice. but it's expensive.

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  17. Pammy, hey girl!!!! Blush queen! I thought of you seriously, when I do blush reviews lol!

    Whit, thanks! it is pretty right?

    JC, thank you sweetheart

    MengXue, yes, surprisingly, applied on lips, it came out nicely

    Anastacia, thanks dear!

    Gio, i've tried using it on my lids too, well not using them all together but the lids work out pretty good too

    Crystal, :) I gotta have them if they're pretty and they perform! :)

    UPDATE girls : Came back home its now 9:47pm , I still have the blush on, from 7am til now! :) Weeee!!!

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  18. Hi sis! thanks for this, right timing! i am looking for a cream blush and I wanted something that last and will stay very very long time. I like the swatch and I have the same skin color as yours..so I will definitely purchase this over weekend! Thank you

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  19. oh! those look so good on your cheeks and your lips! And you have very cute cheeks... so smooth....... *pinches*

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  20. Amy, no worries, it's a pleasure for me to be able to help out

    Connie, hahaha you are crazy! Remember girl! *pinches your cheeks back* I am older than you! hahaha

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  21. I have Becca cream blush in Amaryllis too and I just love it! :-)

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  22. Monique, thanks for sharing your love for the same shade! Now I'm glad I got the right shade :) What other shades do you own and love?

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  23. Hi! Love your blog. I am a NC 35 in MAC. I am wondering if Turkish rose would turn up on my skin or some other shade would suit better?

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