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I Blushed At First Sight
Are you guys excited or what? No? Just me? Anyway, I’ll be starting another “Week of” feature (my last was Lipstick Week) and this time, it’s devoted to blushes! I think I peaked on this whole blush thing two years ago because I enjoyed one too many NARS shades that I felt.. “What else can this thing do besides making my cheeks look pink, peach or red?”
I seriously felt that despite the variety of pinks, corals, tangerines, fuschias, rosy reds… they’d all register on my cheeks so similarly I wouldn’t even be able to differentiate them. So I let blushes go and focused on eyeshadow, lipstick, skincare, etc. instead. Except when those painstakingly beautiful Chanel cream blushes launched in which all blush hell broke loose.
Moving on to my first blush week feature, I’ll be talking about a seemingly unpopular formula, Diorblush. Remember my Dior Counter Hopping a.k.a temptation island almost two months back? Well, I was pulled in by the big pans of blushes displayed that I couldn’t help swatching them all.
Coral Cruisin’ (is made for love)
..I love it when we’re cruising together. One shade particularly called out to me because I think I didn’t have anything quite like it yet in my stash and you know once you think of that
excuse reason, what comes next is inevitable. Seriously, sometimes, I need handcuffs to keep me from forking out my wallet and surrendering to the lure of shiny objects.
I didn’t know that these blushes were also recently reformulated together with the Rouge Dior lipsticks. Not sure if they were done at the same time, but apparently, Dior has been doing some reformulations with their products. I personally haven’t tried any shade from their old line of blushes. So, I can’t compare if this new one is better or worse than the original, but if you’ve experienced both – please do share your thoughts below.
Shade and Pigmentation. Coral Cruise is a peachy-pink coral with virtually undetectable shimmer yet has a slight glow preventing it from being a flat matte. Shade-wise, it’s not at all unique. Despite the intense shade in pan, pigmentation is very sheer. It definitely fails at color pay-off department, but since I am a fan of sheer blushes because I prefer building up color than having to sheer it out once already on the cheeks, this didn’t really bother me much. However, if you’re looking for intense pigmentation that most NARS blushes have, then this would be a disappointment for you.
Texture.It is very thin and quite silky, but powdery! It’s not chalky, though. But it does kick up a lot of powder when used with a firm hand, making it quite hard to blend when you do end up with a few chunks of powder on your face. I’ve then learned to use a light hand when picking up the powder, even if I have to layer it on at least twice or thrice to end up with the opacity I liked.
Wear Time. This is the surprising element I found about the blush.. it lasts at least 7 hours on me (sans sweating, though). I couldn’t measure it for longer because I had to take my makeup off already, but it didn’t fade at all. I would think it different for those with oilier skin types, though. But for my combination-dry skin, it’s a winner in this aspect. I guess I expected it to wear off easily because of the faint pigmentation, which explains my surprise.
Dior Coral Cruise has more pink tones as Chanel Revelation which surprisingly leans more coral (but it’s actually a medium pink). NARS Amour is a deeper pink and not as peach/coral than Coral Cruise. NARS Gina is tangerine, so far from Coral Cruise.
Below are all the shades of the new Diorblushes. There is a variety in shades as well as finish so if you’re curious, do some swatching in a counter near you.
I am a bit underwhelmed with Diorblush. I sorta like the texture when I swipe it with my fingers because it’s silky and smooth but. but. The powder kicking is a bit too much even for my low-maintenance blush preference. Maybe the powderiness is key to its long-lasting-ness? Okay, fine, I’m pushing it. It’s ‘cos I really wanted to love this blush, to be honest.
I do like it enough to use it because the shade is a perfect brightening pinky-coral that I love and the pigmentation issue doesn’t bother me at all (because as I said, I like to build up than having to tone down) but it does take some work to get it blended well. I don’t know, I have this mindset that blushes have to be easy to use with minimal effort.
Overall, I would have to say that I like this blush but I don’t recommend it to everyone. It’s nothing phenomenal, though. I think there are a certain few who would prefer their blushes in this formula but not too many, I suppose. If you’re keen on buying any Dior product, I would highly recommend trying out one of their beautiful Rouge Dior lipsticks, the Dior Skinflash ‘wake-me-up’ highlighter (better than YSL Touche Eclat, they say) or their Diorskin Nude Loose Powder instead.
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