Hard Candy Blush Crush Baked Blush is probably one of the first items that caught my attention when I first seen promo images from the revamp. Looking at it I had warm, fuzzy thoughts about MAC Mineralized Skinfinish. Someone cure a screeching record because NO way is this like an MSF. Naaaa, nope, no way, no how.
Jump for the review.
First off allow me to moan a bit. Hard Candy Blush Crush Baked Blush is sooooo misleading. It’s gorgeous, stunning really. It’s a baked marbelized blush that’s quite soft on the eyes. To see is to love. I instantly fell into lust with the shade Living Doll which is this beautiful bright pink with swirls of gold. Truly I was drooling plus the added benefit of a cheap price tag ($7) and you seriously had to scrap my jaw up off the floor.
Here’s the thing…..
It has zero pigmentation unless you really work for it. Brush a finger over it and you’ll have a sheer layer of color. Try getting out your big old blush brush and swirling it around in there and again you’ll see absolutely no color payoff on the brush. For some reason the blush is packed extra hard making it impossible to get even the smallest amount of color from it even with extra hard pressure.
The good news?
Your kabuki brush will be your best friend if you use it to apply this blush. After failing hard with several different brushes I just went ahead and dove in with a small kabuki brush and finally, success, color! After that I was a lover once again. With a little pressure and a quick swirl you’ll pick up plenty of color to blend onto cheeks. The formula isn’t the best in the world but it does give cheeks a soft, cool pink that’s quite pretty.
Overall, the quality doesn’t quite meet up with the beautiful presentation of the blush however it does apply ok with some extra care. I loved Living Doll but probably won’t indulge in further shades due to the difficult time I had with application. Nice but it needs work to be perfect but hey it’s $7 bucks so I’m not going to complain too much. It’s rather ideal for me considering I’m so heavy handed with blush so this makes it easy to keep it sheer.
Likey well enough but in no way a love.
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