September 10, 2008

Missha Shimmering Oven Blush Review

Missha is a Korean brand that makes a wide variety of cosmetics and skincare. Many of their items are quite good and higher end in comparison to other Korean brands such as Etude House (although for me Etude House remains in my top five favorites list).

I purchased Missha’s Shimmering Oven Blush a few months ago and have been using it off and on. One of the key selling points for me was the amazing packaging. The blush comes in a huge metallic pink compact which opens to reveal the shimmering highlighting powder. This comes with a generous size brush which is super soft and fits the contour of your cheek perfectly so it’s fairly goof proof getting the powder on correctly.

Although it’s name suggests that this is a blush, I think it’s safe to say that it does not work as a blush but more as a highlighting shimmering powder. The powder isn’t as silky as I’d prefer which is both good and bad. Good, since it doesn’t create a mess as you swipe across it with the brush and you’re not picking up a ton of product that you’re later left shaking out and wasting. Bad, because you have to work a fair deal to get a decent size amount on the brush.

The best way to use this is to apply your blush as normal and proceed to follow up with the Missha Shimmering Over Blush to highlight your cheekbones and face. If you prefer you can dip a sponge applicator into the powder and apply on the highbrow area of your eye for a bit of a shimmering highlight or all over the lid of your eye for a light shadow wash.

The effect on the cheeks is just a really sheer shimmer of pink powder that gives your face subtle glow but nothing too dramatic. This is particularly a great powder if you’d like to add a bit of luminescence to your cheek bones without over doing it with tons of sparkle and shimmer.

The powder comes in three shades selections, a white marble, a peach marble, and the one I got in pink. These retail for 17,800 won but I got mine for 14,000 won or so as the day my friend purchased it the website was having a sell at 20% off.

The packaging along makes this a winner item however the formula does need a tiny bit of work to get the Muse’s full approval on it. The price is right, the packaging is wonderful, but the formula could use a little work, I like it alot but I’m not loving it.

Visit Missha’s website at the following locations:

US Portal (Missha US only offers very basic options from the original line up available in Asian countries)
Korean Portal

Looking for more ways to brighten up your face? Check out some past highlighter reviews!

Eyeko Touch Up & Glow Highlighter Review

Laneige Snow Radiant Blusher Review

Stila Illuminating Finishing Powder Review

Majolica Majolica Holiday 2007 Review featuring Snow Carat Powder

See tons of shimmering products in my Ghosts of Christmas Past Round Up Review

Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Shimmerbrick in Pink Quartz Review

Guerlain Forever Gold Face of the Day


About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Decorative Diva

    This looks adorable!

    Oh, how I wish you’d do a ‘how to contour and highlight your face’ walkthrough. I wanna see how you do it!

  • the Muse

    aren’t they Laura?

    The packaging and presentation is what thrilled me most ’bout these!

  • the Muse

    hey dd!

    Oh I wish I could give you a good tutorial on how to contour but I don’t contour well at all hehe!

    You should check out Vanessa’s site she has a tut for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!! but honey you’re lean already and don’t need contouring 🙂

  • wen

    hey muse! =)

    i was wondering..
    how do you understand the missha korean webpage? most of it doesnt allow copy and paste so i cant plop it into babel fish and get a translation..

    wen =)

  • the Muse

    hi wen!

    How are you honey!?

    Long time no speak!

    Most of Missha’s website is built around image files with little text so I just kinda feel my way through it 🙁

    Sadly I don’t understand the characters so I kinda wing it.

    Same prob here..can’t copy most of it in Babel and my translating widget in firefox doesn’t translate most of it either.

    So I just sorta wing through 🙂

    Hope this helps!

  • wen

    hey muse!

    yes, long time no speak,
    cos my stupid internet modem died on me, and i suffered 3 wks of internet withdrawal symptoms =((

    but yay!
    and here i am! you’re the first blog i visited! haha.

    ok, so i guess missha’s website is not as non-korean-friendly as skinfood’s. i think you can copy almost everything to translate on the korean’s skinfood website.

    but thanks! i shall explore more! haha.

    take care musey!


  • the Muse

    aw shucks wen thanks for making this your 1st stop 🙂

    No sadly not it drives me MAD! YAK! But I just kinda click and explore and hope I’ll find what I am looking for LOL!