August 18, 2011

Nuance Salma Hayek Flawless Mineral Cheek Trio Review, Swatches, Photos

The Nuance Salma Hayek Flawless Mineral Cheek Trio caught my eye because of their size. After seeing promo images I thought these were the size of a MAC Blush but they are massive….! A little bigger than a MAC Mineralized Skinfinish rather than a Blush.

The intriguing mix of blush, bronzer, and highlighter all in one also captured my eye and I instantly wanted to give these a try. I got two of them for $12.99 thanks to a sale at CVS (they are normally $12.99 each).

Let’s take a look!

A three in one blusher, highlighting and bronzer.

I love the idea behind these as they combine three products in one. It’s kinda like having a MAC Blush, Skinfinish, and Bronzer rolled into one palette.

They are available in four shades and feature a curved tear drop style packaging. The powder is supposedly triple milled and that’s easy enough to believe as it’s very silky and kicks up a whole load of product when a brush is swirled in it. I find the powder is rather luxurious and feels lovely and soft on skin.

I picked up two shades which were Pink (Beige, bronze, purple specked highlighter, coral-ish pink blush, and muddy bronzer) and Apricot (Beige, bronze, purple specked highlighter, apricot blush, muddy bronzer but not as deep as the Pink version, a little lighter).

The colors could probably sorta kinda be used separate so you can contour, blush, and highlight individually but I find swirling a blush in all three shades is the easiest application technique. Now the formula is gorgeous as I mentioned above however…

…the shades apply a little blotchy and patchy on my cheeks and aren’t too friendly in the blending department. Chalk it up to the fact the design of the product, how you swirl your brush, etc…but the overall, application proves a little difficult to get down and when you do finally get things blended out correctly I find the colors end up not to be too flattering…or at least on me they don’t.

Although the blush colors are really nice warm shades they are very drown out by the dominate shade of bronzer so basically you aren’t getting a warm flush of color but simply a muddy bronze look on cheeks. You might call me on my application methods here and perhaps it’s me who has issues with it but I find application and the shades simply don’t work.

The packaging is interesting but I find the curved, teardrop design is a pain to store as they don’t exactly fit along nicely with my other round pots of blush and face powder. Not a big issue but one that deserves mentioning!

  • Those who like bronzers and know how to use them.
  • Those who love the idea of having their blush, bronzer, and highlighter all in one location!

  • Those who aren’t keen on really warm shades of powder and blush.
  • Those who do not like muddy shades of bronzer.
  • Fairer skin (this can be look a little too muddy on paler, fairer skin).

So far I’ve had some success with the Nuance Collection but the Flawless Mineral Cheek Trio might have to go back to the store (glad I kept my receipt). The colors are unflattering on my skin and I find they are drowned out and dominated by the mud brown bronzer in the mix…! I also felt the application just didn’t go as smoothly as I hoped. At $12.99 each I do second guess the price (although I got mine on sale and paid that for two which was a deal) for a drugstore face product however you might want to consider it a good deal as it is a three in one powder.

Sadly, these failed to work for me and I probably wouldn’t recommend a purchase unless you really love bronzers.

No likey.

Anyone try?

Do share!

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  • Susan Lewis

    Your post has given me something to think about since I picked this up in mauve and I am very fair. Something about it made me think cheap and hard to use so I didn’t open it up yet.

  • Majick

    I would try using the bronzer part with a big fluffy brush on the cheek kind of where you would contour but a little more on the cheek? Then use the bright color as a pop right on the apples – then take the highlighter part and just do the upper cheek right above the cheekbone.
    I think swirling them all together is what is making it muddy looking. No, I have not tried them but have a lot of similar type products and that’s the instruction for using them.
    HTHs anyone who has it and is on the fence. I think these look pretty good (thank goodness I don’t need them. but I will be checking out the lippies for sure)

    • the Muse

      it’s a little hard to do majick as the colors aren’t that big that you can use them individually without kicking up a ton of dust ;-D but def will try!

      • Majick

        bummer – swipe the color from the fat side to the middle, angle the brush slightly so you don’t get too much of the other color. I’m just full of ‘how to’s” today huh? LOL
        Sometimes when something is just too much work to use it’s better to take it back than to toss it in drawer and forget about it.

        • the Muse

          I’ll give it a whirl chica ;-D ha…! it’s helpful though ;-D *nods* sadly true!

          • Majick

            no “whirling” that’s how you got the muddy color in the first place. LOL
            Have a great weekend! I hope I get a chance to log on this weekend.
            I’m doing some major “getting rid of stuff” so it’s taking a lot of time. I found a young girl in my neighborhood who is just getting into makeup so I’ll be passing along some staples for her to play with. Think I may give her a lesson too – her Mom is very basic, just black liner on the bottom WHAT?!!!! ha

          • the Muse

            I’ll def try not too but ;-D no promises it’ll work ha! You too!!!!!!!!!!!! enjoy it! Aw you’re so sweet!!!!!!!!! that’s a nice gesture ;-D

  • LipstickChick

    Awww, sorry it’s not working out for you :-/ I have and love the Pink cheek trio, and haven’t had any issues with blending at all … I swirl all 3 shades together and I just love the effect I get from this product. Healthy glow, great pigmentation, and the ease of minimizing 3 products into one 🙂

    Definitely a YRMV product, I’d think! 🙂

    • the Muse

      maybe I’m too pale for this one lipstickchick? I look muddy after application ;-D!

  • 18thCenturyFox

    These just seem so… Tacky & Cheap. The packaging just screams Aziza. Hard Candy is super inexpensive but their design is top notch ( for most things). Considering the MSRP not only do I find the line ridiculously mediocre looking, I feel the same about Charlotte Ronsons, but noohing about it seems unique, innovative or appealing. Sorry to sound like Debbie Downer I just was genuinely surprised at how
    “blah” something with Salma’s name on it could be. And “nuance” is not a word I associate with her in the least bit.

  • Martha

    Hi! I really want to try these blushes but can’t find in stores or online! Any suggestions???
    I have a new beauty blog on facebook and would love to give reviews.

    • Isabella Muse

      These discontinued Martha, you might want to try out Ebay maybe you can find some seller selling old stock!