Clarins Skin Illusion Blush ($21.50) delightful, limited edition blush collection arrives just in time for Valentine’s Day (and Spring 2017) in three shades of color that give cheeks a pop of natural color. If you can use a stamper, you can use Clarins Skin Illusion Blush! These cutesy little pots have an attached sponge applicator that loads up with color that can be dabbed (or stamped if you will) onto your cheeks for a burst of fresh color.
I absolutely adore these. They bring so many makeup memories from days of old. Anyone remember when Lorac Cheek Stamp Blush was around? I totally still have some laying around in my makeup collection.
Let’s take a look at the Clarins version.
Clarins houses these little Skin Illusion Blushes in tiny pots which are 0.1 oz in size each. Each pot has a cute little mirror located on the top of the pot. If Valentine’s Day, love, and romance is your thing, you’ll absolutely love the very “festive” heart printed barrel that says “Love”. I buy my friend’s a little something for Valentine’s Day every year and this would make a rather cute gift for a bestie or someone who adores makeup. Husbands, boyfriends, girlfriends, take note 🙂
The packaging splits right down the middle and opens to reveal two pots one of which has a soft, flat sponge and the other side has a pot of blush with a spring that allows it to move up and down. The spring back allows you to dab the sponge up and down into the pot of blush to load it up with color. After that, you’re good to go! Smile and dab the sponge on the apples of your cheeks. Done! I think some people might think, “Wow, how do I blend? OMG this is going to give me clown cheeks!” Don’t worry, the color actually really easily and if you need to blend it out a little you can easily do so with the sponge. It seems impractical application but it’s actually a really easy, cut, and dry way to apply blush.
There are three shades available all of which are limited edition. The most pigmented shade of the bunch is Golden Havana which is a dark rosy bronze. The other two shades, Luminous Coral and Luminous Pink, are the two sheerer shades. These shades are great if you like sheerer more natural blush shades. But if you’re a pigment fan or you have a darker skin tone they likely won’t be for you. I’m super heavy handed with blush as you know so, I was able to get a nice sheer wash of color on my cheeks with this formula without overdoing things. The formula is silky and applies and blends easily. I was actually surprised at the wear as I put it on around 5:30 AM and although some color faded it was still looking good at 5PM.
Clarins Skin Illusion Blush should be a hit with fairer skin types or those who like more natural less pigmented blushes!