Meet my new favorite cream blush.
No, srsly. The category of “Voxy’s favorite cream blushes” is well-populated and highly competitive. Stila CCs, Tarte cheek stains, Illamasqua and Becca cream blushes, Redpoint whipped blushes, and even the humble Almay Smart Shade blushes are constantly duking it out for alpha dog status. So for something to at least temporarily be King of the Hill, it’s got to be pretty damn extraordinary — which this product is.
I picked up a few Eve Pearl products during their Black Friday sale. Eve Pearl is a makeup artist who prettifies a lot of famous faces, and is possibly most well-known for being the lead makeup artist for the TODAY show. Eve herself looks just a tiny bit scary, but her work is beautiful: there are so many days that I’ve tuned in to the TODAY show and thought, “wow, Ann Curry and Meredith Vieira look FABULOUS.” Unfortunately, many of her products are painfully pricey, so I definitely wanted to wait for a sale to pick up a couple of items.
Eve Pearl’s cream blushes come in three shades: Rosy (recommended for fair to light skintones), Ruby (recommended for medium to tan skin tones), and Toffee (recommended for dark to deep skintones). I decided to buck the trend and go for Ruby, even though my skin would definitely be best characterized as “fair to light.” So sue me.
Here is what I love about this product:
1. Two taps of the brush are enough to get product sufficient for the whole cheek. It is insanely pigmented, but the pigment is not too bright.
2. The color blends out gorgeously and smoothly and is a completely natural-looking flush that can blend with either cool-toned or warm-toned makeup. It leans cool when I wear it with cool shadows and lippies, and warm when I pair it with bronzes and golds.
3. It looks five hundred percent natural, even though I committed the cardinal sin of using a blush not specifically targeted to my skin tone.
4. It wears beautifully and lasts all day.
5. It is creamy and blendable and not at all sticky, tacky, gloppy, patchy, or any of the other things people don’t like about cream blush.
Here is what I don’t love about this product:
Seriously, I cannot recommend this product highly enough. The only problem with it is that you don’t get so much for the money: it’s $22 for 3.5 g. However, there are other products both better and worse than this: Stila CCs are $25 for 4.25 g, but Becca creme blushes are $30 for 3 g.
The next time she has a sale, I’ll definitely be picking up the “Rosy” shade; the “Toffee” looks quite a bit too dark for me but would be gorgeous on darker-skinned women.
L: Heavily applied; R: blended out
Eve Pearl HD Foundation Cream Blush in Ruby: $22 for 3.25 g.
Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): Fair.
Purchase again? Yes. I’ll definitely be getting the “Rosy” shade as well.
(Have you used this product? Love it? Hate it? Want it? Give a holler in the comments!)