With International Macaron Day behind us and Easter long weekend coming up, I thought it'd be fun to feature a seemingly dessert-inspired beauty product. THEFACESHOP Hydro Cushion Blush ($15, at THEFACESHOP stores nationwide) is one of the sweetest new launches I've come across—and I'm not just talking about its resemblance to a macaron.
By now you're probably familiar with cushion compacts and how they work, but have you ever seen a blush cushion compact? THEFACESHOP takes all the things we love about foundation cushion compacts—the spill-proof sponge soaked in product, the tap-to-apply applicator puff, the grab-and-go convenience of a mirrored compact—and applies them to liquid blush. Everything is scaled down slightly: the applicator puff is smaller and the ribbon loop only fits two fingers instead of the usual three.
Like foundation cushion compacts, the formula goes on easily and is super-hydrating and forgiving. The finish seems to improve skin texture thanks to the trademarked Lightflects pigments and Radiance Intense Powder made of crushed crystals, plus the hyaluronic acid acts as a humectant and traps moisture in skin's surface. The result is a luminous veil of colour across the cheeks. With primer and foundation, I find that one application can last all day.
Two shades, Peach and Pink, are available. (Peach is shown here.) The blush's colour intensity is buildable; since I have fair skin and prefer a more natural look, one light tap of the puff against the cushion is enough for each cheek.
THEFACESHOP Hydro Cushion Blush will require a slight tweak to your standard blush application techniques for the most natural result. Here are my tips:
- Start with one tap per cheek and layer on more colour if necessary. You don't want to be stuck blending out excess product.
- Smile and find the apples of your cheeks, then dab the puff in the middle for a circle of colour. Tap and blend the edges of the colour outward and upward along cheekbones for a more natural flush, and not so much the "I did my blush with a giant Bingo marker" look.
- Because the peach shade has such a warm, orange-y undertone, I find it goes best with sheer "My Lips But Better" lip colours and clear lip balm. Coral can be too matchy-matchy, red seems to clash, and the blue undertone of fuchsias and magentas just doesn't seem to go.
Will you be checking out THEFACESHOP Hydro Cushion Blush?