It's been almost a year since I was privileged to spend the afternoon in Pamela Smyth's makeup studio and in that time not only has she won, yet more, awards for her work but I have taken her words to heart. One of the pieces of advice she gave us was to match product types when trying to achieve a natural look. Cream on cream. Powder on powder.
It's so simple when you think about it. Sticking with similar product types reduces the risk of your make up caking and allows for a more perfect blend, all allowing for that perfect 'no makeup' makeup.
With my skin leaning towards the drier side, although recently I have notice that changing as age and diet changes kick in, I stick to using cream products but I've struggled to find the perfect shades of cream blush. Yes, there are plenty of premium cream blushes out there, but not that many high street options. I do have an excellent palette from Make Up Revolution, but none of the shades give me the 'barely there' look that I am looking for.
I am fussy.
Cut to a recent shopping trip to the newly opened Beauty Outlet in The Junction, Antrim, and I was already on a bit of a splurge when I reached the blush section of the store - it is laid out in to sections based on type rather than brand allowing you to compare each product - I had reached that 'f*ck it' stage of shopping and was just throwing things in to my basket that I liked the look of. Little did I know that I would be picking up my two new favourite cheek products.
Rimmel London Royal Blush in Peach Jewel and Maybelline Dream Touch in Shade 4 Pink. Theres not much more I can say about both these blushes as they wear well, look perfect on my skin and aren't too heavily pigmented so I can really get stuck in without worrying about going too clowny.
Oh yes, there is one thing I can say... THEY'RE DISCONTINUED :'(
Of course, I should've guessed this would be the case with them being in the outlet shop for 1.99 each, but I lived in hope that it was a simple case of re-branding packaging or name changes. Nope. Rimmel have given up on cream blushes altogether by the looks of it and Maybelline have committed to their Baby Balm and Blush range, I have a few and, as much as I like them for a balm, I find them too sheer and glossy for cheeks. Such a shame.
So no you can't buy these in Boots but there are plenty of clearance sites selling them online and plenty of stock still left in the beauty outlet. You might just have to beat me to it first though. Stay tuned for more discontinued products Bex falls in love with thanks to this outlet... *massive eye rolling emoji*