Maybelline Expert Wear Blush
On my most recent quest for a new Maybelline ColorSensational lipstick (as if I really needed it), I decided to give the Maybelline Expert Wear Blush a try, because I actually did need a new blush. Really!
I like the blush compact – it’s thin and credit card sized. In Diva language, this means I can fit it in most places (I love clutches) and still have room for a cell phone and a lipstick. The ergonomics of my makeup are becoming as important as the product itself -truly a sign of the times.
The blush compact comes with a wide and flat brush. It’s convenient and does the job, but I prefer the full size blush brushes for better control over the application. When I swipe my brush into the blush (you should read that rhyme with a cool beat), I notice there isn’t a mess of blush confetti all over the place. The blush remains compacted in itself or it’s on the brush – and when you’re wearing a light colored outfit, this suddenly becomes very important. One of my biggest pet peeves with blushes is that they scrape so easily and create a mess, while barely any product makes it to the brush and onto my cheeks.
I apply the blush to the apples of my cheeks to liven up my face, and when I want a more subtle look, I swipe lightly across my cheeks. The blush can work with any look I want because it’s instantly blend-able on my cheeks without trying too hard. It distributes evenly and melds naturally into my skin, so there isn’t much effort on my part. It doesn’t look cakey at all and there’s just the perfect and minute amount of glittery bronze that makes me look like I’m beaming in the morning, when I’m in fact grumpy.
Now, the most critical part of any good blush is the staying power. Staying power, or lack thereof, is one quality of drugstore blushes that either makes me a loyal user or leaves the blush behind in the doomed and often forgotten makeup drawer. This is the blush I don’t leave the house with, and that might be due to the many times I’ve come home after a long day or a long night with blush still on my cheeks. It is easily cleaned with makeup remover, but defeats the weather and kisses on the cheek. The only problem is that the intensity of the blush fades over a couple hours, and sometimes that’s a good thing because it ends up looking even more natural. But if you don’t want the subdued look, a reapplication might be necessary.
I fit this blush right in between my drivers license and the money I saved by being a Drugstore Diva – 5 stars on the Cos scale.