A Bright Blush from Illamasqua – maverick make-up line debut a new gel blusher

Springtime means blusher in Glass’s book – it being the best way to pep up a sallow wintery complexion. Yet when one peruses the new arrivals – a homogenous mass of powdery peaches and pinks, it all gets a bit boring after a while. But luckily, we’re barely into spring and we’ve found a blusher that makes us sing like a canary – and it’s all to do with the texture. Gel Colour in Charm (a cheery apricot hue) is Illamasqua’s new no-muss no-fuss blusher. Coming in a gel stick format. It feels cool to the touch, blends easily and stays put (being water resistant no less).

Gel-Colour_CharmIillamasqua Gel Colour in Charm

Delivering an instant flush of colour, the handy stick applicator eliminates the need to root around for a grubby make-up brush from the depths of your make-up bag. The colour itself sits beautifully on the skin, having an almost transparent effect, in that you can see the skin tone through the colour, which was the aim of its creator Alex Box. Her tip for perfect application?

“[I put] the product on the palm of my thumb, rubbing both palms together creating equal amounts of product on both hands. Then, I simply press it on the apple of the cheeks where you would naturally blush.”

The result – colour which looks real and alive as opposed to the dreaded marionette effect you get with most powder blushers (I’m not a huge fan of these, in case you couldn’t tell).

Illamasqua Gel Sculpt in Silhouette

Illamasqua Gel Sculpt in Silhouette

There is also another shade – Fluster, a pretty posy pink, as well as an accompanying Gel Sculpt stick for fans of contouring, which allows you to create perfectly blended hollows under the cheekbones. And although I’m usually reluctant to say that a product will suit all skin tones, this is a brand who know what they’re doing when they come to catering for all. So when they say these colours will suit pretty much everyone, they will.

by Viola Levy

£22 available today from Illamasqua.com 

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