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2017 Blush Breakdown: Six Of This Year’s Best And Worst Blushes

Makeup trends are constantly changing, but a healthy complexion never goes out of style. Blush is a staple in every makeup routine and with the cosmetic industry creating more blush products than ever before, it’s important to choose the right one. Below, we’ve listed the best and worst blushes for 2017.

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1. Lancôme Paris Blush Subtil ($32)

Site reviewers confirm the product’s staying power and praise its shade range, describing Blush Subtil as “a great natural blush for all skin tones”. You can find demos by beauty guru Maryam Maquillage all over YouTube.

2. L’Oreal Paris True Match Super Blendable Blush ($10.99)

This product is popular for its ability to add a subtle yet noticeable rosiness. Reviewers explain, “Very buildable coverage, gives face a nice and healthy looking glow”.

3. Kevyn Aucoin The Creamy Glow ($26)

According to reviewers, this luxurious product creates a summer look that can also endure the summer heat. It “Doesn't get greasy on the skin, even in humid climates” and is “bendable, buildable, and not sticky.”

4. SeneGence Sense Cosmetics BlushSense ($30)

SeneGence is most known for its LipSense but this blush has become popular for its satin finish and ability to stay on through both water and sweat. BlushSense isn’t available in stores but can be found through any LipSense distributor. Youtube blogger Tiffany Kisway demonstrates a short application of this blush in her videos.

5. Nars Dual Intensity Blush ($45)

Reviewers admire this shimmery duo for its versatility and multidimensional effects. It’s described as, “So finely milled and looks gorgeous on the skin, giving it healthy glow.” You can find a tutorial videos on how to use this product all over YouTube.

6. Milani Baked Blush ($8)

This blush is a drugstore favorite for its opulent shimmer and affordability. Reviewers write, “I just love the color choices they have and the price is right” and “I really like the unique healthy glow that these blushes give to the cheeks.”

The Bummers

1. Maybelline New York Fit Me! Blush ($5.99)

This blush is designed to complement individual skin tones and last all day. However, the product seems to have fallen short of expectations. One reviewer says, “It has terrible pigmentation, breaks easily and doesn't have good colors to choose from” while another confirms, “The color on the blush doesn't show up very well.”

2. Smashbox O-Glow Intuitive Cheek Color ($29)

This product is supposed to be a clear gel blush that creates a color based on your skin’s chemistry, but it fails in execution. The majority of buyers were displeased, stating, “You can barely see the result and it completely disappears with makeup” and “it was like getting a tube of no color cream.”

3. Josie Maran Argan Color Sticks ($22)

The Argan Color Sticks disappointed reviewers by being “greasy and sticky” rather than nurturing for the skin. One review states, “The product quickly becomes dry and unusable” and another explains, “Love texture, but didn't stay on more than 10 min!”

4. Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blushes ($7.99)

The Dream Bouncy Blushes have been dubbed a “huge let down” as they are “messy”, “spongy” and hard to apply. According to reviews, the product “blended horribly” and gave “little to no color payoff!”

5. Elf Baked Blush ($3)

Despite the tempting price of this product, the quality isn’t worth the bargain. Many critics point out its lack of pigmentation, suggesting that it offers “All sparkle, no color” and calling it “very difficult to apply, wet or dry.”

6. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless Bold Blush ($30)

This product’s poor quality is a disappointment considering its price. Reviewers write, “Marc Jacobs products are beautiful, but this blush has zero lasting power and is hard to blend” and “It was very expensive and honestly I have a drugstore blush that performs better than this.”

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