I have been searching for more cream blushes to add to my collection after I had so much luck with my last one. So I was very excited when I came across the Shiseido Makeup Color Stick ($32) at Sephora last weekend.

My eye was initially drawn to the bright fuschia streamlined container, and as usual, I selected the brightest shade of pink to try on first. Typically this would make me look like a clown and I would begrudgingly resign to testing a more reasonable shade next. (What can I say, I'm like a moth to a flame with bright pink!). But not this time! The bright Rosy Flush shade imitated a perfect natural blush on my skin. Furthermore, it went on as smooth as butter and blended effortlessly.

The best part of all is that when I get home from work now and look in the mirror, it looks like I just applied the Color Stick moments before rather than nine hours earlier. I realize the price is steep for a blush, but the fact that it lasts all day is worth the cost for me. And since the color is highly pigmented, a little goes a long way, so I plan to have a long-term relationship with this item.

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