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Unabashed Blushes: Handle With Care

I know that a natural flush is the most highly coveted look, especially this Spring, so I'm puzzled by a couple of very brazen blushes I've recently discovered. Seriously, only an expert should be toying with these bright colors. If you dare to apply a smidgen too much of these shades on your cheeks, you are going to wind up channeling Raggedy Ann. There are a lot of looks I can tolerate, but bright 80's streaked cheeks isn't one of them. What are your thoughts on these unabashedly bright blushes? How would you use them?

This Powder Blush by Terry in Rose Faience ($55) is a not only a compact of magenta madness but it's also got some shimmer in it. Do not attempt to apply this at home! It was created to impart a healthy glow to your skin, but I think they are a season too early. It even says on the description: "Used professionally, it allows you to sculpt and enhance the curve of the cheekbones." They're even telling you not to play if you're just a plebe!

For one more unabashed blush,

Usually, NARS can do no wrong, but this Creme Blush in Turkish Red proves that there is an exception to every rule! This color is just too over-the-top for my liking. They claim that it's sheer and fool-proof, but is anyone out there willing to spend $23 to test that theory?

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puddlesworth puddlesworth 9 years
That pink one is really pretty! That tiny amount would probably last a long time since you only use a little
julie090583 julie090583 10 years
actually the colors that look super bright and scary in the pan are sometimes the ones that give the prettiest color, as long as you apply them sparingly and with the right brush. but i don't know, this one does look EXTREMELY bright!
mdbzmom mdbzmom 10 years
I misread the second one and thought NARS was NASCAR. That made sense with the color.
CestLaVie CestLaVie 10 years
I would be willing to give them a shot because as stated above, color usually look more intimidating in the case than on. I also agree that these would probably look better on dark skin.
SarahwithanH SarahwithanH 10 years
I'm sure that the By Terry stuff isn't so wild. The YSL blush that I use is pretty much that color and I don't look like a clown once it's on. Most compressed powder blushes actually take a lot of applications before they get too out of hand (in my opinion at least).
pennylane pennylane 10 years
nars is the best for bright colored blush in my opinion, but i only use it during the hotter summer months when i have a tan
sugar_me_sweet sugar_me_sweet 10 years
these bright blushes would not look good on me
verily verily 10 years
The color on the palette is usually 10x brighter than it looks on your cheeks. Unless you have a really heavy hand with the blush brush! I wish I could find a blush that would give me the perfect flush. Still looking. Might have to ask a Sephora floor person for some help. :)
Scarlet39 Scarlet39 10 years
The NARS blush is just too intense for my liking (I've tested it at Sephora). I would have to actually try the By Terry blush in order to make a decision. Some colors look very intense in the compact but go on quite sheer. The "warning" it comes with is certainly interesting!
nati nati 10 years
too much!
tiffsniff tiffsniff 10 years
That's why God invented Sephora. So you can try it before spending your $23. I use a bright-fuschia blush, and have very pale, yellow-undertone skin, and it actually comes the closest to my natural flush of any color I've tried. I'd definitely try the NARS, although I think the other would not look right with my skin tone.
xlovelife xlovelife 10 years
maznyli: HAHAHAHAHHAHA. LOL. I'll keep that in mind next time i want to get rid of a boy and although those are intense colors, i think its possibly pull-off-able by dark-skinned girls with a very light hand
calibabi calibabi 10 years
woah...definitely not for me!
maznyli maznyli 10 years
who knows, maybe it'll work for halloween, or to get rid of an unwanted boyfriend....
the-makeup-blogette the-makeup-blogette 10 years
i think it really depends on the technique of application..the color might actually go on sheer
wanderluscious wanderluscious 10 years
Nars may have struck out with Turkish Red, but I love their powder blush in Desire. It's a hot pink that really works. Love it.
missnomi missnomi 10 years
I'm into cream blushes myself. Don't know why they don't sell more of those in Holland. That colour pink would be great as a transparent cream blush... I used to have a Lancaster one like it, but then it ran out and I couldn't get my hands on a replacement. Still grieving ;) Nowadays I use the body shop's lip and cheek stain.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
no. i would not use that. yikes. i am paler than pale and i don't need to be wearing 80s-style neon pink blush on my face.
stormynite03 stormynite03 10 years
hmm, they are kinda wild! maybe they'll be pretty on dark skinned girls, wont show as brightly
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