Before the summer gets away from me I wanted to include my summer blush picks. Years ago (before I became obsessed) I would use the same blush ALL year (#thehorror). If that’s you, that is totally fine 🙂 you do you. But if you like some variety in your life, below are my picks for more summery (or even spring) blushes.
Swatches Left to Right: Amaretto, Snapdragon, Swiss Dot and Pearlescent Pink
TheBalm Instain Blush in Swiss Dot
If you have been around since the beginning you know that TheBalm’s Instain formula is one of my favorite of all times. They are the most long lasting blushes I own, and the color payoff is amazing. A teeny little bit is enough. If you don’t own any higher end blushes, I would recommend these. Some people may think the colors are basic (which they are) but they are reliable. Any time I need a blush that I know is going to stay on no matter what, this is it. Oh yes, and the color pick (duh, this is why we are even writing this post): Swiss Dot is a lovely peach color perfect for summer. It is very subtle compared to other peach blushes I own so it’s still appropriate for office wear. And it goes without saying that it performs the best in the stifling Texas heat. This blush runs at $22 but there are ALWAYS 50% off sales on TheBalm’s website and on Hautelook so I would suggest signing up for their email distribution and waiting. I’ve never paid full price for their products. You can also swatch the blush at Kohl’s to see if you even like the color. Also, the packaging guys is so cute AND practical. It’s cardboard, but not the flimsy cardboard. If you aren’t careful with most blushes this type of packaging is your friend. It’s adorable, sturdy and has a mirror.
Wet N Wild Color Icon Blush in Pearlescent Pink
This one is the most affordable of my picks and is a straight up shimmery pink color. Very similar to Rose Spritz in the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Face Palette blush. The Color Icon blushes run at $2.99 each and they are often at buy one get one 50% off at the drugstore so you really can’t go wrong. The color is a very shimmery pink with a slight hint of coral. Some people claim this is a dupe for NARS cult favorite Orgasm blush. I think NARS’ orgasm is more coral toned but they are very similar in the shimmery finish. The word that comes to mind when describing this blush shade is: fresh. The lasting power isn’t as great as the Instain blushes but it’s pretty good for $2.99. One word of caution: there is A LOT of fall out with this blush formulation. One tap of your brush will probably result in quite a bit of powder on the brush and on the pan. Make sure you tap out the excess.
The packaging is my least favorite of all my blushes since it flimsy plastic and there is no mirror, but at a $2.99 price tag I can’t really complain.
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush in Snapdragon
I have talked about this blush before and it has made numerous appearances on my Instagram (follow me @justalittleblush). This is a warm coral color and has a satin finish. Even though in the pan it seems like it will have a shimmery finish, I don’t find that once applied it looks shimmery at all. It definitely doesn’t look matte either. It is a nice satin sheen type finish. Out of all the blushes I am discussing today this is probably my favorite shade. It screams spring and summer but you could also get away with using it all year because it ends up looking like you have been in the sun or you just sprinted around the block (without the exertion of course). It has good staying power and it is made without parabens and sulfates. This is pretty expensive at $34, but a little goes a long way. I can’t even see myself using this up, even if I used it every day. The packaging is also beautiful and it certainly feels like $34 blush packaging. It is just like the Becca highlighter packaging but a bit smaller. There is also a mirror in there.
Becca Mineral Blush in Amaretto
This is going to be the most annoying recommendation since this particular blush is inside a face palette. But, I want to be honest here and this blush is the perfect summer or beach vacation shade. It comes inside the Becca X Jaclyn Hill Face Palette (read my review here). It is the baby of a blush and a bronzer. So much that some people may think it’s a bronzer. However, when applied the color has some pink undertones. I like to refer to this as my Jennifer Lopez blush since it gives that bronzed all over type of look. If you don’t want to shell out $52 for a face palette (even though I think it’s worth it), Becca has recently announced that they are releasing limited edition split pans (just take my money Becca…). As the name implies, these will be half blush, half highlighters from the Jaclyn Hill collection. One of the pans will be half Amaretto and half Prosecco Pop. These will be released on July 14th at Sephora and will cost $38. I have heard that a close dupe for this is TheBalm’s Desert bronzer. However, I do not own this particular bronzer so I can’t corroborate such claims. The swatches I saw online looked pretty similar so I thought I would throw it in here as a suggestion.
Thanks for reading! Please email or comment below any of your summer blush picks or suggestions.