This week we test: powder blush

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 23 January, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 23 January, 2011, 12:00am

Blush is a magical quick-fix, creating a natural, subtle glow, or cute, dramatic doll cheeks. Beige and pink work well on fair skin, while orange and apricot are great on tanned skin.

MAC Powder Blush (HK$170/6g)

The intense pigment in this powdery product means you don't need to apply much. Despite this, it blends well, so it's hard to look overdone. One pot lasts ages.

Averine Mineral Glow Blush (HK$280/12g)

This cute pot contains a very nice colour and a cool, soft puff which you can't help but love. But the powder isn't dense enough, so you get too much on your puff and a cloud of powder around you, and your bathroom gets a makeover, too.

NARS blush (HK$240/4.8g)

This looks a lot lighter on skin than in the case. You need to build up the layers to get noticeable colour on your cheeks - the texture is light but a bit powdery.

Jill Stuart's Blush Blossom Dual Cheek Colour (HK$330/5g)

Splendid, easy-to-use packaging, if a little bulky. The soft brush helps to smoothly distribute the colour. Use the pale pink as a base, then top with the brighter hue. Pretty, but fades easily.

Sofina's Aube Couture Designing Puffy Cheek (HK$230/4g)

A cute applicator houses a very pretty, natural-looking blush. Only a little product comes out with one stroke, so you don't have to worry about overdoing it. One snag: it's too glittery for everyday use.