Blush is a tricky thing. There are powder blushes, cream blushes, cheek stains, stick blushesI even know people who use lipstick on their cheeks! Between finding what’s right for your skin, the right tone and when to wear what colour, it can be a challenge finding what works – but let’s be honest, experimenting is the best part.

I gave two new blushes a shot this week. The first was a COVERGIRL powder blush, the Clean Glow Blush in Roses 100. It’s described as a lightweight,blendable 3-in-1 product, and it’s part of their Clean collection designed for sensitive skin, which includes liquid, whipped and powder foundations, bronzers and blushes.

I immediately loved the warm, soft tone of this colour– I prefer blush to be subtle and natural looking, and found this shade was just that. I liked the option of three shades in one, but once I swatched each individual colour could see it was ultimately going to be best worn all in one.

Left to right: Darkest shade, Middle shade, lightestshade, All in one

I didn’t find the powder too powdery, and quite liked the texture. As I said, it’s a very natural looking shade on lighter skin tones like mine and went on light, so I did need to build a little for a noticeable flush.

Overall I liked the product. It was a soft, light and natural shade and definitely will make for an excellent everyday blush.

I then tried Maybelline’s Dream Bouncy Blush in Pink Frosting – a soft cream blush packing lots of pigment that blends very well. Don’t be put off by the smallpackaging, as a little goes a long way with this product!

This shade is very pink, but gives a great pinched/rosy cheek look that works well when you want to make your cheeks pop! I was nervous by just how bright the product looked in the packaging, but once on it blends really well, almost like a powder, therefore ensuring it’s not too overpowering.

Its best applied using your fingertips, just be careful not to push too hard on the product – again, a little goes a long way, and it’s much easier to put on too little then build than to take too much and have to get creative with your blending!

I actually loved how this looked on my cheeks – it was just the right amount of pink and would go well with a simple cat eye for a pretty, girly look. I could see myself wearing it out for drinks with my girlfriends or out to date night, or whenever I need a girly pick-me-up! I love how it looks with my blue eyes. I definitely want to try this product in something a little warmer, like the Peach Satin shade.

I find both products have a place in a beauty regimen, depending on the time & place. The COVERGIRL blush will serve me as a useful everyday colour, and I’ll be sure to bust out the bouncy blush when I’m looking to perk myself up. 

Morgan Cadenhead is a self-professed beauty junkie living & working in Toronto. By day, she’s a PR pro who loves all things writing & media, but by night she’s often catching up on her favourite fashion & beauty blogs or hitting up the gym. Her makeup obsession stems from the realization that makeup is a powerful and (most importantly) fun tool – it can make the difference in how you carry yourself, set the tone for a good day and above all, make anyone feel gorgeous! Follow her on Twitter @morgancadenhead or drop her a line at