We use it to enhance our cheekbones, make us look cuter or more mature. Blush is used to make us look livelier and lovelier – or sometimes we used the colour to convince our parents of us being sick.
But why exactly should you use this particular blush to do so?
Like a never-ending story this product just does not seem to run out. I have had this product for what seems to be forever.
L’Oréal Paris Perfect Match Le Blush – peach
At first I hated the blush for its intense and bold colour. It was so difficult to apply the product because I did not know my way around makeup at the time and blending such a strong pigmented colour can be quite difficult for a novice.
With time I got to know the product and the best way to apply it and it quickly became one of my regulars.
The shade of this swatch is a cold tone and it would do you well not to forget that. Even though the name of the colour is peach, the shade is not warm or cute. Of course you can pull of a cute look easily, but the blusher by itself is perfect for more cool and mature looks.
What is your current favourite blusher colour? Share your favourites with me down in the comments and let me know about your holy grail blush.
My current favourites are this one and a Missha Cushion Blusher I will surely review in the near future.
Talc: Is used in most face powders. And although there was talk about being bad for the skin, these claims have been rebuked and the ingredient has been deemed safe by the US Food and Drug Administration.
You can also use talc instead of dry shampoo, it works perfectly fine.
Synthetic Fluorphlogopite: It is used in a wide range of makeup products like bath products, eye-makeup or lipstick as a bulking agent.
– A bulking agent is an ingredient that is used to inverse the volume of the product –
I had to switch from English to German to get more information on the product for some reason, but no matter, I have the ingredient list for you:
Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Triisostearin, Phenyl Thrimeticone, Magnesium Stearate, Alumina, Caprylyl Glycol, Calcium Aluminium Borosilicate, Silica, Parfum / Fragrance, Tin Oxide, Benzyl Alcohol, [+/- May Contain Mica, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, CI 75470 / Carmine, CI 77742 / Manganese Violet, CI 45410 / red 28 Lake, CI 15850 / Red 7, CI 19140 / Yellow 5 Lake, CI 77007 / Ultramarines, CI 77163 / Bismuth Oxychloride]
How to use it:
The blush comes with a brush which you can keep within the casing, but I do not recommend you to use it except for travelling and emergencies.
But if you do, apply a small amount of powder onto the brush and swish it over your cheeks. You will see that the brush will leave a clear line where you applied it and the trick is to blend away this line into a smooth gradient.
At first the task of completely blending away all of the harsh marks will be difficult, but with time everyone can manage to get used to this particular brush.
I had to link a picture of the brush from Amazon as I seem to have misplaced it. No regrets though.
My recommendation though, is to steer clear of the brush that comes with the blush and rather use your own preferred blending brush. Even then the pigmentation of the blusher is quite strong, so be cautious and use gentle swishes to apply it to your cheeks. If you are unsure, you should rather take more time and use gentler strokes to prevent using too much colour and ruining all the hard foundation work you surely did – or did not, it does not matter –
What it claims to do:
- To be long-lasting
- give you a fresh complexion
I did not link it from any particular page but rather read through the product claims on various pages and translated the things they have written. Which – if you leave out the useless praises – is not much.
What it really does:
As I mentioned before, the pigments are stronger than that of any other blushes I have ever used and this makes the product really difficult to get used to. But after that there is nothing to hold you back.
I am happy to say that the blush lasts the whole day long and you will not have to worry about touching up on it all the time. Even it it does fade a bit after a while the pigmentation makes up for it and nobody will notice any difference.
Because the cold orange is such a stark contrast to my skin tone – and probably yours too, as I cannot imagine anyone having a natural skin pigmentation like that – it will stand out a lot and make your cheeks pop out like not many other colours can achieve.
Con 1: Beware of the strength of the colour. If you apply too much of this product onto your face, you will look quite ridiculous.
My recommendation to avoid embarrassing mistakes – I speak from experience – is to practice at home first before using it on a daily basis. I did so too and needed a while to get used to the blush, but for those of you who apply makeup all the time, this will be done in no time at all.
Con 2: The brush is awful. Let me be honest, when you use this brush you will not need any blush because your skin is red from the bristles alone.
I kept it because it is not as horrendous as to be completely unusable. The little brush can be convenient when you do not have much space to spare or need a quick fix.
Con 3: If you just started using makeup and this is the first or one of the first blushers you may have some difficulty handling the strong colour. Of course I may be wrong with this, but I ought to give you a fair warning.
Pro 1: The colour is stunning. Of course, whether you like a swatch or not is up to your personal preference, but I think this is a generally nice cold orange tone and something everyone can learn to enjoy.
Pro 2: You will probably never need to buy a refill of this product. Seriously, this blush will not run out – and if yours ever should, please tell me how long it took you to achieve that.
I do not know why exactly that is, but if I had to guess, it would be because of the strong pigmentation. In comparison to other products you do not need as much product to achieve the same result.
Pro 3: The Le Blush blends beautifully. Despite the strong colour the powder is not overbearing and will go well with any other powder type products you own.
I dislike the combination of this particular blush and a cushion blusher. I always have the feeling it looks somewhat unnatural.
Pro 4: Do not fear the product fading too much over time. End even if it does, it will not look unnatural, because the powder is so light that it just blends in perfectly with your skin.
I will gladly recommend this product to anyone who asks. It has good quality and the price is not overrated at all. I think it is somewhere around 8$?
I thought about rating it higher as the colour and product are good, but the brush is a disappointment and somehow I feel like the blush is lacking something to get an actual five point rating.
So, three point five out of five for the Perfect Match Le Blush in peach by L’Oréal Paris.
My Alchemiin Tip:
One of my personal favourite tricks with this blush is to blend it into the shading. Instead of applying blush all over the cheeks, keep to the lower halves without brushing too much towards the centre of the face. Then blend the orange with a greyish-brown shading colour, making it a seamless blend without too much focus on the orange but with a nice and subtle hint of colour.
This achieves a look that makes your face look very clear and devoid of makeup even though everyone can see that you used some.
It was a pleasure. Love, Eden