Thursday, March 13, 2014

MAKE UP FOREVER HD Blush # 420 Indian Rosewood

Hey y'all! The new Make Up Forever High Definition Creme Blush in shade 420 (Indian Rosewood) is on the reading menu for today. 

I am very excited to share with y'all my review of this lovely cheek product. 

I first saw these blushes over a month ago on the Sephora website and was eagerly waiting their arrival at my local Sephora store.  I consistently check Sephora's website and brand websites to see what new products are coming up soon.  

I am so glad I patiently waited to buy this blush.  Last month, while strolling through Dillard's, I saw that Clarin's had released four new creme shades for this Spring.  I was drawn to the shade called Grenadine.  I would describe Grenadine as a warm rose shade with hints of coral, peach, and brown. The color was beautiful, but the product felt so strange.  It was difficult to pick up and blend.  It did not appear or feel creamy and smooth whatsoever.  It felt dry.  The Clarin's MUA told me that the best way to apply the product was by using a basic makeup sponge (not the beauty blender, the ones that are kept as testers at makeup counters).  The formula of the blush was horrible.  I would not even pay "drug-store prices" for it.  I did take into consideration that perhaps the formula had dried out because it was a tester that I had tried; testers are exposed to air and bacteria.  I politely told the MUA that I would like to think about it and will come back to buy it another day.  I decided not to go back for two reasons: the horrible formula and the soon-to-come Make Up Forever HD blush in #420 Rosewood.  

Initially, I was under the impression that the new MUFE blushes were powder blushes.  I did not realize that these blushes were actually creme blushes until I saw them in person in the store.  Honestly, I almost decided not to buy one.  Although my excitement level went down a bit, my curiosity did not.  I limited myself to purchase only one shade.  

I do not like to return makeup.  It makes me feel guilty, but sometimes I have to because I purchase and try so many products to review here on my blog.  For this reason, I visit the stores and contemplate endlessly before buying products, especially products that cost as much as a dinner at a restaurant for two people.  Holy moly!  Sometimes I am awed by the fact that a lipstick costs as much as a tank of gas or a few days worth of groceries. Eek!  How do I justify this? Hmm! I don't eat that much. Is that good enough? 

Indeed, MUFE HD blush in #420 ($26) has quenched my desire for the shade effect of Clarin's Grenadine. It also provided a better formula and was a bit less expensive than Clarin's Grenadine ($30).  I also used  my 10% off VIB discount on this purchase. 

The images of these blushes on Sephora's website make it seem as if these blushes are the size of a big compacts. In reality, the packaging of these blushes are quite small in size, but this does not bother me. The pan is almost twice the size of my Real Technique's stippling brush, so the small packaging is not an issue for me. I think it is cute, lightweight, and travel friendly. In fact, for these good reasons I prefer to purchase makeup with smaller packaging. The appearance of the little compact is clean and simple - black with white writing. 

I am not particularly a fan of creme blushes.  Although I have not tried many high-end creme blushes other than Tarte Maricuja Airblush Blush in Shimmering Poppy and my brief encounter with Clarin's Grenadine, I have tried both drug-store and high-end creme eyeshadows and am not a fan of this formulation of eyeshadows.  Due to my dislike of creme eyeshadows, I presumed that I will not like creme blushes. Testing out the new creme blush sticks from Maybelline turned my presumption into a confirmation. Also, seeing the testers of creme blushes turns me off.  The testers always look dry, dirty, and have foreign material ("fuzzies") sticking to the product.  

MUFE HD #420 has been an eye-opening experience.  I am thoroughly enjoying this product and really look forward to wearing it.  I think it will look even better on me once the warmer months come along because I tend to pick up a slight natural tan in the Summer months. At the moment I am quite pale as per Southeast Asian standards, but I don't mind.  I am quite grateful for my beige-olive-yellow skin-tone. 

MUFE HD blush in #420 is a warm rose with a brown base and hints of peach and red.  The formula is excellent.  The application is effortless.  The lighter shades in this line of blushes can come off sheer, but you can easily build up the product on your cheeks.  On the other hand, you can easily blend down the deeper or brighter shades.  The lightweight formula of this blush allows you to have better control over the product.  I think the formula of this blush is a hybrid of a gel and creme.  You receive the sheen, light weight, and sheerness of a gel formula mixed in with the rich pigmentation and emollient texture of a creme formula.  This blush did not look patchy and did not feel greasy.  

Fortunately, I have not had any negative reactions to this gel-creme formula.  For your reference, my complexion is normal with dry t-zone in the cold months and normal to dewy (not oily) in warm months.  I do get acne occasionally.  If a face beauty or skincare product does not suit me, I react very quickly.  

As I am writing this review, I want to go wear it right now!  I want to try out more shades.  Even if I may not have liked the way some of the lighter shades looked on me, I would most definitely like to recommend this product.  If you are in the market for a creme blush, then definitely consider this new collection of blushes. There are many shades to choose from in this collection.  The display at Sephora has displayed the blushes according to the skin-tones they would suit the best.  MUFE HD blush in #420 (Rosewood) was displayed in the medium skin-tone section, which is the category I fit into.  I did try some other shades, but this was my favorite one for now.  I am really hoping to find some more shades! 

I want to continue using this blush and will update my review with a few words on staying power.  
What else am I wearing in the picture above? L'Oreal moisturizer; Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner; Bare Minerals Lash Domination Mascara; Rimmel lipstick in Coral Shimmer; Coral sweater from Target; Gold ball earrings from Kohl's. 

I hope this post was informative and helpful. Your friendly comments are much appreciated. 
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  1. That is a gorgeous shade! I don't own anything like that! I haven't really experimented much with cream blushes- they kind of scare me LOL! This looks gorgeous on you though and great review!

  2. You are seriously such a beauty! This is such a unique shade, I have nothing like it, which will definitely make me consider it, especially after your in-depth review! You did all the hard work for me! :)

  3. The blush looks amazing on you! You are absolutely gorgeous!


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