3.17.2013

Creamy Cheeks.


Now that my skin is more balanced and normal, I've been embracing cream cheek products more because they just seem to look nicer on my skin. Since my skin isn't as oily, they don't slip and slide off my face, and since my dry patches are gone, there's nothing for the creams to emphasize or cling to anymore. Hallelujah!

Today, I opted for a cheek combo that consists of all cream products.
L to R:
Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Lies
Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universel
Stila Convertible Color in Petunia

I used my Sephora I.T. Contour Brush (I think it may be discontinued) to apply the Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universel under my cheekbones as a contour. It can lean a bit orange, especially on fair skin tones, so it's important to use as little product as necessary to get your desired effect.
Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universel (with annoying brush hairs...grrr!)

Using the same Sephora contour brush, I applied the Stila Convertible Color in Petunia to my cheekbones, concentrating the color more towards my hairline and avoiding the apples of my cheeks altogether. I've been experimenting with different blush placements lately, and I've really enjoyed the look of brighter blushes here :)
Stila Convertible Color in Petunia

To finish off my cheeks, I applied Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Lies to the tops of my cheekbones with a Real Techniques Setting Brush as a highlight, gently blending it down into Petunia. Although it is a cream blusher, Lies is a pearlescent baby pink that is really more of a highlighter than anything. Even on fairer skin tones, I think Lies would be too shimmery and pearly to be used as a blush.

(Note: The blush looks like a medium pink in the pan, but if you notice, the middle part where I've worn off the top layer with a brush is a much lighter pink, and that is the color that is indicative of Lies.)
Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Lies

L to R:
Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universel
Stila Convertible Color in Petunia
Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Lies



I think the key when concentrating the application of three products all on the cheeks is to blend, blend, blend. Blend into the skin, but also blend into each of the other products. 

When I apply my contour, I place it under the cheekbones initially, but then I blend it up towards the cheekbones. Blending down would defeat the purpose of creating a shadow directly under the cheekbones and just leave a brown mess too close to your jawline.

I apply my blush where I want it, blending it into the skin so that there are no definitive lines, and when I apply my highlighter to the tops of the cheekbones, I blend it down into the blush. Especially when using cream products with textures that complement each other, as these three do, the finished product will never look like the result of using three different products, but rather just a perfectly sculpted cheekbone.


What are your favorite cream cheek products?


49 comments:

  1. Wow, I've never tried a cream bronzer but seeing how natural it looks on you I'm so tempted to get one! My favorite cream blush has to be Le Metier de Beaute Creme Fresh Tints. Once you've tried these you'll think everything else is a bit overrated! The texture blends SO well!

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  2. This makes me want to bust out my Chanel Bronze Universal that I've been neglecting. I really wish MAC wouldn't have discontinued their original formula of cream blushes because the Blush Creme in Brit Wit is a favorite of mine. I also love applying Maybelline Bouncy Blush in Hot Tamale with the Real Techniques stippling brush to give me a natural red flush.

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  3. I don't wear cream blush but Petunia looks lovely :)

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  4. gorg FOTD, once I have Lies i can re create this super natural but beautiful look, thanks for sharing!

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  5. This is a gorgeous combination! I love cream products, especially during the winter. I've been using my two neutral cream blushes most often - Addiction cheek stick in Tea Rose & MUA cream blusher in Yummy.

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  6. Wow, this looks so good!
    To be honest I never ever tried any creamy cheek products! o: I should change that!

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  7. I've never thought to try my RT Setting Brush for creams. Something I'm going to have to play with! I love that the synthetic bristles can be used for any product...creme, liquid, or powder. Petunia is one of the Stila shades I've had my eye on. How much wear time to you get out of it?

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  8. Omg, Lies looks amazing! I was fooled by the top layer and thought it was a much more deep rosy color, but it is such a pretty highlight!!

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  9. I know what you mean! When I first got it, I thought I had received a mislabeled blush. I don't know why the top layer is such a vastly different shade :-/

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  10. Yes, I love the setting brush for that. Definitely give it a try to see if you like it too. As for Petunia, it lasts all day on me, even on my combo skin, and I usually wear my makeup for anywhere from 8-12 hours. I really don't get any noticeable fading with it. It has a slightly tackier texture compared to a lot of other cream blushes, which helps it maintain a dewy finish and last a long time, but surprisingly, I don't find it ever feels sticky on me. Love it!

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  11. Really? I don't think I ventured into cream products until later on too, especially when I had oilier skin. I think I just assumed they'd make me more oily, which is not necessarily true. Let me know if you try any, Natalie :)

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  12. Thank you, Emi :) I've never heard of that Addiction one...is it an American brand? And I wish MUA was available in the US. They seem like such good products and so affordable too :)

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  13. Thanks, Julie! I hope you end up getting it soon :)

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  14. Thanks, Willow! I have (maybe had? not sure) minis of the convertible color in Lillium and Peony too, but I didn't really fall in love with the Stila blushes until I got Petunia :)

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  15. It's actually only available in Japan, or on the website Ichibankao for a big markup. I have a post scheduled with swatches (but not a full review) for tomorrow, or you can google Addiction Cheek Sticks for more info :)

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  16. I COMPLETELY agree! I have Ladyblush in the original blushcreme formula and I prefer it over their new cream blush formula...it used to be so much dewier! Glad that you love Hot Tamale - I used to have a few of those dream bouncy blushes (not that shade though) and I didn't really care for the formula :-/

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  17. Really?? Sunny, stop enabling me! I've been dying to try something from LMdB forever now...I'd add their cream blushes to my list with Corinthian eyeshadow :)

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  18. Ah, ok. I should've known it wouldn't be easily accessible. Just my luck, haha. Looking forward to your swatches! :)

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  19. They look so natural and fresh...I've never tried any cream blushes yet due to my love for powders and the fact that I can reuse a brush after light cleaning! I think that stila shade is just sooo gorg! The pixiwoo sisters often blend cream blush on top of their set foundation and I hope I could do that properly too because I always powder on top of my foundation before applying blush! Those products are going to last you forever!

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  20. Wow they look stunning on you! I really love the effect of Illamasqua blusher! I'm definitely going to try applying my blush as you mentioned in your post. Thanks for the tips & tricks! :)

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  21. from the swatches, i thought that the look would be very bright and deep but *scrolling down* surprised to see how soft and fresh the cheeks looks - gorgeous! must remember to blend, blend, blend .. and blend! x

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  22. This looks so perfect on you! I really, really love the way Lies look. I have a few Illamasqua blushes and love them all, but don't have this one! I think I need to pick it up!


    xo
    aly

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  23. Woah those products really give your cheekbones some serious dimension! Petunia is especially beautiful as a color!

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  24. These look gorgeous together on you! The Chanel Bronzer has been on my wish list for so long, I really need to take the plunge and purchase it! xx

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  25. I love this combo! It's so dewy and fresh with dimension! I love soleil tan de chanel, I've been excited to start incorporating it into my routine. I'm realizing I really need a brush for cream cheek products.

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  26. This looks sooooo pretty!! I Love it!! :) Thanks for sharing!!

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  27. OMG my chanel bronzer is full of brush hairs too! I thought it was because I used the MAC 109 in it (and I fully resent that brush a little now for marring my otherwise perfectly smooth bronzer)...

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  28. Lies makes an amazing highlighter for that really dewy skin if you just use a little of it

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  29. This looks amazing on you! I never thought of trying three products at once but it looks very nice on you. Oh and I hate it when brush hair gets stuck in cream products, it looks horrible right?

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  30. Ugh, yes. The brush hairs in that bronzer annoy the heck out of me! Something about that bronzer in particular just seems to pull the hairs out even more though, because I don't have nearly as many brush hairs in my other cream products when I use that brush. But anyway, you should definitely give the three cream product thing a try! I love how they work so well together and just melt into the skin :)

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  31. I agree! I love the dewy finish too :)

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  32. Hahah, I know what you mean! It made me cringe having to photograph it like that, to be honest. If you can believe it, the brush I use with it sheds less than the MAC 109! I can't imagine sticking my 109 in there. It would be a brush hair war zone.

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  33. I should really use my Chanel bronzer more often. Sometimes the orangey-ness turns me off, but I love how nicely it blends and melts into the skin! I really like the Sephora IT Contour Brush for cream bronzers and blushes, but I don't see it on the website anymore :( Hope you find a good brush eventually!

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  34. Thank you, Annabelle! It's definitely a great product - I just wish it was a tad less orange. The texture is amazing though :)

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  35. Thanks, Annick! I wish my cheekbones looked like that on their own :D And Petunia is one of my new favorites for spring!

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  36. You should, Aly! I love how dewy it is, and it's the perfect icy pink highlighter :)

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  37. Thanks, Faye! I did apply a little extra blush so it would show up in photos, but none of the three are nearly as intense on the cheeks as they are in swatches if you use them sparingly and blend well :)

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  38. Thank you, and I'm glad you found the post helpful! Let me know how it goes with the blush application. I've really been liking it with certain blush shades. I used to only put blush on the apples then blend out, so I was excited to try something new :)

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  39. I definitely love my powders too, but I like to have variety :D I haven't been applying these over powders, so I can't say for sure they would apply smoothly, but you should definitely give it a try! I think it would probably be easier to use a brush rather than fingers in that case. Let me know how it goes :)

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  40. What a perfect combo - so glowy and peachy!

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  41. I have petunia and I love it! I've been really into cream blushes lately. I still have yet to bite the bullet for the soleil tan de chanel. Maybe in the summertime!

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  42. I went to ulta yesterday nad picked up two NYX cream blushes! My first ever! I have not used them yet, but I am excited to!

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  43. i think i need petunia now! Looks great on you! :)

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  44. The Chanel bronzer is definitely a nice product with a really lovely consistency! I don't use it enough. Glad you love the Stila blushes too, Kelly :)

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  45. Let me know what you think, Maranda! I have one of the NYX cream blushes and I think it's a fantastic product, especially considering how affordable it is :)

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  46. Thanks, Joyce :) And yes, you do need Petunia! :D

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  47. That is definitely the epitome of a gorgeous sculpted cheek! Wonderful :) xo

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