I'm typically not a fan of cream to powder formulas, but Make Up For Ever HD Blush is an exception. Their newest blush formula 'combines the second-skin look of a cream with the ease of a powder,' and there's not a single fault I can find with it. Available in 16 shades, I went for the one shade I felt would be unique to my collection.
Make Up For Ever HD Blush in 335 Fawn is a tawny pinky-brown. I'm a big fan of the 'goes with everything' blushes, and this shade offers an incredibly natural flush that suits any look, and the brown base helps to create a soft contoured look as well.
Swatched below in different lighting situations
In terms of finish, HD Blush boasts 'no visible texture,' and I agree wholeheartedly with its claim. Even upon close inspection of the skin, you see only the color and never the actual product sitting atop the surface, if that makes sense. It has neither a dewy finish, nor a true matte one; a skin-like finish is the best way I can describe it.
Although the formula is technically a cream-to-powder, it's unlike other formulas I've tried in the past in that it continues to blend smoothly like a cream until you let up, never blending away into that horrible dry, powdery texture towards the end. (I apply mine with the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, by the way.) It lasts all day on me and blends just as flawlessly over a liquid base as it does over a powdered one.
Wearing HD Blush in 335 Fawn
The only people I can think of that may not appreciate the HD Blush formula are those who favor cream blushes with a dewy finish, and even then, these might surprise you. Everyone else - you need at least one.
Thanks for the recommendation, Tracy! :)
Make Up For Ever HD Blush is available from Sephora for $26.