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Through all of my years as a makeup lover, there is only one product that I would consider my white whale…blush! Oh, it’s so hard to find blushes that work on dark skin (brown girl friendly blushes), let alone from the drugstore. I have been disappointed time and time again to the point that I stopped trying to find drugstore blushes altogether. I figured it was one of those items that I would have to pay more for. Which if I’m being completely honest sucks!
But I’m not ready to throw in the towel just yet! One of the major problems with blush for some reason is that drugstore priced blushed always look dry, chalky and dusty/ashy on dark skin. I think it has to do with a lot of formulas having talc as one of the first ingredients. Talc serves it’s purpose in cosmetics and sometimes that purpose is to bulk up cheap products to make it look like you’re getting something that you’re not.
Over the years beauty brands have slowly started to come around. These formulas have a great color payoff and blend beautifully. Check out my picks for Brown Girl friendly blushes and see for yourself.
I’ll be honest, I overlooked this blush for a long time. It just never looked very pigmented to me. This blush really is on the sheer side. However, the color is very buildable which is a very good thing for the color shy.
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E.L.F. Blush Palette, Dark
I’m convinced that is blush palette is bottomless! I’ve had it for two years and have yet to hit pan on any of the shades. What I love the most about this palette is how versatile it is. Every shade works on dark complexions. They have two warm and two cooler shades to really round out any makeup collection.
Milani Baked Blush, Rose D’Oro
In my last blog post, I talked about my love for this blush (that I picked up by accident). I was looking for a new highlighter and picked up the Corralina shade. That’s when I discovered how much I love a little bit of glow in my blush. I especially love the Rose D’Oro shade. It’s hard to describe, but it warms up my complexion in the most beautiful way.
Note Luminous Silk Blush, Desert Rose
I got this blush from a BoxyCharm sometime this summer. When I saw pictures of it online, I was more than a little disappointed. I figured that it was another dusty pinky nude shade that some company was trying to get rid of. I was wrong…so wrong! The texture really is like silk. I only have to dip my brush in the pan once or twice for some great color. The shade really surprised me. I figured it would look ashy and orange. It has more of a warm almost coral look to it. I highly recommend this for any brown girls collection!
Sleek Blush, Sugar
This brand showed me what a quality drugstore blush could be. that doesn’t look ashy on dark skin is in fact possible. The blush comes in a 3 pan palette with enough shades to compliment any look.