Maybelline Expert Wear Blush Review
Finally a blush that doesn’t break me out! If I had to choose one makeup item that I love more than kajal-eyeliner combo, it would have to be a blush. But, for me, choosing a blush hasn’t been as easy as picking up a stick of kajal. In the past, I’ve tried blushes from Lakme to Clinique and every other brand in between, but they all caused my skin to break out. So I gave up on them. Lately I’ve caught the blush bug again. I’m determined to make blushes work for me this time around. 🙂
It was in this spirit that I visited my local Health and Glow this weekend. And I found what I was looking for. The thing about H&G stores is that the moment you enter the store, loads of SAs swarm around you and try to suffocate you into buying the item they want you to buy. It really is as dramatic as it sounds. You have to excuse yourself from them politely or if you were not in a good mood to begin with, not so politely. 😉 So you have to keep an iron will and a steely focus to buy only what you want in the shade you want. Now that I have let off years of steam about H&G, I shall proceed to the review of this nice blush they call Maybelline Expert Wear Blush. Maybelline Expert Wear blush was the first blush I laid my eyes on during this visit. Just like that, I picked it up and read what the pack had to say. And lo and behold! The blush claimed to be oil-free, non-pore-clogging and dermatologist tested! Boy, was that my lucky day or what? Not only that, the blush also claimed to be “a stay-true cheek colour that doesn’t fade or change and has a silky smooth texture that blends easily and wears evenly”. Years of cosmetic buying has trained me to take all the tall claims with a pinch of salt. But I’m happy to say that this blush has exceeded my expectations.
I have normal-to-oily acne prone skin that hasn’t taken a liking to any blush that I’ve tried in all these years. Since this blush hasn’t broken me out at all, and that to me is just short of a miracle, this review has been done with that starstruck bent of mind. So if your skin isn’t as fussy as mine, you will have many more blushes that will work well for you.
Maybelline Expert Wear blush is a powder blush that comes in a black plastic case with a transparent plastic lid. Some users say that the quality of the casing is bad, but I think it is pretty cute. May be poor quality, but cute nonetheless. 🙂 A small brush is included with the blush. The blush powder is set in a 1 ½ inch x 1 ½ inch pan. I paid 209 Indian rupees for this blush. There were 3 shades at the store: Pinch O Pink (bright pink), Berry Sorbet (less bright pink) and a brownish shade which could as well have been Mocha Velvet. I am not sure if only 3 shades are available in India from this range or whether the store only stocked 3 shades, but there they were. I chose Berry Sorbet without a doubt, since the other two shades were a bit extreme for me. I swatched all the 3, but Berry Sorbet barely showed up on my wheatish skin. But I liked how the shade looked in the pan, so I bought it anyway. The blush has some fine grained shimmer in it.
I wanted a blush that would be sheer enough to give me a “pinched cheeks” effect and not the “punched cheeks” effect that a highly pigmented blush sometimes causes. I apply my blush directly on the apples of my cheeks instead of below the cheek bones or towards the temples. Berry Sorbet goes on sheer and gives my face a natural flush or “the pink of health”. Unfortunately, it looks so natural that my camera isn’t picking it up, so no face swatches, sorry. 🙁 In the image taken from the Maybelline website, the blush is showing up plummy, but in reality it is not plummy at all. What I like about Maybelline Expert Wear blush in Berry Sorbet:
- This blush has not broken me out at all. Usually even powder blushes contain some oils that can break out your skin. If not oils, then their pigments contain some comedogenic substance or another. This blush has sat well with my difficult-to-please skin.
- The shade Berry Sorbet requires multiple sweeps to give good colour payoff. Because of buildable coverage, there is less possibility of ending up with too much blush on your face in one sweep.
- It blends easily, even with the tiny brush that comes with it. That tiny brush is not entirely worthless, by the way.
- The shade Berry Sorbet gives my face a naturally flushed face, which I like.
- The colour doesn’t change or at least not noticeably.
- It is a very fine powder and the finish is satiny smooth and not powdery.
- The fine milled shimmer brightens up the face. The face does not look shimmery unless you look at it from up close.
- The size of the blush is big enough for you to swirl your blush brush around nicely. I find it much better than those thin strips of blush where it is difficult to pick up the product even with a tiny brush.
- The price is very wallet-friendly compared to some of the other drugstore brands.
What I don’t like about Maybelline Expert Wear blush in Berry Sorbet:
- Users with dry skin may find it a tad drying for their skin.
- The shade Berry Sorbet requires multiple sweeps to give good colour payoff. This may be a put off for some.
- It is loosely packed, so some powder strays around the blush pan in the container.
- The staying power of about 2 hours is not impressive. But if you moisturize your skin well, then it can last about 5 hours with some fading.
- It is quite disappointing that Maybelline hasn’t released more shades of this blush in India. I want a peachy pink next, but I’m not sure if it is even available here. 🙁
Product rating: :-* :-*:-* + 0.5
Note: Another little giveaway coming up. *Most Probably* today. 😉 – Rati