Monday, August 27, 2018

Product Review -- bareMineral Gen Nude Powder Blushes

I love blush -- I am so pale that if I don't add at least a hint of color to my cheeks, I can look sick or my eye makeup can look a little too harsh -- but in recent years, I find that it's not a makeup product that I tend to buy all that frequently.

Which is weird.

So recently I decided I needed to introduce a few new blush options to my collection and I came across the bareMinerals Gen Nude Powder Blushes.

I've been a big bareMinerals fan since I first tried their Original Loose Foundation back in college, and I've enjoyed their foray into pressed powder and liquid foundation products in recent years.

Which is why it was kind of a no-brainer to try their new blushes.

The blushes come in a round black plastic compact with a clear lid so you can see the shade inside. There's no mirror or blush included, though.

bareMinerals Gen Nude Powder Blush
The blush formula itself is pretty top-notch -- they're smooth and creamy, without any powderiness, so they blend effortlessly into the skin. The four shades that I picked up are all highly pigmented -- even the very pale shade -- so you don't need much product to get perfectly flushed cheeks.

The Gen Nude Blushes are available in 12 shades, but I picked up four: Pretty in Pink, a warm very pale pink; Strike a Rose, a dirty reddish pink; That Peach Tho, a mid-tone peachy pink; and Peachy Keen, a rich apricot with golden pearl.

Pretty in Pink (l.) & That Peach Tho (r.)

Peachy Keen (l.) & Strike a Rose (r.)
None of the blushes seem entirely matte to me, though only Peachy Keen has very noticeable shimmer to it in the pan. In my book, I'd say these have a satin or natural finish on the skin, so they pair really well with nearly any highlighter you might want to pair them with.

All of the shades I chose are fairly warm, but there are cooler tones in the collection. Pretty in Pink is a lovely shade, but it's pretty light, so I think it's best for fair to light/medium skin tones. The rest of the shades would show up on most skin tones, I think.

From l. to r: Pretty in Pink, That Peach Tho, Peachy Keen, Strike a Rose
All in all, I think these are lovely blushes, with a plenty of natural colors that would suit a variety of skin tones and eye makeup looks. They retail for $24 each, which is pretty pricey, but if you're looking for a higher end blush, I definitely think these are worth it.

You can find them on the bareMinerals website, as well as at Sephora and Ulta.

Have you tried the bareMinerals Gen Nude Powder Blushes? Are you a fan? What's your favorite high-end blush at the moment?

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