Department Store vs. Drugstore: Sculpting Blushes

Cheekbones are all the rage these days. What else could be responsible for the launch of coutouring products on the market this year. There’s one by Stila, MAC, Laura Gellar, and finally two that seem very similar: Covergirl Instant Cheekbones Contouring Blush (now called TruCheeks Blush) and Clinique Limited Edition Blush Powder.

I chose to compare these two because they’re both have 3 colours that are supposed to work together. I also own both of them. So which one should you choose?

The colours for both the blushes are similar – Clinique offers 2 shade ranges, while CoverGirl offers 6 in a new range. Both have a highlighting colour, a medium cheek colour, and dark one meant to be used in the crease.

The key to using the kit is to use a light hand when applying the crease colour because too much can make it very obvious what it is you’re trying to do. You don’t want to draw attention to your jaw… you want to draw attention to your cheekbones where you’re going to apply a touch of the highlighter.

So which one did I like better? In this case, I have to go with the department store brand – the Clinique. I just found the CoverGirl version way too shimmery and couldn’t get it to look natural. The Clinique one worked perfectly for me, and I even liked the brush that it came with! I could make the look subtle and the powders were sheer. The CoverGirl blush was also a little crumbly and sometimes I couldn’t help but pick up too much product.

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3 Responses to Department Store vs. Drugstore: Sculpting Blushes

  1. sappho says:

    hey henna,

    could you explain the proper way to put on blush? i didn’t realize there could be THREE shades and that a dark one is meant for the crease – and what is the crease?

    usually i just put on bronzer and go, but i am considering getting a pink blush for the first time in my life (probably the nars one you reviewed recently). any tips you could give would be much appreciated!

    thanks 🙂

  2. Henna says:

    Sure, I’ll write a little something about it soon!

  3. April says:

    That’s pretty interesting. I love clinique, although I haven’t purchased any recently. Usually I buy eyeshadows and lipsticks from them. I will have to check out their blushes.

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