2011 isn’t close to being over yet but I’m going to go ahead and say right now that these two Hot Topic blushes are my best buys of the year. I can describe them in four words: bright, bold, beautiful, and BARGAIN. For $0.98 each you really can’t beat the quality and insane pigmentation that these Hot Topic blushes deliver.
I originally heard about these blushes through Tao’s blog and You Tube July Favorites video. In person, Orange shows up a lot more reddish orange than in her video, and Tao actually compares it to NARS Exhibit A in terms of color and color payoff. She purchased four shades altogether (Orange, Pink, Hot Pink, and Red) but the only other shade I was able to get my hands on was Hot Pink and it’s definitely the brightest pink blush now in my collection. No complaints though; it’s gorgeous!
Both Orange and Hot Pink contain very fine shimmer that gives my skin a really subtle glow.
Be careful when applying these blushes because it’s easy to go overboard with them and end up with clown cheeks. You seriously only need to tap your brush onto the blush with a featherlight touch. That tiny bit will be enough for one cheek, probably both cheeks.
Each blush comes with 0.27 oz (8 g) of product and I’m not joking when I say it’ll probably be enough to last me the rest of my life and all my descendents’ lives. A little goes a loooooong way.
To give you a better sense of the brightness of these Hot Topic blushes I took a photo of them alongside those two new e.l.f. Studio blushes I recently purchased, Candid Coral and Pink Passion. Alone, the e.l.f. blushes looked bright but they literally pale in comparison next to the Hot Topic blushes. Look at the difference! The Hot Topic blushes are so saturated with color.
As Tao mentioned in her video the blush were all marked down from $5.99 so they’re probably being discontinued. If you happen to come across them while you’re shopping at the mall I definitely suggest picking a few of them up. They’re well worth the $0.98 and then some!