- It Cosmetics Vitality Face Disc (blush only)
- Hard Candy Blush Crush Baked Blush in Pin Up
- Too Faced La Vie En Rose (blush only)
- Too Faced Papa Don’t Peach (blush only)
- Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips All-In-1 Custom Nude Palette for Face & Eyes in Warm Nude
- Physicians Formula Powder Palette Multi-Colored Blush in Blushing Nude
- Stila All Over Shimmer in Kitten (both halves combined)
- LORAC Spotlight
- Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Airbushing Bronzer SPF 15 in Light Bronzer
- Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight
- theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer
- theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer
- Maybelline Face Studio Master Glaze in Nude Rebellion
- Maybelline Face Studio Master Glaze in Barely Pink
- Jane Iredale In Touch Cream Blush in Clarity
- Cargo Gotham
- Cargo Topeka
- theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer
- Cargo Mendocino
- Cargo Montebello
- Laura Mercier Awakening (Enlightenment Palette)
- Laura Mercier Blushing (Enlightenment Palette)
Row 1: It Cosmetics Vitality Face Disc (blush only), Hard Candy Blush Crush Baked Blush in Pin Up, Too Faced La Vie En Rose (blush only), Too Faced Papa Don’t Peach (blush only), Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips All-In-1 Custom Nude Palette for Face & Eyes in Warm Nude
Row 2: Physicians Formula Powder Palette Multi-Colored Blush in Blushing Nude, Stila All Over Shimmer in Kitten (both halves combined), LORAC Spotlight, Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Airbushing Bronzer SPF 15 in Light Bronzer, Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight, theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer
Row 3: theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer, Maybelline Face Studio Master Glaze in Nude Rebellion, Maybelline Face Studio Master Glaze in Barely Pink, Jane Iredale In Touch Cream Blush in Clarity, Cargo Gotham, Cargo Topeka, theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer
Row 4: Cargo Mendocino, Cargo Montebello, Laura Mercier Awakening (Enlightenment Palette), Laura Mercier Blushing (Enlightenment Palette)
This was my entire blush, highlighter and bronzer collection after a major purge in early June.
I sold off the majority of my Cargo blushes. When my computer died and I needed to scrounge up some money quickly, I knew the first place to start was my makeup collection. I still highly recommend Cargo blushes — the formula and colors are fantastic — but I tend to gravitate towards the same type of colors and I couldn’t justify keeping all of them. Honestly, I can’t say that they perform significantly better than the other blushes I own. That’s one perk of having dry skin: all powder blushes are long wearing on me. So when it came to purging, it all came down to color for me. I tried to avoid hanging on to dupes and was rigid about keeping only the blushes with the shades and finishes that are the most flattering on my skin regardless of price or brand name. That resulted in a mass exodus of blushes from my collection.
Gone are also all of my Stila Convertible Colors. I love the dewy finish and colors but grew to dislike the texture. It didn’t bother me too much in the cooler months but once the weather started to really heat up the heaviness of the formula on the skin grew to be unbearable. Plus, I discovered the Maybelline Master Glaze cream blush sticks: way cheaper, way more lightweight, pigmented and so much easier to apply. I tend to go for the shimmery, limited edition Maybelline blush sticks that provide a glowy effect.
Things I’ve learned about my blush tastes:
Do buy blushes with a matte, satin or slightly shimmery finish. Stick to warm, light peaches and pinks.
Don’t buy blushes with a frosty finish (emphasizes skin texture/imperfections). Stay away from corals and blushes that contain a lot of red. Also avoid very cool toned, medium-dark pink and berry blushes.
As for highlighters, my love for them is right up there with my love for blushes but I knew I had to reduce their numbers too. As much as I like Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight and prefer it over the extremely subtle Shiseido High Beam White, I had to admit to myself that it was still too subtle for my tastes and had to go. LORAC Spotlight was a no-brainer; I’ve never cared for the color or finish.
I plan on doing an updated makeup collection blog entry soon. Believe it or not I whittled down my stash even more. Now every piece of makeup I own (excluding nail polishes) fits comfortably into ONE shoe box-sized sterilite container.