There has been countless rave reviews about the NYX Rouge Cream Blushes, being of great quality and really inexpensive, so I thought this would be a good product to start off with. With that being said, I do own a TopShop Cream Blush in Flush, and although they are classified as a 'cream blush' they have more of a powdery finish. Hence, the NYX Cream Blushes are my technically my first cream blush products. I picked up two shades; Tickled and Boho Chic.
Packaging wise these NYX blushes certainly remind me of MAC blushes. The sleek black case with a clear, see-through, domed shaped lid, seem like a good cheap replica of MAC blushes. The NYX cases are much more flimsy and just overall feel less sturdy, but hey you get what you pay for right? I still would travel with these as they definitely won't be damaging to the product considering they are cream blushes, I just don't know how well they would hold up in warmer climates, whether the melted product would seep through the packaging. Who knows, I guess I will have to wait until Summer to see how they hold up.
As I mention earlier with the melting, when untouched both blushes look hard stunning solid, but when you press your hand onto the product it begins to melt that particular spot. Now obviously, this is a good factor about this cream blush as it's buttery smooth and easy to blend. But it can also be messy and highly frustrating, especially in the warmer months and it's 40 degrees. I can already foretell that I'm going to have to put these guys into my fridge when Summer comes around.
With that being said, application wise it is quite wet but it does dry to a matte finish and looks absolutely stunning. The lasting power of these is surprisingly quite well as well, although I did slightly set it after it had dried because I didn't want to risk it running all over my checks whilst I was at work. I find that the best way these blushes work on my skin, and probably other oily/combo skin types out there, is to use these underneath powder blushes to give you a more pigmented and long lasting effect.
First blush I picked was Tickled purely because I saw FleurDeForce raving about how much she loved this shade and I seriously cannot blame her. It is a beautiful peachy pink colour with hints of golden shimmer running through it. I think this would compliment NARS' Orgasm perfectly!
Next we have Boho Chic, a sweet baby pink shade similar to the likes of MAC's Pink Swoon. Although the shade is quite like, the opacity is mind blowing. I'm most definitely going to be using this underneath Pink Swoon to give myself a more intense look.
For the best (most pigmented and easily blended way) application I like to use my fingers or a stippling brush (Real Techniques Stippling Blush). If I don't feel like getting my hands dirty when painting on my face, I just drip my stippling blush into the product and off we go, but I do think that you are able to build more colour using your fingers.
I'm definitely impressed with these blushes and do recommend them for all skin types, just be smart when applying these if you have oily/combo skin. At the retail price of $5 or less (always on sale at Cherry Culture), you seriously cannot go wrong. With a stunning colour range you can find the perfect one to suit you or your already favourite powder blush!
Have you tried the NYX Rouge Cream Blushes?