I sometimes forget that not everyone has a secret leprechaun held hostage to keep their bank account afloat when spending the big $$$ on makeup.
_______________________________________________________________________I do have to credit Shayne and Daph for the idea behind this post though, as they like to make my life difficult.
"oooo post your 50 blushes! :) and to make the post even harder rank each one of them :3" - Shayne
"you should do a if i could only have 5 blushes post. You know, for those of us that don't have a collection of 50 blushes" - Daph
(THESE MOTHER FUDGERS)
Chanel (2.5g | $38 USD/$43CDN)
If it came down to investing one cream blush to last you 5ever, I'd probably advise you to pick up one of Chanel's cream blushes (or 'Le Blush Creme de Chanel' if you wanna get fancy). Incredible pigmentation for a cream blush, and I'm constantly surprised at the end of the day to find it still looking fresh on my face due to it's cream-to-powder formulation.
Only con is how difficult it is to blend out the bolder shades due to pigmentation, and as with other cream blushes, it disturbs your base underneath.
Illamasqua (4.5g | $26USD/$31CDN)
Someone needs to tell Illamasqua that it is downright illegal for their powders to be so darn soft. WHO EVEN GAVE THEM THE RIGHT? While there are few shades I like in the diverse permanent line, I am convinced they grind up angel wings to produce these powders, because it's impossible for a powder to be that soft, pigmented, and long-lasting.
Unfortunately, as with all fine pressed powders, it creates the most amount of fallout in the pan compared to Tarte and NARS.
Tarte (5.6g |$26USD/$31CDN)
Not quite as soft as Illamasqua (let's face it, how soft a powder is can make or break a purchase) but still immensely pigmented. I'm not sure how legit these 'Amazonian Clay' ~nutrient rich~ claims are, but these blushes are exceptionally long wearing, and I'm in love with most of the shades in this line because Tarte plays it safe with the shade range.
Without a doubt, NARS has the most diverse (and outrageous) shade selection in this list. While I'm not a fan of the line's regular offerings (either too much shimmer or the colour is not my taste), they do produce the shades I like in their limited edition collections. Their powders aren't nearly as soft as Illamasqua or Tarte, but the pigmentation and lasting power is definitely there.
If you want pigmentation: All
If you want ridiculously soft powder: go for Illamasqua or Tarte
If you want long-wearing: Chanel, Tarte, Illamasqua
For shade diversity: Illamasqua or NARS
THE DRUGSTORESBourjois (2.5g)
These the Chanel cream blush drugstore equivalent, dries down to a powder finish, and is nicely pigmented compared to the other cream blushes in my stash (non-silicone-y and much more pigmented). Easily one of the best cream blushes in my collection.
My only qualm is that there's only four shades available. (RUDE)
Oh, how soft thy powders are, Essence! I have a tendency to reach for one of Essence's 'Silky Touch' blushes on days where I don't know what to sport on my cheeks. Incredibly pigmented, ridiculously soft powder, and fairly decent wear time. Three out of the four shades are 'natural' looking, making them perfect for daily wear. Definitely underpriced and definitely puts some of the other high end blushes to shame.
Unfortunately, Essence's limited edition blushes don't exactly fare the same, or can be hit or miss, and like Bourjois' cream blushes, there's only four shades available right now.
Some of NYX's powder blushes can be a hit or miss, but when they get it right, they get it right. Shade selection is one of the most diverse in the drugstore, and if you get a good NYX blush, it will be soft/finely milled, pigmented, and wears for a good amount of time.
My only qualm is how chunky the packaging is, which means serious depotting time.
Wet n Wild (4g)
Sweet baby banana plants, I have forgotten how AMAZING Wet n Wild's blushes are! Ever since Pauline sent me 'Mellow Wine', my love for their blushes has been rekindled. (Long story short, I crushed 'Pearlescent Pink' and remolded it...and let's just say I would never advise you to remold a blush) BUT DANG, this stuff seriously competes with the high end in terms of quality and pigmentation!
Again, like Bourjois and Essence, there are only four shades in the line right now (what's with the sets of four?), and packaging is a bit chunky.
BUT, I DISCOVERED THIS RECENTLY:
If you pick up one of Rimmel's single blushes, they (nearly) perfectly fit in the brush holder space, and BAM, instant portable blush duo! (I'm sure you could fit other depotted powders in there, like eyeshadows!)
And there you have it folks! These are all blushes I want to be buried with (quick, someone write that in my will!), and hopefully if you decide to pick up one of these, you don't be disappointed!
Which blush formulas do you swear by? ʘ‿ʘ