As I promised in the tag-i-love-drugstore-makeup I wrote a post to help you in choosing between three quite similar blushes : Milani Luminoso, The Balm Hot Mama and The Body Shop Honey Bronze Highlighting Dome in 02 Pink.
I have bought Milani Baked Blush 05 Luminoso the mineral variant. This silky blush with benefits can be used so many ways. It shapes, it contours, it highlights. Sunbaked on Italian terracotta tiles, it’s buildable from sheer to vibrant. Yes, it adds a cheeky pop of colour to your complexion. Radiance and warmth, too.
Application – Glide brush through color and lightly tap off excess powder. Lightly apply to cheeks, forehead, chin and/or nose and blend well for a soft glow.
Ingredients – Talc, Mica, Glyceryl Ethylhexanoate/Stearate/Adipate, Dimethicone,Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Isopropyl Myristate, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Sorbitan Stearate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Lauroyl Lysine, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Nylon-12, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Silica, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben,
Butylparaben, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxide (CI 77491). +/- May Contain: Iron Oxide (CI 77492, CI 77499), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Red 7 (CI 15850), Yellow 6 (CI 15985), Carmine (CI 75470), Ultramarines (CI 77007).
I love this blush. It’s perfect for the summer. It is quite pigmented, it blends well, you can add more if you want a stronger cheek look. It gives the cheeks a healthy glow that I love in the summer. It lasts pretty well all day if layered over a base. Love, love!
From what I know Milani products are not available anymore in Romania (they were sold by Cosmetica verde – they have a store in Baneasa Shopping City mall). Outside the borders it is sold at the price of 8.49 dollars.
The Balm Hot Mama – shadow/blush.
An all-in-one essential, this smart shadow, beautiful blush and subtle highlighter is tucked inside a go-anywhere compact. This pinky-peach hue adds a splash of color to your cheeks and a hint of shimmer to your lids, while illuminating your finest features.
It is a good quality blush. It lasts even more than Milani Luminoso on me. It has a slightly pinkier shade (Luminoso is more golden). It is quite pigmented so you have to have a light hand with it. It can be layered and it blends well too. I use it mostly in the hotter seasons but you can use it in the colder seasons too. I love it!
You can find it and other The Balm products in Marionnaud at the price of 54 ron/20 dollars.
The Body Shop Honey Bronze Highlighting Dome in 02 Pink – cream highlighter/blush.
Highlights cheeks with a natural looking flush of warm shimmer, whatever your skin tone. The creamy, lightweight texture glides onto skin for a soft finish with a delicious honey fragrance.
- Natural, shimmery highlighter
- Easy to apply and blend
- Creamy lightweight texture
- Available in three attractive shades
Application – Apply directly to the cheekbones and blend it gently with fingertips to create a natural-looking highlight.
As you can see from the swatch it is the cream variant of The Balm Hot Mama blush. They are almost identical. I have owned this cream blush for several weeks and it has become my favourite to use in the summer! I can’t stand anything on my face in this heat, so I almost skip the make-up entirely. I rely heavily on sunscreen, concealer, mascara, cream blushes or tints and lipsticks or lipglosses.
I am very pleasantly surprised by its persistance dunting the day! It lasts on me almost all day long. In this scorching heat! I loooove it! It is so easy to use, I apply it with my fingers onto my cheeks, I blend, I apply some more if needed and I’m done! It is indeed a very good product! Clearly in my list of favourites this summer! Love!
You can find it in all The Body Shop stores at the price of 45 ron.
The comparison :
As you can see the shades are quite similar – pink, peachy with golden sheen. Let’s see them side by side :
Milani Luminoso is more peachy golden whereas The Balm Hot mama and The Body Shop Honey Bronze Highlighting Dome in 02 Pink are more pinkish and less golden. All last pretty well on the cheeks during the day and they blend well. All are around the same price range – aprox. 50 ron. Which one you decide to buy it’s your decision. I recommend them all ! Until next time , Love, M
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