Warming Blush for Wintery Skin

spring blush

I feel as though I haven’t done a makeup post in ages, so here we are: a bit of springtime blush to add some fresh colour to dull, wintery faces. Two lovely peachy shades – one from Dior’s Spring collection and the other a blush from YSL’s permanent makeup line-up.

In the interests of transparency, I haven’t actually worn any makeup for about a month – the photos below were taken a few days before I gave birth, and since then the need (and desire) to wear cosmetics has pretty much gone out of the window. The only person looking at my pale, sleepless face is the New Baby, Ted, and I’m not sure he’s  bothered about anything apart from my breasts.

YSL Blush Volupte in Shade 7 review

I digress: back to blushers. Lots of people think that orangey shades are really difficult to wear, but actually I think that they are somehow more forgiving than pink. The gentle warmth can be very flattering – and at any rate the area you’re applying the blush to is quite small – it’s not as though you’re bashing it on all over as you would a bronzer. Perhaps that’s what frightens people – almost everyone has had a disaster with a too-orange bronzer!

But limited to the apples of the cheeks, peachy shades are pretty foolproof and  – incidentally – a nice option if you want to skip the bronzer altogether but still add an element of sunny warmth to the skin.

peach coral spring blushers

I’m only really having this orange blush love-in because I fell for YSL’s Limited Edition I Have A Blush On You compact, which is the top blush in the picture above. I used it, photographed it and then, as I went to publish the post, found out that it had completely sold out. Within days. So, I found the nearest shade to it (the Blush Volupte in shade 7, left in the pic) and used that instead! Here it is – very cheery and optimistic, don’t you think? I do like the life it seems to bring to the complexion.

YSL Blush Volupte in Shade 7 review

For those wanting more of a coral tone (edging towards the pinkier side of peachy!) Dior have a very pretty  blush in their spring collection; the Colour Gradation. It’s on the right of the photograph below, alongside the amazing Maybe nail polish (possibly my favourite nail shade of the season) and the limited edition Blurring Powder, which I haven’t tried yet.

spring blush dior 2017

Dior’s Colour Gradation Blush is much more vibrant than the YSL one, so good for darker skin tones and for adding colour to sunkissed skin in the summer months. You can see that the majority of the powder is erring on the pink side, but being the peach aficionado that I am, I’ve been tending to wave my brush about in the top segment, getting a good hit of orange and catching just a hint of the pink.

Dior’s Colour Gradation Blush in Coral Twist is £29.25 at Escentual.com and YSL’s Blush Volupte in Shade 7 is £33.50 at Selfridges here.

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  1. March 2, 2017 / 11:16 pm

    I used to never wear blush because I always equated it to a ‘bacon strip’ on someones face. Once I started using it, I realized a difference right away in how my face looks… Alive! Thanks for this info!

  2. Melissa
    March 3, 2017 / 4:41 am

    I love his name!! Theodore?

  3. Karen
    March 3, 2017 / 9:03 am

    Ted? Aaw, how cute! X

  4. March 3, 2017 / 1:55 pm

    Being pretty yellow based, but pale, I feel like in the winter these kind of blushes make me look sick. I prefer them when my skin has a little tan.

  5. March 3, 2017 / 2:15 pm

    I’m super pale and look like the walking dead without blush on. I love peachy blushes for a warm change from the pinks, especially in the warmer months. These ones sound great.

  6. March 3, 2017 / 4:53 pm

    To be honest I prefer a coral blush because I think it looks a little bit too more natural and romantic than a pink one. Thank you for sharing, the one from YSL I Have a Blush on You looks amazing, I understand why you fell for it. As for your baby, it’s totally fair and understandable that you don’t even think about make up, just spend as much as you can with him. <3


  7. Sandie
    March 3, 2017 / 7:07 pm

    Congratulations on baby Ted! You look positively healthy and radiant in these photos. I just might have to invest in the YSL blusher when it comes back into stock!

  8. Mary
    March 4, 2017 / 9:07 am

    I love peach and coral blushes! My favorite is Lancome’s Sorbet de Corail.
    I like how the Dior one has that gradation, I might have to check that out in person…

  9. Karina Suarez
    March 5, 2017 / 1:19 pm

    I just ordered the “I have a blush on you” from Bloomingdales online. I am in USA

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