This was a find; the cream blush from the Rosie for Autograph range at M&S. I picked this out in a bit of a hurry, because Mr AMR was waiting for me in the car with the baby, but not before I’d quickly had a scribble with most of the eye pencils and lipsticks in the range and given the mascara a cursory once-over. The cream blush – and the shade “Camisole Blush” in particular – would be my key product, if I was pushed to single one out; the highlighting stick also looked nice, and I have used the Radiance Cream to good effect (see here), but the blush is a great everyday makeup essential.
It’s easy to apply and blend, for a start – fingertips or, if you don’t mind cross-contaminating your makeup tools with a million different products, your foundation brush. I quite like using the same brush to do primer (if I’m bothering), foundation and then cream bronzers and blushers. If I’m having a dry day and using powders then I’ll have my big powder brushes out (despite Caroline Barnes telling me off and instructing me to use more precise, smaller-headed brushes!) but on a creamier, dewier-face day the Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Brush sees a lot of action.
Then there’s the tawny, sort of autumnal shade. Completely unseasonal, it’s sort of the beauty equivalent of eating asparagus at Christmas, but who the hell cares? I’ve been wearing a lot of pretty pink recently, and this just feels a little more grown-up and sophisticated. Doesn’t have the same youthful flush, I suppose, and that cheeky flash of brightness that seems to light up the eyes and make everything look that bit perkier, but it certainly feels polished and sexy.
It reminds me a little of the cheek shade I used in a Tom Ford video many, many years ago – it was called Ravish, though looking back, Ravish was a fair bit more gingery and red than this. Camisole Blush is infinitely more wearable and natural (and affordable) so if you’re after a creamy blush to buff in for a bit of posh colour then give this a try. They seem to be rolling out the beauty department at most of the big Marks and Spencers, now, but if you don’t have one near you then they also have Rosie for Autograph online – the cream blusher is here, £14.
You can see the cream blush in action in my latest video here, if you haven’t already watched that…