Thursday, February 24, 2011

Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Rude Review & Swatches

Repurchase: Yes
Price: $24.00 (0.14 oz)
Product: 23.5/25
Packaging: 4.5/5
Value: 7/10
Overall Grade: B+

Illamasqua is ready for Spring with their Colour Collision collection consisting of the Warm Story, Cool Story, and Dangerously Red Story. The Cream Blusher in Rude comes straight out of the Warm Story which contains peaches, pinks, and bright oranges -perfect for the warm toned gal.

The Packaging: The cream blusher comes in a sturdy, black plastic compact. The lid features a "window" displaying the shade inside which I really like -although a mirror would be great too.

I love the fun design and shape of Illamasqua's blush compacts -they're squares with sides that are rounded inwards.

Product Description & Directions
The Product: The cream blush applies so smoothly and blends into my skin easily giving me a natural looking, flushed cheek. The blush is extremely pigmented so I just had to dip my brush in 2-3 times to get just enough color for both cheeks.

At first, I was scared that the blush would go on patchy or sit "on top" of my skin (which has happened with other cream blushes) but this applied beautifully. It's really a no fuss cream blusher. And to make the job even easier, I used my $15 Sonia Kashuk Synthetic Flat Top Brush. All I did was dab the brush into the blush and blend the color (in circular motions) onto the apples of my cheeks.

As for the wear time, at 2 hours, the (color) intensity had died down leaving a more natural, glowing tint of color. At the 5 hour mark, the blush had faded almost completely. I haven't tried too many cream blushes but of the ones I have tried, this makes it to the top of my list (in terms of wear time.) My other cream blushes always faded within 2 hours or so leaving no color behind.

To ensure longer lasting color, use primer underneath and a powder blush on top.

The Color: Rude is a soft, but bright, peach with a touch of coral.
Above (no flash): Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Rude

Overall: While the product quality is "A" grade level, the blush is a wee bit expensive compared to the other cream blushes on the high-end market. After giving Rude a try, I'm definitely going to explore the other cream blushers in the line. They're great when worn alone but I feel like they'd be brilliant when combined with my favorite powder blushes.

Where To Buy: Illamasqua

Disclosure: This post contains products sent by PR


  1. i totlally love this blush!! it's my fav cream blush! i'll definetely repurchase and try out more cream blushes from illamasqua xoxo

  2. i just love the sturdy yet sophisticated packaging. i really want to try some stuff from their warm line :D

  3. I need to try an Illamasqua cream blush..this is a gorgeous color!