Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Crush – The Perfect Transitional Blush!

Transitional.  Transitional?  It’s a word, I checked, but I’m not sure I’m using it correctly….

Baby ExpressionsHaha…I had to post this, I googled ‘confused face’ and this came up.  Awesome! (photo credit: iStock)

ANYWHO.  What I’m trying to say is, Illamasqua’s Cream Blusher in Crush, a gorgeous deep berry/wine, is the perfect shade to take you from a flushed, wintery look to a pretty, fresh pink look appropriate for spring.  So, it can transition well between seasons.  Ahhh, see what I’m sayin’??

Last month (which seems like AGES ago now), I was reading all about Amy’s hankering for a fabulously deep, rich-toned blush, and as you do when you’re a beauty fiend, I got it in my head that Crush was going to be THE dark berry I needed in my collection.  Lo and behold, while scoping it out on the brands site, it turned out to be majorly on sale, as was a beautiful cool-toned fuchsia gloss called Divine (which I will review soon!), so I sucked it up and paid the shipping costs to buy the both of them.  It ended up only costing me like $37CAD with tax and shipping, so I still saved a bunch (both the blush and sheer lipglosses are regularly $28CAD approx. and shipping $13 approx. on the site).

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When my package arrived, I opened it to find delicious goodness – Crush was exactly what I was hoping for!

Illamasqua Crush (3)Illamasqua Crush (2)

At first glance, this shade looks intense, I know.  And truth be told, the first time I went to wear it, I was like WHOA!  It can get pretty hardcore, as evidenced by the swatch below.  However, as long as you remember that you only need the *tiniest* amount to get a full-on flush, you’ll be good to go.  I tend to be heavy-handed with blush because a) half the time the shades I wear are better suited to fairer skin, and b) because I FRICKIN’ LOVE BLUSH and just want to smear it everywhere.  In any case, I just can’t get all slap-happy with this blush, and the results you get from taking a bit more time to get it right make it all very worthwhile.

Illamasqua Crush swatch

The consistency of the blush is soft, smooth and sort of gel-like – likely because of the inclusion of petroleum.  I didn’t like the idea of that at first, but I have found that this hasn’t made my skin oily or clogged my pores at all, so no harm, no foul (it also contains fragrance, but so far it hasn’t caused me any grief, thankfully!).  In fact, this blush wears terrifically, lasting all day at almost the same strength as when first applied, which I think is due to the way it melds and clings to the skin.

This is an intense shade, no doubt about it, but it can be sheered out beautifully – my application method goes something like this: after applying foundation, very lightly dab a stippling brush into the pan, then dot it along the cheek / cheekbone on both sides of the face.  Go back and buff it out for the desired look, and then go over the edges to soften with your foundation brush.  I also patted right over the blush with my foundation brush to make sure it looked as natural as possible.

Illamasqua Crush‘Scuse the plain look, I was going for a run, and was running TO a coffee shop to meet friends, so I didn’t want to go totally bare – LOL! 

Illamasqua Crush (4)Better?  This is me today – I didn’t show a full-face because my hair is all sorts of crazy today for some reason, but you get the gist.

Ahh, this blush is just so great!!  Love, love, love.  And see how it gives me a pinky tone?  I think that with a slightly more concentrated application, it could look more wintery/windblown, but with it’s cream-gel texture and by keeping it more subtle, it is totally spring-appropriate too.  The sheerness keeps it fresh and happy :)

Ingredients for your perusal!

Illamasqua Crush ingredients

If you’re in the market for a cream blush and/or a berry blush, I would start your hunt with Crush!!

Have you hit the jackpot on a sale item lately?  Do you own a fabulous berry blush?

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  1. #1 by Emi at Project Swatch on February 28, 2013 - 10:19 pm

    This is gorgeous on you! I’d also been wanting a berry-toned cream blush, and considered Crush, but ended up buying an Addiction Cheek Stick instead :)

    • #2 by Latoya on March 5, 2013 - 8:11 am

      Ooh lucky gal, Emi!! They look absolutely stellar :)

      Sent from my iPhone

  2. #3 by dani@callitbeauty on February 28, 2013 - 11:22 pm

    Oooh, that is LOVELY, Toya! I’ve yet to try any Illamasqua products, but I’ve heard such great things. Their cream blushers are on the top of my list of things to try. :)

    • #4 by Latoya on March 5, 2013 - 8:11 am

      What what?!?? You NEED to try these Dani – in fact, try their powder blushes too! So great :) I love it all!!

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  3. #5 by Catherine (@bcrueltyfree) on March 1, 2013 - 12:34 am

    This is just beautiful on you! I’ve admired those cream blushes from Illamasqua forever… but this is the first I’ve seen this shade. So pretty

    • #6 by Latoya on March 4, 2013 - 9:31 am

      Isn’t it, Catherine! I’d never heard of it either but as soon as I saw it I had to have it :D

  4. #7 by Sarah P. on March 1, 2013 - 8:02 am

    Wow, that is just gorgeous on you. I have a berry cheek tint that I wore a lot throughout the winter, but it’s way more tame.

    When I do even the slightest bit of activity my face turns bright reddish-pink and stays that way for at least an hour. I have never bothered with anything because it wouldn’t show up!

    • #8 by Latoya on March 5, 2013 - 8:10 am

      Haha well that’s fair, Sarah :) I usually get fairly flushed too, but it was going to be a long two hr+ coffee date so I’d look pallid after the natural flush wore off :P This is a great shade!!!

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  5. #9 by Arianne/Glitter Geek (@TheGlitterGeek) on March 1, 2013 - 2:19 pm

    WOOF. Hi pretty face.

    • #10 by Latoya on March 5, 2013 - 8:08 am

      LOL thanks Arianne!! :P ~preens~

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  6. #11 by BeautyReflections (@BeautyReflectTS) on March 1, 2013 - 3:01 pm

    It’s PERFECT on you! Looks like you just came in from the cold and I love that look!
    I love their cream blushes too. I only have corals right now, but I really want a pale pink now. Must go look!

    • #12 by Latoya on March 5, 2013 - 8:08 am

      I am really impressed with the formula Tracy! I would like to get Rude and Libido next. Mmmmm blush :D

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  7. #13 by Larie on March 1, 2013 - 5:29 pm

    I’m so glad you got this! I have MAC Stratus for the very same reason, so I guess I don’t need this, but it has been on my wishlist. Rock that blush!

    • #14 by Latoya on March 5, 2013 - 8:06 am

      Woohoo! Every time you wear Stratus I wish I had it lol – I’m glad this is similar! A nice berry flush can’t be beat, eh?? :)

      Sent from my iPhone

  8. #15 by Denise on March 2, 2013 - 4:44 am

    LOL @ “I FRICKIN’ LOVE BLUSH and just want to smear it everywhere” — I am the exact same way. :)

    This blush looks GORGEOUS on you. I’m not a fan of cream or gel blushes, so I generally only use powders… It looks kind of like Tarte’s Blushing Bride or NARS’ Outlaw or MAC’s Love Thing, all lovely berry-toned blushes. :)

    • #16 by Latoya on March 5, 2013 - 8:06 am

      It’s definitely similar to Blushing Bride Denise, which I have, but it’s not as sheer, which is good because I could never get B.Bride to show up well on me. I own mostly powders too, though I’m trying to get more creams as I love the more dewy finish.

      Sent from my iPhone

  9. #17 by Amy on March 2, 2013 - 11:53 pm

    Wow, Toya, this is amazeballz on you! Totally gorgeous :) So glad we inspired each other to find awesome blushes! Though now, of course, I really want this one, too…

    • #18 by Latoya on March 5, 2013 - 8:02 am

      Mwahahaha of course you do :D Hehe. I suggest you get it, too!! This would look FAB on you, Amy!!

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  10. #19 by Maggie (@MaggiesMakeup) on March 3, 2013 - 3:30 pm

    It’s beautiful on you – the quintessential “flushed from a walk outdoors” look. Love!

    I think the fear of petroleum-derived products is overstated. They’re actually incredibly non-reactive for most people, and they don’t cause acne by themselves. (You just have to be careful what you layer under them, because they are occlusive and will aggravate the effect of anything acnegenic you may be using as well, like lanolin or coconut oil.)

    • #20 by Latoya on March 5, 2013 - 8:01 am

      Ok, thanks for the info Maggie, that helps ease my fears. That’s a great point about what you layer under as well. This blush is so great that it helps me get past my hesitation too :)

      Sent from my iPhone

  11. #21 by My Lucite Dreams on March 5, 2013 - 8:11 pm

    Oh my gawsh. This blush is a beauty! I’ve always wanted to try Illamasqua Creme blushes. The color is perfect on you! I very much love bright blushes on you and nope you don’t really need much :-)

    • #22 by Latoya on March 8, 2013 - 7:21 am

      You need to try one of these Taylor! I find some cream blushes fade quickly but this one has fabulous lasting power. I think this color would look awesome on you, too!

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  12. #23 by Liz (@Reductionista) on March 8, 2013 - 10:19 pm

    It looks gorgeous on you! Love it!

    I have one cream Illamasqua that I don’t touch much because of the time involved in diffusing it out. But I need to give it some love. Are you going to review that lip gloss too? Such a happy summer shade!

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