Make Up For Ever’s new HD Blush is PERFECT for spring!

Last week I worked at Sephora for the Clinique kiosk for the first time EVER. Guys, let me tell you – that is one HARD FRIGGIN’ JOB, keeping your hands to yourself and trying to stick to your ‘station.’ DAMN!  The first two shifts were pretty slow, so I had ample time to mosey around and check out the wares…but honestly, I don’t know how they get anything done! (and for the record, pretty much everyone was on the ball, 99.9% of the time. ALL BIZNESS, ALL THE TIME).  Personally, there were so many fun things to look at that it was tough sticking to my ‘area,’ but I made it work.

MUFE HD Second Skin Cream Blush

One of the items that kept catching my eye was the new Make Up For Ever HD Blushes ($31cAD), which I believe replace their old HD *liquid* blushes? These are creams in a pot, whereas the older versions were a pump mechanism. Needless to say, these newer iterations are by far easier to use (though I wish the shade range was as exciting as the old…anyone ever check out #2 or #3, both bright hot pinks? YOWZAAAA). I think the idea is to showcase more natural-looking shades, that suit a variety of skin tones – for example, the 200 series is generally best suited for fair complexions; the 300 series for medium complexions, the 400 series for medium-dark complexions (like mine), and the 3 500 series shades are great for the darkest of skins. The exception is shade #410, a bright coral, which was created with all skin tones in mind.  I guiltily admit however, that I don’t give one iota to all of this info, because….I just WANT THEM ALL.

MUFE HD Second Skin Cream Blush #420 MUFE HD Second Skin Cream Blush #420 MUFE HD Second Skin Cream Blush #420

The shade I was sent to try was #420, described as an ‘Indian Rosewood‘ shade. As I tend to lean toward more bright, obvious blush colours, I figured it was time to opt for a more natural tone that would meld with my skin without effort. #420 does just that.

MUFE HD Second Skin Cream Blush #420MUFE HD Second Skin Cream Blush #420 swatch MUFE HD Second Skin Cream Blush #420 swatch

It almost looks like a warm bronze-y tone once applied to my skin; the reddish-brown hue melds with my skin tone to produce a really wonderfully natural ‘glow.’  I was unsure when I opened the box that this was going to be *my kind of shade* but it’s so foolproof on my skin that I really have to argument against it.  It just plain LOOKS GOOD.  And application is a breeze – just use a stippling brush (my pick is MAC’s #130) to dab it on the cheeks and then blend out; honestly, it was one of the easiest cream products to use and I had zero issues in placement or blending – my kind of product! The finish is reminiscent of Chanel’s new cream blushes, except I actually find the MUFE version a little more dewy and a little bit less cream-to-powder finish, which I personally prefer. It retains a fresh quality that I really like, especially come springtime!

MUFE HD Second Skin Cream Blush #420 swatch brown skin MUFE HD Second Skin Cream Blush #420 swatch brown skin

As you can see, it’s quite natural-looking on, and I admit that I kinda slapped this on haphazardly for these photos because sunlight is fleeting these days. I can already see the absolute necessity of buying several more of these – cream blushes are my new *thing* as I’m all over the natural, glowing skin look, and these are hard to beat. Radiant without being greasy or shiny, and a cinch to use. I’m a goner!

MUFE HD Second Skin Cream Blush #420 swatch

When it comes to blush, what is your preference: powder, or cream (or liquid)? Do you opt for natural tones or more in-your-face brights?

*Products were provided by the PR company/brand for my unbiased consideration.

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  1. #1 by Larie on March 8, 2014 - 3:46 pm

    I like to have a variety of blush – both in shades and in textures. I’ve been collecting cream blush lately, too!

    • #2 by Latoya on March 11, 2014 - 4:26 pm

      Agreed Larie. Really, I just like to have BLUSSSSSHHHHHH. LOL. I do love the finish of creams lately, but it’s an added benefit that I don’t own too many yet so I have an ‘excuse’ to buy some ;)

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  2. #3 by Liz (@Reductionista) on March 9, 2014 - 11:17 am

    LMAO @ Sephora stationing — I’d save nothing if I worked there!!!!

    So I checked these out and it’s impossible to pick a colour. There’s like at least 5 on my wish list and the only reason I haven’t jumped on one yet is that it’s slightly drier than I expected it to be and seems to set rather quickly. This shade is FANTASTIC on you and I would like to see you demonstrate more colours in the future as well! MORE! MOAAARRRRR!

    • #4 by Latoya on March 11, 2014 - 4:21 pm

      LMAO!! If I had the cash, I would run outta Sephora with a fistful! I’ve been ogling swatches repeatedly but can’t make a decision on other colors either. ~sigh~ I really hope you buy at least one though Liz – truly worth it.

      And yea…if we worked at Sephora’s, we’d have to buy stocks in the company to at least offset some of the wallet damage haha.

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  3. #5 by Leticia (@CosmAficionado) on March 9, 2014 - 7:18 pm

    It looks fantastic on you!

    • #6 by Latoya on March 11, 2014 - 4:17 pm

      Thank you, Leticia!! I’m totally smitten!

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  4. #7 by Makeup Morsels on March 9, 2014 - 7:36 pm

    Ahhh Toya, your blog never fails to cheer me up. Practically wheezing @ “I guiltily admit however, that I don’t give one iota to all of this info, because….I just WANT THEM ALL.” I THINK WE CAN ALL RELATE :D

    p.s. this is stunning on you. I’m a cream blush girl myself.

    • #8 by Latoya on March 11, 2014 - 4:17 pm

      I’ve definitely been on a cream blush kick – I just love the natural glow it gives! Seriously though, I really want all of these – I am madly in love!! Glad I can make your day, MM ;)

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  5. #9 by Denise on March 9, 2014 - 8:59 pm

    This shade looks amazing on you! I’m a powder blush girl through and through but I’m always drawn to all the cream blush offerings! It’s mostly because I have oily skin and use a powder foundation, so I think cream blushes will end up caking on my foundation and also simultaneously make me look like an oil slick… I think I need to do some experimenting…

    • #10 by Latoya on March 11, 2014 - 4:14 pm

      Well, I do find the combo of powder + cream not ideal, but I think it’s not impossible? Definitely experiment, Denise…and then let me know how it goes! :)

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  6. #11 by Eugenia on March 9, 2014 - 11:09 pm

    This shade is absolutely perfect on you! I’m nuts about these new blushes and I love the finish as well – the MUFE #150 brush is unbelievable when it comes to giving the most flawless, natural application – but I’m curious to try it with the one you used! I want them all too, lol!

    • #12 by Latoya on March 10, 2014 - 11:34 am

      I really like the few MUFE brushes I have, so I have NO doubt the blush brush would be stellar too, Eugenia! And I think this shade would look amazing with your skintone!

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  7. #13 by Sarah on March 10, 2014 - 6:41 am

    Wow, that’s an incredible shade on you. I like the sound of the texture, too!

    • #14 by Latoya on March 10, 2014 - 11:30 am

      Yea, the texture is really perfect for a cream blush! 100% sold :)

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  8. #15 by Emi at Project Swatch on March 11, 2014 - 9:25 am

    I love this color on you!

    • #16 by Latoya on March 11, 2014 - 4:13 pm

      Thanks Emi! It’s probably one of the most natural I own :)

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  9. #17 by Lana on June 28, 2014 - 10:53 pm

    B E A U T I F U L !

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