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Review: Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Blush in #12 First Kiss

I don’t know when it happened, or why (though I have my suspicions), but somehow over the past year I have become developed a serious passion for blush – probably one of the only makeup areas that used to leave me cold.  Where eyeshadow used to be my ‘thing,’ blush has swiftly replaced it as the new ‘must buy’ purchase.  I am trying to curb this impulse before it gets too crazy – I’ve seen how that turns out and it’s not a pretty sight (well…it IS technically…very pretty indeed…but you know what I mean!).  I’m determined to make my most recent blush purchase, Make Up For Ever’s HD Microfinish Blush in #12 First Kiss, tide me over for a couple months anyway.  My goal is to be able to keep my blush purchasing to one per every three months.  Though, I made that decision last week, and then broke it in about three days, so you can see how well that worked out!  I really want to try Buxom’s new True Hue blush, as well as one of the Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes, and I’m not sure I can hold out that long.  We’ll see.MUFE’s HD Microfinish blushes are designed with both mattifying and light-reflecting powders to create a soft focus effect while still creating a radiant look to the skin, and are supposed to be longwearing.   First Kiss is labelled as a ‘bright apricot,’ and I think that’s pretty near the mark.  Initially when I was swatching colors at Sephora, First Kiss scared the bejesus out of me – what came out seemed so bright and intense that I couldn’t imagine anyone wearing it!  However, once I blended it in, it left the prettiest coral-orange glow behind, I had to have it.

Sunlight

Natural light

I thought perhaps it would be a bit tricky to apply, as it’s a creamy liquid formulation that comes out via a pump, but once I got the hang of using the pump and dispensing the right amount (you only need very little), everything else was a breeze.  I put a small dot of product on the back of my hand, then dipped my MAC #130 brush into it and swirled it around my cheekbones to diffuse the color.  It doesn’t take long to blend, and it doesn’t set too quickly so that you’re left with streaks.  It’s really very, very easy to use!  The wear on First Kiss throughout an entire work day was quite good, only the slightest fading.  In the photos below, I’m wearing MUFE’s HD Foundation in #155 underneath First Kiss (all shots are in natural light).

Another one of my ‘beach’ faces :P

For fun, I thought I’d swatch First Kiss, NARS Torrid, and MAC Early Morning side by side to compare the shades.  As I’ve noted before, these types of colors seem to look best on my skintone.  I actually think that I prefer First Kiss and Early Morning over Torrid now – they just impart the perfect healthy glow on my skin, whereas I sometimes find Torrid a bit TOO much.  It’s definitely better on me with a tan, that’s for sure.  On the cheek, they’re all fairly similar, but in swatches you can see the differences quite clearly:

Sunlight (left to right: First Kiss, First Kiss blended, NARS Torrid, MAC Early Morning)

Natural light

I’m so pleased with MUFE’s HD Blush that I’ve been eyeing a few more shades I’d like to add to my collection.  It’s ease of use and color selection and formula make it a total win in my books!  It’s perfect for all seasons and all occasions.

Have you tried Make Up For Ever’s HD Blush?  What blushes do you think I absolutely MUST try??

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