L’Oreal Magic Smooth Souffle Blushin Cherubic is a soft, velvet-matte finish dusty rose blush. The texture is whipped and mousse-like – in fact, the “hole” in the product in the above picture is where an air bubble had popped prior to my opening it.
I don’t love non-powder blushes as a rule. Many of them don’t blend out as easily as I’d like on my normal to dry cheeks, so the color can end up too deep or uneven. With this product, that’s just not the case at all. It spreads on like air and sheers out as much or as little as you like. Building up the color is just as easy – add a little more, and just glide your fingers where you want it to go. It’s almost like working with a powder blush.
The color looks mauve in the pot, but on my slightly warm undertones it gets a little closer to a coral. It’s a neutral pink that can pull a little warmer or cooler according to your skin. While it won’t be dark enough for some, this is a great find for those of you who are quite fair and struggle to find a blush they can wear. I actually have to build up the color with it just a little bit, and I’m light/fair. I’ve read reviews which stated that this blush was too shimmery, but I can’t find a hint of shimmer in mine.
I find the wear time with this to be above average. I’ve read reviews that said it didn’t last very long and others that found it lasted longer than many – how long blushes last depends greatly on your skin type and what products you’re putting under them. I put it on over foundation and powder, and for me it lasts quite well, eventually starting to fade a little around the top edge, but never just disappearing through the day.
How I apply it
Get a tiny bit on your index finger (you can always get more later – believe me, a little goes a long way with this one). If you apply on the apples of your cheeks, rub it onto the apple of your cheek and rub with index and middle finger in circles first, then sweep it up toward the temple with your fingers. If you apply in a straight line (i.e., not applying blush more heavily in one area and then sheering it toward another), just dot it over the area and then begin to sweep back and forth or in tiny circles with your two fingers. Of course you can do it another way, this is just what works for me.
You can also apply it with a brush if you like. I would still apply it to the skin with my fingers (because it’s hard to dip a blush brush into the pot) and use the brush to spread and sheer it.
Don’t worry about the odd chunking effect in the left arm swatch – I wanted to show the blush very, very thickly applied so you can really see all the undertones and nuances in the color, but it won’t apply evenly when applied that heavily. Which no one’s likely to do, but I thought you might as well see it as it actually is (besides, no matter how I tried to get rid of the chunks, it just ended up sheering out and looking like the other swatch). The right arm swatch is more what you can expect in a medium-heavy application – a velvety light coral. You can sheer it out to be much lighter, but then it’s barely visible on my NW-25 skin tone. What you see on my cheeks is a light-medium application.
Available at Ulta and drugstores for around $12-13. Scroll down for more pictures and swatches.