Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Brazen | KITSCH/SNITCH

Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Brazen

May 4, 2013

I have never really liked cream blushes, maybe because I have oily combination skin and they can make me look oilier than I already am, or they just don't last. I recently started using MAC Cream Colour Base in Movie Star Red on my cheeks, and it works super well as a cream blush... it is bright red so you need the tinest amount, and it lasts all day. Because I realised that I really like using red cream blushes, I wanted to try Illamasquas Cream Blusher in Brazen. I first saw this blush in one of the tutorials that Sam from Pixiwoo did, and this blush looked amazing! See the Pixiwoo tutorial below, and see my quick demonstration how I use this blush at the end of this post.

I bought this blush online from the Illamasqua website for $25.70, normally this costs $28.50, but you get 10% off from your third order, and this was my third order from Illamasqua. Normally shipping is something crazy like £9, but if you spend over £50 (which I did - see my haul here) then shipping is free. I didn't swatch this in store before I ordered it, so I was taking a bit of a gamble. This product contains 4g of product and is in a typical Illamasqua pinched square shaped packaging, which has a sturdy clasp, and a clear lid with no mirror in it.

This is not for the faint hearted, it is described on the Illamasqua website as "bright blood red, dewy finish" and it is definitely bright red! It looks like lipstick in the pan, but unlike the MAC Cream Color Base in Movie Star Red which can be used as a lipstick, this product is also very pigmented but swatches more sheerly.

Brazen heavily swatches and blended out

You can see from the swatches that this is definitely a bold red shade, but it sheers out to being more of a natural flush shade. One thing that is great about using a red product is that it mimics your natural colourings (since we get flushed cheeks because of increased blood flow), so even though this can look quite intimidating in the pan, if you sheer it out then it can look really natrual... and if you do sheer it out a lot you only need the smallest amount of product and so this blush will last you years, or at least until it starts to dry out.


  1. I love it! The colour looks great on you :)

  2. This is such a pretty blush, it looks lovely on you. x

  3. Ooh, what a striking shade! Love how pigmented it is, but that it can still be blended down so nicely. You and Sam have both done lovely jobs at applying it :)


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