Before I hear any of it I know this product was limited edition but I still wanted to let you all know my thoughts on the product, the formula and most of all the Highlighter that I know Smashbox love to tease us with every now and then.
The ‘Crush on Blush’ Palette was released as part of the 2015 Holiday Collection in competition with other brands such as Nars and Hourglass. The palette includes four Blushes (two Matte and two Shimmery), a Bronzer (Demi-Matte) and a Highlighter (Shimmery, no Glitter). The palette is generally warm toned, however the Pink Blushes are more of a neutral tone.
Suntan Bronzer-(Demi Matte): This is a warm brown based colour that is a Demi-Matte finish that isn’t great for contouring but doesn’t add any major shimmer to the face either. This bronzer would work best on a medium to dark skin tone as an all over bronzer because of the slightly orangey base. The colour blends well and has a medium wear time.
Shimmer Highlight- Soft Lights (Shimmery): The winner from this palette for me is the soft lights highlight in ‘Shimmer’. This colour is permanent is some countries as an individual but not in Australia, they just release it with collections at this stage. This is a soft Pinky-Champagne shade that will work on most skin shades depending on the look you are going for, personally I like this shade for cooler or more winter inspired looks.
Guava-(Satin-Matte): This is a beautiful pale, true orange shade. Such an incredible colour for anyone who is doing a very warm look or is more on the tan side. I love combining this shade with orange or copper eye looks to warm up the skin. The Satin-Matte finish is great because you have total control over adding highlight to the face.
Rosette-(Satin-Matte): The most traditional shade out of the palette we have a soft, pale pink. I know this has been quite a favourite from this palette, personally I do not reach for this colour as it doesn’t suit my skin tone or the looks I tend to go for, however if you enjoy cool cheek looks this would be great for you. This colour also looks great with cooler lip tones.
Warm Apricot-(Shimmery): Such a beautiful and on trend soft apricot shade, the subtle shimmer that is built into the blush gives a gentle radiance to the skin. This is the colour I use the most out of the collection because it adds a nice amount of colour onto the skin without being to bright. The shimmer gives a great luminosity to the skin which is what I go for.
Rosy- (Shimmery): The warmer of the two pinks, this is also the darkest blush in the palette. This is a great shade for the winter time as it has slight plum undertones, for the same reason this is a great combo for a red or dark lip. I would recommend this shade more for people with a slightly pink undertone as it will suit this skin beautifully.
Overall I think the Soft Lights ‘Shimmer’ is worth the investment because it really does last on the skin and adds a beautiful glow, I find the shade quite unique because it is slightly more pink in shade but not over the top. I would not purchase the Bronzer on its own for my skin because I find that it is too dark to be so warm and so can look a little muddy on me, on a darker skin tone it would look much nicer. Finally the blushes, unfortunately they don’t last the test of time for me. I can get around five hours of wear before I would feel the need to touch up and blush isn’t something I would ever really carry with me or want to touch up throughout the day. If you don’t mind the wear time the colours and textures are very nice on the skin.
This palette is a nice investment if it ticks all of the boxes for you. I will be using this on and off when I feel like one of the colours suits the looks.