Milani Baked Blush: Luminoso

Hello Pretties!

Today’s review is on the Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso:


For those of us makeup junkies, many of us have heard of/own the Milani Baked Blushes. As far as I know, here in Canada, Superstore is the only place that carries the Milani line – which makes my grocery shopping trips very easy to get side-tracked into the beauty section!

I’ve sat on the idea of purchasing this blush for a while (I have so many others!) but I finally did, with all the rave about the finish and quality of this product.

I chose the shade Luminoso as I tend to gravitate towards peach-toned blushes – it gives such a fresh look to my complexion, goes with almost any makeup menu and as I am a more natural makeup kind of gal, I find that peach blushes are always safe for day and evening looks.

Baked blushes are known to have very good quality and pigmentation — this blush is no exception! Just a couple swirls of this on my blush brush is all I need to get more than enough product. This blush is primarily peach coloured with a very subtle gold sheen. Some of the other Milani Baked Blushes are more obvious in the gold veining throughout the product, but Luminoso is one that is more ‘uniform’ in shade, if that makes sense.

You can see in the photo, the beautiful glow this blush has.  There is no sparkle or glitter – so don’t be afraid!  When this is on my cheeks I love the effect it gives – the shade brightens up my medium skintone while also giving it a subtle, healthy looking glow — who doesn’t want that?

There are about 8-10 shades that I’ve seen in the range – there are a few that I’d love to get my hands on:  Rose D’oro (a soft rose with golden glow) and Berry Amore (a berry rose with gold shimmer).

The gold packaging of this blush is quite nice as well — a little more luxe-looking for a drugstore brand.  And the amount of product you get in this compact will last you a very long time given the fact that a little goes a long way!

I would be pretty confident in saying that most skintones would wear Luminoso well.  Those of you with fair skin, I think this would give such a nice soft glowy effect, as long as you’re not heavy-handed with the blush.  For those with medium skin (like me), this just gives a nice, healthy ‘lift’ to the complexion. And for those with deeper skintones, this might be a great highlighter or blush overlay, when you want that extra glow!

I purchase this for $9.99 Cdn at Superstore.

I give the Milani Baked Blush: a STANDING OVATION

Have you tried the Milani Baked Blushes?  Like or dislike?

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theBalm CabanaBoy Blush

Autumn is right around the corner and with that comes a transition from ‘summer’ makeup to ‘fall’ makeup. (We beautyphiles know this too well!)  As I crave warmer colours to wear like olive, rust and grey, I’m also getting giddy on breaking out the darker lipsticks and deep-toned blushes.  Looking through my blush collection, the majority of them are in the coral and pink family — great for spring/summer but I was lacking on shades that would be better for the colder months.

I’ve never owned anything from the brand theBalm but have heard very good reviews, in particular, about their blushes.  I came across CabanaBoy blush and thought it would be a perfect blush shade for the season!



First, can we just admire the packaging?  How cute is this, right?!  All of theBalm’s packaging has vintage-y, 50’s style imaging on them. I can see this being very appealing for those that like to collect products from brands, whether they are limited edition products or brands that have especially unique packaging.

The blush comes in a hard cardboard compact with a magnet to keep the product protected. On the top flap it comes with a little mirror and around the blush itself it says, “So many men, so little time.” LOL! Also, it comes with a matching CabanaBoy ‘sleeve’ that I do keep on the compact.

The colour of this blush is a dusty-rose with plum undertones. On my medium skintone, this shows up as a deep warm pinky mauve — very natural, but strong — I really like it and I don’t have anything like it in my collection.  The formula isn’t overly powdery, it’s quite silky actually and a few swirls of my blush brush picks up quite a bit of product with ease.

The lasting power of this blush on me I’d say stands a good 5-6 hours before fading.  Mind you, I’ve tried this while the weather is still quite warm and typically my blush will fade at the 5-6 hour mark. I anticipate that once I start wearing this on cooler days, it might last a little longer.

For my first theBalm product, I’m happy with this one!

I purchased this from Birchbox Canada for $23Cdn.

I give theBalm CabanaBoy blush: a STANDING OVATION

Have you tried this blush?  Like or dislike?  What are your fave products from theBalm and why?

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Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in Ginger Pop

I’ve been wanting to get my grubby little paws on this blush for a long time now and I finally did!  The Clinique Cheek Pop blushes come in 12 shades and I chose Ginger Pop as my first one — a warm, bright, deep coral.

On the Sephora website, it’s description as follows:

What it is:
A long-wearing, buildable cheek color that imparts a bright hue.

What it does:
Discover pure, natural cheek color that looks virtually powderless. Its unique, patented technology transforms pure liquid pigment into a smooth, silky powder through a process of slow baking, leaving true color—from compact to cheeks.This silky smooth, stay-true formula creates a vibrant, healthy-looking glow without a trace of powder residue.

Firstly, let’s talk about the packaging — how cute, right?  I’d love to build a collection of these blushes just based on how they look!

The formula of the Cheek Pop is quite unique. When I first swatched this in Sephora, my fingers didn’t know what exactly to make of it — felt like a mousse AND soft like silk AND powdery all at the same time. It was very easy to swatch — just a couple swirls on my finger and I got quite a decent amount of pigment.

This blush picks up very well with a blusher brush — with about 3-4 swirls, I get a good amount of blush to start a good flush going on both my cheeks. This blush is definitely buildable and you can’t really screw it up. It’s pigmented but I find that you can’t really go overboard straight away, which is a good thing because it allows you to have control over the application. This definitely gives you a flush on your cheeks like it’s coming from the inside out — very natural yet noticeable.

Ginger Pop is a bright coral shade that just screamed to me off the shelf. I tend to reach for more peach/coral/gold tones in the summer time when it comes to blush as it plays well with my skintone and dark hair.

Throughout the summer, I reached for this quite often. But now that we’re heading fast into autumn and winter, I think this shade has enough warmth and depth to it that it would be a great peachy option for the fall/winter months!

As for the lasting power, I would say this lasts pretty good — 7 hours of wear time before I notice my cheeks looking a little dull.

At $24 Cdn a “pop” (haha) for this blush, I can certainly point out a few much cheaper alternatives that last just as long (or longer) and/or give off the same amount of pigment and colour. But the formula of Clinique’s Cheek Pops are like nothing I’ve tried or owned, I think this was a good investment!

I give the Clinique Cheek Pop blush in Ginger Pop: a STANDING OVATION

Have you tried the Cheek Pops?  Like or dislike?  What colours do you have?

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