Guest Post – Spring 2012 Blush Round Up

April 3, 2012

I am very honored to have the opportunity to have Elaine from Miss Elaine-nio doing a guest post for me. It was sad to see Elaine quit blogging some time ago, but glad to see she has not held back on her blush addiction! Her famous quote is “Once a beauty addict, forever a beauty addict“, so why not to showcase her stunning collection of the Spring 2012 Blushes with all of you. Enjoy reading.



Firstly, I want to thank my dear friend, Rei, for letting me guest & contribute this post on her blog.

Today, I am going to share my blush picks & thoughts from Spring 2012. This Spring, we’re swarmed with many brands spotting the romantic rose theme & pretty looking blushers.




Coffret D’or Smile Up Cheek in 02 Peach (5.5g/ Made in Japan): The finish is extremely glowy though I need to swipe twice for the color to show up better on my skin. The shimmers are very fine (not gritty!) & doesn’t emphasize on my pores. However, I dislike the bulky packaging as the cover is slightly pop-up & tends to take up a lot of space for storage.

Rating (out of 5): ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Anna Sui Rose Cheek Color in 301 Dreamy Rose & 400 Anna Rose (6g each/ Made in Japan): The blush is palm sized & slightly rose scented. The embossed rose design is mesmerizing & an eye candy.

–          301 Dreamy Rose – mixture of pinks, orange, peach pink.

–          400 Anna Rose – mixture of reds, light & medium pinks.

The Rose Cheeks are very well pigmented & showed up with one swipe.

Rating (out of 5): ♥ ♥ ♥

MAC Ombre Blush in Vintage Grape & Azalea Pink (9g each/ Made in Italy):
The Ombre blushes are re-promoted items. I am very curious how Vintage Grape, which looked so purple in the pan, would show up on my cheeks. It turned up to be medium purplish-pink (not too dark). Azalea Pink is a combination of lilac & soft pink. The Ombre blushes’re not powdery & showed up well with a dense brush.

Rating (out of 5): Vintage Grape- ♥ ♥ / Azalea Pink- ♥ ♥ ♥

Dior Rosy Glow in Petal (7.5g/ Made in France): I need not say more about this blush as I believed you have read about Rei’’s review here.

A pretty cool-toned blush infused with Fresh Color Reveal, which adjusts the color to create a rosy radiance according to your skin tone. This is the IT blush!

Rating (out of 5): ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Benefit Hervana (8g/ Made in France): The pinwheel design had tempted me to purchase this blush. This blush is above my expectations as the shades turned out to be more pigmented than the way it looks in the pan (looks pale).

Hervana is described as orchid-blossom in shade. It consists of 4 shades– lucky shell, divine peach, heavenly rose and berry delight.

Rating (out of 5): ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Jill Stuart Mix Compact in 106 Sprouting Joy (8g/ Made in Japan): In terms of color, Sprouting Joy is a mixture of its permanent mix compact in Little Bouquet & Romantic Poppy. I don’t think this is a must have as the peach pink shade is dupable.

This is a Limited Edition & comes with a floral printed case.

Rating (out of 5): ♥ ♥

Chanel Joues Constrate in 69 Fleur De Lotus (4g/ Made in France): The Spring JC blush’s texture felt extremely smooth compared to the regular line. The fool-proof peach pink shade spells love & felt extremely luxurious.

Rating (out of 5): ♥ ♥ ♥ ½


Lunasol Glowing Powder Cheeks in EX01 Pure Coral (6g/ Made in Japan): I do not fancy the cardboard packaging (seems like a Benefit-wannabe). The shade is not the most unique but it’s well-pigmented & gives a nice translucent finish.

Rating (out of 5): ♥ ♥ 1/2

Canmake Cheek & Cheek in 06 (Filled in Thailand/ Made in Japan): I would say to put Canmake Cheek & Cheek blush in 06 in your shopping cart for those looking for a cool-toned blush. The quality is superb for a drugstore brand. Extremely fine & well pigmented. This lilac pink is flattering for Asians.

Rating (out of 5): ♥ ♥ ♥ 1/2

Sleek Blush BY3 in Pumpkin (20g/ Made in Taiwan/ Developed in UK): The shades in Pumpkin are vibrant & super pigmented. I find the shades hard to blend especially for P Pie. I had to use a stippling brush to apply & a powder brush to tone down the shades. The shades are pigmented but felt drier compared to its single blushes. Retailing at £10 for 3 shades, though it’s a value for money blush palette but it didn’t impressed me compared its single blushes.

Rating (out of 5):

Lavshuca Fairy Cheeks in PK (15g/ Made in Japan): Lavshuca Fairy Cheeks reminds me much of Guerlain Meteorites. This blush comes in a round cardboard packaging with a cute puff. The shade is the ‘standard’ pink which I don’t think it’s any unique.

Rating (out of 5):

Physicians Formula pH Matchmaker in Rose (6g/ Made in USA): Physicians Formula is a US drugstore brand. This is a gift from my friend- Olivia. The light-up mirror is making the blush very classy. However, the blush is about 1-inch thick making it very bulky & less travel-friendly. The texture may not be superbly fine but pigmented. It contains silver shimmers. The blush is said to be able to detect the pH level of your skin & adjusts within 60 seconds to create your perfect shade. Another innovative blush!

Rating (out of 5): ♥ ♥ 1/2

Stila Love at First Blush (6.2g/ Made in China): A continuation of Stila Make Me Blush from 2010, Stila came out with Love at First blush this Spring. The embossed hearts in graduation pinks look lovely on the pan but I find it too overly shimmering for my liking.

Rating (out of 5):








I had always been into coral/peach blushes. For this Spring, I am a cool pink blush convert with neutral eye makeup.


Top 3 Favorites: Benefit Hervana, Dior Rosy Glow, Coffret D’or Smile Up Cheek in 02 Peach

Best Quality: Dior Rosy Glow, Chanel Joues Contraste in Fleur De Lotus

Best Looking: Anna Sui Rose Cheeks, Stila Love at First Blush

Best Drugstore: Canmake Cheek & Cheek in 06

Most Innovative: Dior Rosy Glow, Physicians Formula Matchmaker in Rose

Thank you & do share with us your blush picks from Spring 2012?

Any favorites? Any misses?



One who loves to share, Japanese cosmetics & a blush addict.

For reference: I am NC-25, OC-C & yellow toned

Disclaimer: All products are bought with my own money, otherwise stated.


{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Maria April 3, 2012 at 12:40 pm

great post!
i also was sad to have no new posts by Elaine because I’m also a blush addicted one 🙂

for this spring i have a new (for me) canmake blush – color gradation if I’m not mistaken – the one with several color stripes. i really like it!


Elaine April 12, 2012 at 6:09 am

Hey Maria- fellow blush addict :p
Oh the graduation cheeks from Canmake. They looked really cute. :p


onlyfr33b33 April 3, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Yet another vote for Canmake blush! I guess I have to stop by Watsons and really test those babies out before I go back to the States!


Kate April 3, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Blushgasm! I know I’m a sucker but those Lavshuca balls are mighty tempting!

So lovely to hear from Elaine again


Elaine April 12, 2012 at 6:09 am

Lol… Blushgasm is such a cool phrase, Kate! :p


Elaine April 4, 2012 at 8:29 am

Thank you ladies for all the kind comments.
Hope all of you are ‘blushing’ good this spring! :p

Special thanks to Rei for letting me share here!

Take care! <3<3<3


Tracy April 4, 2012 at 9:37 am

Beautiful collection! I’m a huge fan of Jill Stuart blushes.


Jacqueline April 4, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Beautiful post, I was drooling over all the pretty blush. Great to see you posting again Elaine.


Amelia Liana April 6, 2012 at 12:39 am

Fantastic post! Thank you for sharing 🙂 xx


Madness April 6, 2012 at 9:16 am

Whaou, that it must be so pleasant to have such a choice in the morning !

Love you Blog Reika,
Bisous bisous,
French Madness.


popblush April 6, 2012 at 10:47 am

Wow – that is one awesome blush collection. Thanks for the reviews Elaine and for hosting the post Rei. A girl can never have too many blushes hehe!


Elaine April 12, 2012 at 6:25 am

Never too much! :p


Jennifer April 7, 2012 at 2:48 pm

once a blush addict, forever a blush addict *hi-five*
great to see you posting again Elaine! Very comprehensive review on blushes released this spring! I almost forgot mac azalea blossom is released this spring LOL


Elaine April 12, 2012 at 6:10 am

Jen! *high five
You started the blush fiend in me.. *lol


CJ April 10, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Nice to see your post, Elaine. I wish you could blog again! I really miss your latest beauty update.

I have Lunasol Pure Coral I really like the smooth texture and little shimmers in this blush. I am considering getting Pure Pink too but I can’t seem to make up my mind because I don’t like cardboard packaging. I am never a person who buys stuff based on the packaging but Lunasol’s Glowing Powder Cheeks kinds bugs me.

I want cool pink blush right now but it might be hard for me because of my skin tone (OC02 for Lunasol) and pink blush tends to show up red on me. I want a cool, baby pink blush … I was wondering if you have any recommendations? I’m not sure if Dior Rosy Glow in Petal is still available in my country. Thanks a lot!


Elaine April 12, 2012 at 6:14 am

Hey CJ,

I wouldn’t recommend you Lunasol Glowing Cheeks in Pure Pink. I had swatched it and it turned out to be so sheer and frosty on me. I am also a Lunasol OC-2.

For cool pink blush, Dior Rosy Glow is a very good choice. Alternatively you can check out Mac Tres Cheeks (new collection), there a few cool pink in the collection like Peony Petal (iirc..). The other cool pink blush that I had acquired recently is Suqqu EX-01 Botaniro Blush. Absolutely a divine blush!


CJ April 12, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Thanks a lot for your answer, Elaine.

I’m from Thailand and Suqqu is available here. I tried Suqqu EX-01 a few weeks ago and I really love it but it is quite expensive so I haven’t bought it yet. I was wondering where you got Suqqu’s products in Singapore? Did you order it?


Elaine April 15, 2012 at 2:28 am

Welcome CJ.

I bought Suqqu through a custom purchase. It is very exclusive and so hard to get!
You shoulg consider getting EX-01. It is really a good investment. 🙂


Claire April 11, 2012 at 11:13 am

I am so jealous because you have fleur de lotus! 😀 the colours seems very nice and I am sad it’s only available in asia. I am waiting for my riviere though (at least something, right?). I am wondering about the texture from lunasol cardboxed blushers, are those the same as the normal ones, just another packaging? I love your blush choces – we kinda share the same colour family >.<


Elaine April 12, 2012 at 6:24 am

Hi Claire,

Fleur de lotus is extremely gorgeous, you may want to look around online if you can get it. The texture is very impressive.

The texture of the Lunasol blush is more pigmented than the normal line. But, still provide a nice translucent & glowy finish. I wouldn’t think they are similar to the normal line of blushes. The only rant that I have is I really don’t fancy the cardboard packaging.


Claire April 14, 2012 at 11:11 am

I think I might take a look at ebay … the blush is a stunner indeed! I am not a fan of cardboard packaging as well but I don’t like the ‘normal’ lunasol blushers that much. I may check them out, thank you for your replay 🙂


Aleya Bamdad April 18, 2012 at 6:07 pm

I can’t believe you tried all of these. My favorite is the Coffer D’or.


Rose April 19, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Hey Reika! May I know the shade you use for Chantecaille Future Skin?? I am about NC20 Asian skin as well…. Do you recommend that for dry skin? OR normal skin for summer??


Rola April 24, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Wow, amazing collection! I bought Benefit Hervana a while back, need to start using it. It is a good one. I will definitely check out the Anna Sui blushes. Thanks for the reviews.


Laura April 25, 2012 at 11:56 am

Nice blog you have!
I follow you on bloglovin, follow me back? xx


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