I always spend quite a bit of time pondering over what to feature for my first post of each year, as I always think it should be something really special; something that’ll set the precedent for the year to come. With that in mind, I’m always very picky about what I launch with, so what better product to start the year with than the beautiful new Laura Mercier Blush Colour Infusion. I really believe that blushers are the single biggest game-changer when it comes to make-up, as adding that tiny bit of colour makes the world of difference – I never leave the house without blusher.
The new Laura Mercier Blush Colour Infusion comes in 10 shades and 2 formulas. The shade range is fantastic, with five muted matte shades as well as five slightly more vibrant, sheen shades, such as the above shade Grapefruit, which is a pop of bright orange-infused pink that’s a little intimidating in the pan, but the formula of these blushers are extremely easy to blend, so you can build the intensity up slowly.
When you open the snap-close pan that contains the blusher and a handy little mirror for one of the sheen variants, it’s quite a shock just how much shimmer appears in the mix, but don’t be put off as this shimmer diffuses on the skin so well that you’re left with the lightest hint of shimmer alongside plenty of glow. The above shade Fresco is a good example of this, as it looks sooo shimmery in the pan, yet on the skin the finish is light and flattering, much like the shade itself, which is the most gentle shade in the sheen line-up; a warming, light bronze with a hint of pink for that barely made-up look.
I really love the names of the shades too, as they match the colours so well! Sangria is a great example of how well blusher can work to brighten the entire face, as this shade will lift even the dullest, most knackered skin. It’s another shade that looks quite scary in the pan, but like the other shades, it’s very easy to build and blend to get the right finish.
The matte shades are more up my street as I always tend to favour a matte finish. If you’re nervous about using a matte blush then these are a great place to start as the finish is matte with the tiniest bit of glow, so no chalkiness or dulling of the skin. The Ginger shade is quite similar to Fresco in that it provides a barely there hint of colour that’s very wearable.
If you like your shades deep and plummy, Kir Royale is here for you. This is a shade that I imagine would be particularly well suited to darker skin tones, although I’ve managed to wear it without it looking unnatural on my very pale skin. It’s a really pretty shade and I particularly love how easily it evokes the images of a yummy Kir Royale!
The final shade, Rose, is my personal favourite and a colour I’ve been wearing pretty much since I got it, as it’s just so my kind of colour. I love a pretty, flattering, rosy pink that’ll add a bit of warmth and lift to my ashy skin, and this shade does that easily and perfectly. If you love a pretty pink, Rose is the shade for you.
Obviously I would recommend Rose as it’s my favourite of the bunch, but I used Grapefruit on my friend on NYE and it’s a really flattering, suits-all colour. If you like that muted, barely there look then Ginger is a great choice, although if you want a bit more glow then Fresco will help with that too. If you live near a Laura Mercier stockist I’d recommend visiting the counter and having a play as they really are a lovely bunch of shades. You can find them at Space NK here – link – for £24 each.