As an Asian with a very fair complexion, the thing I love about Shiseido products is how compatible their colours, broadly speaking, look on my face, and how natural the effect is. The Shiseido Makeup Accentuating Colour Stick in Champagne Flush is a perfect example of this.
As a blush, it does very little --- if anything. Too little, and there's barely any colour. Too much, and the effect is completely and unflatteringly pasty. On the other hand, it doesn't pack the glittery, powerful punch of a good highlighter, either.
So what is it, and why do I love it so much?
This colour stick is perfect if you want to achieve flawlessly natural, dewy-looking skin --- particularly, if like me, your super-dry skin can't even come into contact with powder-based products without looking scaly. It doesn't glitter or shine so much as illuminate from within, if that makes sense... and no, Shiseido is NOT paying me to say that (although, considering the price I'm paying for this product, I certainly wish they did!).
As a busy uni student who'd rather spend her precious morning minutes grabbing a much-needed coffee than dolling herself up in front of a mirror, my make-up routine is simple. A dab of under-eye concealer, a swipe of blush and (if I can be bothered) some lipgloss, and I'm generally good to go, so the Shiseido Accentuating Colour Stick in Champagne Flush is the perfect finishing product for me --- especially since I usually end up doing said makeup at the bus stop or in the car. I use it in conjunction with the Accentuating Colour Stick in Peach Flush (a highly pigmented colour which works as a lovely blush), and then swipe Champagne Flush on the apples of my cheeks, the bridge of my nose and over my lids (blending it in with my fingers) and instantly my skin looks more 'awake' and glowing. If I want a pastel-pink colour on my lips, I also use it as a base before I put on lip-gloss --- but never on its own, as it is much too dry to work as a proper lipstick.
The packaging is heavy-duty (metal instead of plastic) and the lid stays firmly put, so I never have to worry about it breaking or coming apart in my handbag, and it's a pretty decent-sized product so I'm (somewhat) mollified after forking out so much. It won't last me as long as the Peach Flush undoubtedly will, but whereas there are cheaper options for blush that will achieve the same thing as Peach Flush, so far, I haven't found another product that does the same as Champagne Flush does, and for a girl who loves novelty and never ends up buying the same cosmetic product twice, this is my exception to the rule --- and I anticipate the Shiseido Accentuating Colour Stick in Champagne Flush to be part of my makeup arsenal for many years to come.