As the color is very intense, there is no problem with getting the true-to-pan color on your cheeks. One tap on the blush gives you quite bold color on the cheeks. For an even bolder look, 2-3 swipes of blush is more than enough. The blushes are easily blended so if you do over-do it, there is still hope. The only annoying thing with Illamasqua powders, since they are extremely dry, is that they easily crumble, so there is a lot of dust all over the pan.The shade Lover is a beautiful orange-apricot color. It is flat matte without any glitter or sheen. The only similar shades I have are MAC Melba and MAC Style. When I was purchasing Lover I already had Melba so I wasn't sure if I really needed Lover. In the end I ended purchasing Lover as I was in love with Melba, and am happy I did. While they do look similar in pan and on cheeks, depending on your eye and lip makeup you can notice how they act differently. Lover has a much stronger orange undertone in it making it a more daring blush. Melba is a good for those who are starting with apricot blushes, but Lover is a bold apricot color. If paired with brown or neutral makeup, Lover stands out more. You won't find a similar shade to Lover! There is no prominent red in it so it won't make you look redder than you already are (those who suffer from rosacea). When I swatched Style, Melba and Lover side by side, Lover was the boldest color among them. It is a true apricot, while Melba, next to it, looked toned down and more neutral; like a "down on earth" version of Lover. Lover is more pigmented and much softer to touch than Melba. Style, which is orange , has a metallic sheen to it and is very sheer and needs building-up. Because of the sheerness, it is more like a wash of orange color on cheeks. From all the shades I have, I think Lover is THE shade someone should have in their collection, especially if you like orange or apricot shades. The shade is quite unique and I haven't came across to a similar one. Most of apricots have a red undertone to it making them look coral. The blush is best suited for those with fair, light and/or medium dark skin. Those darker than medium may need to build the color up a little bit, but that shouldn't be a problem.
Shade: apricot, wear:long wearing, pigmentation: extremely pigmented, buildable (Y/N): yes, dupes: MAC Melba
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