When I try to picture what the peeps at Milani were thinking when they were making this blush, I could imagine nothing but evil scientists sitting around the table, laughing hysterically with thunder cracking in the distance, and newspapers littered the streets with "HAS SCIENCE GONE TOO FAR???" headlines. And that is exactly what I feel as well when I apply this blush to face. Grab some popcorn people, this is gonna be a long story.
It is now winter. I have become ghastly pale and worse so, extremely pallid, lifeless looking. Honestly, with no makeup on I look like a corpse. I have yellow undertone (forget NC10-15, I'm a solid C, there's nothing neutral about it), and all my foundations also have yellow undertone, so they help knock out the greyish tint, but I end up looking like a white ceramic vase. I'm also getting into cool toned lipsticks, but this season, they always end up draining every little last bit of warmth from my face. I'm so frustrated with all my sheeny pinky, coral blushes, I don't get it, their pigmentation is great, they work wonderfully for me in the summer, but now they are all useless. As heavy handed as I am with them, I still can't help but cringe every time I look at myself in the mirror. There was just something missing.
I saw this on sale for dirt cheap and just one look inside the pan, I was in love. I grabbed it and I ran (for the counter, to pay, ofc). As I got home, I popped it open immediately and first finger swatch, Holy. Molly. Cow. The powder is super pigmented, so fine, so soft, I just swirl my finger in there like less than twice and already got the full colour as in the pan. I didn't find any dust kicking up at all. With that kind of colour payoff, if it was powdery or somehow broken, it would be an awful mess to clean up. Knowing from the swatch it was going to be WILD, I carefully gently dab my brush on it but STILL! My brush was drenched in that wash of vibrant hot pink. I tapped a lot off, hard, and gingerly touched my face with the blush. It was a shock, initially, but the more I looked at it, the more I felt... It just looked so right. I tried to blend it out, and it blended out so easily, and from two huge red dots on my face, it spread evenly all over my cheek into a flush of colour that strongly reminded me of the tinge I usually get after the cold dry winter winds slapped the hell out of it, as if I was out for a run in bone chill weather. I was immensely happy. I started wearing it on a daily basis, I'm having serious trouble weaning off it by now.
I honestly didn't think it would be great on me, I thought this was for sure for the ladies and men with deeper complexions. I think the reason why it works so well despite my colouring of translucent rice paper wrapping is because 1/ the colour. It's a hot pink, however the red tone is also very apparent, it mimics the natural red colour of blood coming through skin so beautifully. When I put it on, in my head I keep silently screaming "BLOOD FLOW! VITALITY!", which is precisely what I need so much in my life right now. 2/ it's because it's matte. Glowing cheeks in the winters just undermines the colours in my opinion. Especially when you're as dead-looking as I am, there's no need to be shy about it. I want to look red in the face, I want to look alive. I don't mind it being visible at all.
I can't help smiling while I look at myself wearing it. This is one of the more outrageous colours that not many people would fancy, but once you have it you can't help craving for more. It's a bit of extravaganza that we all need to make life more fun. Looking at all these glowing reviews, I'm so happy for everyone who's got it, I know you're all enjoying yourselves so very much.
Would I purchase this again? Would I even NEED to? In this lifetime? Probably not. Unless I'm afraid I'll lose it or break it. I hope Milani would come out with more matte blushes too. But in the meantime, I can't wait to get my hands on Red Vino and Berry Amore. Mad props to Milani, and your evil scientists.