Seeking Bold Color? Pink Cheeks Offer a Perky Pick-Me Up for Spring

This spring is all about color. And why should it be any other way? After this long (and still present) winter, I am ready to embrace brightness. My bold color d’jour is pink. And not just any pink, but the hottest damn pink you can find. For my cheeks, especially.  Sporting a bright pink pop of pink on the cheeks makes me feel so alive, and definitely puts off a healthy vibe. And if you shy away from bold color on your lips, this is a wearable alternative to incorporate the bold spring trend to your everyday.

Here are my pink cheek picks!

YSL Creme de Blush in Fuchsia Temptation is probably the brightest pink blush I’ve ever used. I’m in love with the color, and I even like how the fuschia is mirrored on the inner rim of the packaging. Small details really get me, OK?  Also, this formula is like a comfy velvet couch for the cheeks. It blends down to a powder finish, and I love how I can just lightly dab my fingers in the product and press on the apples of my cheeks. I’d say impossible to overdo, but with a pink this bright, that might not be entirely true.

Applying Givenchy’s Blush Gelée in Candied Pink is like melting a popsicle on your cheeks. You have the jelly finish, which is unbelivably cool, that becomes one with your skin. This is definitely a stain, so it’s very long wearing. I think it works best on a more natural face. This isn’t one to layer over powders or even foundations. It is however, fab over a tinted moisturizer.  I see this being a favorite of mine this summer!

Tarte brought its “skinvigorating” complex to a powder blush, in shades we all know and love from its famed Cheek Stain line-up. These Amazonian Clay 12-hour blushes are full of color and pigment, and look so beautiful on the skin. They seem to have built-in dimension — i.e. a nice sheen that brings your face to life. I love Amused, a bright pink (almost as bright as YSL’s!), but the Cheek Stain lover in me also has a special affection for Dollface (one of my “firsts”).

Urban Decay’s Afterglow Glide-on Cheek Tint in Crush satisfies my cream blush tooth. This is a more traditional cream blush, and it glides on the skin like silk. It’s very buildable and works well over existing face makeup. This shade makes me feel like I’m sporting that after work-out glow, which, ironically, I never get after working out.

Now that you’ve heard me profess my passion for pink, are you on board? Let us know if you have any pink recommendations? There can never be too many in my makeup bag!

12 thoughts on “Seeking Bold Color? Pink Cheeks Offer a Perky Pick-Me Up for Spring”

  1. Nars Desire and Smashbox’s Radiance are also bright pinks – I was on a bright pink hunt a while ago, and those are the ones I fell in love with 🙂 I also want the YSL fuchsia temptation!

  2. I really like Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Blush in ‘Pink Sugar’ – it has a little glitter to it and gives a nice, healthy glow.

    I love pink too! Especially on the eyes when done well.

    1. Beth, thanks for the recommendation. I haven’t tried Pink Sugar — but love Bobbi’s Pot Rouge in Pale Pink. It’s not quite as bright as some of these, but it’s so flattering!

  3. I love pink blush! The YSL Creme de Blush looks like the perfect fun and flirty pink. MUST BUY! I also really love using Tarte’s cheek stain and sometimes using tinted lip balms as my cheek stain when I’m in a bind…haha (I use Korres wild rose lip butter and Yes to Carrots lip tint).

  4. I just did a post like this and we have almost the same picks. That’s so weird! I swear I didn’t copy haha. Great minds think alike.

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    Maybe some jerk ticked you off today? I hope so, and I hope any bad feelings you may be having pass.

    I hate days that sound like your entry feels, as you know, this too shall pass.

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    Have a relaxing weekend and best wishes!

  6. I have to say I love the Tarte amazonian clay range, and this is a lovely frsh colour you’ve reviewed. Pink corals always seem to work well on anyone. Thanks for posting x

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