This cheek blusher was given to me by Chiharu, and it’s become one of those items I always carry in my make-up pouch. At first glance it seems a bit like a novelty product with not much use, but I was pleasantly surprised by its convenience.
The cheek blusher consists of a blush pan and a foam sponge spring-loaded applicator. It works quite like a stamp does – when screwed tight the spring in the cover is compressed, and when unscrewed, picks up pigment from the pan. The way you use it is to stamp it on your cheeks and blend.
I have got number 5 of the series, named Happy Peach. There are five colors in all, and Happy Peach is one of the most saturated and darkest pigments of them all. I took the shots at night in fluorescent lighting so the photos are a little bluish, but in daylight lighting the blush is a little more reddish.
What I like most about Etude House’s Peach Cheek Blusher is its stamp-like applicator. Though not the most finesse of all applicators, it’s one of the most convenient and definitely useful when you need a quick pick-me-up. I use this for touching up when outside, usually blending it out with (clean) fingers because brushes are usually too bothersome when you’re out.
If you prefer a little more control over your application, you may also use a brush to gently pick up color from the foam sponge itself (I find picking colors from the pan picks up a little too much pigment).
The foam sponge is very fine and picks up color well. For those using color #4 and #5 (Smile Peach, Happy Peach), you may want to be a little light-handed with the application as the powder is pretty pigmented!
You are also able to wash the foam sponge applicator as well. But just make sure that the sponge is fully dry before screwing the cap back in.
As for the powder itself, it’s really finely milled! It has a silk-like texture when applied, and smells faintly of peaches. Unlike most of the other blushes in Etude House, this blush is totally matte! Unfortunately the series isn’t really meant for tanned skin and may look chalky on ladies with darker skin. They lack the more mature shades like berry, and brown as well. But it’s Etude House, so I suppose that is rather expected.
With an array of mostly lighter pinks, this suits fairer ladies who are looking for a cute and portable blush.
This is how it looks like after a light stamp. Obviously you would have to blend the colors out evenly or you would look like some freaky marionette. Personally I like to pull the applicator lightly up my cheeks so that there’s some gradient, and the overall shape of my blush isn’t too circular (I have a rough enough face as it is!).
Texture : ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (Pretty finely milled!)
Pigmentation : ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ (Fairly pigmented.)
Application : ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ (Idiot-proof. But some may want more finesse.)
Overall : ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ (Definitely something to try out, but more suitable for fairer skin.)