Mini Review: Kate Cream Blush

Today we’re talking about cream blush, and specifically about one from Kate. Kate is a drugstore brand readily available in Japan (but possibly not so easy to find outside of the country). Kate cream blush also boasts an SPF of 20 (but … why?) and comes in two colors: bright fuchsia and red.

I’ve talked recently about my love for cream blush, and this one has proved itself worthy of my small but mighty cream blush arsenal. It comes in a small and sleek black plastic case. I originally went looking for the cult bargain favorite from Canmake, but the shade I wanted wasn’t in stock and so I moseyed on.

After trying a few different models on for size on the back of my hand, I made it to the Kate display. The color from the Kate cream blush testers was super pretty and super believable, like my true blushing shade (OK, my true beet red shade) and had a faint and healthy luster (no glitter). It was also about 800 yen ($7.50 USD) … SOLD.

kate cream blush
Here’s ‘classy pink’ (finally! I’m classy! Or at least my blush is) swatted and sheered out.

At home, I was curious to see how it behaved over foundation and how long it lasted. On both fronts, it performed well. It didn’t disturb any base makeup I applied it over. And it lasts pretty admirably … about 8 hours of wear is what I’ve seen so far. Better than most drugstore blushes (and some department store ones as well).

The downside is Kate cream blush only comes in two shades … but the upside, both shades are very natural “blushing” shades for a wide range of skin tones in my opinion … and they build well. It’s easy to tap in a very sheer layer, and you can also build up the color if you’re looking for a more dramatic blush.

Overall … I would definitely recommend this blush. I have an oilier skin type recently, and I don’t have issues with it “sliding off,” and drier skins always benefit from cream blush. It’s win-win.

kate cream blush

Cream Blush: Why It Should Be Your New BFF

My favorite beauty You Tuber, Lisa Eldridge, posted a new video last week with a makeup tutorial on a luminous, glow-from-within blush technique requested by her audience. (The video also had genius guidance on how to conceal a pimple that’s sprouted up in the middle of your cheek when wearing blush that’s super helpful.) This video inspired me to dig into my gel and cream blush stash, as well as my liquid highlighters. It’s an especially good time to be looking at cream blush with summer well on its way (and that Sephora sale looming). Continue reading “Cream Blush: Why It Should Be Your New BFF”