Sephora is the famous chain store every person has heard of at least once in their lifetime; all has received exposure to the brand, whether they are teenagers beginning to delve and discover makeup, experienced and professional makeup artists, or even just fragrance and/or cosmetic enthusiasts. Sephora is a mid-to-high end cosmetics and skincare retailer, as well as boasting a large fragrance collection for both genders, however, they have their own line called the Sephora Collection and it has been around providing affordable alternatives for the pricier products offered for retail.
I’ve only begun to discover the treasures hidden within Sephora Collection, and this one product is also such a treasure. Sephora Collection has a line of cream blushes that aren’t new but not talked about often (this statement is based on my findings).
It is their Blush Me line in the shade No.1 “All smiles”.
The shade is a vibrant coral in the domed pan, but it blends out to a soft rosy flush. This particular shade was not difficult to blend out, and it made a smooth consistent finish. It did not dry patchy and wore beautifully throughout the day. I tested it by wearing it throughout the day on my cheeks, and 5 hours later, the blush has not faded and stayed put. One key thing that I think is worth mentioning is that once they sit on top of the skin for a while, they leave a light stain. To some, this might be alarming, but I personally like my cheek products being long lasting and to stay put for hours without touch-ups. Fortunately, the product was easily removable with all types of makeup remover, be it balms or micellar water. One thing I really liked was that the colour intensity was buildable and allowed me to really build up the blush intensity but not look like I caked the blush on too much nor that it didn’t start looking patchy like cream products do when you *really* layer product on.
Unfortunately, the one thing that stuck out to me was the packaging; the domed shape makes it annoying for storage, especially for those who stack products on top of each other. It kind of sucks that products cannot sit flatly on top of these cream blushes. Furthermore, the packaging itself is made of clearly cheap plastic, which is durable but not so visibly appealing as I found mine prone to looking scratched up rather quickly. Design-wise, I can see that it is intended for direct application on the cheeks which is travel-friendly and convenient but isn’t the most sanitary.
Ingredients-wise, All smiles NO. 1 contains the following:
Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Polyethylene, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Nylon-12, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, CI 15985 (Yellow 6 Lake), CI 45410 (Red 28 Lake), Parfum (Fragrance), Tocopheryl Acetate, Talc, Retinyl Palmitate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil.
It is also important to note that there are no parabens in this product nor sulfates, and this product has not been tested on animals.
For $13CAD, I get 3.5 grams of product (or 0.12oz), making it a value purchase considering the longevity of this product and the very little amount it requires for one application. Especially comparing this to other cream blush products offered by Sephora, this is one of the most affordable blushes in the store.
Application: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (7/10)
Value: ★★★★★★★★☆ (9/10)
Durability/longevity: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10)
Packaging: ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆ (4/10)
Pigmentation: ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ (6/10)
I believe I found a good cream blush that is a great alternative for those who aren’t willing to drop a couple of bills on a high-end product. In my opinion, this is perfect for those trying out blush for the first time (especially cream blush), since this allows the user complete control on pigmentation while making you look naturally flushed without a spot of patchiness.