Perfect Baby Pink Blush: Shiseido Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush in 02 Chiyoko Review

Today I wanna chat you about Shiseido, a big Japanese cosmetic house that has several big brands under its umbrella: BareMinerals, NARS, Clé de Peau Beauté and tons of Japanese brands. Of course they’re also known for skincare and makeup under the name Shiseido. Today I have an interesting, unique *blush review for you. I also go down the memory lane when I lived in Japan and admired local cosmetic counters. Enjoy!

*Blush gifted for consideration. All thoughts are honest and my own.

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Me, Shiseido and Love for Blush

You may have guessed, I love Japanese makeup. When living in Japan I remember strolling by the Shiseido counter for countless of times, swatching the smooth, pigmented eyeshadows. Those eyeshadow trios weren’t necessarily very expensive in Japan, but I was a poor exchange student and mostly used Shiseido’s Japan exclusive drug store brands. I also struggled to select which palette I wanted. These palettes have been discontinued a while ago, but I still hold on to my limited edition trio of purple, orange and pink (although no longer wear it).

What I don’t mention too often is my other obsession.. blush. Blush and foundation might be just my two favorite makeup items. I especially love pale, baby pink blushes with blue undertones and I am constantly on the hunt for the best one. I think I found the one from RMK some years ago, but of course they discontinued it.

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About Shiseido Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush

This blush formula is described as air-whipped cream blush that turns into a long-lasting, breathable powder matte finish. From what I understood the shades are named after inspiring Japanese women. The product comes in a square glass jar, black matte cap with the name ‘Shiseido’ and a protective cap in between. Available in 8 shades ranging from light peaches to reds and fuchsia. 5g for $29. Made in the USA.

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Shiseido Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush 02 Chiyoko Review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Using Shiseido Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush

I’m partial to brush application when it comes to any makeup, maybe except cream highlighters. Usually I like to grab a stippling brush to buff and blend any creams after initial application, but Shiseido’s Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush has an airy, mousse-like texture that does feel powdery at the same time. I find the best way to apply this blush is to dab on with my ring finger; if I get it too close to my eye I use a clean finger to swipe. I’ve also used a damp BeautyBlender to smooth and blend any lines if I’ve gone too heavy with my application.

The Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush in 02 Chiyoko is quite pigmented and a little goes a long way. I’ve worn this blush a ton and I’ve still only touched what’s in the inner cap. I find the second cap with cream products always a bit annoying, but I guess it prevents the product from drying. Once the blush sets it feels creamy and soft on the cheeks, doesn’t slip or slide and has a lovely matte “powder” like finish.

The blush wears perfectly +8 hours. I usually do a couple of layers and finish with a touch of finishing powder (such as Hourglass Ambient or Lily Lolo).

02 Chiyoko swatches

Compared to ADDICTION, a perfect pale pink with almost purple hue, 02 Chiyoko has more warm undertones. There is no sheen or shimmer. Chiyoko’s finish is more powdery than Rouge Bunny Rouge’s Gracilis, which is a matte powder blush. I think that Chiyoko is more universally flattering as it has no icy undertones and should show up nicely on medium to dark skin tones.

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Overall thoughts on Shiseido Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush

I think that nowadays only a self-applying blush would blow me away, but Shiseido’s Minimalist WhippedPowder blush in 02 Chiyoko is very nice - both in texture and color. If I didn’t have so many blushes I would sprint to get more from Shiseido. I am considering Momoko, as it looked lovely in Shireen’s post. The lasting power is excellent; I often experience problems with cream blushes as they smear, move or they sheer away very quickly. Not with Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush. Only thing that bothers me is the inner cap, I never have a place to put it.. Anyway, I can highly recommend you go swatch this product! x

SUQQU Shimmer Liquid Blush Swatches and Review

SUQQU is known and loved for their excellent powder formulas, including their Pure Color Blushes, which have a lovely gradient for dimensional, layered blush color. For Spring 2019 SUQQU released a new product type for the brand: Shimmering Liquid Blush. Today I’m reviewing the formula and three colors I have purchased. Enjoy!

*Products mentioned with asterisk(*) are gifted for consideration.

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About SUQQU Shimmering Liquid Blush

In the initial launch there were 3 permanent shades and two Limited Editions. For Summer 2019 SUQQU has released a highlighter in this formula, which I’m excited to try. The three permanent shades are a light peachy pink (judging by online pictures), an orchid pink and a juicy orange. The limited edition shades were purple and baby pink. The Shimmering Liquid Blush is advertised as giving a healthy, natural flush on the cheeks with moisturizing jojoba seed, olive fruit, macadamia seed and sunflower seed oils. 7.5ml for £26 on Selfridges. Made in Japan.

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Using SUQQU Shimmering Liquid Blush

These blushes come in a convenient pump packaging, but large the cap can be deceiving as the amount of blush is quite little (7.5ml). For reference, lip balms are often 10-15ml. It can be just me, but judging by the online images I expected to have 1/2-2/3 more blush liquid. You do need only little product, which is nice if you are considered how long one bottle is going to last. I doubt I will ever use up one.

I need about half a pump of the liquid blush for both cheeks, but this does depend on the color and your skin tone. I’ve noticed some pigmentation differences in the three shades I’ve purchased, but they do swatch in a similar way. Logically: the fairest shade doesn’t show much on my pale skin while the deepest color is very intense. The pale pink (LE) I need to layer for a noticeable blush, the orchid pink looks very saturated on me and the orange “just right”. I dab a couple of dots of the color on the apples of the cheeks and blend towards the ears.

Finger application is not my favorite technique as these don’t melt into your skin or diffuse when I try to swipe or tap with my middle and ring finger. Sometimes I reach for a duo fibre brush, but I think a wet beauty sponge is key for seamless application. I like to use a Beauty Blender* and bounce the blush on my cheeks, building up the intensity.

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The formula does feel lightly moisturizing, but doesn’t leave an oily film or feeling tacky. SUQQU’s style is to create nourishing formulas with nuanced colors that compliment even mature and super dry skin. Although it’s not suggested, I’ve tried the excess blush on my lips and it felt OK. For more longevity I set my face gently with a finishing powder such as Hourglass Diffused Light, Cosme Decorte or Lily Lolo* one. With this method the SUQQU Shimmering Liquid Blushes last +8 hours on my cheeks, which is pretty impressive.

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Swatches

02 TSUBAIMOMO - a raspberry orchid pink

03 MITSUKOUJI - a vibrant hot orange

102 TSUYASHISO (LE) - a pale baby pink

As I said these blushes do change their appearance on other skin tones, check out Beauty Professor’s swatches for example. We have pretty different lighting and skin tone, I recommend checking her blog if you enjoy SUQQU. 102 is doesn’t seem very opaque but if shows on medium (and up) skin tones, I think it’d be amazing. My favorite shade has been 102 Tsuyashiso and 02 Tsubaimomo mixed or 03 Mitsukouji on its own. The name does say ‘Shimmering’ but I don’t see any visible glitter, I think it means the veil-like finish of the blushes.

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Overall thoughts

I had a bit mixed feelings of these products as it took me trial and error to find the best application method. With fingers I disliked the result, but using a Beauty Blender made me enjoy these products. I was hoping the colors were more unique or wearable for every day (like rose and nude shades). Longevity is definitely the best aspect of these blushes, I like it how the colors are still distinguishable after several hours without looking like “clown cheeks”. Not my favorite product from SUQQU, but still a good one. I think ADDICTION (review here) still has my favorite liquid blush formula.

Have you tried SUQQU Shimmer Liquid Blushes or other liquid blushes?

ADDICTION by Ayako Cheek Polish Review and Swatches

“It’s not a nail polish, it’s a blush.”

Ayako is one of my favorite makeup Creative Directors. She has lived over 20 years in New York, working with celebrities and makeup artists like Francois Nars (another favorite of mine). I love it how Ayako thinks outside the box, creating high quality product to highlight one’s individual style. She is cool, edgy and awfully chic - not afraid of colors or texture variations. Today I’m writing about on of my favorite products from ADDICTION: the Cheek Polishes!

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ADDICTION by Ayako Cheek Polishes

ADDICTION’s Cheek polishes come in a nail polish -like bottle with a similar brush applicator. There are two available textures: non-pearl matte colors and with pearls of silver or/and gold. The cheek polishes retail 12ml for 3024 yen (including tax). As I’m typing this there are 8 permanent shades (including two highlighters) and seasonal limited edition colors.

How To Wear ADDICTION Cheek Polishes

Using a liquid blush is relatively easy. You shake the bottle with cap closed, then adjust the amount of color on the brush (similarly as you adjust the amount of nail polish). You could use the back of your hand as a palette and apply with a brush or a sponge, but I find it easiest to add about ~3 dots of the color on my cheeks and blending with my fingers. I use my middle finger to spread the color, then my index finger to blend. The Cheek Polishes set relatively quickly. If I feel there’s too much product or harsh edges I do a couple dabs with my Beauty Blender or Shaquda foundation brush.

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ADDICTION by Ayako Cheek Polishes | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Using the Addiction Cheek Polishes

ADDICTION is one of my favorite makeup brands, I feel Ayako can do no wrong (except reformulating my favorite foundation *grudge*). I think last year she reformulated the brand’s powder blushes and created 30 permanent shades with sensible color categories, but unfortunately her Cheek Polish range remained untouched. They have discontinued some older individual shades, which makes the range in my eyes a bit incomplete looking.. as I’m typing this there are only 6 blushers and 2 highlighters available. I wish they’d tweak and expand the current range. Meanwhile, they do bring out Limited Edition shades every now and then. I haven’t tried the highlighter shades (13 Reflection and 13 Moon Dance), but 12 Emotional has very little base color and is mostly very sheer with loads of golden glitter.

What I love about this formula is how weightless it feels on the skin. I personally like to wear a decent amount of makeup every day, but I don’t want to look or feel as if I’ve piled on a ton. The ADDICTION Cheek Polishes look and feel seamless on the skin with no tacky or greasy residue. I rarely blend makeup with my fingers, but with liquid blush and highlighter I make an exception. I’ve noticed that blush - especially cream blush - doesn’t last well on my cheeks, but with ADDICTION Cheek Polishes I can get at least 5 hour of decent wear-time without touching up or setting with a powder.

I actually like the packaging, but perhaps the caps should be a different color so they wouldn’t be confused with ADDICTION’s nail polishes? The mini bottle 09 Sensually was a gift with purchase and I don’t think I can even go through this small size during one life-time. You only need a couple dots or two small swipes of color per each cheek from the applicator. I wouldn’t mind if they reduced the product size and price ~1000 yen. Luckily the product seems to last well; I’ve had my 04 Revenge shade for a few years, but hasn’t gone bad or separated.

Swatches

04 Revenge - Matte bright red with a slight yellow undertone; “sunburn red”.

09 Sensually - Soft matte muted pink rose. (My favorite!)

12 Emotional - Sheer orange coral with gold pearl (with NARS Orgasm vibes)

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Final Thoughts

While I’m in love with this product type, I do think there is some improvement in the shade range. 04 Revenge used to look a bit too much like sunburn on my face, but I’ve learned to pair it with my other makeup. I do regret getting 12 Emotional a little as it’s very shimmery with little base color - I’d prefer it to be more coral, like in the bottle. I wonder if it would suit better a deeper skin tone than mine? In order to get some use out of it I like to layer this Cheek Polish with other blushers, apply generously and skip the highlighter. Overall, I love the Cheek Polishes but I definitely prefer the matte shades. If you love easy-to-apply, quick and natural blush, these are worth checking out! xx