Max Factor Creme Puff Blush – Review, Photos & Swatches
Ever since I took a break in blogging, I also stopped watching beauty-related videos for a while. But there’s this video that I watched from Fleur de Force and she can’t stop raving about this particular blush. She said that it’s an Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush dupe and since it’s Max Factor I’m almost 100% sure that it will be available here soon. It’s the Max Factor Creme Puff Blush. The shades that I have are in ‘Gorgeous Berries’ and ‘Seductive Pink’.
Product Claims/Description according to Max Factor:
Sometimes, a subtle flush of colour is the look you’re after; other times, a more striking contoured finish is what you want. New creme puff blush is perfect for creating both, and everything in between thanks to its easy-to-build formula.
– Multi-tonal pigments work with your skintone
– Finely milled, marbled finish
– Controllable formula allows you to build colour as required.
– Ultra blendable – no visible blush lines
The packaging of these blushes reminded me of the Clinique Cheek Pops only these are a bit lighter in terms of weight and they still differ in some ways. These blushes come with a thick plastic packaging with a gold rim accent and it is definitely a lot sturdier compared to most of my drugstore blushes. Also, what I like about these is that you can immediately see the shade of each blush. However, there is still a downside to this type of packaging though: it does not come with a mirror and it does not come with an applicator (like I care :P).
Max Factor Creme Puff Blushes come in 5 different two-toned shades. At the moment I own two of them but I am telling you right of the bat, I want MOREEE!!! >.< As mentioned the shades that I got are ‘Gorgeous Berries’ and ‘Seductive Pink’. The colors stay true to what they really look like in the pan. They’re very blendable and despite how pigmented they are, I did not have any problems putting them on. I didn’t have to tap off the excess or swirl my brush on my hands first before I apply it on to my cheeks. I just use my Zoeva 126 brush and directly apply it onto my cheeks.
Another thing that I love from these blushes is that they don’t feel powdery at all. They’re like a hybrid between Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes and Clinique Cheek Pops. You don’t feel any powdery texture but you know that it’s definitely powder. They’re very pigmented. One swatch/swipe is definitely noticeable and two makes a statement. On my cheeks, however, both shades stayed true to their swatches except for ‘Gorgeous Berries’. It’s a lot subtler but in a good way. It definitely shows up with a single swirl/swipe but if you want to make a statement with your blushes then go nuts because I really don’t think you can overdo these babies.
These babies lasted on me for more than 5 hours with minimal fading (prolly because I sweat like a pig :P). but I’m sure that it will last a lot longer if you’re staying in an air-conditioned room. Both of the shades I purchased did not give me any problems in terms of application, I didn’t encounter any fall outs, nor were they powdery/chalky. These blushes are one of the best drugstore blushes I’ve ever owned. In terms of quality, pigmentation, even packaging. It didn’t disappoint.
Unfortunately the packaging does not include any further details aside from the usual bar code and the shade name. But I was able to get the list of ingredients on their website. The blush also doesn’t smell anything in particular.
Now on to the question… is this a dupe of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes?
I only have one shade from the Hourglass Ambient Lighting blushes and so far I’m pretty satisfied with it. Therefore, I cannot completely tell if they’re dupes of the famous brand. However, for the ones that I have at the moment, I would say that ‘Seductive Pink’ is very similar to Radiant Magenta’.
I wouldn’t say that they’re spot on dupes of each other but they’re very close. ‘Seductive Pink’ (SP) is a bit peachier than ‘HG Radiant Magenta’ (RM) and RM has these beautiful specs of gold glitter. Also, RM is more finely-milled than SP. If you’re on a budget and you’re looking for a good drugstore alternative then I would definitely suggest that you go for this one. As I’ve mentioned, I don’t have a lot of shades from the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush line, so I can’t say if they’re total dupes or not but they’re very similar and they still have superb quality despite being a drugstore brand.
• Product Name | Max Factor Creme Puff Blush
• Shades | ‘Gorgeous Berries’ and ‘Seductive Pink’ • Price | Php 675
• Avalability | Max Factor counters
Overall, I am really head over heels with these blushes and I’ll definitely get more. It may be pricey for a drugstore blush but its’ definitely worth the hype. Also, imagine, you can buy three or more of these with the money that you’ll use to buy those Hourglass Ambient Lighting blushes. And that’s not me hating, that’s just me being real
How about you? Have you encountered these blushes lately? Do you own one? What’s your favorite drugstore blush so far? Let me know