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Blush Reviews: Makeup Forever HD Cream Brush, Alverde Naturkosmetik Blush, Une Blush Brush

2 Cream Blushes by Make Up For Ever and Alverde + UNE Blush Brush

June 8, 2013

When it comes to makeup, I’ve had to slowly catch up on some of the products and skills that have been missing from my repertoire.

In the past, if I used blushes at all, I’d always use powder blushes. It’s only now that I’ve begun to play around with cream blushes.

So recently, I acquired 2 cream blushes. In addition, I also purchased a nice little blush brush. 

Because the first lesson I’ve had to learn when it comes to makeup is that good BRUSHES are everything!

They don’t call makeup an art for nothing.

Blush Reviews: Makeup Forever HD Cream Brush, Alverde Naturkosmetik Blush, Une Blush Brush

So! Today we’re going to have a look at these three…

1) Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Cream Blush
2) Alverde Naturkosmetik Cream To Powder Rouge
3) UNE Blush Brush



Makeup Forever HD Cream Blush

I bought this blush for a greatly discounted price during a vide-grenier (a boot sale if you will). I think I paid around €10 for it.

The first thing I noticed about it is how richly pigmented it is. Meaning you need to use just an itty bitty drop of this to get a real pop of color.

Because it’s so pigmented, it’s really easy to build up for a more dramatic look.

At the same time, I found it a little tricky to apply because it dries fast. So you have to work quickly to blend it.

Makeup Forever HD Cream Blush

This blush comes in 14 different colors with fanciful names.

I have color #12, which is called “Mandarin” on the Make Up For Ever site but everywhere else it’s known as “First Kiss.”

I would describe the color as a peachy coral, edging on orange. The finish is matte, without the slightest hint of shimmer.

The color looks really pretty on the back of my hand. But on my cheeks? it’s a completely different story.

When I wear this blush, it looks like I’ve been kissed by the sun… a little too long.

So I thought I’d build up the color instead and go for a more dramatic look. But nope. My cheeks just ended up looking dramatically burned. Like red lobster kind of burned.

It’s not the most glamorous color on me. But I sincerely think this color could go well on other skin tones.

Make Up For Ever HD Cream Blush #12 Swatch

My favorite part about this blush is that it stays on for hours! I timed it at around 5 and a half hours.

This cream blush comes in a plastic pump container. I think it’s the first blush to ever come in this form. Many people have complained about the pump; that it’s too wasteful because it’s hard to get out only the tiny amount that you need.

But not me! Who knows, maybe I have a softer touch 😉

The positives:

+ Highly pigmented.
+ Color stays on for hours (5+ hours).
+ Even though it’s so small, the product can last you for a long time.

The negatives:

– Tricky to apply, you have to work fast!
– Could be tricky to pump out of its container

How Much: Normally, €27.50 for 10 ml

Conclusion: If only I had found this in a color that suited my skin tone… I would have been a big fan of this blush.

It’s got two strong points going for it though. It’s long lasting and richly pigmented.

But if I’m going to be honest, I wouldn’t have bought this blush if I hadn’t found it at such a good discount.


ALVERDE Naturkosmetik’s Cream To Powder Rouge

Alverde Naturkosmetic Blush

This blush was given to me as a gift by my dear friend and fellow beauty blogger Luchessa!

I don’t know much about the brand Alverde. But after a bit of looking around, I’ve learned that it’s a natural and organic brand with incredibly affordable prices. But sadly, I don’t know if you can find this outside of Germany.

The interesting thing about this blush is that it’s a hybrid between a cream and a powder. It’s definitely not as creamy as the Make Up For Ever blush.

When you you touch this blush, it feels smooth and slightly moist. Then it begins to dry and feel powdery if you rub your fingers together.

This blush is not heavily pigmented. And for me, that’s a good thing as I like my everyday look to be more subtle and natural.

The color that I have is #20 Winter Rose. It’s a dark shade of pink that gives my cheeks a warm, flushed color. 

Alverde Naturkosmetic Blush Swatch

The resulting look is soft, with a diffused glow.

What I like most about this brush is that it’s really easy to apply! It spreads easily and evenly across your skin.

I noticed however that this blush is not as long lasting as the Make Up For Ever blush. It begins to fade after  3 hours.

When I saw the retail price of this blush, it seemed suspiciously low.

But then I looked up the ingredients and I was very surprised to find a short list of good quality natural ingredients. Like minerals, jojoba oil, olive oil and chamomile extract.

The positives:

+ Easy to apply.
+ Soft natural color.
+ Adds a soft, healthy glow.
+ Natural, organic ingredients.
+ Incredibly affordable.

The negatives:

– The color doesn’t last very long.
– Only available in Germany.

How Much: €2.95 for 4.7 g

Conclusion: This is a great everyday blush for people who like soft, natural colored makeup.

Its good quality organic ingredients along with its incredibly affordable price makes this blush seem almost miraculous!

Now… where to find this?


UNE Blush Brush

Une Blush Brush

This is a flat-end blush with densely-packed bristles made from synthetic fiber.

I’ve had my eye on this blush brush ever since I got a free makeup session with UNE. Actually, I waited quite a while to finally get this. You might not believe me, but I do follow a beauty budget!

I’m going to be honest and say… when it comes to buying makeup brushes, I have no idea what I’m supposed to be looking for.

But when I saw this, I just fell in love with it!

I love this brush because it’s so small.

I’m a small person with a small face. And makeup experts say, when it comes to brushes, size does matter! 

I’m also really into the clean, white design of the handle and the bristles.

Une Blush Brush

But it wasn’t just about looks.

I love the way that this brush feels on my skin. Ok, so what if it’s not the softest brush in the world!

I just like the way that you press the round flat-end of this brush and then use soft, circular strokes to blend color over your cheeks. The motion in itself is the essence of pampering.

The one bad thing I noticed right away is how the bristles have frayed a bit and fallen off around the sides. But after a couple of uses, it doesn’t seem to be fraying and breaking off as much anymore.

The positives:

+ Small, dainty brush.
+ Soft, blended finish.
+ Love the design.
+ The price is not too bad.

The negatives:

– Bristles fraying and breaking off.

How Much: €13.50

Conclusion: I recently had a problem with my UNE powder foundation crumbling and falling apart. I was very annoyed about this because that ish was expensive and I’d barely gotten to use it.

So. We’ll see how long this UNE brush lasts me…


Beni Durrer

International Spa & Beauty Exhibition In Paris – Part 1

March 10, 2013

Yesterday marked the first day of Le Salon Mondial Spa & Beauté 2013 in Paris.

It’s an event that brings together creators, manufacturers, distributers and professionals in the spa and beauty industry. It was a great opportunity to meet and talk with people and learn about new beauty trends.

Although it was an international event, most of the brands I encountered were either French or German. Some of them I’d already heard of before. While others were a new and pleasant discovery. There was one area dedicated to nails and make-up. Another to skincare products. But the main feature of the exhibit were the numerous equipment and technology for spas.

My coverage of this event will be split up into two parts. Otherwise it would be much too long for my readers.

So today, we will only have look at some of the cosmetic and makeup brands that I found during the event. There is one brand that I particularly adored.

Read on to find out what it is!


Baija Cosmetics

Baija Cosmetics

BAIJA – We’ve already run into this name before. Remember my review of the December Box by Ma Boîte A Beauté? One of my favorite products in that box was a decadent body butter by Baija. I loved it because of its thick and velvety texture and its yummy rose litchi scent. I was even carrying it in my purse yesterday and mentioned this fact to the Baija rep who I talked to. So Baija is actually a french brand created in 2003, though the name has Syrian roots and means “she who smiles.” They specialize in spa and bath products created in the oriental tradition. In addition to body creams, they have a great selection of body oils, bath salts, soaps and exfoliating creams. Although they are not an organic brand, their products are made with a high content of natural ingredients.


Pin-Up Secret

Pin-Up Secret

Pin Up Secret – I found their stand tucked away in the corner of the nails exhibition. I didn’t learn a lot about this brand because their reps were flooded with people vying to try their creams and exfoliating scrubs. I did however get to test out one of their exfoliating cream for the hands. And I must say the results were wonderful. My hands felt super soft and hydrated. This was one of the brands that is carried only in spas and beauty institutes.


Themae Spa

Themae Spa

Thémaé – Thémaé Spa treatments revolve around the natural healing benefits of tea. In fact the name Thémaé is the Japanese name for the tea preparation ceremony. Their spa massages and rituals carry the same sense of care and tranquility. They have two spa locations. There is a Thémaé Spa in Paris and another in Seoul, South Korea. They also carry their own line of skincare products formulated with the polyphenols from the tea plant. I asked one of the Thémaé representatives if they’ve ever considered opening a spa in the U.S. And they responded with a hopeful, “Yes, maybe in the future.”


Phyt's Organic Make-Up

Phyt's Organic Make-Up

Phyt’s – Phyt’s is a popular french natural and organic cosmetics brand. I’ve encountered their skincare products before. But I didn’t know that they also had their own makeup line. So I was all over that. In fact, they claim that they were the first to create a completely organic makeup line in 2009. But I hadn’t seen their makeup in natural and organic cosmetics stores like Mademoiselle Bio. Since I’ve had a hard time finding organic makeup with vibrant colors in their palette, I was very happy to find that Phyt’s color palette included some vibrant purples and blues.


Artdeco Make-Up

Artdeco Make-Up

Artdeco – is a german cosmetics brand that I actually found out about because my girl Luchessa, a beauty blogger based in Germany, had blogged about one of their products. This brand was created in 1985 and is distributed in Europe, mainly in Germany but also in Norway, Poland and Greece. It has also began to branch out in South America and Asia. But not so much in France and the U.S.! In France, Artdeco products are carried only by a few distributers, mainly perfumeries and spas. And while the majority of their products are makeup, they do have a few skincare products. Feel free to read Luchessa’s review of the Dita Von Teese Compact Powder by Artdeco.

BENI DURRER (my favorite find!)

Beni Durrer

Beni Durrer

Beni Durrer

Beni Durrer

Beni Durrer – Considering all the other brands in the makeup section, this was by far my favorite find! Beni Durrer is a german brand based in Berlin. It was founded 12 years ago by the man himself, Beni Durrer, who I spoke to. His background involves working as a makeup artist for companies like MAC and Yves Saint Laurent but later on he decided to branch out on his own. I guess what really impressed me the most was that you could actually hear his passion and enthusiasm for makeup in his voice. I must also mention that his glitter-studded jacket was awesome.

And of course, you could also see the quality of the products for yourself. All products are made in Germany and the makeup brushes are even handmade. Mr. Durrer has also authored a couple of makeup books, inside which you can witness incredible transformations of faces. No photoshop, just the magic of Beni Durrer makeup. Off-hand, he mentioned a makeup artist in Hollywood who does makeup for stars like Eva Longoria and the actors in Twilight. Her secret? Beni Durrer makeup. A secret which she keeps really hush-hush.

Currently, Beni Durrer makeup is not yet distributed in France. But they do have a makeup school in Avignon. To find out more, visit the Beni Durrer official website or their Online Shop to have a look at some of their products. I am so into those makeup brushes!


Tomorrow, we’ll get into the second part of my discoveries and experiences during the Spa & Beauty Salon In Paris 2013. We’ll talk about the spa equipment and technology that was on exhibit. Some of them were crazy futuristic exercise machines.

There will also be some really goofy photos of yours truly.

See you tomorrow!