I was only just talking the other day with a girlfriend – let’s call her R (she’s shy!) – about her love of dewy-looking, cream and gel-based blushes and bronzers and how they’re super-flattering on more mature skin.
She’s in her fifties (well, just 51, so I’d better steady on!), but looks A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. and is your average walking ad for everything ‘healthy glow’ (she eats ‘clean’ and really looks after herself, quite an inspiration!).
She’s suspicious of anything too powdery which, she complains, tends to flatten her skin and (yikes) settle into fine lines and create the opposite of the fresh, glowy look she aims for.
Then what should land on my desk from Bourjois but the new Aqua Blush (£8.99) liquid blush! Exactly the kind of thing R needs and is talking about.
This is a creamy liquid that you squirt out (and you don’t need much!) and quickly apply and blend with your fingertips.
Easy. Super-speedy. And the very fresh, pretty finish reminds me of the effect you get with ‘gloss’ blush sticks. It’s the kind of thing I’d keep on standby by the front door and in my car glove as it’s PERFECT for mums-on-the-run and those of us who don’t want anything to flatten our glow.
As an aside, Bourjois have a great offer exclusively in store and online at Boots right now: if you spend £15 or more on selected products, you can snap up a free Summer Essentials box containing three full sized (no less) Bourjois products.
You get the Maxi Delight Bronzing Powder – a HUGE compact that will last you all summer, although the sunkissed gold is a little too soft for me, I’m still hooked on my Bobbi! – along with the Pinceau Poudre Bronzing Brush, which I LOVE (it’s super-compact and the bristles give a great spread, making application easy).
Also included is the Color Boost Lip Crayon in Peach on the Beach! This chunky, glossy crayon has had rave reviews in the beauty blogosphere and press, although the lovely tinted shine it gives – and this shade is REALLY pretty – doesn’t last very long on me at all before starting to look quite dry. It’s the same with most crayons for me (boo!), as I need something glossier and more moisturising. But I know others LOVE these crayons …
The brush is my absolute fave thing in the box, and I know I’ll use it loads.
But backing up to the Aqua Blush, I tried it in 04 Berry Nice (pictured top) on top of my tinted moisturiser and below bronzing powder, and it gave a really nice, natural-looking flush of pinky colour. It comes in 4 natural-looking tints, though, and you can check them all out here!