Have you heard of EX1 Cosmetics? Probably not; it is one of those brands that seems to only line the make-up bags of those in the know. A real shame, as truly this is a beauty company that focuses more on formulations and pigment, in a world currently dominated by pretty packaging, it is a breath of fresh air. There are several products within the EX1 Cosmetics range that I rate highly but none more so than the EX1 Cosmetics Blusher collection – small but perfectly formed none the less.
Some people can’t leave home without mascara, others bronzer and all this is in-between but for me, my face never truly looks like mine until I inject a little colour onto the apples of my cheeks. As far as blush formulations are concerned, I love them all and do have a place for most within my beauty routine, however for sheer easy of application (and prolonged wear time – hello oily skin), I do tend to favour powder products.
I’d love to tell you that all powder blushes are equal but that is simply not true, when it comes to declaring my love for a blush (regardless of texture – we don’t discriminate around these parts), I have a fairly strict list of requirements: it has to be pigmented but not so much that it is overwhelming and difficult to blend, it has to wear well in all conditions (hot, cold, humid etc) and it has to be reasonably priced (sadly my lottery numbers have yet to come up) and perhaps a given, but I have to like the shade both in the pan and on my skin. Many a blush has stumbled at the first hurdle but not the EX1 Cosmetics Blusher collection.
Sadly at the moment the EX1 Cosmetics Blusher collection only offers four shades: Jet Set Glow (pink nude not too dissimilar to Benefit Dallas), Love Story (a reddened deep brown), Natural Flush ( muted coral pink – not worlds apart from NARS Orgasm but minus the shimmer) and Pretty in Peach (a true bright peach). Admittedly some of the shades are a tad too deep for my complexion but as they are so natural in tone, I can utilise them as eyeshadows (Love Story) or even a bronzer (Jet Set Glow) should I wish.
As great as the shades are, the real reason I recommend the EX1 Cosmetics Blusher collection is due to the formulation: soft, easy to blend and yet it doesn’t produce a lot of product fall out, long-wearing and yet not prone to clinging to dry skin or enlarged pores, matte yet not flat, and for those of us with easily irritated skin, the fact that it is fragrance and oil free is nothing short of glorious.
I truly am pushed to as much as recall a matte blush that can come close to the EX1 Cosmetics Blusher formulation, let alone rival it price.
You can find all four shades via FeelUnique – link.
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