Here is my long-overdue review of Majolica Majorca Extreme Makeover Reshaper Cheek Blush in RD255. I bought this when I brought the Customize Brow Powder that I reviewed two weeks ago. I also bought a little compact that can fit a blush in it or two eyeshadows.
While the compact is really cute, I think I may save it for eyeshadows because I find the slide packaging of the blush really cool already, here it is in action:
The one issue with it is that if you are disorganised and keep a bunch of your make-up crammed in a box (which, obviously, I don’t…) the lid for the blush can just slide off leaving it exposed. There’s no ‘click’ mechanism to keep the lid in place, just the idea that you’re not going to be an idiot and store it sideways…
Ok, review time!
RD255 is a peach pink shade, emphasis on the peach part. It has golden shimmer in it but it’s not glittery, in fact it’s quite subtle (which is good – I’m not usually a fan of shimmery face products). At first I thought it was similar to Illamasqua Rude Cream Blush but it is actually much warmer than the Illamasqua – its undertones lean brown-red. I’ve heard people say it’s a dupe of NARS Orgasm blush but I can’t vouch for that; if you’re looking for a dupe though, check this out. Here’s a swatch of it on my arm to give you a vague idea of the shade.
The red-tone visible in the right-hand swatch is very difficult to replicate on the face. Many people I’m sure wouldn’t want their cheeks looking so red but I bought this blush in the hopes of getting a deep red flush that many people with red hair naturally have…but I don’t.
To get a proper idea of the blush, here it is on my face.
As you can see it gives a nice peachy flush and the red is kind of non-existent. Not a big deal, still a nice shade, but it’s not going to become one of my all-time favourites I don’t think.
This blush is really easy to apply: be careful not to overdo it because it is quite pigmented, it’s better to apply a little and then add more. Saying that, if you do apply too much it’s not the end of the world because this blush is super easy to blend. It gives a real soft-focus finish because it blends so seamlessly into the skin, no lines or obvious transition areas.
This blush lasts really well, better than any of my others in fact (most of which cost about three times as much, go figure). After applying it at about 7am, then going on two hot 40 minute cycle rides, and basically getting through the day in the Kyoto heat, I come back at 8 and see that this blush is still there, visible, and has hardly faded at all. Seriously impressive.
Majolica Majorca is a very affordable brand, you can buy this blush from adambeauty for $80 HKD which is £6.50 or $10.30. The blush is a little small (3g, MAC is 6g, Bobbi Brown is 3.7g) but it still works out as good value. Also the packaging is really cute for such a cheap product – that’s one thing I love about Japanese cosmetics, even the cheapest brands can have really nice packaging.
Overall I would recommend this blush formula to almost anyone. I say ‘almost’ because after wearing this blush every day for review purposes I started breaking out a little on my cheeks. Nothing major but enough to make me stop wearing it. I may still wear it now and then but obviously I’m not as keen on it as I was.
Also the shade is not my favourite. This blush only comes in four shades and I haven’t swatched the others (though if you drop me an email or leave a comment requesting swatches I would be happy to) but I didn’t find them all that inspiring. I’ve found some swatches here if you’d like to check them out. If you do find a colour you like then that’s great but they’re not exactly unique. I’d highly recommend this blush formula but as it is I don’t think I’ll be buying another one unless they release new shades.