If any of you have been following me over on my Instagram you’d notice one reoccurring theme over the last 6 months … that is cream makeup. I was a strong dislike of cream makeup for easily 7 years and it wasn’t for a lack of trying. I just couldn’t get into cream makeup whenever I tried it. the reason behind this could be broken down into 2 reasons.
1) Application (something that is a whole other kettle of fish when dealing with creams). Though it’s marketed as a quick and easy to thing to apply it actually isn’t. For example, powder blush takes me seconds to apply and I know it won’t go looking clownish. I also don’t like applying makeup with my fingers so finding the right brushes to apply and blend out cream products can be tricky; it really just comes down to practice.
2) Needing to change the order you do your makeup to accommodate creams A.K.A not setting your enough face till after you do your cream bronzer/blush and highlight. 99.9 % of the time I would genuinely forget and set my face first.
First and foremost, I haven’t quit powder makeup products despite using cream bronzer/blush/highlight every single time I wear makeup. I also reach for cream shadows frequently now too!
I layer a teen bit of the powder product over the cream. Yes, it’s an extra step cream makeup aficionados put your pitchforks down. I’m not going to toss all my powder blushes and bronzers because I like cream now – there’s room for both. Secondly, my little extra step only involves a tiny bit of powder and makes my makeup last ALL DAY. Gone are the days blush only lasted 10 seconds on my face. This trick can make those with an oiler skin type also love cream makeup too!
Essentially my face still has a layer of powder BUT rather than starting with setting powder then having an additional layer of powder (I.E blush, bronzer, and highlight) – I’ve skipped that additional layer. My cheeks, cheekbones, and where I apply bronzer don’t have any setting powder because that would mean 2 layers. I essentially apply setting powder now to set my concealer, then on my t-zone and jaw.
I only began with a single cream blush – the Mecca Cosmetica cheek tint which also had a cream highlight. When you start with one there is no pressure to start using cream blush daily. At first, I’d forget to use it but once I started playing around with it and rearranging my makeup routine so I wouldn’t forget to accommodate for cream blush I found that I was only using that cream blush. Lockdown/quarantine definitely gave me that extra time to play around with cream makeup but if I can learn to love it you can too. I haven’t worn my makeup without cream blush, bronzer, and highlighter in over 6 MONTHS. That means in all that time I haven’t just gone with powdered products and skipped the creams. If I can find a way to love them, you can too!
Now I’m sure many of you are wondering what’s so special about cream products when I’m happy with my powders. Firstly, my makeup application has become more fun with incorporating creams and it’s important to enjoy the process. Secondly, with the creams meshing into your skin it looks more natural and that it’s coming from within your skin. E.g. the blush doesn’t look powdery it looks like your skin is flushed. Your highlighter also ends up being extra Poppin and your cream bronzer doesn’t make you look muddy.
And thirdly the longevity has improved by 100x – blush such an un-long wearing product you’ll find (unless you pack it on to near clown status). My blush lasts every single time I wear makeup now that I’ve incorporated creams
Now unlike powder blush, cream blush, in the long run, is going to go off quicker than a powder blush so be mindful when purchasing them. I’ve gone on the crazy side BUT I already know which ones I would repurchase and which ones I won’t. To be fair I am fairly tame with the cream highlighters and cream bronzers in my collection because the ones I have I adore and don’t feel the need to get any more.
This is a pretty rambly post but I just wanted to talk about cream makeup. You can expect a lot of cream makeup related posts whether it’s reviews or talking about certain categories of cream makeup or even tips.
If there is anything in particular you want to see, let me know. I love hearing from you!
Thank you for hanging out with me in today’s post and I will catch you later. X B