Review: City Color Be Matte Blush in Guava

Ah, the life of a lazy makeup junkie – wanting to put something nice on, even when we just can’t be bothered to put on a full face of makeup! Some days, we choose to play up and define our eyes. Other days, a swipe of lipstick or lip gloss does the trick. And other times, when we feel extra pallid and zombie-like, it’s a flush of color to the face that makes us look a little bit more.. human.

The thing with blush is that it can be a little tedious to find what shade suits you. Out of the many reds, pinks, peaches, corals, and other colors, there is bound to be a blush of each shade that suits you best. You have to take into account your undertone, your skin type, and other bits and bobs. (Personally, I’m a bit on the cool-toned side of complexions, with an oily skin type to boot.)

City Color’s Be Matte Blush is raved throughout the Internet not only for the inexpensive price ($4.99 on their website), but also for the easy-to-blend formula matched with superior pigmentation. I picked up the shade Guava, as I don’t really go for pinks or reds or anything too bright – I prefer a natural flush, really!

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I forgot what exact store I purchased mine from, but I know it was from one of the beauty and lifestyle bazaars that regularly happen here in Metro Manila. ^^;; (But for my Southies, there’s a stall in Pop Culture at Alabang Town Center that has a whole slew of City Color Cosmetics products!)

City Color Be Matte Blush comes in eight revolutionary matte colors, giving your cheeks a rich but natural look. This blogger favorite blush is formulated with ultra-fine pressed powder, making for easy-to-blend application. The vibrant pigmentation allows you to apply lightly for an elegantly subtle glow, or increase color for a dramatically bold look.

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The blush comes in a plastic pan with a clear window on the snap-on lid. It might feel kind of cheap, but it’s pretty sturdy, with a nice heft in the hand. The brand and product type is printed on the clear lid in plain black text, with the underside of the pan having the shade name, ingredient list, and other information. Plus points for having the Cruelty-Free bunny! 🙂

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Guava is a warm peachy pink shade, which I think is suitable for everyday use for a healthy flush of color on the face. You need to have a light hand with this, as it’s very pigmented; and too much of this blush will make you look overdone (and oh goodness, clown-like)! It’s a tad powdery, but just tap the excess off and you should be fine. Upon application, blending comes very easily. (Bye-bye, streaky blush lines!)

Here’s how it looks on me. I applied with a very light hand, and there’s no other makeup on my face other than tinted moisturizer and brow pencil.

It's in there, I promise! Hehe!
It’s in there, I promise! Hehe!

I didn’t bother to post the bare-faced photo because I really didn’t look presentable– ^^;; I definitely had a sallowness going on.

I applied it in a way that it doubles up as contour. It works well, no? Not to mention it also looks very natural, even though I didn’t use a conventional contour shade! A slight rosy touch is also visible, and it adds the right amount of color and warmth to my face.

 

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PROS:

  • Inexpensive, so you can forgive yourself for buying more than one.
  • It blends so smoothly, so even beginners can work with this!
  • Color pay-off is wonderful – apply with a light hand.
  • It actually has a very light scent that I like, but you can only smell it if you really put your nose to it. (Haha!)

CONS:

  • Can get powdery if you swirl your brush in too much.

 

I’ll consider getting another shade next time. But for now, I’m content with Guava!

Oh, and I finally tried out my Colourpop mini-haul! It was a bit tiring making two different looks, but I did it and I’ll hopefully post both next week!

xx Yani

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