My current favourite blusher is the Bourjois Cream Blush in Rose Tender and I’m really happy with the way it feels on my skin, it’s pigmentation and colour, so it’s safe to say that I’ve not really been actively looking for anything to replace it. When I did however get the chance to try the Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Cream Blush in Honey, c/o Fragrance Direct, I was really excited to run a comparison with my Bourjois blush and share my thoughts with you!
I thought I’d start by giving you a bit more information about each of the blush’s and then move on to how I feel they compare.
1. Elizabeth Arden – Ceramide Cream Blush, Honey
Elizabeth Arden products are more classically packaged. It comes in a gorgeous gold coloured 6g pot, with a really good size mirror inside. This blush usually retails at approx £25, but is currently available from here for just £5.50 (saving £18.50). Full priced, this would far out weigh the cost I would usually pay for a blusher, so I was excited to see how it performed! There are four shades in the range, Nectar, Pink. Plum and Honey.
The blush itself states that it is packed with vitamins A, C and E, is an oil-free Ceramide cream blush, providing anti-ageing benefits and promises to deliver weightless moisture and nourish the skin, whilst adding a naturally long lasting flushed look to your cheeks.
2. Bourjois – Cream Blush, Rose Tender
The Bourjois ‘Little Round Pot’ cream blush is a world apart in it’s packaging style from Elizabeth Arden, with it’s 2.5g pink plastic pot and pink gem girliness! This blush retails at £7.99 from here and comes in four shades, Sweet Cherry, Nude Velvet, Healthy Glow and Rose Tender.
Enriched with poppy, mango and apricot extracts, this blush states it will keep your skin looking and feeling fresh, provide all day comfort, a smooth texture and a healthy glow.
The idea of a cream blush was quite a new one to me when I first bought one. I’d always worn a powder blush and applied with a brush. So, applying a blush with my fingers was quite a new concept! At first I tried using my finger tips, then tried it with a brush and am now back to using my fingers, as I’ve grown used to the idea. I think I do prefer applying makeup without getting it on my hands, but am always happy to try different products and techniques.
The texture of both cream blush’s is really smooth and they both last really well throughout the day. Honey by Elizabeth Arden is more red/pink in colour and is a much wetter cream (if that makes any sense), more like a lipstick. You really don’t need to take too much of the product at any one time, meaning you also need to be quite careful when applying. I’ve found it best to use a minimal amount to start and add if need be. Bourjois’s Rose Tender is a really girlie pink, with a hint of shimmer and for me, appeals more as an every day blush, with Honey appealing more for an evening look, when I like my makeup to be a little stronger.
Overall, I’m really impressed with how Elizabeth Arden’s Cream Blush has stood up next to a firm favourite and I think I’ve now got two favourites; one for day and one for night wear.
If you fancy the idea of trying the Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Cream Blush, Fragrance Direct are actually offering FREE delivery on Elizabeth Arden Products at the moment, when you spend over £15 (until 26th September 2013). You just need to add the code EAFREE at the checkout!
Have you tried any other Elizabeth Arden products that you’d recommend?