Sunday, April 17, 2016

[REVIEW] City Color Be Matte Blush in Blood Orange (Photographed by Rani T.)

Hello folks….

It has been always tricky for me to choose blushes. This is because of the complexity of my skin. I am not tan but I am also not fair. Most blushes offer either too pinky or too peachy in regard of their color. Most blushes I had tried mostly made my skin look strange—too peachy or the color wise is not really great.The best method I have tried is to mix orange and pink blushes to get the color that I wanted. IDK maybe I have bad luck in choosing blushes. But now, my olive-colored-skin might scream in happiness since I got my hands on City Color Be Matte Blush in Blood Orange. Yeah so HAPPY!

The Packaging
This super cheap under $5 blushes is packed in black matte plastic. The material is not sturdy in my opinion. You might hear that clank sound each time I flick my fingers on it.  However, City Color Cosmetics is quite generous in giving the product in a huge amount. They give us 8.9 grams of product. Three times bigger than my last blush M****** R*** hich only have 3.0 grams on the pot. Quite a lot right? I think with this generous amount of blush, this beauty could last me for one year

How it is made?
At the rear side of the product, CCC gives information about the ingredients. And look! It is cruelty free!
Ingredients: Talc, Mica, Mineral Oil (Parafinum Liquidium), Phenoxyethanol, Ethythexyglicerin, Tacopheril Acetate, Fragrance (Parfum), Tocopherol, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850).
I don’t have anything to say since I am mostly don’t understand what they are. However, I spotted the word fragrance (parfum). So I assume this blushes has a scent that could annoyed anybody who are sensitive with fragrances.
Once I tried to smell it. It has a little bit vanilla scent —only a little, sheer even I swear. But it is not something that is too strong. It is quite mild. So, I don’t think the fragrance can annoy anybody.
When applied, I barely noticed any scent on my face. Which is good!

This is by far the most satisfying color I ever painted on my cheek.
The color is great. As it said on the name, Blood Orange, it is a combination of red and orange. You can see it has red color, but it also has orange color. Kind of like that.

See how pigmented it is?

The result of this blush is matte. Like flat matte. It does not have any shimmer which is a good point hence I can choose a lot range of highlighter then. You know, shimmer blush on + shimmery highlighter is a no no. I don't want to look like a walking disco ball.

If you think Blood Orange is too stark for your cheek. Do not worry, this color will not make you like a clown. Because hey, nobody uses blushes this way, right? 

What I usually do is just dab the brush into the product, tap on to the lid to get rid of the excess, and then applied it in light stroke on my face.

One thing you should remember, since this blush gives great pigmentation, you must be careful in using it. Remember 3 steps of dancing with blush, (1) swirl or dab (2) tap the excess (3) strokes lightly,
And voila!

(Update April 18, 2016) I forgot to inform you there are other shades of Be Matte Blush as well. There are Toasted Coconut, Dragon Fruit, Blackberry, Fresh Melon, Blood Orange, Papaya, Pink Grapefruit, Guava.
[+] Color wise is good, perfect for my olive skin
[+] Great amount of product, will last me for a year or so
[+] Pretty cheap, some vlogger even get it around $5 others $6.99
[+] Long lasting

[-] Quite tricky, train you hand to give a very light strokes on your cheek since this is very pigmented
[-] Cheap plastic-y packaging

Where to buy?

IDR 75000 

Note: I bought this blush thanks to Rachel Goddard. And I think this blush is great for any medium/olive skin for the majority of Indonesian skin has.

Update : this matte blush lasts for approximately 4 hours if you apply on top of foundation / bb cream, 3 hours on top of powder. My best advice, apply on top of foundation, and set it with no sebum powder such as Innisfree no sebum powder, Etude House zero sebum, or any pressed powder will do. This way would make this blush looks decent and stays longer. 


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