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How About Canmake Cream Cheek Blush 05 Sweet Apricot For Some Naturally-Flushed Cheeks?

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It was a crossover I don’t regret – the switch from powder foundation to liquid foundation. I used to think that my oily skin wouldn’t take to liquid foundation and the foundation would slide down my face like the melting real human wax figures in House of Wax.

Even though I’m entirely convinced that liquid foundation does nothing like that and there are measures to take to prolong wear, I wasn’t sure about jumping on the bandwagon of cream blushes. It’s another hurdle to jump!

But you know, I found myself drawn to the Canmake makeshift-like counter everytime I pass by one at Watsons. It was only a matter of time that I did some swatches of the Canmake Cream Cheek Blushes and to my surprise, quite like the shades!

I think I was blown away by the first color I swatched, which was Canmake Cream Cheek Blush 05 Sweet Apricot, and is the one I’m gonna review!


Cute or Cheap Packaging?

Some people see the casing as a jewel-like pot that is sleek and precious to hold. To me, it looks like a no-frills, budget airline. Small, transparent, and pretty cheap-looking. Lol.

I wonder how does it look high class in any way. Maybe the model and bling-a-blings she’s wearing give the illusion of… umm…. crystals?

The plastic looks and feels cheap, but for the quantity and quality you’re getting, I’d say ‘Don’t complain!’.

It is slim and light so having this in your touch-up makeup bag won’t add any weight at all. Being transparent all around makes it easy to identity the color too, if you have more than a couple of these.

Sweet Apricot for Peachy Pink Cheeks!

As I age, I gradually steer towards peachy-pink shades of cheek blush, and away from straightforward pink or oranges. Something like NARS Orgasm suits me to a ‘T’.

When I swatched Sweet Apricot 05, I knew immediately that if I had to get only one of the Canmake Cream Cheek Blushes, this would be it. The base is an understated orange with a dash of pink, sprinkled with fine gold shimmer.

Unlike some other colors in the range with overpowering glitter particles – like 03 Strawberry Whip and 02 Cherry Pink – the amount of glitter in 05 Sweet Apricot is just enough to add some radiance to the skin without threatening to make you look like a walking sequined doll.

Great Pigmentation and Texture

Fantastic pigmentation is one of the things that makes this range of cream blushes so likeable. Just a gentle swipe with a finger across the product and you get enough to cover one cheek.

The first few times I used it, I got too much product on my fingers (obviously not being very gentle), and had to do some post-blush blending to tone down the intensity.

So don’t worry that it’s going to pan out too soon, a little really goes a long way!

I also love that the cream blush blends so beautifully into the skin. While powder blushes tend to look like they’re sitting on the skin most of the time, unless blending is executed well, the cream blush from Canmake makes the skin glow from within.

No horrifying stripes across the cheeks!

Long-lasting Cream Blush on Oily Cheeks!

I was worried that a cream blush would end up making my cheeks oilier than powder blushes. However the Canmake Cream Cheek Blush dries to a wonderful semi-matte finish and actually lasts very long! I suspect it is the special formula of being able to transform into a powdery texture upon application that increases its staying power.

Bun Bun’s Makeup Tip: To make the cream blush last longer and to increase the time taken for the cheeks to turn shiny, set the cheeks or anywhere your face is more prone to ‘oiling out’ (for me, it’s the whole face =.=”) with powder. I use MAC Blot Powder in Light or MAC Studio Fix Foundation in NC25.

If I feel the need to or am in the mood for more, I go over the cheeks with another layer of the Canmake Cream Cheek Blush. It says on the website that it can be applied on top of liquid and powder foundations. It must be, because it is so light and fine in texture.

How to Apply the Canmake Cream Blush?

The buttery consistency of the Canmake Cream Cheek Blush makes it a dream to apply – very blendable, very buildable.

What I do is tap a finger or two on the cream blush and dab the product on my cheeks, then blend it into my skin. The result is soft, natural, peachy-pink flushed cheeks, courtesy of Sweet Apricot.

Finger or Brush?

One thing I am still not used to doing is using my fingers to apply the cream blush.

You see, I wash my hands before I start. Then I apply foundation with my Sigma F80 Synthetic Flat Top Kabuki Brush. Next, I draw my eyebrows. I apply eyeshadow primer with my finger and that’s the last time I use my bare fingers. After that, I proceed to the wonderful process of adding eyeshadow colors to my eyes >> eyeliner >> mascara.

Can you imagine the number of things I’ve touched after applying eyeshadow primer?

I use at least 3 eyeshadow brushes, then there’re the eyeliner brush(es), Shu Uemura eyelash curler, Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base, Lancome Oscillation Vibrating Infinite Powermascara.

If I don’t break the flow, it’s on to MAC Gold-Go-Lightly Studio Careblend Pressed Powder to contour, the blush, MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder highlighting powder – with 109 and 188 makeup brushes respectively.

So if I had to use my fingers to apply the Canmake Cream Cheek Blush, I’d have to put down everything, walk to the toilet, wash my hands clean again, get back to my seat, settle down and carry on. GAHHH! What a waste of time and interruption to the flow!

I tried using my trusty MAC 188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush to apply it and……….

…….. I think our fingers are still our best friends. Lol. It’s just so much easier to control application!

Besides, I only have one 188, which I use solely for face highlighters. Using it for a cream blush only means that I have to clean up before using it again. I’m too lazy! Therefore I choose washing my hands over wiping residue off the brush with tissue.

Here are the other shades available:

[source: http://www.canmake.com/en/ebase/item_base025.html]

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BOO!

Haha, just being silly. I thought this picture looks a little creepy. Lol. I look better in the review post on YSL Touche Brilliance Glamorous Red #11.

I did 3 reviews on the same day, that’s why you might have seen this look before.

You can see the same face in:

- Bourjois Liner Glitter Fizz Eyeliner

- YSL Touche Brilliance Glamorous Red #11

The Canmake Cream Cheek Blush is available at Watsons, John Little, Robinsons… I read that it’s exorbitantly priced in the US though! =O

Bun Bun rates the Canmake Cream Cheek Blush 05 Sweet Apricot:

Have you tried cream blushes before?

Do you own any Canmake Cream Cheek Blush? What do you think of them?

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  • http://meremakeupmaniac.blogspot.com MereMakeupManiac

    i’ve always ignored Canmake stall at Watsons but this made me think twice of checking their products. i’m a bit iffy about cream blushes though, my face is really like an oil mine! but thanks for sharing this with us! who knows it might work for me too. :)

    • Bun Bun

      High 5! Oil mine speaking here too! Lol. I took a gamble with the Canmake cream blush too (maybe was feeling rich that day. Haha) and luckily it wasn’t a waste of money! If you get your hands on it, let me know if you like it on you! =)

  • taliacrayon24

    What mascara are you wearing in the last picture? It looks stunning!

    • Bun Bun

      Sorry to burst your bubble dear. They’re actually false lashes. Hoho. But they look quite natural right? Natural enough to look like really natural, thick eyelashes. I’m sure there are people in this world who have those. Haha.

      • taliacrayon24

        Ahhh, whoops. I was like “whoa, miracle mascara!” Yeah, they look super natural! What brand are they?

        • Bun Bun

          Oh hmmmm, some Taiwanese brand? The shop owner told me they imported them from Taiwan. It’s called ‘All-Belle’.

          • taliacrayon24

            How cool, thanks!

  • http://mrscassizzlesparkles.blogspot.com Cassie

    That color looks fabulous on you!! I’m glad to hear you like it on your oily skin, I’m still afraid to try a cream blush on my oily cheeks!

    • Bun Bun

      Thanks Cassie! I was apprehensive at first too! Oily cheeks and creams just don’t sound like they should interact right? I’m glad I gave this a go though. A risk well taken. Haha! I think it’s important to set it with some powder though, just to mattify it. =)

  • http://lifelittlesurprises.blogspot.com a!k0

    Oooo….I still dont know if Canmake is available anywhere near my Watson (cause I am scared I will buy everything there so I stay away from Watson or Guardian!) this canmake cream blush looks pretty good and I love the color. The last picture you look like a doll XD

    x0x0

    • Bun Bun

      You are very disciplined! I can never stay away from Watsons. And I always unintentionally walk to the cosmetics area first, and can stay there for a good 30 minutes. My bf always knows where to find me if I tell him I’m at Watsons. Lol.

      Thank you! I look like a creepy doll. *Looking into your soul*

  • Vonnie

    What liquid foundation do you use, or recommend for oily skin? I stay away from liquid and any sort of cream because of the oil issue. I either end up looking like an oil slick, or I break out.

    I like cream blushers, even though I don’t use them on my cheeks. A girlfriend of mine turned me onto one that Loreal made some years back and I liked to use the brighter colors on my eyes. The Canmake packaging is cute, but it looks like something you’d see in the sets of makeup designed for young girls. If the products is good enough, that can easily be overlooked.

    • Bun Bun

      YAR! Like in those big packs with a complete set of makeup – lipstick, nail polish, eyeshadow (usually PURPLE lol), hair clips. Most of the time the eyeshadow, lipstick and blush look very dubious. I’d never get those for my daughter, if I have one in the future that is.

      I also do use some shades of blush on my eye! Like MAC blush in Peaches, it looks great on the Contour Area. But I should try the Canmake cream blush on my eyes too, now that you mention it. =)

      Hmmm… I used to stick to powder foundations but found that they make my face look rather flat. Liquid foundations make my complexion look more natural. I want to look done up, but not over done. You know what I mean? I suggest using a good face primer to help mattify oily skin. You can check out these articles on primers:

      Can the Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 Keep Oily Skin Shine-Free?
      5 Best Face Makeup Primers For Oily Skin
      5 Good Reasons Why The Monistat Chafing Relief Powder-Gel Is The Best Face Primer For Oily Skin

      Hope these help! =)

      • Vonnie

        I will have to try the Monistat Powder-Gel. Just from the pictures, it looks very similar in texture to a primer I had once before. I’ve never put much stock into primer, but after reading your article I think I’ll give it a second chance. It’s nice to find someone who has solutions to skin issues I battle with ^.^ Thank you!

        • Bun Bun

          Oh yes, a face primer makes all the difference! Hope it will work great for you, Vonnie! =)

  • http://theblackmentosbeautybox.blogspot.com/ Sharlynn

    Looking sooo kawaii! I don’t believe orange/corals were meant for me but that looks so natural and flushed on you! I really should get one for my mother, she’s into blushes, corals work for her!

    • Bun Bun

      Me too! I never really liked orange/corals, but this is quite acceptable coz it’s orangey-pink, or pinkish-orange. =)

  • Linda

    interesting post :)
    i’ve used cream blush before, the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge…thats the only one cream blush i have, actually :D
    so, i apply it right after i apply my foundation, so i wont have to wash my hands first, just clean up the leftover of foundation on my fingers with tissue :) then afterwards i go to eyes section etc. perhaps you could try this sequence instead :)

    • Bun Bun

      Hello Linda! Yeah, I tried that method before, but you know, sometimes I will accidentally lean my hand against my cheek when I’m doing eye makeup and I don’t want to ruin the cheek color. But that’s a really good sequence! =)

  • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com/ Sunny

    Hey Bun Bun, I have a question about cream blush. *raises her hand solemnly*

    I have the impression that when I try to highlight the top of my cheekbones after applying my cream blush, the highlighting powder gets stuck on the blush and it’s almost impossible to blend it out afterwards. I’ve tried to use a REALLY light hand and REALLY small amount of highlighter, but the same thing just happens to a lesser extent. I don’t know if it’s my highlighter (Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze), my cream blush (MAC Tea Petal), my application tools (fingers for the cream blush and MAC 168 for highlight), or my technique. Any experience/pointers you can share will be much appreciated!

    Sunny :)

    • Bun Bun

      Ah, gets stuck?!? It hasn’t happened on me so far. Oh…… is your cream blush too sticky?? The Canmake Cream Blush is kinda like a cream-to-powder blush; it turns to a powdery finish once applied so there’s no sticky residue and no waiting time for it to dry at all. That’s my only cream blush and haven’t tried MAC ones. I took a great risk to try it out already! Haha!

      On another note, don’t you think 168 is too BIG to be used as a highlighter? I reserve the 168 for blush coz it’s too big to precisely place highlighting products on the top of the cheekbones.

      I suspect it’s also the type of bristles used. The 168 is made of goat hair, which tends to stick more. Same like why we use synthetic brushes for liquid foundation, right? :) Therefore I use the 188 brush, which is not only smaller for more precise placement, but also coz it’s a blend of goat and synthetic fibres.

      Hope this helps! :D

      • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com/ Sunny

        MAC Cremeblend is not too sticky, but it is not cream-to-powder either. It wears very comfortably, almost like another layer of lotion. I think you’re right about the brush though! Maybe it’s time to invest in either 188 or 130 for highlighting purpose. Thanks so much Bun Bun!

        I have finally managed to get a Tarte blush or two in the meantime (mind you, these are the first powder blush I have. Up until very recently I never thought I’d want to experiment with blushes), and I should try to combine that with highlight to see how it works.

  • http://www.taaz.com Courtney

    Great article! It gave so much information. I’ve never used cream blush before and I do like this shade because it’s not pink. Do you do video tutorials as well? I think your step by step info with pics would be great for the users on Taaz.com.

  • http://annedreshfield.com/ annedreshfield

    The color is beautiful! I find that cream blushes still fade quickly on me, even when I set them with powder. Boo! Maybe I just need to try more brands. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Canmake!