Illamasqua Rude Cream Blush
I heard a lot of great things about Illamasqua Rude Cream Blush, particularly how it creates a nice ‘glow’ on the cheeks and adds a natural, warm pop of color. Of course, when you hear those types of comments coming from multiple people on Youtube and on blogs, sometimes you just have to try it out for yourself. 🙂 Luckily, it was available at my local Sephora, so I jumped to pick one up and experiment. Of course Illamasqua offers quite the range of colors to choose from, but I stuck with Rude for it’s uniqueness, and because I had nothing like it (that is, a coral/orange blush) in my collection.
Illamasqua Rude Cream Blush Swatch (two swipes, in natural light)
The Illamasqua Rude cream blush is described as a warm peachy-pink shade. As you may be able to tell from the swatch, it gives off a nice glowy, dewy finish once applied to the skin. I like to apply this blush with my MAC 130 short duo fibre brush, which I find works well for both applying and blending in creams mainly because it is so densely packed. With the fingers, however, I found this blush (as with more cream blushes) a little harder to apply and blend out.
The pigmentation of the Illamasqua cream blush is excellent, and I only have to dip or swipe my MAC 130 brush over the pan a few times to pick up enough color to start building a nice glow.
Rude Cream Blush stippled on using the MAC 130
I start by stippling the blush right under my cheekbone (as you can see in the above photo). At this point, the color comes off as a deep coral/orange. As it’s blended out though (I use very light pressure and move in small circles over my whole cheek), it starts to tone down into more of a peachy-pink color (which I like because it comes out looking very natural). If you did, however, want the blush to retain it’s coral tones, you could apply 1 or 2 more layers and build it up on the cheeks. In the photo below, you can see what a very light application that’s blended out completely would look like.
Rude Cream Blush blended out using the MAC 130
Once you’ve achieved your desired look, I recommend applying a setting powder, or a similar looking powder blush on top, as I found this blush tends to wipe off easily (I literally blended all the color away when applying it for the first time!). If you want to keep the dewy look, however, just leave it on it’s own and don’t touch! 🙂
Here’s a finished look with Illamasqua Rude Cream Blush applied over my liquid foundation (no setting powder, etc).
What’s your favorite Illamasqua Cream Blush shade?