Ombré Blush: Pretty in the Compact, Even Prettier on Your Face

Having one product with a variety of result options is a really good thing.
Publish date:
July 8, 2016
bronzer, ombre, Kevyn Aucoin, hard candy, blush, It Cosmetics

You know, I never got into the whole ombré trend when it was big-big and everyone had ombré hair, and ombré clothes, and ombré nails, and, I don't know, ombré stairs? Wasn't that a thing?

Anyway, I thought it was all A Bit Much, but now that I am smack-dab in the middle of a quarter-life crisis and my decision-making skills are at an all-time low, having one product with multiple end results seems like a really good thing for both my makeup and well-being right now.

Lots of Instagramably pretty ombré blushes have been seen as limited releases from a variety of brands, so they can be hard to get a hold of, but here are three standouts you can find right now at three very different price points.

Hard Candy Glow All The Way Ombre Blush

This $7 Hard Candy blush is highly shimmery, which is why I like using it as a highlighter. It isn't glittery at all and, like, I love a good glow, but I don't need to have any oddball pimples turn into their very own disco ball, know what I mean? So I've been shying away from wearing this at full strength on the cheeks.

The shade Punch has a subtler, color change, so you can use both sides as a blush; Sunburst is more of a blush/highlighter duo.

I found I got the best pigmentation out of applying this with my fingers, but if you want to go subtler, try a duo-fiber or fan brush.

IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Ombre Blush

I love that this blush line comes in both matte and shimmering shades so you can take your pick. My favorite is probably of no great surprise, Coral Flush. I mean, just look at it! It's like my name is written right down in the sunrise-y hued powder.

I like to take the darker red and apply directly to the apple of the cheek and then blend the orange shade behind it and over my cheekbones. It's a subtle fresh look that takes my regular boring every day makeup up like six notches.

OK, are you done drooling over these blushes? I mean, really, I'm not. I keep looking at them while writing this and getting distracted because they may be the prettiest blushes on the face of the entire planet.

Kevyn Aucoin The Neo Bronzer

I was actually a little floored when I opened this $58 compact because it is so damn gorgeous.

The powder is absolutely the finest-milled of anything I've tried. Sometimes I like to think that people are kidding themselves for buying super-high-end products when there are drugstore alternatives, but now I know. I get it. It's like, I don't know, creepily stroking your bronzer like it's your pet cat. Because it's soft. That's normal, right?

I take my big ol' Real Techniques Multitask Brush and apply the bronzer over my forehead, cheekbones, bridge of my nose, and chin. This particular shade has some warmth to it from mixing in with the coral that gives a realistic effect, like you've actually braved the outdoors and gotten a little sun. The blush is perfect, obvs, because it matches my background and is basically my favorite color.

My one minor hangup with this palette is that I wish the highlighter had more oomph. Sure, it's gorgeous and gives a beautiful satin glow, but sometimes, when I'm wearing a highlighter, I want people to see my cheekbones from space, and this one is a little hard to build up to megawatt shine.

Overall, though, this palette is a stunner and works flawlessly for my everyday needs.

  • Do you have any favorite ombré makeup products?
  • Do you like having customizable color in one compact, or would you prefer one straightforward color?