I’m quite sure I’m not on my tod when I say I don’t usually think of Accessorize as being a go-to makeup brand. I hadn’t realised they even had a makeup range until I stumbled upon it on yet another lunchtime trip to Superdrug. I had a look at a few of their bits and pieces and the baked blushers caught my eye. I swatched them on my hand and, impressed by the beautiful colour payoff, settled on Scandal.
The blendy-blendy formation is reminiscent of MAC Mineralize blushers – it’s a shimmery blend of rosy pink with swirls of gold throughout – all very nice. I remember being bowled over in the store by how amazing it looked and was excited to try it out on my face. It’s finely milled too so has a pleasing soft and velvety texture.
Having used the same MAC blusher relentlessly over the last three years, I’ve been lulled into a false sense of security when it comes to pigmentation. Once the Accessorize blusher is on, it does look nice, and it’s much more subtle than you’d expect. It also gives a good highlighted effect on the cheekbones but I found I had to be pretty heavy handed to get it to show up. Lightly dabbing a blusher brush into the pan as I would with something like MAC wasn’t enough, and I found it worked best either loading quite a bit on the brush, or even going in with fingers.
I’ve included a selection of photos with and without flash (I’ll let you figure out which is which) so you can see how it looks in different situations.
I tend to put this on before work, in my bleary state it’s nice to use as you don’t have to be too careful and don’t end up looking like you’ve overdone it. I’m the worst person in the world for re-applying makeup throughout the day – I just lose the will and don’t particularly like looking at my face in office strip lighting. But, this holds up till after lunch I’d say then it could do with a little perk-up.
As for the packaging, I really don’t like it. I’ve read several reviews on the Accessorize blushers and everyone has talked about the pretty butterflies – I’m not into that. The plastic compact does feel a little cheap too but for the low price tag I can’t expect too much.
All in all, a nice blusher for an everyday look which can be built up for a more pronounced effect. Not the best blusher in the world and looks more impressive when heavily swatched, but the price and the colour makes it well worth having.
Accessorize Merged Baked Blush in Scandal costs £4.95 from Superdrug and Accessorize.