I mentioned recently that I'm all about cream blushes these days, but there's a new powder blush formula that has captured my attention and skin space recently: LORAC PRO Powder Cheek Stain. "Stain" usually refers to liquid or gel blushes, but Lorac Pro is a pressed powder format that doesn't appear much different in the pan than other powder blushes. It has a glowy low shimmer formula-- the kind that makes skin appear a bit healthier and happier than it normally is this time of the year. The pigment intensity is high, but nothing we haven't sen before. Lorac does deliver on the promise of longevity. Applied to normally prepped skin (over foundation or a tinted moisturizer), Lorac Pro blushes maintain their "just applied" appearance till it's time to take them off at night.
I've heard some criticism about LORAC PRO Powder Cheek Stain regarding blendability, and I'm guessing this is a result of using a brush that's too fluffy or has too long fibers for this particular blush. I've experimented with several shapes and forms from my collection and there's no doubt that to use these Lorac blushes successfully you need a firm and dense brush with a round head of relatively short hair. I use Hakuhodo 210 with perfect results (MAC 109 might do as well). FYI: The swatches were made with a Hakuhodo 212.
The colors of LORAC PRO Powder Cheek Stain I have here are:
Petal Pink- A natural sweet pink that will be too light for NC35 and over. It's the exact color of my skin when I pinch it.
Rouge Rubis- A red plum. Very beautiful when used with a light hand.
Plum Passion- Very cool toned purple. The jury is still out on this one.
Rosy Glow- A very natural and wearable rose shade (which is probably why it goes out of stock so quickly).
Bottom Line: a decent alternative to Chanel at half the price.
LORAC PRO Powder Cheek Stain ($20 each) are available at Sephora, Ulta (the only one who currently has Rosy Glow in stock), and loraccosmetics.com. The products in this post were sent for my consideration by the company's PR.