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She approached, arsenal in hand.

“It looks, ummm, really pink,” I said as the Sales Associate came toward me with the bottle in one hand and a cosmetic sponge in the other. I found myself taking a step back.

“It’s not, really. It’s very sheer.”

She was right. What looks crazy pink in the bottle is very subtle and sheer on the skin. It’s more radiance than color, more glow than blush. If you use just a tinted moisturizer or BB cream this looks very natural over light coverage. Great for mature skin! (There are many other shades, so if you’re looking for more of a bronzer, or even just a highlighter, this is worth checking out.)

Do you use a blush and/or illuminator? What are your favorites?

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  1. September 6, 2013 / 4:55 am

    I’ve used BeneTint, and was also concerned about the intensity in the bottle – but it’s light and pretty on my skin.

  2. September 6, 2013 / 8:45 am

    Oh it looks lovely though – I’m currently using a Laura Mercier creme cheek colour.

  3. Kris
    September 6, 2013 / 9:08 am

    I use blush, both cream and powder. But I find it difficult to get the right amount of blending- too much and it’s gone, too little and I’m a Kewpie doll. Is this product considered a blush?

  4. suburbohemian
    September 6, 2013 / 10:49 am

    Please tell us which color this is. Thank you!

    • une femme
      September 6, 2013 / 11:51 am

      Suburbohemian, it’s # 8. The colors only have numbers, not names. 🙂

      • suburbohemian
        September 6, 2013 / 1:13 pm

        Silly me! It was clearly stated in the graphic. It looks fabulous! Do you have blue-pink or pink under-tones in your skin?

        • une femme
          September 6, 2013 / 1:22 pm

          My skin tone has cooled slightly in recent years. I have a pink, but not bluish undertone. This product is so sheer, I could imagine it working for a range of skin tones.

          • Karen
            September 6, 2013 / 9:00 pm

            I think your undertone is still kind of yellow, but edging towards a neutral.

          • une femme
            September 7, 2013 / 7:47 am

            Karen, you know that “warm or cool test” about looking at the color of the veins on the inside of your wrist? Mine used to be almost green, and now they’re closer to purple. I do think I have far less yellow in my tone than I did even a couple of years ago. But I think I’m definitely neutral rather than cool.

          • Karen
            September 7, 2013 / 2:16 pm

            crikey, purple? hope its not a deficiency or something weird. But you sure do look healthy and glowed so I doubt that’s it. My veins are more green, which is weird because I look better in cooler colors for the most.

  5. rb
    September 6, 2013 / 2:16 pm

    I just started using the Stila Convertible Color (which seems to be a favorite of bloggers) in Lillium.

    My skin reddens easily, so my cheeks turn red when I rub it on. It’s hard to tell how much I’ve actually rouged because of this. I may have to go back to powder blush for this reason.

    My skin color is a pinkish white.

  6. September 6, 2013 / 8:07 pm

    I have to say, I think Armani’s makeup line is a lot of genius.

  7. Karen
    September 6, 2013 / 8:58 pm

    I use Armani primer and foundation. I also love Nars Copacabana highlighter (tube not stick version) for highlights on my face. Be careful with any “glotion” in pics tho! Powder still works best, trust moi….

  8. September 6, 2013 / 10:16 pm

    Loved how you wrote “taking a step back” – great visual. This Armani sounds lovely, however I’m still a fan of Nars Orgasmic.

  9. September 7, 2013 / 6:07 am

    Ooooo, pretty. I’m a Dior and Chanel woman… Occasionally Lancôme… A limitless more peachy or copper in summer, soft pink the rest of the year.

  10. September 8, 2013 / 9:23 am

    Most of the time, my cheeks are so, so rosy that I spend a lot of make up energy on getting the color down to a dull roar! (Even my fantastic BB cream doesn’t cover all of the pink.)

    In winter, when I’m a bit paler, I like a cream blush in the sheerest pink — I’ve used L’Oreal’s Dream Touch Mousse, which is now discontinued. I’ll have to see what I get up to this winter.

    • suburbohemian
      September 8, 2013 / 9:32 am

      Bobbie Brown has some good ones.

  11. September 8, 2013 / 4:59 pm

    I will have to add this to my list of things to be checked out … thank you for the share!

  12. September 8, 2013 / 8:42 pm

    With olive skin, Bobby Brown or Laura Mercier for me…they get the yellow tones. And, sometimes, Nars which are lovely too! I like the Nars brightener in peach pink…so nice

  13. November 19, 2013 / 7:28 am

    Bought the Armani sheer in #9- looks raspberry in the bottle. Used 1/2 squirt on top of foundation to make a”base” for powder blush. Lasts longer than powder on top of the Bobbi Brown Brown cream blush. Very pale and not always time to touch up in a timely manner.Thank you for pointing me in this general direction.

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