Clarins Multi-Blushes are for you if you’re a novice to all things cream flush

Cream blusher is a thing of joy and wonder, but you’ve gotta get initiated with it first.

I get that it’s a bit intimidating: visions of Bosco-meets-Aunt-Sally-From-Worzel-Gummidge or that to put a more contemporary spin on it, that painted yoke off Geordie Shore, can come to mind. It’s altogether easier to stick with your tried-and-tested powder if that’s what you’re used to, but creams are well worth an investigation. Read on.

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Lovely sleek packaging, that is yes, prone to yucky finger marks

But here’s the good news: the Clarins Multi-Blushes, launching as part of the Opalescence collection, are for you if you’re a novice to all things cream flush.

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I’ve got Grendadine, €22, to play about it, and play about with I have been. This is a lovely cool coral shade that I find really nice and flattering. Candy’s the one that’s been cluttering up all the column inches, but this deserves some love too.

Ever so subtly shimmery, the genius of this product lies in the fact that it contains pretty pigment in a transparent base. Bear with me here: when you apply to the face – with fingers or a brush, either is fine – you immediately appreciate that the quality of your skin can be seen through the hue, so it just looks like an incredibly natural flush.

This is quite different to Bourjois’ Cream Blush, which is quite opaque and transforms to a powder on the skin. I love it too (and use it constantly), but the Clarins Multi-Blush just has a different quality I think novices may find it a lot easier to get to grips with.

Clarins multi-blush in grenadine - swatch

Here’s how it swatches – this is quite thickly laid on, but you can get the sense of the transparency on the skin.

Clarins multi-blush in grenadine on the face

And on the face, frantically attempting to get some semblance of a decent shot on a grey, dreary January day. But it looks very natural, no?

So, any downsides? It’s quite a small little pan, coming in at 4g of product and the case is the exact same size as the single shadows, so could lead to Bridget Jones-style mixups. That’s really it though – very minor gripes.

All-in-all, loving all over this and I suspect you will too.