4 You Beauty Board Tests BLUSHES
If you're never quite sure whether the ads for popular beauty products can be believed, relax. Our 4you Beauty Board is made up of veteran testers ready to try the latest when it comes to all things beauty. We'll share what worked and what bombed with the hope of making life a little easier for you.
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Make Up For Ever Professional HD High Definition Blush
Available at Sephora stores, www.sephora.com and www.amazon.com; $25 for .33 fluid ounces
"Combines mattifying and reflecting powders to create a soft-focus effect for a radiant complexion. Its ultra-fine, second-skin texture blends seamlessly, imparting a healthy glow that's hard not to notice."
Cloe says: HD television is the bane of celebs and television personalities everywhere. Although it provides great picture clarity, it also magnifies every pimple, pore and blotch on your face and body. A lot of makeup companies have launched lines to help soften the harsh realities of HD. This brand is one of my favorites. The blush is creamy, long-lasting and blends seamlessly into your skin. I tried it in a pinky nude, which gave me a soft, hint of color that looked completely natural. The blush is super lightweight and doesn't feel a bit sticky, so I didn't feel like I was wearing blush. The line offers 14 shades to choose from. But beware: the tiny pump can dispense too much product. And you can't unscrew the cap to put the excess back in.
Cloe Cabrera, 43, covers fashion and beauty for the Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8.
Purple Lab Double Duty Beauty Cheek Implants Velvety Cream Blush with Collagen
Available online at www.purplelabnyc.com; $26.00 for a half-dollar sized palette
"Silken cream blush that glides across your skin like ice ... all you need to bring out the supermodel within."
Michelle says: If all I need is a good blush to unleash the "supermodel within," then bring it on. I wasn't too keen on this product at first, but then our head Beauty Board diva (a former beauty queen) gave me a lesson in proper application. And that made all the difference. Instead of two bright pinky splotches on my cheeks, I learned how to smudge it just so for the proper effect. I love the shade and the name - Six-Inch Heels - because it makes me feel sexy (if only on the inside). This creamy blush looks natural, and if you believe the collagen hype, it's good for you, too. So maybe I'll never be runway material, but with these cheeks, a girl can fantasize.
Michelle Bearden, 55, covers faith and values for the Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8.
Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks
Available at Sephora, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus and online at www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com; $22 for .38 fluid ounces
"Creamy and easy to blend - pat on lips and cheeks for a pop of color."
Kim says: I took one look at this jar of Cabo Coral lip and cheek tint and thought, "Nope. Uh-uh. Too orangey for me." But don't let the intense color in the little "pot" fool you; once applied, this stuff is light and natural looking. I mostly use it as a lip color (I have a powder blush I love), but I keep the jar in my purse, and if I need a little makeup pick-me-up, it's a nice easy fix. I just use my fingers and pat a little on each cheek then blend out. (You could use a foundation brush if you prefer.) If coral isn't your style, the rouge comes in nine other colors - from pale pink to a deep red-brown.
Kim Franke-Folstad, 52, is the editor of 4you.