High vs. Low: Blush

A bit of blush can go a long way in giving you a fresh and pretty look. Makeup artists are always singing the praises of a good blush and the wonders it can do for one’s complexion. In fact, if you only have time to apply one item of makeup before heading out, blush is your best bet because it will simultaneously brighten up your face and add a touch of glamour. It’s universally agreed that blush is an essential product in any beauty bag, but why do some cost up to thirty bucks while others can be bought for a mere five?

Eager to find out I marched straight to the Lancome counter at Macy’s to test out the $29.50 Blush Subtil on my pale cheeks. I opted for a light pink color to give me a soft, rosy glow that wouldn’t look too harsh. Then I headed on over to my neighborhood drugstore for a taste of the other side of the spectrum. I picked out the Cover Girl Classic Color blush in a similar shade. So, which is which?

On the right: Lancome’s Blush Subtil in Rose Fresque, $29.50 available at lancome-usa.com. On the left: Cover Girl’s Classic Color Blush in Rose Silk, $5.50 available at covergirl.com.

After a grueling 16-hour day, I assessed the two different blushes on my cheeks. I still had the gently flushed glow of a cherub, and I had actually forgotten which cheek was which. Both brands had lasted all day and given me the glow I wanted. That’s when I decided I’d never spend $30 on blush ever again. Luckily, Cover Girl has quite an extensive variety of shades to keep me satisfied.

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