Some years ago I remember was watching videos about wedding makeup by Lisa Eldridge, when she mentioned this blush formula. This product has been stuck in my head ever since then, I wanted to know why this is so many makeup artists blush of choice for weddings. The thing that held me back however was the size of these products.
If you've read any of my posts before you'll know I love a mini, as I don't feel like I have to fully 'commit' to a full size product. A little while ago, I was told by a friend that Daniel Sandler offered mini sizes of their Watercolour Blushes and you best believe within that same week, these blushes were on their way to me.
I decided to play it safe and try only 2 shades, Cherub (left) and Caress (right), both in the matte formula.
Cherub is a pale pink with a slight hint of a peach undertone, it's described as being a lovely flush of colour on fair skin tones.
Caress is a warm peach, also a shade aimed at fair skin tones. It's a bit a bit deeper in tone and also more pigmented than Cherub.
I knew I had to pick up Cherub anyway as it's a cult classic shade within the range and I loved the way Caress looked on the model. On the Daniel Sandler website they have a lovely guide where they show the shades on different skin tones as well as recommendations of which shades suit which skin tones the best. Obviously there are no rules in makeup, but I did like that there is an option to see what colours they believe will look best on different people. I opted to go with the recommendations and they didn't steer me wrong. I have to say they have a lovely range of shades for all shin tones, so I think there is a shade for everyone.
When using these blushes, I've mainly used my fingers to apply them before going over where I applied them with a damp beauty sponge. They do blend out really nicely and I didn't notice it clinging to dry patches (although that being said I don't get a lot of dry patches on my cheeks) and it didn't enhance any texture.
The formula feels very runny at first, so it really lives up to the watercolour name. When blending it out, it quickly changes from a liquid to having an almost powdery feel to it.
Wearing Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in the shadeCherub
Wearing Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in the shade Caress
As previously mentioned the formula is very runny at first but it blends out to almost a powdery matte feel. It lasted pretty well throughout the day, I think it might actually be the most long wearing blush I've ever tried. Blush normally is the first thing that wears off on my face, so I've actually been pretty impressed with how well these have held up.
I did feel however that their is some discrepancy with the level of pigmentation in these blushes, Cherub was far less pigmented than Caress. That being said I Cherub is quite light shade so that might be why I had to build it up as much as I did. I know some people love a gently pigmented blush and others hate it, I don't really mind as long as I know how quickly I need to blend it out.
I'm so happy I got to try these! I like the way they perform and I understand why they are a favourite of so many makeup artists. They wear really nicely and look lovely on the skin.
These minis retail for £2.75 on the Daniel Sandler website, which is honestly such a steal. Of course they don't contain a lot of product but if you're like me and you like options without a lot of clutter, or if you're a makeup artist just starting out, this might be good way to have a lot of colour options without lugging around full sized products. I think it's a lovely way to try out the brand!
My only real criticism is that the shade names are not on the samples themselves but rather on the the little plastic bags they come in. I might just stick the name on the bottom of them so I can tell them apart as I don't think I'll be storing them in those little ziploc bags.
Would you consider trying these? Let me know and thanks for reading!