I may have mentioned this before, but if not, I’m really pale. Like, really really pale. I only know one person who is paler than me, and she’s straight up Casper. Being as pale as I am, I have learned a few tricks to not look washed out. One of these is to always wear blush. Blush on a pale person means the difference between looking sickly and looking vibrant. I have honestly been asked before if I’m ok (as in, is my health ok) when I have gone to work without makeup on. Lesson learned – blush is a must! I’ve always leaned towards peachy colors for blush, I think it gives me a “hey- I naturally have color to my face!” look.
Zuzu Luxe and Gabriel Color are great companies with “green” ingredients. Gabriel Cosmetics is actually the parent company of Zuzu Luxe. Gabriel caters to more adult women with matte blushes and neutral eyeshadows while Zuzu Luxe tends to have more shimmer and pizazz in their colors for the younger generations. Both have great products, depending on what you are looking for.
My go-to blush for awhile has been Zuzu Luxe’s Sunset blush. It’s a dark pink/peachy color that has a teensy hint of brown/nude to make it look natural. It also has a slight shimmer to it (us young gals love us some shimmer) that I feel gives my cheeks some liveliness without looking garish. The blush is also very pigmented so for my fair skin it is one swipe with a blush brush for each cheek.
I have recently become acquainted with Gabriel’s Apricot blush, and I love it just like Sunset. This blush is lighter, cooler (more blue in tone) and brighter than Sunset and more pink. It is also matte, with no shimmer. Matte blushes can sometimes look dull on me, but this is a beautiful color and really brightens up my cheeks. I wear this when I go for a more natural-makeup day without eyeshadow, and just a pop in my cheeks. It is also very pigmented but because it is lighter, I can wear a bit more.
On the left is Gabriel’s Apricot blush and on the right is Zuzu Luxe’s Sunset Blush. I used my finger to really gather a lot of blush for the swatches so these are darker/stronger in pigment than what they would be on cheeks. I just wanted to show the color as best and strongly as I could.
The best part about these blushes? They last! When I put them on before work in the morning, I still see them when I get home. Not many blushes with natural ingredients can make that claim. Lasting makeup is a must for me, I don’t have time during the day (nor do I really want) to put on more makeup – so this definitely passes that test!
Zuzu Luxe and Gabriel Cosmetics can be found at Whole Foods, and Zuzu Luxe is sold at one of my favorite online stores, Nature of Beauty.
Ingredients (same for both): Mica, Cetyl Palmitate, Silica, Kaolin, Zinc Stearate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Lecithin, Crithmum Maritimum (Sea Fennel) Extract,Tocopheryl Acetate, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide