Brand: Barry M
From Barry M’s website:
These brand new extra fine blushers are available in six sheer colours for easy blending and a perfect, flawless finish.
What I liked:
- beautiful shades
- very pigmented
- matte finish
- soft texture
- the price
What I didn’t like:
- strong scent
- the packaging
Let me start by saying that I’m a huge fan of Barry M. Their products are available in a huge selection of colorful shades, are pigmented and inexpensive. So I was very excited when a few months ago Barry M finally added blushes to their line. It was long overdue!
The blushes are available in six shades, all of which look bright and scary in the pan. Usually I would go for a pale pink shade, but since I have way too many blushes that fit that description, I decided to opt for strawberry, a vibrant reddish pink, instead.
I had to order it online and when I finally got it in my hands, I was very worried. I didn’t see how such an intense shade could look good on pale skin. Barry M describes the color as sheer but I disagree. Of course, the blush can be applied sheer, but this stuff is highly pigmented and the shade intense and vibrant.
So, I did what I always do with pigmented blushes. I applied it using my ELF Studio Complexion Brush, which has fluffy bristles that don’t pick up too much product and applied it with a light hand, making sure to hold the brush at the end of its handle. That way, I apply less pressure and the brush doesn’t deposit too much color, ensuring a more natural application.
And voilà. This way, the blush gives a nice punch of color to the face without looking unnatural or like a clown. Although not for the faint of heart, the shade is actually wearable and flattering. It has a matte finish which I like cos adding shimmer to such a bright shade would have been too much and just not look good.
As for the texture, that is soft to the touch but nowhere near as soft as that of most high-end blushes. Still, the powder is finely milled, not chalky and easy to blend. And while it has a strong unpleasant scent, once applied on the cheeks, I can’t smell it at all.
My only complaint is the packaging. The clear plastic case looks cheap and tacky and as always, the little brush that comes with it is useless and scratches my face so I never use it. I really hope they will redesign it, but I’d still repurchase this in another shades anyway. After all, as long as the product’s good, that’s all that matters, right?
Overall, I’m in love with Barry M Blushers. The shades are very vibrant and look shocking in the pan but they can be applied sheer for a wearable pop of color on the cheeks. Finely milled and easy to blend, the blush lasts most of the day. However, the packaging is not very appealing.