Name: Luminys Baked Blush #04
From Pupa’s website:
Gives cheeks a glow with a natural, adjustable effect for a radiant, healthy-looking effect. This light, silky powder has perfect hold and can be blended in with ease.
What I liked:
– very pigmented
– nice and smooth texture
– easy to blend
– gives cheeks a natural glow
– lasts almost all day
– the packaging
What I didn’t like:
– not many shades available
– the price
I adore Pupa baked blushes. I have a soft spot for baked blushes and these are among the best I have tried. Up until now though, I only bought those from limited seasonal collections, because the shades in the permanent range (only 4!) didn’t appeal to me. They are mostly natural colors that look really dark, bright and scary in the pan, esp if you have pale skin, like me.
But late last year, I finally gave in and bought one, #04, and boy was I impressed! #04 is a warm medium brown shade with veins of copper and is infused with shimmer. It looks beautiful in the compact and even better on the cheeks. It gives them a pop of natural color while defining the cheekbones and giving them a beautiful shimmery glow.
However, this blush is very pigmented and not for the faint of heart. If like me, you prefer a sheerer, more natural look you can still get it, but you need to be careful with application as it is very easy to go over the top with this. I suggest to use a skunk brush like the Studio Tools Dual-Finish Brush or a brush with fluffy bristles that don’t pick up too much color like the E.L.F. Studio Complexion Brush to apply if you want just a hint of color on your cheeks.
I also adore the texture. It feels soft and smooth to the touch cos the texture is fine and the shimmers aren’t coarse at all. It’s very easy to apply and feels light and velvety on my skin. I’m also pleased with its staying powder. Once applied it stays put for most of the day and, unless I need to go out at night, there’s no reason to touch it up.
I think the suggested retail price (€16,50/$22.00, but most shops here sell it for around €12.00 or €13.00) is very reasonable here in Italy, where most cosmetics are way overpriced. Here it is in the same range as L’Oreal for example while MAC Mineralized Blushes are even more expensive at €22.00 ($30.00!)!
Since Pupa blushes are much better quality than those, I think overall, the price here is good value for money and worth every penny. But if you live abroad then these blushes probably seem overpriced to you, and understandably so. Still, if you can afford to try one, go for it. You won’t be disappointed.
Overall, I love Pupa baked blush in #04. It has a fine and soft texture that lasts almost all day and gives skin a beautiful, natural sheen. It’s very pigmented and so needs to be applied with a light hand. Also, some may find the price too high.