As tidying up week continues on Café Makeup, Elizabeth Arden was kind enough to allow me to experiment with three of their Ceramide Cream Blushes ($24 each). I tried the blush in three colors– Pink, Nectar and Plum. As with other Elizabeth Arden Ceramide products, the company promises skin care benefits from Ceramide Triple Complex and Vitamins A, C and E. I cannot attest to these benefits as I have only tried these blushes for a short time.
I found the blushes easy to work with. A few taps of the finger on the cream, a few taps of the cream on the cheek and done. They blend very easily. The container is quite small and packable.
Each compact comes with a mirror, which helps with quick touch-ups. Here are each of the shades. First, Pink:
Nectar, a soft coral:
I found the texture of these resembled the standard cream blushes that I’ve used several years ago. Perhaps I’ve grown used to using these formulations, exemplified by Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouges ($22). Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouges seem to melt into the skin more so than Elizabeth Arden’s cream blushes–an effect which I prefer, as it looks a little more natural to me. Elizabeth Arden’s colors are softer and subtler, Bobbi Brown’s colors seem more saturated with color. Bobbi’s Pot Rouges do not promise any skin care benefits, while Elizabeth Arden’s do. The amount of product is quite different–Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouges provide .38 oz. for $22; Elizbeth Arden’s have .09 oz. for $24. Keep in mind that products that include skin care typically run higher almost across the board in the makeup world.
For the sake of science and beauty, I swatched the two closest shades that I have side-by-side–Bobbi Brown’s Calypso Coral on the left and Elizabeth Arden’s Nectar on the right (click to enlarge):
Here is Liz wearing Plum on her cheeks:
Overall, I found Elizabeth Arden’s Ceramide blushes a good choice for those who may not like the textures of other cream blushes on the market. I’m already such a huge fan of Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouges and have grown used to their feel and texture. Between the two, I prefer the Pot Rouges. Nonetheless, I know that there are many makeup wearers who do not like the feel of the Pot Rouges. For those, as well as those who are looking for the skincare benefits, I would look at the Ceramides.
These blushes were provided without charge for consideration to Café Makeup