Sep 292010

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

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  2 Responses to “Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Cream Blush”

  1. I’m a bit dubious about the concept of getting skin care via a blush. Most people put blush on over a foundation and not on naked skin, so it doesn’t actually come in contact with the skin. That being the case, how much good can the blush really do as far as skin care is concerned? Is it worth paying a premium? I doubt it.

    With some products, multi-tasking makes since. Combining skin care ingredients and foundation is a perfect example of a marriage made in heaven. Think of the popularity and efficacy of tinted moisturizers and tinted products like Peau Vierge. Lipstick and gloss is another perfect meduim for multi-tasking. As the day wears on, we tend to eat, drink, talk, and fidget our lip color off so when we reapply, it’s usually on a naked lip. In that case it makes perfect sense to load up a lip product with moisturizers and the like.

    Bobbi Brown used to be my favorite cream type rouge until I tried Edward Bess and Le Métier de Beauté. Those two brands are lighter and creamier in texture. Since I like a very natural blush, they’re perfect for me.

  2. You carry a very positive attitude towards life, Susie…

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