Some of you might remember a few months ago, BYS Cosmetics released a budget dupe of the Modern Renaissance palette, called Berries, which meant I had to take a trip to the beauty section of Kmart which has become a bit of a new must visit destination for me when looking for budget beauty buys.
I was so impressed with the standard of their products that I ended up picking up a few more palettes as well as a few other products which caught my eye that day, namely the Fifth Avenue Highlighting Blushes which looked liked like they could be dupes for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes.
I walked out of Kmart that day thinking I’d just grabbed myself the bargain of a lifetime, given these were $8 each and the Hourglass blushes are currently $55 at Mecca!
Sadly, these Fifth Avenue blushes are not dupes. I have the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit palette from last year which has two of their blushes in it. They are very subtle and hard to go overboard with. If I could afford the full size blushes, I’d pick up two more colours for the days when I feel like I don’t want to wear a full face but still look put together.
I found that these blushes were very pigmented and shimmery but this type of blush doesn’t suit my skin type with it’s enlarged pores and uneven texture. The first time I tried out the blushes, I went in heavy handed and had some serious clown cheeks but after a few attempts with different brushes and application styles I managed to make the blushes work for me.
I don’t hate these blushes, but I can’t really wear them, so they’re currently sitting in a drawer waiting to be de-stashed or given away. I certainly think these would suit someone who doesn’t have to worry about shimmer drawing attention to pores or uneven skin texture as long as you don’t go in heavy handed in your application!
The next time I was in Kmart, I thought I’d give their standard powder blush a go and picked up a shade called “Berry Parfait”. In the shop, I thought it was a matte blush but later I realised that there’s definitely some glitter in it. I almost blew my stack thinking it would be another fail for me, but I gave it a try and actually it’s pretty awesome!
The glitter isn’t chunky and it imparts a very slight sheen and it turns out that is just enough to mask some of those darn pores. Again, a really light hand here is key – all of these products are ridiculously pigmented for a Kmart cosmetics brand and if you love a pigmented blush, these will absolutely blow you away.
The wear time on all three blushes is good. My oily skin seems to obliterate blushes reasonably quickly but I didn’t need to touch up at all during a 8 hour work day and it didn’t blot away like other blushes have.
If you’re looking to pick up a few new blushes and are on a budget, I’d certainly recommend all three blushes – for $10 or less, you really can’t go wrong.
Have you found any budget buys lately? Have you tried some of the Kmart own-brand makeup? Share your thoughts in the comments below.