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Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blushes Review + Swatches

charlotte tilbury cheek to chic blush


The Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blush (0.28 oz: 40 USD) is a very popular blush that a lot of people swear by, myself included. There is something about the quality of each compact and the shade range that seem to make the blush work very well on each and everyone’s cheekbones. On top of that, the aesthetic of the compact looks very elegant, even though its packaging design isn’t the most ergonomic. The whole look of it is just simply stunning and it’s the type of blush you would want to apply on your cheeks all the time.


The Cheek to Chic blush is very easy to use and each compact has two shades. One is a center shade that is meant to emphasize and color the cheeks, while the outer shade is meant to contour and sculpt the cheekbones. All you have to do to apply is to swish the outer shade across the cheeks and then apply the inner shade for a multidimensional look. Personally, whenever I apply this, I pretty much just swirl both the shades together especially when I’m in a hurry and I’d still get the same depth or effect more or less.


Most of the shades I’ve tried from this particular blush are really well-pigmented and at the same time very buildable and blendable. They really make your cheeks look beautiful and glowy, especially if you find the right tones that complement your skin. For quite some time, the Ecstasy and the Love Glow compacts have been my constant favorites even though a lot of the Cheek to Chic blush shades also look very nice on my skintone. Then the latest Pillow Talk Intense came and it’s also very very good.


charlotte tilbury cheek to chic blush ecstasy review

Ecstasy – peach pink, adds a nice peachy coral glow for light to medium skintone. Reminds me a lot of the Nars Orgasm blush.


charlotte tilbury cheek to chic blush love glow review

Love Glow – pink with surrounding glowy peach, for those who love a dolly pink blush with some hints of peach.


charlotte tilbury cheek to chic blush pillow talk intense review

Pillow Talk Intense – deep rosy pink with very subtle glow, as what I’ve mentioned when I reviewed the new Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Collection (seen here), don’t be dissuaded by the deep tones of this blush. This gives a nice warm berry pink tone that seems to contour the cheeks especially when you’re lighthanded with your application. The original Pillow Talk blush is way too light for my skintone, but this intense version is a perfect blusher for Fall.


charlotte tilbury cheek to chic blushes swatch


I would describe the Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic blush as very similar to Hourglass’, Bobbi Brown’s and Nars’. The type that is finely-milled, super soft, and most of the shades are very beautiful and very wearable. Definitely worth trying and collecting.


charlotte tilbury cheek to chic blush review






Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Quad Ghost Palette Review + Swatch

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Quad Ghost Palette review


Just when I thought my blush collection was complete, enter the holiday-released Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Quad Ghost Palette (58 USD) and my heart started racing to 200 bpm, lol. Yes, that’s how excited I was the very first time I saw this gorgeous palette.


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Quad Ghost


Hourglass Cosmetics released their Ghost Collection last holiday (2019), which included the new Ambient Lighting Edit Ghost Face Palette (80 USD) and this new Blush Quad Ghost. Of the two palettes, I was more drawn to this beautiful quad of blushes because each of the shades looks pretty not only upon first glance but also upon swatching them on my arms. The Ghost Full-Face Palette didn’t appeal to me much because I already have and still use the previous Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 3 (reviewed HERE) which I adore. I try not to use it as much because it’s so pretty. Also, the nice thing about Hourglass products is that they’re really well-pigmented that you don’t need to use up as much color on the face, and even if you’ve used them several times, they still look good as new. Additionally, the packaging of their palettes is so luxurious and so elegant. The Ghost palettes are in a silver mirror-like compact with a translucent plastic packaging.


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Quad Ghost Palette review swatch


The shades of this quad blush are what Hourglass calls “hybrid” because they’re a mix of a highlighter shade and a vivid shade that seem to create a customized, unique, multidimensional, and soft-focus tone on the skin, in order to naturally enhance the curves of our cheekbones.


Three of the shades in this quad are new.


hourglass ghost palette


1 – Surreal Effect (new, light pink blush)

2 – Brilliant Nude (more like a highlighter)

3 – Lucid Glow (new, medium coral blush)

4 – Infinite Flush (new, medium-pink/somewhat plum blush)


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Quad Ghost Palette

hourglass ghost palette swatch


I really love the radiant finish of each shade in this Hourglass Ambient Lighting Ghost Blush Quad. They don’t look flat because they’re hybrid shades which really add depth and dimension to the cheeks. I also love that they’re all buildable and that they’re made of clean ingredients. Also, the whole product is cruelty-free. Just a few things that I seem to notice is how minimalist and sleek the compact looks, but it tends to attract fingerprints and lint. Also, the bottom of the compact is translucent yet it feels quite plasticky, which I’m not used to since most Hourglass palettes/compacts are metallic, shiny, and super luxe. However, the quality of each blush shade remains superior.


 Do you have this in your collection? What are your favorite Hourglass products?