Cheeky Stuff: Barry M Blusher in Apricot

How raved is the UK drugstore label Barry M?

http://www.barrym.com/blusher

I have to confess. Much as I love mineral makeup and how it doesn’t clog my pores nor give me terrible breakouts, I like the convenience of pressed makeup at times.

Presenting to you – Barry M’s blusher in Apricot at a steal of just over 4 quid from the UK.

Barry M says (who’s Barry M? friend of Boney M?):

These brand new extra fine blushers are available in six sheer colours for easy blending and a perfect, flawless finish.
They contain the anti-oxidant Vitamin E to protect and condition the skin and keep it smooth and supple.
TALC, MICA, BIS-HYDROXYETHOXYPROPYL DIMETHICONE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, FRAGRANCE, METHYL PARABEN, PROPYL PARABEN, AMYL CINNAMAL, HEXYL CINNAMAL, LINALOOL, BUTYLPHENYL METHYLPROPIONAL [+/- CI15850:1, CI77891, CI15850:2, CI73360, CI19140:1, CI15985:1, CL77499, CI77492, CI77491]
(all photos can be viewed in their original sizes by clicking on them)
Since when are apricots RED?

 

Basic, sturdy plastic case that came shrinkwrapped (not shown, since I couldn’t wait to swatch it).

Still reeling in shock at the vibrancy of the colour

Looks pretty ok and survived the journey from the UK to Singapore intact and in one piece 🙂

Crappy brush included

It came with a small brush that seems to be made from natural hair. Not too scratchy, but too small and not the best tool for such highly pigmented blushers.

Where're the ingredients?

Ingredients are not printed on the back. You have to refer to Barry M’s website for the ingredients (this seems to be the case for Rimmel cosmetics too). What’s this with the UK? Is everyone all connected to the net?

1 swipe gives you that much! No powdery chalky Japanese drugstore blusher quality here.

Seriously – 1 light swipe across the pan and that’s the colour payoff. Definitely for ladies who’re not colour-shy. Although this requires a light hand to apply, this 7g blusher is going to last for EONS since just a small swipe is needed.

Swatched on the back of my hand

It goes on a nice lovely tomato-orangey-red on my medium toned skin. It can be blended out easily too for a more natural and healthy looking flush. This is a versatile shade for both day and evening wear. As with such a pigmented blush, the wear time is a good several hours or even the entire day, depending on how much you pack it on and what sort of skin you have.

I highly recommend a duo fibre stippler

Ditch the cheapo Barry M brush and use a decent duo fibre stippler to get a light but pigmented flush on the face 🙂

Also available in several other shades: Pink Orchid, Rose, Strawberry, Raspberry and Terracotta (yup, pretty insipid all) but I think I’m happy enough with my Apricot for now. For the quality and price, it’s hard to beat.

Rating out of 10:
Price: 10
Quality: 9
Packaging: 6
Ease of usage: 7 (with the right brush and a light dainty hand, please)
Overall score: 8
 
*Item reviewed purchased by me*
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