In my opinion, Japan has the most amazing quality make up products, but they are also extremely expensive and difficult to get.
These blushes are from different Japanese brands that I have discovered either a long time ago or just very recently like for example Kose Addiction. I will try to share here my personal experience and my preferences, I would be really interested and happy to know what other Japanese brands you have tried and what blush shades you love and recommend.
I have collected these blushes through the years, some I really love and still enjoy wearing, but others I don’t actually use anymore. I thought I would share swatches of all of them since that may help someone who could be searching to compare the shades.
Overall, I find the texture and the pigmentation really nice and worth it but different depending on the blush, even in between the Pearl series or the Matte series themselves. The best thing with these is to search for a shade you like then read the specific review on that shade, if you don’t have access to a Shu counter this might be the only way you can check if you will be happy with it.
I am a bit upset that Shu discontinued the old packaging and repackaged the same shades into a different packaging, with a different name, or number. This is so cheeky ! I wouldn’t mind them adding a prefix or a letter to the new repackaged blush but what they did is very confusing in my opinion.
The ones I prefer are the P36D (P531 may be the same..), on its own or on top of other blushes, P14 (P175 is the same) is such a beautiful pigmented and silky texture, P366, and of course the insane P red 19, this one is so scary and probably the most stunning blush in the world but not easy to wear… when applied the gold shine “dominates” the red for a very dramatic goldish red shine… so beautiful and so creamy, to die for. It’s LE and so long gone sorry about that, I got mine via a swap in MUA, I was in the hunt for a dramatic blush, that sure did it.
Some of these blushes, I don’t bother wearing anymore, like the cream blush in Amber, it just does not last at all, shame because I love the color ! The Matte M761 was for contouring and doesn’t feel chalky, but for contouring I prefer an even less powdery texture and even more finely milled that will be totally invisible on my skin. Also the reason why I don’t wear Shu so often today is because I want and need more long-lasting blushes…
With RMK you will get everything you want from a blush, the best texture, long-lasting and stunning shades. I have nothing else to add about these, they are my HG blushes and they probably will remain my HG forever.
These two are from the Ingenious Powder Cheeks range. The P-09 Holographic Soft Coral is such a beautiful shade of coral, so easy to wear, silky and glowy, not shimmery at all.
The P-10 Holographic Coral Pink is not as subtle as the P-09, but still perfectly wearable shine.
The Mix Colors for Cheeks are little gems. My favorites are 02 and 04, they last all day, the glow they provide is close to perfection. You have 3 products in one, or even more because you can mix 2 shades only, worth the price and definitely HG. I recommend you to try RMK blushes, for the texture, the stunning shades and lasting power, they are expensive but well, we can’t have it all… but if you don’t know them yet, they will knock your socks off…
I have just recently discovered Kose Addiction.. I love the eyeshadows but the blushes I am not that obsessed with.
Crush is a nice highlighter that reminds me of Guerlain Meteorites but with glitters, they eventually disappear.., but you have to know they could still be there, it reminds me of Nars Liberty, but the Nars feels so awfully gritty near the Addiction. Revenge is a bright stunning shade that I can wear anytime but with a light hand, Good Girl is a perfect shade for the day at the office, I was expecting a darker shade but it still does show on my NW25 skin. Since I only got them a few days ago, I still need to experiment with them.
If you look at the other two Heart & Heart and Emotional, there is a full world of sparkles in there. If you can pull them of, perfect, they are gorgeous, if you don’t like sparkles and obvious gold shine, then avoid them.
I have swatched them together with other similar blushes, could help you to see their pigmentation and sparkle effect.
My favorites are the Lancome and the R&R, the LM is not very pigmented and does not last, the Nars has too much sparkles and not enough pigmentation. The Sleek has nice texture but too much gold and it does not suit me at all. The two Addiction blushes are really gorgeous, very pigmented and they will last longer but be aware of the gold sparkles and shine…
The Addiction Emotional is really flattering but too many obvious sparkles so unless it’s for a very dramatic evening out, I won’t be using it… This is a picture of me wearing the Emotional blush, maybe you can see the shine… love the color, but too many sparkles, the color stayed the whole day, but so did the sparkles…
Suqqu is probably the most expensive, but has the most easy to wear make up line, if I cannot do my make up in the morning, I take one eyeshadow palette and one blush palette, without even checking which ones, I never had a problem, they always worked with everything I was wearing or pairing. That’s such an expensive brand, but it’s a “coup de coeur” and never disappoints me.
The Nuancing cheeks are fantastic blushes, you can use only one shade or both together on blended side by side. My favorite is the EX-02, when you mix the two shades the result is like a fluorescent and unique gorgeous coral kind of shade, without sparkles and with a natural satin glow.
The Balancing Cheeks has one highlighter and one neutral cheek color. This cheek color is so neutral that I could not even make it show on the swatch… They don’t feel powdery at all but I need to really pick a lot of product to make it show on my skin.
The next palette is LE, I still want to mention it here because if you EVER have the possibility to get it, just get it.
Gollum strikes again, I don’t even want to use it because I don’t want to run out… sad… 🙂
I got this blush in a swap, it comes from the huge 10th anniversary Lunasol palette. I have depotted it because I was not using the rest of the palette. This blush travels with me when I am on holidays and I only take 3…
It’s a beautiful natural blush with micro sparkles, not really noticeable, it’s the only Lunasol blush I own, if the rest of the Lunasol blushes are as good as this one, it’s a dangerous brand for me.
Cle de Peau
Also the only blush I own from this brand. It looks complex on the pan, it’s a very flattering coral peach shade, provides a gorgeous subtle glow, perfect texture, feels just like satin and not powdery at all. The highlighter shade has subtle micro sparkles, they eventually disappear and don’t bother me at all.
Other Shiseido or Sisley blushes…
These are my oldest blushes, some feel a bit more powdery than others but the finish is extremely appropriate for work and never chalky. I love the shade 6, I believe it’s the “Innocent Rose” from Shiseido. I am so sorry I don’t remember the names of the others and I have depotted them so I could not find out. They are all very good blushes but they get neglected at this moment since I have discovered Suqqu and RMK 🙂
I think the 1, 2 and 3 are from Shiseido “Luminizing satin face color” and the the 4, 5, 6 from Shiseido “Accentuating powder blush”. The 7 and 8 are from Sisley but I don’t remember the names…
- The most incredible, but not necessarily wearable, blush : Shu Uemura P red 19d
- The most beautiful finish : RMK
- The most “I don’t need to think yet it will look gorgeous.. well..kind of…” : Suqqu
- The most long-lasting : RMK
- The best texture : RMK, followed by Suqqu
- The most beautiful blush shade : the pink in Suqqu Face Palette EX-01
- The most unique blush shade : Suqqu Nuancing Cheeks EX-02 mixed together
- The most worth it : RMK
My top favorites :
- RMK Mix 02 and 04 and Ingenious P-09
- Suqqu Nuancing Cheeks EX-02
- Suqqu face palette EX-01
Have you tried these or other Japanese brands ? Are they any shades you recommend ? Do you have any favorites ?
Thanks for reading 🙂