Cruelty Free Beauty: Does Price= Better Quality? I Put 3 Blushers To The Test...

 
When premium beauty supplier Luxola contacted me about trying out some of their blushers, I couldn't resist. After all, evolutionists have proven that having that flushed glow is a sign of fertility and attractiveness. Ok... science lesson over.

I don't mean to blow my own trumpet here, but I get asked about my cheekbones a lot and I always feel truly complimented when people ask my what products I use. The truth is, I like to experiment with a lot of different makeup products, as long as they are not tested on animals. 

But does a more expensive product always guarantee a show-stopping result? Or are we just paying extra for a whole lotta nothing? I put this theory to the test...

The Bargain Buy: 'Wet N Wild' blush in 'Berry Shimmer'
Luxola sell this vibrant 'Wet N Wild' blush for just $5.61! So yeah, that's practically free.

 

On first glance, I was a little bit hesitant at how red it looked. The swirly pattern in the blush itself is luxuriously pretty, so I couldn't deny taking a few quick snaps before I dunked my blush brush into it.

On application, I found it incredibly pigmented and felt like instead of giving me that little, coy, cute blush, it sort of gave me that 'oh my gosh my pants just fell down in public' look. I think that this product is good if applied in incredibly small doses on just the apples of the cheeks, but I would think twice before slapping this all over your cheeks. This product is great, if you use it in moderation.

Pros
- The price
- Good if you like incredibly pigmented blush
- Smooth to apply
- Comes with a blusher brush (I would recommend using this, as the product stained my brush!)

Cons
-Overly red
-Stained my 'Real Techniques' blusher brush

Score: 5/10
 
The Tantalizing Treat: 'Sleek Makeup Blush' in 'Rose Gold'
There's something about multi-tonal black packaging that makes a product look so expensive. But this 'Sleek' blusher does anything but break the bank, it  is a total steal at $9.47 from Luxola.

 I actually thought that the colour was like a muted version of the 'Wet and Wild' blusher and luckily, it provided a deep, natural looking flush that was oh-so-flattering. Although the product was not very pigmented, a few swirls with my blusher brush and it gives a flattering glow.
 
This rosey-hued beauty is going to become a part of my every day beauty routine. Sorry broken old Clinique blusher; you have been replaced!

Pros:
- Natural looking colour
- Smooth and easy to apply
- The price
- Long lasting

Cons:
- Not very pigmented

Score: 9/10

The Sexy Splurge: 'Mirenesse Marble Mineral Blush Face Powder' in 'Rose Diamond'Fast becoming a cult beauty favorite with magazines and You Tuber's alike, Mirenesse's stunning Marble Blush can be picked up on your next pay day from Luxola for $58.27.

 The packaging itself quite literally screams 'PREMIUM PRODUCT', coming in a cute textured envelope partnered with an application guide.

But it get's even prettier....
 
Is this marbled rose blush not the prettiest product you've ever seen. Having quite tanned skin, however, I was a little concerned that it would be too light for my skin tone. I was wrong; the result was almost like that of a blusher-meets-highlighter. A fairyish pink glow that glistened at the touch of sunlight. **Insert angelic choir**
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Pros:
- Super smooth and easy to apply
- The prettiest product EVER
- Highlighting
- Natural looking
- Hydrates and protects the skin
-Made with botanicals and all sorts of good stuff.

Cons:
-Very light coloured
-Expensive

Score: 8/10

 The Verdict
Although price doesn't necessary equate to how good a product looks when you are wearing it, I do think that a higher price generally does equate to higher quality ingredients.

My favorite product has to be, without a doubt, the 'Sleek Makeup blush in Rose Gold', which, despite being a whopping $49 cheaper than the Mirenesse product, delivered a clean, natural looking flush. 

Saying this, I can see the benefits of the Mirenesse product. It delivers such a healthy, iridescent glow that I can easily see myself using to highlight my cheek bones. Plus, with those botanical elements, I know that it's a god-send to my acne prone skin. I would definitely invest in this come pay day!


Luxola offers a wide variety of blushers and you can read their guide to finding the right blush here . Alternatively, you can browse their rainbow of blushes and find the perfect one for you.

Luxola is offering my readers 25% off all full price product!!

Kaboom! Simply enter the code BLX-THEDAILYLUXE at the checkout. (Valid until Sept 30th)

Which blusher is your fave?
Rachel
xoxo

64 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great product, the blush on looks great on you! I like the effect of the second product :)

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  2. The sleek one if definitely my favourite and now I am going to hunt it down! You really do have the best cheekbones btw ;) xx

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  3. I love sleek products, but I've only tried the eyeshadow palette, I think I'm going to buy this blush!! :)

    Kisses,
    Vivien

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  4. I love sleek products, but I've only tried the eyeshadow palette, I think I'm going to buy this blush!! :)

    Kisses,
    Vivien

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  5. The sleek blush is very beautiful.. and the last one too but the price!!! Wooo sooo much ! xx

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  6. These all look and sound great, especially the Marble Blush :) x

    The Belle Narrative

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  7. I just own the wet n wild one and I must say I love it.....you look beautiful dear.....

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  8. I love them all, they have a great natural glow.

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  9. This is a great review! I normally find myself gravitating to the middle priced product.. that way I feel like I am getting quality ingredients but I am not spending an insane amount of money on something.
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  10. I love how you tried out all three blushes! What a great post!

    Raqda xx│RAYDANT

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  11. You're really beautiful!

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    Mai von Sparkle & Sand

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  12. That's a lovely range of cruelty free products. You look great with that pink lip colour

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  13. Que maximo makes maravilhosa amei lindo resultado
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  14. Thanks for doing this review! I've had a hard time finding effective cruelty-free (also all-natural, organic, etc.) products. Also can I just say that you look absolutely stunning in all these photos!

    xo
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  15. Thank you so much for your detailed test! What a pity that each of the blushes in the end has disadvantages ... nevertheless I must say I like you with blush. Personally I'm always looking for the perfect blush but haven't found it so far, but now I have thanks to you new stuff for testing :)
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  16. Great post! Thanks for sharing this! The sleek one is beautiful!

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  17. This is very detail indeed!! I like the 3rd one, very smooth and sweet :)
    xxx

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  18. I like them all, the second seems like the best choice! Love the color of the last one. Great post

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  19. I love the marble effect on the blusher but dammmn that is too expensive! if anything the sleek one looks ammmmazing on you & doesn't break the bank too! A win win in my eyes hehee <3 such an amazing review Rachel, glad to see animal cruelty free products put to good use <3

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  20. I love the marble effect on the blusher but dammmn that is too expensive! if anything the sleek one looks ammmmazing on you & doesn't break the bank too! A win win in my eyes hehee <3 such an amazing review Rachel, glad to see animal cruelty free products put to good use <3

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  21. Thanks for sharing this! Your cheekbones are stunning and I may have to check out this brand now that you wrote about it! Thanks again!

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  22. Oh very cute blushes the last was my favorite
    xx

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  23. Thats a very helpful review! Thanks for sharing.


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  24. This was such a great post. I tend to skip over beauty blogs because I'm not a huge makeup user and know zero about the beauty world, but this one was incredibly interesting! Comparing products based on prices and quality, that's something that need to happen often, I think!

    I do agree that the second blush looks best on you, and I can't believe it's only at a little less than $10! And you DO have amazing cheekbones!

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  25. Such a great review about blush on.
    I love wearing it so much esp cream blushes
    I'm very picky to powder blush as I don't want something that makes my skin dry-- as I have dry skin already.
    Thanks for this great review

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  26. I absolutely love Sleek Rose Gold, such an amazing glowy product that's a fab dupe of Nars Orgasm too (but a fraction of the price!) Now, can I have your bone structure please? ;)

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  27. I think among the three, Sleek's Blush in Rose Gold is my favourite! Especially on your beautiful skin! It just look so beautiful with the subtle shimmer! <3

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  28. Sounds like pretty good products! I likedDora
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  29. I think with beauty products, depending on what it is, price sometimes matter and sometimes it doesn't. There are a lot of products that are made int he same distribution center, with the same ingredients, but with different packaging. I think with anything, it pays to try out both and see what works better for your skin tone. Wonderful review girl.

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  30. I would agree the first one is a little too bold, though wow at the price - I laughed when you said 'it's practically free'. I like the way you think Rachel! ;) You look totally angelic wearing both the second and third featured blushers, though Mirenesse takes home first prize in my opinion!

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  33. I think all 3 products look great on your cheeks. The sleek makeup blush in rose gold looks really pretty. I also prefer it if products do not test on animals. Thanks for this wonderful review. :)

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  34. I love this post, because i sometimes feel we are just paying for some extra that is not really worth it. Your face look beautiful and all three product are good.
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  35. You're right! Price does not make a product better. There are good and bad in all. Sometimes they work. Sometimes they don't. Great review.
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  36. I like so much this type of make up. And if they aren t expensive more better.
    You look great and elegance
    Kisses dearling
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  37. You look beautiful in all photo. If I have to choose one...I will go with 2nd one. Thanks for the review!! Xoxo
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  38. I think this is very useful & helpful for make-up fanatics like me!:D

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  39. Great reviews! I really like the Rose Gold blush :)

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  40. These look like great products.
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  41. I've heard so much about the Sleek make up, but I'm really loving last blush color - so pretty!

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  42. wow you look great with it

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  43. That blush looks so good on you
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  44. Great reviews - I always try and buy cruelty free.
    I love all the shades of blushes

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  45. Rahcel, these all the blushes look soooo pretty on you! I hear about Wet n' Wild a lot, they're supposed to have other really great products for super cheap as well!

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  46. SUch amazing colors these are. I am definitely gonna try them!

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  47. Girl your skin is flawless! I love your cheekbones too hehe :) Luxola provides many good products!

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  48. well I'm loving the last one, but I don't think expensive is always equal of quality
    and I'm pretty sensitive to the cruelty-free and eco products lately, i think bloggers should really educate people on these issues
    great review, kisses
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  49. well I'm loving the last one, but I don't think expensive is always equal of quality
    and I'm pretty sensitive to the cruelty-free and eco products lately, i think bloggers should really educate people on these issues
    great review, kisses
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  50. well I'm loving the last one, but I don't think expensive is always equal of quality
    and I'm pretty sensitive to the cruelty-free and eco products lately, i think bloggers should really educate people on these issues
    great review, kisses
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  51. Thanks for sharing this
    You've definitely given makeup and beauty shoppers like myself a better insight
    I must say I think all the blush suit your face
    xxx

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  52. Love your cheekbones! Thanks for sharing these review, that first blush looks lovely we just have to keep in mind to use it in moderation.

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  53. Great blush!
    Baci,
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  54. I'm not much of a blush girl or really too into makeup in general despite the occasional lipstick or eyeliner. Still, I agree the first option was a bit too pigmented and the last two looked much better on you!

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