It has been a long time since I’ve bought something from the Boots Natural Collection make up range, it was a staple cheap brand for me as a teen but I seem to have largely disregarded the range for some time now – apart from wearing their blue nail varnish on my toe nails when I got married (THE perfect shade.) A few of you lovely readers have been singing the praises of their products recently so when I was in need of a new blusher a while back I popped into Boots and picked up three of the Natural Collection blushers. Three? Yes three, mainly because I couldn’t decide between three of their shades but also because they had an offer where you could buy 3 Natural Collection products for £5 – bargain. In case I forget to mention it, the blushers, or Natural Collection Blushed Cheeks – if you will – are normally £1.99 each and you can find the some of the range on the Boots website.
The three shades I picked up are Rosey Glow, Pink Cloud and Peach Melba. Instantly my favourite was the Pink Cloud just because I’m a pink girl when it comes to blushers and had never really experimented with corals, peaches or any other trendy-Wendy cheek colour. However I’ve come out in firm, fast love for the Peach Melba. I’ve been running that bad boy along my cheek bones for some definition and adding the Pink Cloud to the apples of my cheeks for a freshly-pinched-by-an-over-zealous aunt look – which, frankly, I love. The Rosey Glow isn’t necessarily perfect for me because I haven’t exposed my face to the sun at all this summer (what summer?) so I have no natural warmth and it just makes me look a bit muddy. However if I had a tan, I think possibly it may work colour wise. Interestingly when my friend Sam and I were getting ready to go the pub the other night she realised she’d left her usual contouring product at home and snaffled a quick swirl of Rosey Glow to work into the hollows of her cheeks, it worked just fine and dandy.
Weirdly the formula and consistency of product seems to vary from shade to shade. Rosey Glow is very chalky and powdery, you really need to make sure you give your brush a damngood tap before you bring it to your face otherwise you look like an orange/muddy, powdered ghost. Whereas the other two were fine, no fall out and not too powdery feeling, that said the Pink Cloud does have more that a hint of a talc scent however it isn’t detectable once on your face. Okay, so the packaging is crud but for £1.99 I don’t care and in fact I actually like packaging which allows you to see which shade the product is rather than having to flip open package after package trying to find the one you’re looking for. That said if it cracks or busts I’ll happily just depot and pop into a palette. All in all I’m pretty pleased with these blushers, especially Peach Melba and Pink Cloud and when I eventually work my way through the product I’ll definately buy them again.