I underwent a huge blush overhaul in the last few months. It was on the verge of happening for a while prior to me sitting down and getting rid of most of them, mainly because I was frustrated with my loose powder blushes and had stopped using them. Indies have come a long way blush-wise since I started buying loose powder blushes - they were ridiculously pigmented and borderline unusable for me, since they were so finicky. Now they tend to be sheerer, buildable, and easy to blend. But last year, I picked up MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Star Wonder from a blog sale, and started using it all the time. I realized I hated using loose powders for blush, and much preferred baked or pressed. So I yanked out the remaining loose blushes that I had this winter and finally passed them on. I wasn't going to use them, and it was time to stop pretending.
That left me with three blushes. Since then I've bumped that number to five, which I am happy to sit at for now, especially since I have three liquid/cream products. I didn't include all of my multiuse items, just the one(s) that I actually use as a blush. For example, I don't regularly use my Bite multistick or my Ere Perez cheek and lip tint as blushes, but I do use my Ere Perez Clever Carrot Cheek & Lip Balm in Happy as a blush, as well as a lip product.
I've linked reviews where I've written them. Each swatch picture includes a blended out swatch and heavy swipe to see the colour more readily.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure
Sephora describes this as a "soft plum." These blushes have been hyped to death in the beautysphere, but Mood Exposure isn't really on many people's radar. And I guess it's because it's the least interesting of them but damn if it isn't versatile. This goes with everything for me. I will bring it as my only blush and be perfectly happy with it. It's finely milled and easy to blend and adds a beautiful glowy colour to your cheeks, but mainly it's a makeup chameleon for me, and so earns the title of my very favourite blush.
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Star Wonder
Star Wonder is described as "plummy pink with multi-dimensional pearl." I picked up mine from a blog sale, but the internet tells me this is from the Heavenly Creatures collection. Cool. Anyway, it's a plum-pink with gold shimmer. It's very pretty, and tends to read more plum on my face. I fully expect to be using this pan as blush when I die, because it will last forever. It's pretty nice - the shimmer is very fine, so you never end up looking like you dipped your face into a disco ball. It's generally glowy and very flattering on me, and while I don't wear it every day anymore, I did for almost a year. So that's a high recommendation, if you ever come across it.
Josie Maran Coconut Watercolour Cheek Gelee in Pink Escape
I picked this up on a whim in December, and I'm so glad I did. This is the mini size (and you can see I've almost hit pan on it), which I decided would be more prudent to see if I actually would use this. I do. A lot. Pink Escape is described as "cool toned pink." It goes on fairly intense and bright, but sinks into the skin really well and gives a natural, luminous flush. Once I get through this pot, I'll be getting a full size for sure.
Ere Perez Clever Carrot Cheek & Lip Balm in Happy
I just reviewed this, so I'm not going into great detail here, but I'm still completely in love with this. It gives me the perfect in-from-the-cold flush, and it's easy to work with. Lovely.
Glossier Cloud Paint in Beam
Auxiliary Beauty very generously offered to get me a Cloud Paint with her Glossier store credit and shipped it up to me. Probably because all of my comments on her Glossier posts basically end up being "Glossier why don't you want my money." I'll expand my my many feelings about Glossier and this blush in a review to come, but suffice it to say that my first Glossier product is a hit. I really enjoy the texture and wear of Beam, and it's a beautiful colour.
I'm pretty happy with this blush collection. All of them are obviously different colours, including on my face, and I have something to work with most colours I'd wear on my lips. Five is the perfect number.