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MeMeMe Cosmetics Blush Me, Blush Box in Rouge

When I was sent the Blush Me Blush Box in Rouge by MeMeMe Cosmetics, I have to be honest and say that I wasn’t really expecting much. This brand seems to have made its name by selling products that look similar to those by Benefit cosmetics at a cheaper price range but, since I’ve never been intrigued by Benefit blushes, these seemed underwhelming. Now that I’ve tried it though I can say that this blush definitely exceeded my expectations.

The product came with its own brush which turned out to be of a surprisingly good quality but I can’t bring myself to use it since I love my NARS Yachiyo brush too much for all my blush application needs. The box also has a mirror included inside the lid which, while a cute idea, is a bit impractical since the depth of the box lid tends to create shadows on the mirror. I also think mirrors in blush compacts are a bit of a useless endeavour since I don’t know many people who cart their blush around with them and reapply through out the day.

The colour itself was not what I was expecting from the shade name ‘Rouge’. I thought I’d be getting a bright red but this is actually more of a rosey coral colour. I say ‘rosey coral’ because sometimes this shade seems more pink but at others I can see a definite peachy orange tone peeking through.

The blush itself is really soft and applies really well and I find that it lasts quite well on me but I do always apply a light dusting of translucent powder or face powder on top to blend my foundation and blush.

Here it is swatched heavily on the left and lightly on the right. You can see that it’s not a very intense shade against my NC42 skin tone but here’s the thing… I actually love it! I love a bright pigmented blush but there are some days when I miss just swirling my brush around in the container and applying it straight to my cheeks and this blush lets me do that. I don’t get this luxury with my bright blushes and instead have to tap the product lightly and then get rid of the excess before applying the colour to my cheeks(NARS Exhibit A I’m looking at you).

I tried to capture a before and after of how this blush looks on my face but the difference is quite subtle so hopefully you can notice it. On the left is without blush and on the right is with blush. If you’re of a fairer skin tone then you’ll have to be more careful when applying this blush as it will obviously be more noticeable on you.

I’ve been reaching for this blush constantly ever since I received it because it’s easy to wear and pretty fool proof for my skin tone. It also works really well for days when I wear darker or brighter eye makeup and need a bit of colour on my cheeks but nothing too distracting. I also love the fact that it isn’t too shimmery so the finish is a really pretty natural sheen.

I thought I’d also throw in a few other swatches of blushes I own for comparison

From left to right: MeMeMe Rouge, Smashbox Radiance, NARS Exhibit A, MAC Margin, Becca Songbird, NARS Torrid and NARS Orgasm

I would definitely recommend this blush but if you’re a lot fairer and want a similar colour that isn’t so pigmented then I’d recommend Smashbox Radiance blush instead. If you’re quite a bit darker than me then I’d recomment NARS Torrid for a similar shade with more intensity and pigmentation.

This blush is available for purchase online at mememecosmetics.com.uk for £8.50 and will be available for purchase at mememecosmetics.com.au from the end of October for $21.95AU.

What do you think of this blush? Have you tried any of the other shades from this range? Also, what’s your fool proof blush shade? Let me know below!
Disclosure: Product sent for consideration

MeMeMe Cosmetics Flawless Cream Foundation

I was recently contacted by MeMeMe Cosmetics as they have decided to launch their brand in Australia which is very exciting. The products will be available exclusively online at their website www.mememecosmetics.com.au with products ranging from $11.95 to $34.95 AUD.

I’d purchased their Beat the Blues illuminator in Sunbeam (review coming soon) and really liked it so I was happy to be given the chance to try out some more of their products. I was kindly sent a foundation, liquid liner and blush and I’ll be reviewing them all seperately and I thought I’d begin with the Flawless Cream Foundation.

I have a lot of foundations, more than any normal person who isn’t a beauty blogger or makeup artist would have. I know there is no way I’ll get through all of them any time soon and yet, even though I only have one face, I still jump at the chance to try out a new foundation. That being said though, I’ve never been very intrigued by foundations from drug store brands or brands that market themselves at a lower price point (I’m a bit of a foundation snob) so I was a bit dubious when I recevied the MeMeMe one.

It looked nice and pretty in its plastic bottle and it had a pump which makes life so much easier. I really wish all brands included pumps with their foundations. The foundation has a scent but it just smells like moisturising cream or sunscreen to me. I don’t find it offensive but if you’re sensitive to scents in cosmetics then you might not like it. The consistency of the foundation is a bit thicker than a standard foundation so the name ‘cream foundation’ fits perfectly.

This is a satin finish foundation and the end result is a really nice natural skin finish which isn’t too matte or too dewy. I wore it over the weekend without setting it with any powder like I usually do and it sat really well and didn’t wear off much by the end of the day. I did use it over a primer though and I also found that I got a bit oily half way through the day but it wasn’t too bad.

I was sent the colour Golden Glow which seems to be the darkest shade available but it’s a bit too light for me and too pink. Here’s a swatch of it on the left with MAC Pro Longwear Foundation in NC42 swatched on the right for comparison. The Pro Longwear is a bit too yellow for me but is still a much better match than the MeMeMe one.

Colour issues aside the coverage itself is good. Here’s some before and afters:

I have a lot of scarring on my face from blemishes but, as you can see, this foundation covers it really well. I find that I don’t even need to use concealer as the coverage is really good. It’s billed as a medium coverage foundation but this is definitely a medium buildable coverage foundation.

If you’re wondering, the reason the foundation looks like a good colour match in the photos above is because I mixed it with some colour correctors. I added some of the Varama Cover Cream Yellow Drop-in (My HG Colour corrector!) to counteract the pink in the foundation  and then added some of my NYX cream contour in to darken the colour.

I swatched the MeMeMe foundation on its own on the left, the corrected MeMeMe mix in the middle and MAC Pro Longwear in NC42 on the right:

The issues with limited colour range is one of the reasons I tend to stay away from drug store or cheaper foundations. I’m not near the darkest end of the spectrum for skin tones by any means so I always find it disappointing when a brand can’t even cater for my skin tone let alone for all the other darker skinned girls out there.

I would love if this product came in a wider variety of shades but colour issues aside, I did really like this foundation. I’ve personally been preferring a sheerer finish of late so I don’t know how much wear I’ll get out of this on a day to day basis but I think it’s a good option for those who prefer heavier coverage. It would also work great for nights out or for events because, despite the SPF 15 it contains, I didn’t notice any issues with the way my skin photographed.

This foundation will be selling for $34.95 AUD on the website from late October. It is also available in the UK and internationally on the UK website for £12.50 (about $20 AUD).

Have any of you tried this foundation? What are your thoughts on it?

Disclosure: Product was sent by the manufacturer for consideration only.