Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Makeup Review: The Body Shop & Majolica Majorca Blush Comparison

As promised, I'll be writing about the orange blushes I currently have in my ever expanding makeup collection. I know its alittle late for orange blushes as most of the craze for it has kindda faded out, however I do see the occasional peach-toned blush being used by models till now, and I find that by combining an orange blush with a pink blush does create a rather lovely colour.

To be honest, I initially hated the whole orange blush craze, but Steph coaxed me into it and gave me my first orange blush, which was The Body Shop's Cheek-on colour in Apricot. It was only much later, did I purchase Majolica Majorca's Peach Macaron blush.

Anyway, a short background on both brands:

  • The Body Shop is famous for being a non-animal testing brand and championing fair trade laws and using natural ingredients in their products. Their cheek colour claims to be super fine, easily blendable with long-lasting colour. The Apricot shade is the most orange shade in their series, the rest have more of a yellowish or bronzy tone to them.

  • Majolica Majorca is a sub-brand of Shiseido and known for their awesome mascaras as well as their pretty packaging. They're a drugstore label but their products are of pretty decent quality and the Puff de Cheek series was inspired by macaroons. The shade shown in this post os in PK301 or Peach Macaron, it isn't a true orange shade (there's another shade in the series that is true orange) but rather, a more peachy pink shade.

The blush in this post's comparison. The Body shop's cheek-on colour in Apricot and Majolica Majorca's Puff de Cheek in Peach Macaron

Left is without flash and right is with flash. I apologise for the tiny words, but the left shade is the Body Shop's blush whilst the right colour is Majolica Majorca's blush. I admit that compared to the true orange of the apricot shade, the peach macaron looks rather pink. However, in real life, the shade isn't so pink.

Also note that for both colours to appear on camera, it took The Body Shop's blush bout 9-11 swipes whereas the Majolica Majorca blush took about 15-20 swipes to appear.

As mentioned, I do find that it takes a considerable amount of application of an orange or peach blush before it appears in pictures, so when you do use an orange/peach blush, you would probably have to consider whether you're applying it for regular wear, or for a photos so that you are able to gauge the amount to apply.

The Body Shop's Apricot blush has a decent amount of shimmer in it and the colour becomes obvious after about 5-7 swipes of the blush per cheek. The colour is devoid of any yellowish tones so it should suit most skin tones. The pan is also of average size with sloped sides, so product fallout is rather minimal. I've yet to finish my pan as I hardly use it but with 4 grams packed inside the pan, it should last for a decent amount of time unless you're using a copious amount of the blush each time you apply it. The shade would also match those with tanned skin as it has alittle bit of gold shimmer in it.

Majolica Majorca's Puff de Cheek in Peach Macaron is a lovely peach shade that isn't very pigmented, so it also requires a fair amount of application before you're able to see it, be it in real life or in pictures. I often apply it whenever I want a less made up look such as my makeup for school. Despite coming with a lovely soft cheek puff, I use a blush brush for application at home as it picks up more colour and requires less application before I get my desired colour. The pan has about 7grams of product packed inside the lovely metal tin so you'll probably be able to use the blush for quite awhile, and once you're done, you can always reuse the tin as a bobby pin or fake lash holder.

In summary:

The Body Shop Cheek-on Colour in Apricot

  • Colour intensity: 5/10

  • Price: Not sure (Steph gave me the blush and I haven't checked the shop for its price)

  • Apply more to ensure the colour shows up, especially in pictures

Majolica Majorca Puff de Cheek in Peach Macaron:

  • Colour intensity: 4/10

  • Price: $24.90 (Not a bad deal for its pretty packaging and 7grams of product)

  • Tip: I use it for shota (small boy) and young schoolgirl cosplays as it gives a more innocent air as compared to heavy pink blush. I also love how it never looks like you've applied too much despite applying the blush with a heavy hand
Here are my favourite examples of using orange/peach blush:

This is Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and I like how she applied an orange shade of blush to give a more subtle made up look to play down her strong lashes. Notice how it also emphasises her cheekbones by applying it below the highest point of her cheekbones as a different form of contouring. The blush colour also matches her hair and skintone fabulously.

Rinka is my favourite non-gyaru model and her makeup style is the inspiration for my tamed down makeup style that I use for school and running errands. She's using a peachy shade of blush here and it makes gives her the not so made up but "better version of me" kind of look. I think that is what the peach shade of blush is best for, a less made up look.

In the end, its up to one's personal preference and style whether you love orange/peach blush or not. I personally find that pink shades suit my skin tone alot better, but as the 2 models above has shown, almost anyone can rock an orange/peach blush.

Just remember that such shades often emphasis a yellowish skintone and tans so be careful of looking too much like a carrot if you tend to be heavy-handed with blush application. I've seen one girl do it in a real life and lets just say.... I'm not a fan of her carrot top look.


  1. I agree, orange blush can be... overwhelming when done wrong, haha XD I love how you used Kyary & Rinka as examples of it being done right though, so perfect ♥ The Majolica one looks so pretty.

    1. Thanks alot, yea the Majolica blush is really pretty.

  2. Thanks for the review :3! I love Kyary's look in the picture, suits her a lot somehow