I'm a huge fan of cream based makeup products and blushes are no exception. I've been a long time user of Stila's Convertible Colour but there was only so long I could ignore all the hype in the beauty industry surrounding Illamasqua's Cream Blush in Rude.
Illamasqua describe the colour as a 'warm peach pink, dewy finish'. In certain pictures yes, it seems pink, but in my opinion this blush definitely seems like more of a peachy coral, even orange.
Rude comes in Illamasqua's signature curvy square black pan with window packaging. Simple, elegant, sleek and just a little bit grungy goth. Like most other Illamasqua products I've tried, the pigmentation of this blush is ah-mazing! Maybe a little bit too amazing… if that's possible? I used my Real Technique's Stippling Brush and just a tiny bit of product gave the most intense colour. Rude is a dream to work with though, just a little bit of blending out left me with the perfect finish.
I'm one of those girls who sometime rocks the au-natural pale look and other times whip out the fake tan for more of a bronzed glow look. On fairer skin, Rude will definitely need a stippling blush and some blending (unless of course the clown face is the look you're hoping to achieve) but on olive skin, tap it on with a couple of fingers and it will look gorgeous!
I'm still deciding how I rate this blush against my other cream blushes and even my love-them-forever Nars powder blushes, but so far I'm liking it enough to try another shade, or two (Dixie and Zygomatic have caught my eye).
Swatches, heavy on the left and blended out on the right. Top, without flash and below, with flash.
I bought mine from the Illamasqua stand in Myer Melbourne. The good news for any fellow Aussies, is that Illamasqua have taken a stand against the global giants of cosmetics and the exuberant prices they charge down under and lowered their own prices in Australia to be more in line with the UK (and also US). Can I hear a hallelujah!!! If however, you prefer a click of the finger shopping style or don't have access to an Illamasqua counter, you can find Rude online at Illamasqua's website or Sephora.
Who else has tried Rude? I'd love to hear your thoughts