Afterglow Cheek Tint Besotted Blog

I had another post scheduled today about color correctors, but when I opened up my new Martha Stewart it looks like I was scooped.  It’s a nice little piece, I recommend you take a peek. I will do something on correctors one day soon and perhaps find you some equally as good (and less expensive) alternatives. I’d like to think great minds think alike, right?  Although, I am not sure how great my mind is. It is mildly obsessed though with beauty products. I want to discuss vibrant blushes and getting a natural flush look. I learned this trick from working with many makeup artists when I ran a fashion + beauty PR firm– there were lots of shoots and lots of events and me being nosy inquisitive always had to ask a ton of questions when I was in the presence of professional make-up artists, models and the holy grail-beauty editors. The consensus was always the brighter the better. This may seem counter-intuitive and several of you have emailed asking me, ‘how bright?’  I found this blush the other day and tried it on and this is how atomically bright it is in the pot and the swatch is how sheer it goes on.  That just doesn’t seem right, I know. Consumer make-up products cater to our fear and try to sell colors that we think will look natural, but usually look dull + ashy on. That’s fine let all those other girls wear them, you my dear will wear the one that make-up artists recommend and makes you look like a fresh-faced, natural beauty, right?  The one shown is called Crush from the Afterglow Glide-on Cheek tints by Urban Decay, I don’t care for the packaging but the products are top notch. This is for everyone that didn’t like the shimmer in the Tarte blush I recommended previously, which I completely understand I find a shimmer hard to pull off too, but I do like the Tarte consistency and wear.

Afterglow is a beautiful, sheer, buildable color, very believable as a natural flush. It does not work well with mineral make-up which I find is the case with almost all of them and creme blush. Since I couldn’t find alternate colors for the Tarte (the peachy one was the only one available), I picked up the Crush for a more pink option. I found this beauty blogger that has photos of her afterglow on after working from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., it shows how well it wears and how lovely + light the color is (and she’s darling as well).

P.S. My friends from my former life in the city ask me if all I do all day now is try out BB creams, blush and practice calligraphy in my new country life. My answer would be kinda/sorta. I mean I don’t spend all day on beauty + calligraphy, I work a good 12+ hours but I do have one wild day a week wherein I visit an Ulta. I practice the lettering every night. Yes, every night.

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to the country with her handsome husband and two pups and will be re-locating back to the city in the very near future.


  1. I am mildly obsessed with beauty products, too! Mostly eye shadows, blushes and any sort of face product that leaves a nice, dewy, fresh glow. I’m obessed with dewy skin!!!! I have considered some of the other Afterglow shades (I think there was a shade that was more of a peachy-pink) but I haven’t tried it yet. Perhaps might have to look at them again on my next visit to Sephora! :)

  2. I know! Give me that glow please. I think if my skin wasn’t dry I might have a different desire but I feel like I need that bit of moisture. I am considering the ‘Quickie’ that Veronika in the link had, it’s such a flattering color on her! Let me know what shade you choose and what you think!

  3. I’ve recently found your blog and spent much of today pouring all over it!
    This blush looks so lovely. I was wondering if you have any tips for applying cream blushes? I always seem to apply too much and then rub rub rub and end up looking not so hot! Do you use your fingers or a brush? Would love to learn an easy method. Thank you!

  4. Indeed I do Liz! I use a brush and I learned it after seeing this makeover:
    http://www.maskcara.com/maskcara/2012/08/01/in-the-nude/ and here a video that shows you how she does it!:
    http://www.maskcara.com/maskcara/2012/02/07/supernatural-beauty/ She uses a synthetic stipple brush, I don’t have one (yet) so I use a synthetic foundation brush I got at Target from Sonia Kushak. You don’t need to watch the whole video the blush part starts at 12:45 This will make a BIG difference. Also, most cream blushes and stains do not work with mineral make-up foundation. I hope that helps and thanks for the visit!

  5. That’s hilarious! I totally just read that Martha Stewart article mere hours before checking this out.
    On a slightly more related note, I love these test series you do. I bookmark all the products for future experimentation.
    I also agree on the packaging – icky. It kind of looks like makeup I used to buy when I was 12. :/

  6. I.know! But there product was spendy, so I will need to find an alternative;) And yes, the name of the company + the packaging sounds like something a tween would buy, but this product is aces, just SO good. I looked around and a ton of make-up artists recommend the ‘Quickie’ it’s supposed to be a universally flattering color. I saw a sample size on Amazon for $8!

  7. Thank you Tristan! The video link was very helpful! I’m going to also order the travel size Urban Decay Quickie you spied on Amazon. Thank for that tip too! Have a great weekend.

  8. I just stumbled upon your blog, and I must say that I love and enjoy your writing. I was initially looking for a review on urban decay’s blush in the color crush, but i’m so glad that i found your blog!

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