Some of you might remember a few months ago, BYS Cosmetics released a budget dupe of the Modern Renaissance palette, called Berries, which meant I had to take a trip to the beauty section of KmartÂ which has become a bit of a new must visit destination for me when looking for budget beauty buys.
I was so impressed with the standard of their products that I ended up picking up a few more palettes as well as a few other products which caught my eye that day, namely the Fifth Avenue Highlighting Blushes which looked liked like they could be dupes for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes.
I walked out of Kmart that day thinking Iâ€™d just grabbed myself the bargain of a lifetime, given these were $8 each and the Hourglass blushes are currently $55 at Mecca!
Sadly, these Fifth Avenue blushes are not dupes. I have the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit palette from last year which has two of their blushes in it. They are very subtle and hard to go overboard with. If I could afford the full size blushes, Iâ€™d pick up two more colours for the days when I feel like I donâ€™t want to wear a full face but still look put together.
I found that these blushes were very pigmented and shimmery but this type of blush doesnâ€™t suit my skin type with itâ€™s enlarged pores and uneven texture. The first time I tried out the blushes, I went in heavy handed and had some serious clown cheeks but after a few attempts with different brushes and application styles I managed to make the blushes work for me.
I donâ€™t hate these blushes, but I canâ€™t really wear them, so theyâ€™re currently sitting in a drawer waiting to be de-stashed or given away. I certainly think these would suit someone who doesnâ€™t have to worry about shimmer drawing attention to pores or uneven skin texture as long as you donâ€™t go in heavy handed in your application!
The next time I was in Kmart, I thought Iâ€™d give their standard powder blush a go and picked up a shade called “Berry Parfait”. In the shop, I thought it was a matte blush but later I realised that thereâ€™s definitely some glitter in it. I almost blew my stack thinking it would be another fail for me, but I gave it a try and actually itâ€™s pretty awesome!
The glitter isnâ€™t chunky and it imparts a very slight sheen and it turns out that is just enough to mask some of those darn pores. Again, a really light hand here is key - all of these products are ridiculously pigmented for a Kmart cosmetics brand and if you love a pigmented blush, these will absolutely blow you away.
The wear time on all three blushes is good. My oily skin seems to obliterate blushes reasonably quickly but I didnâ€™t need to touch up at all during a 8 hour work day and it didnâ€™t blot away like other blushes have.
If youâ€™re looking to pick up a few new blushes and are on a budget, Iâ€™d certainly recommend all three blushes - for $10 or less, you really canâ€™t go wrong.
Have you found any budget buys lately? Have you tried some of the Kmart own-brand makeup? Share your thoughts in the comments below.