If you saw my large Essence Haul, you’ll have seen that I bought the Essence Heatwave Blush Up Powder Blush alongside the Sun Club 2 in 1 Bronzing Powder. Essence have two different Blush Up! Powder Blushes, which feature a beautiful ombréd design and they cost just £3.50 each. I chose shade 10 which is Heatwave, but there is also a pink and lilac shade called 20 Pinky Flow. The Essence Heatwave Blush Up Powder Blush is packaged within a clear, square compact and contains a generous 8g of product.
Heatwave contains almost a sunset design of a bright orange, which blends into a bright fuchsia pink, and you can use the orange side singularly, the pink side singularly, or you can choose to use the middle section or use a brush swirled around the whole pan to mix the shades.. so there’s essentially four shades in one.
The blush is matte, but as you can see from the swatches above, the blush imparts a subtle sheen to the skin which looks really pretty, but it’s not too much or a sheen as I’m not the biggest fan of shimmery or super sheeny blushes. The pigmentation of the brush is pretty intense, so a light hand is definitely necessary unless you prefer your blush to be quite vivid.
Heatwave isn’t the best in terms of blendability, as it is a little chalky with a fair amount of fall out, so it requires a fair bit of blending but I feel the extra work is still worth it as the shades are so pretty, and summery.
Once you’ve blended the blush into your cheeks, it does last for quite a long time, with my blush still being visible after six hours which I think is pretty good going considering how affordable it is. I will definitely be getting my hands on Pinky Flow, as it looks just as pretty as Heatwave..