When the Essence Ready for Boarding Collection came out, it was the lip and cheek cremes that caught my attention. Bright, vibrant shades of dark pink and a gorgeous coral, they called my name. No matter how far and wide I searched I was unable to come across one that hadn't had grotty little fingers rammed into the product, leaving behind fingerprints and an assortment of coloured fluffy things.
The collection came and went and I accepted that I'd missed out yet again, until I found this little beauty hidden in the dark depths of the Target Revlon stand for $3.99 - unopened and all!
I love this shade, I love it, love it, love it. It is such a bright, vibrant hot pink that looks terribly scary (especially for a blush) but can be blended out to give such a healthy, rosy glow. As for the lips, I am able to apply this fairly easily as a stain or a thicker lip colour without having to fiddle around for ages.
I do really like cream blushes, but I tend to use them less often than my powder blushes because they do require more effort to apply. When I'm getting ready during the week I have very limited time so whatever is quickest wins. As a result, this little beauty doesn't get worn all that often.
However! When I do wear this I am reminded of how lovely it really is, and how natural looking cream blushes appear to be no matter what shade they are. Yes, it is really fiddly and you have to be so careful that you don't end up looking like a clown, but when used correctly it is so beautiful.
Because I am lazy, when I apply this on my cheeks I tend to just wear it as a lip colour too, and although it may sounds a little bit too matchy-matchy, when sheered out on the cheeks you can't really tell that it is the same product.
I love this as a lip colour and I find that the application, unlike when used as a blush, is a piece of cake.
As a blush the lasting power is pretty good, although in the really hot weather it's not wonderful. As a lip product it lasts forever but is very drying and requires a moisture top up (whether it be through a gloss or lip balm).
Like many Essence products, this has a sweet vanilla kind of fragrance that I love.
I am quite impressed with this although I wouldn't spend big bucks on it. Fortunately, as it is an Essence product, I don't have to. I give this 7 out of 10.