Five for Fall: Blushes


You guys probably don’t know this about me, but I love blush. ¬†Oh, you already knew that? ūüėČ In today’s Five for Fall segment, I have some of my favorite cold-weather cheek colors¬†to share with you. ¬†I never seem to make a huge seasonal transition with blush like¬†with other products, partially because I think a great blush looks great year-round (I’m looking at you, Dior Rosy Glow). ¬†However, I have a set of colors I gravitate toward when¬†the leaves are falling; shades that are perfect for chilly, crisp days with scarves, boots, and a hot cup of tea.¬†

  • Butter London Ruby Murray:¬†¬†You just spent the afternoon hitting the slopes at your favorite ski resort, and now you’ve stepped into the lodge, tousled your hair out of your helmet and ordered a hot chocolate to sip as you watch children slide down the bunny hill. ¬†That¬†is Ruby Murray. ¬†At first glance, this deep wine cream probably looks a little intimidating for anyone with a lighter complexion, but have no fear! Just a tap or two on my fingers and a little blending leaves me with an amazing natural looking “out in the cold” flush.
  • NARS Sin: ¬†A longtime favorite of mine, Sin is a plum berry with golden shimmer. I’m usually wary of blushes with any sort of glitter or shimmer, but the formula of Sin is like butter… so smooth! ¬†It blends flawlessly on the cheeks and the shimmer is very subtle. Love it!
  • e.l.f.¬†Blushing Rose: This one is a lot like NARS Sin, but more red with a little¬†more sparkle. It’s absolutely gorgeous, and really pigmented – I have to use a light hand with this one! I don’t wear this one much as a casual color, but for a festive party look it’s wonderful.
  • MAC Gingerly: ¬†No surprise here, as I’ve raved about this blush for years. ¬†Gingerly is a warm, ginger-toned matte brown that makes your cheeks look toasty. ¬†Paired with berry lips and a chunky cable knit sweater = perfection.
  • NARS Douceur: ¬†Ahh, the “no blush” blush. ¬†Douceur is a soft pink-brown matte that gives the cheeks a subtle, understated flush. ¬†When you have something intense going on the eyes or lips, it balances the face and adds color to the cheeks without overwhelming everything. ¬†This is one of my favorites to pair with a bold red lip!

To see my favorite brushes for applying these, check out this post.  What are you favorite blushes for this season?

fallblushes3Butter London Ruby Murray

fallblushes6NARS Sin

fallblushes4e.l.f. Blushing Rose

fallblushes5MAC Gingerly

fallblushes2NARS Douceur

fallblushes7Butter London Ruby Murray, NARS Sin, e.l.f. Blushing Rose, MAC Gingerly, NARS Douceur


  • Jenna Doeleman

    I agree, I don’t totally overhaul on the blush, but anything with a little more red/berry undertone always drifts onto my makeup vanity whether I think about it or not! I love your description for the Butter London. Honestly, sometimes I find the “scary” looking blushes end up being my favorites and I’ve learned to gravitate towards blushes with a lot of pigment :)

    Northern Beauty

  • TanjaWhatsername

    Sin and Douceur are to die for, such pretty shades! Pity they don’t have NARS in my country (or good for my wallet, depends on how you wanna look at it :D) .. Gingerly also looks like such an interesting shade, seems to be a favourite of many! :)


  • Sofie Karlsson

    I bought Douceur a few months ago and have worn it non-stop, it’s such a perfect shade! I also just bought NARS Seduction blush which I think it a great shade for autumn!

  • Laura S.

    That butter london one looks really interesting (in a good way)! The first line made me laugh out loud! If anyone loves blush, it’s you!
    xo, Laura

  • kfc

    I haven’t tried any MAC blushes but I always seem to gravitate towards orangey blushes in general. Gingerly look so good and I can only imagine how it can brighten and warm up the face just by looking at it!

  • Matia Zivkusic

    My favorite blush for the summer was Josie Maran Coconut water gelle in Honeymoon…and ive been having a hard time giving it up!! But for fall a long time favorite of mine is Tarte’s Exposed and Tarte’s Flushed.

  • Margery Ho
  • nueyork

    Doucer is a colour I’ve been wanting to pick up for the longest time. It’s just the perfect amount of deepness for someone with fair skin!

  • sisi

    Doucer sounds amazing! It is unlike anything I own, and I really want to swatch it and get it!

  • Sammi Penni

    I’ve always wanted to try Mac Gingerly after hearing you talk about it so much! Right now I’ve been loving Wet n Wild’s Mellow Wine for fall.

  • Embellished

    I’ve wanted Gingerly ever since you raved about it two years ago. Or was it longer than that?

  • Maisie

    I really like the idea of blushing rose, definitely on my Christmas list!

  • Emily

    Love your explanation of Butter London Ruby Murray, haha! I’m still looking for the perfect Winter coral!

  • Marie Lou

    I don’t really change blusher in the winter but I am going to now haha . I am liking the nude look at the moment … nude lip and I normally opt for a really really light blush as I tend to rock the “ghost” look haha … lovely post hun <3

  • Anjna Harish

    This was a cool post :)

    Anjna Harish

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  • Miranda

    My favorite is an Inglot blush (don’t know the number by heart), and it supposed to be a dupe for Mac Sin

  • Wanda

    You’ve loved the last three for so long! I bought gingerly, sin, and douceur because of you a couple years back – they are my go-to blush colors for bold lip colors! Thanks! :)

  • Rhiannon

    Such a lovely range of different blushes!

    Rhiannon xxx

  • Karen

    I’m totally a blush girl too. I have a fear of Cream Blush and I tend to stick with powders in differwnt shades of light to medium pink and coral, apricot, peach. I want to step out of my comfort zone, which cream blush do you recommend Allison?

  • Rebecca @ Hello Creative Blog

    Oooooh that Butter London is such a pretty color!!!

  • Hannah

    I love your “five for fall” idea! That Butter London blush looks amaaazing. I think my makeup collection is missing some fall blushes…

    Watching for Pigs on the Wing

  • Anu

    I have got to try the MAC Gingerly.. looks lovely :)

  • Paro

    MAC Gingerly is gorg!