Product A: Cheap Blush
Upon examining product A, I can already tell that it is a really nice product. There is no surface glazing, which is a good sign. Surface glazing occurs when there is excessive use of binder in a powder product, resulting in a shiny appearance. However, product A does not have this issue.
Product B: Expensive Blush
Moving on to product B, I notice that it appears slightly more dull compared to product A. Nevertheless, the pigment looks even, indicating that it is also a fairly nice product. Before applying any powder product, I always use a primer. Primers are made with silicone polymers that help the powder product adhere to the skin. So, in this case, I want to see how much product is picked up on the brush and how much is applied to the skin.
Texture and Blendability
When I touch product A, it feels incredibly soft and smooth. It blends easily, which is a great quality to have in a blush. I really enjoy the feel of this product. Typically, blushes do not offer heavy coverage as we strive for a natural appearance on the cheeks, unlike foundations or concealers where we aim to hide imperfections. However, product A feels exceptionally smooth and soft, indicating the presence of high-quality filler materials.
Moving on to product B, I immediately notice that it does not pick up as much product on the brush. This suggests that it might be slightly harder to apply. I also do not observe as much color being deposited, so I have a feeling that I would need to apply quite a bit of this product to achieve the desired color payoff.
While both products have their pros and cons, it is clear that product A, the cheap blush, performs surprisingly well. Its lack of surface glazing, smooth texture, and ease of blending make it a great option for those on a budget. On the other hand, product B, the expensive blush, falls short in terms of color payoff and ease of application.
A Dusting Test
I want to start by conducting a dusting test to see how much product actually transfers from the pan onto the brush. First, I’ll test product A. I take the brush and swirl it around in the product a few times, and then tap it off on a piece of paper. As I examine the paper, I notice quite a bit of powder that has dusted off, and there’s even some residue left on the product itself. This is not ideal, as it means that a lot of the powder is wasted when applying the blush.
Testing Product B
Next, I move on to testing product B. I swirl the brush in the blush the same number of times as I did with product A. Unfortunately, this product doesn’t seem to have much pickup. I don’t see as much product dust, and it’s not transferring onto the brush as well either. This indicates to me that this might be a lower quality product, as it lacks the desired transfer from the product to the brush. It’s possible that this particular product has a higher level of fillers or a lower level of pigment, which is reflected in its lighter shade and the feel of the product.
Product A vs Product B
When comparing the prices of the two blush products, it is clear that there is a significant difference. Product A costs 26 units, while Product B is only 6.49 units. The price alone gives a hint that Product A may be of a higher tier and higher cost compared to Product B, which seems more affordable and likely to be found in a drug store or grocery store.
The Preferred Product
After trying both products, it becomes evident that there is a preference for Product A. Not only does it have great color payoff, but it also feels incredibly soft on the skin. The application of Product A is smooth and luxurious, leaving a desirable finish.
Key Ingredients in Product A
Looking into the ingredients, it is found that boron nitride and talc are the primary fillers in Product A. Talc, being a low-cost filler, is commonly used in many powder products due to its affordability. However, it does not imply that it is a bad material. In fact, talc is known to be one of the softest materials used as a filler in cosmetics. Its soft texture contributes to the overall pleasant feel of Product A on the skin.
Interestingly, boron nitride is also an ingredient in Product A. This ingredient not only adds to the softness of the product but also has optical blurring effects on the skin. These effects help to minimize the appearance of pores and blemishes. Boron nitride is considered a more expensive ingredient, often found in prestige products.
Ingredients and Fillers in Product B
Examining the ingredients of Product B, it is noted that talc is the primary filler. Fillers can make up a significant portion, up to 60%, of a powder product. Therefore, they greatly contribute to the texture and feel of the product, as well as its overall cost.
The Use of Synthetic Flor Flopy in Cheap vs Expensive Blush
There are some other materials used in here as fillers like synthetic Flor flopy, one of my favorite words to say in cosmetic ingredients. Synthetic Flor flopy is synthetic micia and while its useful as a filler because its highly transparent, it also is a lot harder in skin feel than something like talc. So it may be contributing somewhat to the uh increased compaction of product B and maybe somewhat contributing to the fact that it didnt transfer as well to the brush lets try some cream blushes.
Differences in Finish and Intensity
When I look at product a, I see a nice smooth finish, it also looks like it has a lot of chroma or high intensity of the pigment. When I look at product B, it also has a nice smooth finish. It looks a little shinier. The color on product B doesnt seem to be as intense as product a maybe indicating theres lower amount of pigment. The pigments often contribute a lot of cost to a product. The lower amount of pigment might make this a less expensive product.
Testing the Cream Blushes
I’m first going to try product a. I’m going to Swatch the product on my inner arm. This product has a really bouncy skin feel, you can see the intensity of the pigment on my skin. I’m going to blend it with a makeup sponge. You can see the color blends nice and smoothly. Cream blushes contain more waterproof ingredients. They contain a lot of waxes as well, so they’re not going to move around as much as a powder product.
Product Texture and Application
When it comes to applying blush, the grip that comes with a primer is often unnecessary. However, the texture of the product can greatly affect the application process. Let’s take a look at two different blushes, product A and product B.
Product B feels significantly more oily and waxy compared to product A. This difference in texture requires me to apply more product in order to achieve the same level of color payoff. To blend product B, I use a makeup sponge, which helps to distribute the product evenly. However, I notice that I need to apply even more of this blush to attain the intensity of color that I desire. It seems that product B may contain cheaper emollients, resulting in a greasier and oilier feel compared to product A.
The Melt Test
The next test involves evaluating how well the blushes melt on the skin. Human skin has a temperature of around 36 to 37 degrees Celsius, so ideally, the product should melt on the skin. However, we don’t want it to melt excessively, as it could slide off in hot conditions such as a car on a warm day.
Setting the hot plate to 50 degrees Celsius, above skin temperature, I begin with product A. I remove the blush from the pan and scrape it into a beaker. Surprisingly, the entire product comes out in one intact piece. Its texture is intriguingly bouncy and springy. I then place it on the hot plate and observe if it melts.
However, product A doesn’t seem to melt much. It maintains a texture reminiscent of Play-Doh, somehow retaining its form despite the heat.
Continuing the Melt Test
Now, let’s move on to product B. Similar to product A, I remove the blush from the pan and scrape it into a beaker. However, this time the texture is different. It lacks the bouncy and springy quality of product A, and instead feels slightly more pliable.
I place product B on the hot plate and wait for it to melt. Surprisingly, it doesn’t possess the same resistance as product A. Instead, it quickly melts into a more liquid-like consistency. This indicates that the formulation of product B allows it to melt more easily on the skin, which could be a potential concern in warmer conditions.
About the Blushes
Doh, almost! This blush doesn’t appear to have a traditional hot-pour formula. The texture is springy and bouncy, indicating that it might have a completely different base, like a silicone polymer. It seems that there are not many waxes in this formula either. The presence of silicone, polymers, or other high-cost materials suggests that this blush might be on the pricier side.
Testing Product B
Now, let’s move on to testing product B. This blush behaves more like a traditional wax-based formula. It reminds me of a lipstick formula, with its stickiness and melting properties. As I watch it closely, I can see the product starting to slide. In comparison, product A has a unique texture that remains solid and springy even after some melting. This difference in feel and texture leads me to believe that product A might have some special ingredients that contribute to its performance.
Let’s take a look at the price. Product A, the cream blush, is priced at $33, while product B is priced at $17. My initial guess was correct! Product A is indeed the more expensive option, with a prestige price tag. On the other hand, product B falls into the mid-range price category for a blush.
Personally, I preferred product A. It had a good amount of playtime, blended easily, and had a decent amount of pigment. Many formulations tend to unfairly criticize fillers like talc, but I believe it is an ingredient that contributes to the overall performance of product A.
The texture, behavior, and price of these two blushes reveal interesting insights. While product A showcases a unique formulation and comes with a higher price, product B offers good performance at a more affordable price point. Ultimately, the choice between the two will depend on individual preferences and budget constraints.
The Formula and Texture of the Blush
The formula of a blush plays a crucial role in how it feels on the skin. In the case of this particular blush product, there are two key ingredients that contribute to its texture. The first ingredient is talc, which is commonly used in cosmetic products. Talc helps to create a powdery feel on the skin, giving the blush a smooth and velvety texture. The second ingredient is dimethicone, a type of silicone that allows the product to spread easily on the skin, making it effortless to blend.
The Bouncy Feeling
One unique aspect of this blush is its bouncy texture. This can be attributed to the presence of vinyl dimethicone cross polymer in the formula. This particular ingredient gives the blush a bouncy and resilient texture, which adds to the overall user experience. It is worth noting that this blush appears to be a traditional hot pour wax-based formula. It contains high levels of emollients like ethyl hexyl iso nonanoate, as well as waxes such as candelilla wax and carnauba wax. These waxes are combined in a way that creates a lower melting point for the product.
The Role of Extracts in the Formula
Upon inspecting the ingredient list further, it becomes apparent that there are several extracts included in the formula. However, their positioning at the bottom of the ingredient statement suggests that they may not contribute significantly to the performance of the product. In the cosmetics industry, these types of extracts are often referred to as “pixie dust.” While they may sound appealing on the front label of the product, their actual impact on the performance of the blush is likely minimal. It is essential to be aware of this when evaluating the claims made by such products.
Exploring Tints and Stains
Moving on to tints and stains, it is important to assess the intensity of color in these types of products. In the case of a tint or stain, we expect a high level of color payoff. Upon examination, it becomes evident that this particular tint has a relatively thin liquid consistency. However, despite its thin texture, the intensity of color is commendable. The blush appears slightly translucent, indicating the possible presence of dyes. Certain dyes used in cosmetics can stain the skin, contributing to the long-lasting effect of the product.
By closely examining the formula and texture of the blush, as well as evaluating the role of extracts and exploring tints and stains, we gain valuable insights into the product’s performance. It is essential to consider these aspects when deciding between cheaper and more expensive blush options, as they can significantly impact the overall quality and efficacy of the product.
Fluorine Dyes and Liquid Texture
These blushes, referred to as fluorine dyes, are known for their liquid consistency. As the expert points out, Product B is particularly liquid, with the product flowing effortlessly in the tube. Upon closer inspection, it becomes evident that Product B contains a higher concentration of color additives compared to Product A. The deeper, almost opaque color suggests a higher percentage of dye in the formula.
Primer Compatibility and Water-based Formulas
The expert mentions that they do not usually use a primer with tints and stains. This is because these types of products are typically water-based, making them incompatible with the silicones commonly found in primers. The water-based nature of tints and stains creates an incompatibility with the silicone components in primers.
Testing Product A: Dyes vs Pigments
Now it’s time to try out Product A. A small amount is applied to the expert’s arm. It is important to note that Product A, unlike Product B, contains dyes instead of pigments. In the cosmetics industry, color additives are categorized based on their solubility. Dyes are soluble in water or another solvent such as ethanol (alcohol), while pigments are insoluble.
Testing Product B: Intensity and Emolliency
Moving on to Product B, the expert observes that it has a significantly higher color payoff. Additionally, the texture of Product B feels smoother and more emollient compared to Product A. It glides effortlessly on the skin and leaves a shinier appearance. Unlike Product A, Product B also takes longer to dry.
: Difference in Color Intensity and Application
The expert’s assessment reveals a notable difference in the intensity of color between the two blushes. Product A appeared streakier upon application, while Product B provided a smoother and more vibrant result. The variations in texture, drying time, and overall performance highlight the variations in quality and formulation between cheap and expensive blushes.
Product A: Cheap vs Expensive Blush
I could see the product kind of pull into little spots on my skin compared to product B, which was very smooth and even now, Im going to do a solubility dispersability test. To help understand more about the nature of the base ingredients in these formulas Im going to add a few drops of product A to the Music beaker, and you can see the product fully dissolved, indicating to me that this is indeed a water-based product using water.
Water-Based Product with Fluorine Dyes
Soluble dyes – and I would say, based on the color – this is indeed one of the fluorine dyes used in this product. Fluorine dyes actually do flues, so they will glow underneath a black light.
Product B: Expensive Blush
Let’s move on to product B. Well, you can see this behave differently. The product sunk to the bottom – there is some dispersion in the water itself and you can see the product is just kind of uh swirling around on the bottom, so this product does not appear to be entirely water-based. It probably contains some emolient in the base which, because they’re more expensive than water might make this more expensive than the water-based product.
Price Comparison: Tint A vs Tint B
Now let’s look at the price tint. A is $33 tint B is is $4.99 sorry tint B is $4.99. I’m really surprised that product B is so much less expensive than product A just based on the fact that the formula contains more emollient materials that are water insoluble.
Preferring Product B
I actually did like product B better. Despite its lower price, it felt smoother and more even on my skin. The fact that it contains emollient materials might explain its better performance and texture. This goes to show that price doesn’t always guarantee the quality of a product.
Product A, as stated earlier, has a longer play time to distribute and blend the blush. However, it dries quickly, giving less time to blend the product. The primary ingredient in Product A is water, with a small amount of polysorbate 20, which acts as a surfactant to solubilize other materials like fragrance or preservative.
One interesting ingredient in Product A is carmine. Carmine is a color additive derived from beetles, making it natural but not vegan. It is an expensive ingredient, as it takes thousands of beetles to produce tiny amounts of dye.
Like Product A, Product B is also water-based. It contains additional ingredients like glycerin, panthenol, and sodium hyaluronate, which may contribute to the insolubility of some materials. The radish root ferment filtrate is likely a preservative to prevent microbial growth in the product.
Preservatives are essential in water-based products to protect against yeast, mold, and bacteria that can cause infections.
Now, let’s move on to trying some liquid blushes. When assessing liquid blushes, I consider the intensity of the pigment. Product A appears to have a thick consistency with a lot of pigment. It seems to be an oil-based product based on its movement in the package. It is not as liquidy as a water-based product, so there is minimal movement when the tube is tipped.
Product B also appears to be highly pigmented, indicating that it may provide a rich color payoff when applied.
I think I might notice a little bit more fillers in this product because it has a bit more of a white appearance to it. So maybe some titanium dioxide as well, and it appears to be something emollient based. I’m not seeing the product move in the package, like I would with a liquid or water-based product.
Product A Application
I’m first going to try product A. It feels really thin. It glides nicely and has a lot of opacity. I may have applied too much, but this seems like it is an emollient-based product with a high level of pigment. It has a very nice gloss as well on the skin.
Now, onto product B. Product B looks to have a higher level of pigments. I can really see a lot of opacity here, so there’s probably a greater level of the colors itself, but also maybe some fillers like titanium dioxide. That may be contributing to the high degree of opacity I’m seeing with product B.
Now I’m going to do a playtime test, but first, I’m going to calibrate myself using mineral oil in a liquid blush. You need a sufficient amount of playtime to blend the product. If you don’t have enough time to blend the product, you might end up with splotches or streaks on your face. By testing this first, I can get a reference point to judge the other two products.
It feels like product A is fully rubbed in it had a fair amount of play time, so it’s easy to spread. The color looks very nice and even, and well-pigmented.
Now, I’m going to test product B. I’m going to put a few drops on my arm. Product B feels a lot thicker and a little bit stickier. It has really even pigment coverage, very opaque as well. I can already tell that product B is a lot more emollient.
It is a lot glossier than product A and it’s taking a lot more time to rub in, so it really has a lot of play time, maybe a little too much play time. I might use a lot less of this product if I was going to apply it to my face. I think product B might contain some clays to help suspend the pigments, something like a bentonite or a hectorite clay. It also feels a little bit tacky. There might be some more glycerin or a higher concentration of maybe exclusive emollients that are contributing to that tack of the product.
I think product A performed well, but I think it has a higher degree of oily materials and might be a less expensive base than product B. Product A seemed to also have a slightly lower pigment load.
Now let’s look at the price of the blush. Product A is $8, while product B is $23. Based on the performance, I think Cream Blush B was definitely worth the money.
Product A vs Product B: A Makeup Expert’s Guess
When it comes to choosing the right blush, it can be a daunting task with so many options available in the market. To make matters even more confusing, there’s a wide range of prices, from affordable drugstore options to luxurious high-end brands. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at two blush products and analyze their ingredients and performance to determine which one is worth your money.
The Ingredients: Product A
Let’s start by examining the ingredients of Product A. Upon inspection, it becomes evident that this product is emulsion-based, with water as its primary ingredient. Additionally, pegen dimethicone can be found as the third ingredient, serving as an emulsifier that combines the water and oil phases together. Product A also contains effect pigments such as synthetic Fluor, flopy, and calcium sodium borosilicate. These pigments create a glass-like effect, providing a high level of shine to the blush.
The Ingredients: Product B
Moving on to Product B, we find that it is not water-based like its counterpart. The first ingredient listed is hydrogenated polyisobutene, a thick and shiny emollient commonly found in lip glosses. This resemblance to lip glosses suggests that Product B shares some similarities with those products. Furthermore, Tri methoxy silicate, a high gloss silicone material, is present in the formulation, contributing to the noticeable sheen of the blush. Another ingredient worth mentioning is dier dimonium hectorite, a type of clay that aids in the product’s application and blending.
Performance and Pigmentation
After analyzing the ingredients, it’s time to evaluate the performance of both blushes. Upon swatching, Product B’s higher level of pigment becomes apparent. It provides a more intense color payoff, making it ideal for those who prefer a bold and vibrant blush. On the other hand, Product A offers a softer and more natural look, with a buildable formula that allows for easy blending. The choice between the two ultimately depends on your personal preference and desired level of pigmentation.
Based on the results of the dusting test, I can confidently say that product A is the more expensive product. It showed a higher level of powder pickup and better transfer onto the brush. Product B, on the other hand, fell short in terms of performance. While this doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bad product, it does suggest that it may not offer the same quality and pigmentation as its pricier counterpart.
In the world of makeup, price isn’t always an indicator of quality. It’s important to test products and see how they perform before making a judgment. Some cheaper options may surprise you with their performance, while some expensive ones may underwhelm. As a makeup expert, I always encourage experimentation and finding what works best for you, regardless of the price tag.
Based on the price, texture, and key ingredients, it is clear that Product A is of higher quality and likely a more expensive option. The presence of boron nitride and talc as fillers, along with their effects on the skin, further support this assumption.
In contrast, Product B seems to be a more affordable choice, with talc being its primary filler. While it may still provide a satisfactory result, it is evident that Product A delivers a superior experience in terms of color payoff, texture, and overall performance.
Overall, it is essential to consider the ingredients and cost when choosing a blush product. Different options cater to various preferences and budgets, allowing individuals to find the perfect fit for their makeup routine.
As a makeup expert, testing different blushes allows me to analyze their textures and performance. While product B may offer a more intense color payoff, it also has a greasier feel and a tendency to melt more readily. On the other hand, product A retains its form and texture, providing a different application experience. Ultimately, the choice between cheap and expensive blushes depends on individual preferences and desired outcomes.
Okay, I place a small amount of product A on my arm.
When it comes to choosing between a cheap and expensive blush, there isn’t a definitive answer. It boils down to your individual needs and preferences. Whether you opt for the emulsion-based, high-shine effect of Product A or the lip gloss-like texture and intense pigmentation of Product B, both have their own unique qualities that cater to different makeup looks. The key is to experiment and find the blush that suits your style and enhances your natural beauty.