I found these adorable Spring Fling Blushes from City Color at Rite-Aid for only $2.99. I haven’t used anything from City Color before, so I had no idea what to expect, but the flowers were just too cute to pass up. You may remember from this post that the display also offered two eyeshadow palettes, one in brown and green, and the other in purple. (Click photos to enlarge.)
The packaging leaves much to be desired. They are pretty tough to get into, which is a big fail in my opinion. I usually keep a paper clip or something like that with my makeup for difficult packing so that I don’t chip my nails, and I definitely have to use it on these blushes. The lip of the closure is set pretty far back into the packaging, so getting a finger nail under it to open is a real pain. Otherwise, the packaging is sturdy, though rather generic and typical of drugstore items. Each blush comes with a mini brush that I have not tried to use, but seems too small for blush. There is a rather large (magnifying?) mirror on the back, but it is kind of warped, so it’s like using a fun house mirror to apply makeup. It will work for a quick touch up, but don’t look in it too long or you will get a headache.
The blush itself is actually pretty good. I was really surprised by how pigmented the shades are. You could pick and choose to use just one or two of the three shades, or swirl them all together. Be warned, though that the blush is quite soft, so don’t use a dense brush or it will get really powdery on you. When I used by normal blush brush, I had no issues swirling the colors, but I also have a travel mini kabuki that’s dense and a little stiff. When I used that brush, the blush crumbled or loosened up a little bit and there was a powdery mess in my palette. It didn’t destroy the pattern, but it was messy so be careful with how soft these are.
The three shades in the Pink palette are (from left to right) a very pale matte baby pink that hardly shows up on my skin, a matte bright reddish pink, and a shimmery rosy mauve. The two shades that make up the flower are extremely pigmented and you can easily go overboard with these colors. However, the pale pink is so light that it tones down the other two colors. When swirled together and blended well, these shades make a totally wearable pink flush on the cheeks that would be very flattering on many skin tones.
Terracotta is beautiful, but very dark. I would say that this is more of a warm shimmery bronzer than a blush. The shades are, again, pretty pigmented, and I think that Terracotta would be too dark for those with fair skin. It can be difficult to get just one or two of the shades without picking up the neighboring colors if, for instance, you wanted to avoid the darkest shades. It’s best if you use a slightly smaller blush brush, or instead of swirling, try dabbing into the desired shades in layers. Both Pink and Terracotta blend smoothly (thanks to the soft consistency) and are not chalky or streaky so you don’t have to be as precise because the shades will disappear into each other.
The three shades in the Terracotta palette are (from left to right) a soft champagne peach, a fiery copper, and a bronzy brown. All three of these shades have a good amount of shimmer, which may be a turn off for some. Although these shades can be blended out and used as a blush (which I will show you below) they are going to be difficult for a lot of people to work with. Terracotta provides a gorgeous glowing bronzed look, but it is just too much for lighter skin. In the summer, when I have more color I may be able to pull it off. Until then, I think I’m going to try these shades as eyeshadows. They are so pretty and will look amazing on the eyes.
Below is what the blushes look like with all three shades swirled together and blended out. As you can see, City Color Spring Fling Blush in Pink is a very easy blush to pull off and can look natural and simple. In this picture I blended the hell out of Terracotta and layered more of the pale shade over top to tone the color down. I was able to achieve a natural looking bronzed effect, but it may be too much work for lighter skinned girls. Those with darker skin, on the other hand, may really have some fun with Terracotta if pink shades don’t show up well or look odd on the cheeks.
In conclusion, despite the unfortunate packing, City Color Spring Fling Blushes are a hit for me. For only $2.99, they are a fun and adorable addition to my collection. I believe that City Color is exclusive to Rite-Aid and the Spring Fling display is seasonal and, therefore, limited edition.
Speed Read: City Color Spring Fling Blushes are pretty decent for the price. They are soft, but extremely pigmented and blend well. The packaging leaves much to be desired, but at $2.99 each they are a good buy. Pink is the most universally flattering shade, though darker-skinned girls may prefer the warmer bronzy tones in Terracotta.
Best for: Those who do not mind having to work on blending their blush and like multi-hued blush palettes. Also, those who don’t mind poorly designed packaging.
Keep walking: If you want a blush that is easy to apply and doesn’t require much blending, or if you don’t like small blush palettes. Also, if cheap, poorly designed packaging bugs you, stay away.