Please say hello to Momoshuiro (left) and Usuzakura (right). Momoshuiro is described by the brand as peach coral and Usuzakura as sweet pink. When I posted about all the SS14 collection from the press release in February, I mentioned I was very interested in these new Balancing Cheeks blushes but worried about the overall pigmentation. My previous experience with Momozoe, another Balancing Cheeks (now long gone from my blush drawer) was slightly disappointing since the color was so pretty, but the colors didn't really show on my skin.
First let have a little ramble through the format of these blushes. On the left side is the light and matte finish color which is supposed to be sebum resistant. The right shade is deeper (also I think dustier in tone) shimmery shade, using something called "wet granulation" which is the same formula as the new base shades in quads 15 Mitsucha, 16 Hanashoubu and 17 Yomogiiro. And similar to the eye shadow base shades, there are visible shimmers that provide an overall glow to the skin where applied.
The right side is a deeper color, which I guess is the "coral" part of this blush. To me, it's more rose, with a slight tilt to peach when I lean the pan one way or the other. More peach in the above picture, more rose in the below picture. In the pan picture, you can see the textural differences between the left matte pan and the right side shimmer pan. The distinction is even more dramatic in the swatches.
Consistent to my experience with pretty much all powder products from the Suqqu brand, Momoshuiro is silky and smooth with no heaviness or density. There is no dustiness, chalkiness, powderiness despite the pale tones of the blush.
Look at the middle swatch. The natural direct light tends to amplify the shimmer and you might be able to discern some very prominant glittery bits. Since I wear the two shades blended (right side swatch), the effect is more luminous and less GLITTAHHHHH! On my face, it looks like angelic glow. Also that sebum claim? I have dry cheeks, so I can't attest to that and I don't feel like applying this all over my nose and forehead to validate that claim. Heyyyyyy, new blush placement ideas!
However, I will note that this is not a pigmented product. I have similar colors that pack a much greater punch. For my winter pale skin (NC15 to 20), it show up well, but as I approach closer to NC20, I do need to layer more heavily for the color to show. The pigmentation is something to consider if you want to pick this one up, but if your thing is glowing and subtle color, then this is it for you!
Now, let's see Usuzakura, or beautiful Sweet Pink.
Again though, it doesn't have a ton of pigmentation even though the finish and the feel of the product is superb.
I thought you might like some comparisons to some similar colors among my peachy shades and light pinks. You might find a more pigmented option that might suit your preferences better.
Here are the peaches and corals that I've selected.
For Usuzakura, Chanel Narcisse* immediately came to mind as the blush to compare. Pan color looks different, but the swatches...hmmm...interesting.
By the way, I am wearing Usuzakura in my recent post on Suqqu Hanashoubu (also from the SS14 releases).
disclaimer: * indicates a product received without charge as a pr/marketing sample for consideration