Merit Flush Balm Review

Merit Flush Balm Review

[unpaid/sample/affiliate/ad] In the past, I have reviewed a couple of products from Merit and I really liked them – Day Glow Gloss and Shade Slick Highlighter. This brand is known for its minimalistic approach, aiming for natural, effortless makeup looks rather than bold and dramatic ones.

Merit Flush Balm Review

This time, I’m testing out the Flush Balm and The Minimalist Complexion Stick. The blush, in the shade Cheeky, is easy to use although the dome shape doesn’t offer any particular advantage as it still needs to be blended in. The shade suits all skin tones, the texture is smooth and silky, and it’s available in nine shades. However, at £32, it seems a bit expensive to me, especially considering the packaging is not particularly special – it is lightweight and plasticky.

Merit Flush Balm Review

I have swatched both the blush and the stick above.I’m not used to this type of foundation texture, so it felt heavy as I applied it, but once blended, it didn’t feel heavy at all. In the swatch, I haven’t blended it at all, and blending is crucial for it to look good on the skin. The Minimalist Complexion Stick has an excellent shade range with 20 shades and is priced at £40. It’s the kind of product that you can use to provide coverage only where you need it rather than all over your face. However, I’m skeptical about this approach because it’s extremely rare to find such an exact match to your skin that any coverage is undetectable. The coverage also alters the look and feel of the skin, so that’s something to consider. I’d recommend applying it in good lighting if you decide to add coverage where you need it. I can see where I’ve blended this over my chin, indicating that I haven’t done a good enough job this time. I also noticed that it didn’t sit well over what was underneath – I had applied Erborian CC water lazily as I tried the Stick straight afterwards, which suggests that the ingredients might not work well together. This is something to keep in mind when using moisturizer or SPF first. The brand describes the stick as ‘not a foundation and not a concealer,’ but doesn’t specify what they think it is other than offering ‘coverage.’

The Minimalist Complexion Stick

I mean, I am being picky because they do both look good on my skin but for £40 and £32 I want to see some really high performance. If you’re using the stick like a foundation please note that it’s slender and therefore probably won’t last as long as you’d like. You can find it HERE and the blush HERE.

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