No7 Pop and Glow blush review and swatches

Another of the products on my list to try from the UK were the No7 Pop and Glow blushes. I love cream blushers and having them in stick form is obviously the easiest way out; but what drew me to these guys were the shades. I have enough strong (read fucshia) blushes for the moment, and I instantly fell in love with the two lighter, fresher shades offered.

No7 Pop and Glow sticks in Rose Blossom and Mango Sorbet
No7 Pop and Glow sticks in Rose Blossom and Mango Sorbet

Of the three Pop and Glow blushes I chose two – Rose Blossom and Mango Sorbet. Rose Blossom is a proper Barbie pink and Mango Sorbet is a peachy shade that’s just a notch or two too vibrant to be called a pastel. I’m very happy with both, and the consistency is almost exactly what I want it to be. It applies easily – I just do a couple of dabs directly onto my cheeks – and blends easily with either your fingers or a dense buffing brush.

The shades are translucent but buildable (the best kind) and dries to an almost-matte, almost-powdery finish. I love that it’s not shimmery, but if I’m allowed one irk I would have liked just a little more radiance. Luckily there’s nothing a dab of highlighting cream can’t fix! They last through most of the day, and depending on your foundation formulation it will be a pretty easy product to keep in your handbag makeup bag if you’re so inclined.

The sticks are bigger than they look - perfect size for cheeks. But 1. That's what she said and 2. Can these things look any more phallic?
The sticks are bigger than they look – perfect size for cheeks. But 1. That’s what she said and 2. Can these things look any more phallic?
No7 Pop and Glow Mango Sorbet and Rose Blossom swatched
No7 Pop and Glow Mango Sorbet and Rose Blossom swatched
And then this happened. Didn't plan it.
And then this happened. Didn’t plan it.

 

I love these blush sticks and they’re great value (again, even at the horrific exchange rate of R18 = £1 I bought them at) at £10 each – there’s quite a bit of product if you start turning the stick, you’ll have a hard time finishing it. For the first time I wished we had N07 in SA again! I’m tempted to ask a friend who’s coming over in May to bring me the Instant Radiance Highlighter stick too, it’s getting pretty good reviews.
If you have a friend in the UK, getting loot from Boots is pretty hassle-free. You can shop online and either have it delivered to them (£3 or free on £45+ spend) or ask them to collect from the store (£2 or free on £20+ spend). All you have to do then is convince your friends to post it to you.
C xx
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