Being a translator by profession (and nature), I’ve always found the world of words fascinating. Take this Diorblush for example. The original name in French, Terre de Sienne, is the equivalent of Sienna in English. The clay is widely used in oil paint pigments. If you search for it on the Internet, you will see resemblance of the real thing and the Diorblush named after it. The name in English however, does not evoke the same type of music, so here we are with Sugar & Spice (849), and a different set of associations that come with it.
But I digress… You’re not here to learn about clay, you’re here to look at a pigmented, versatile, natural blush with excellent texture!
Diorblush is packaged with the same material as their quints, and the compact opens to a mirror, the blush itself, and a small brush. I can’t really detect any scent, which is good news for those with sensitive noses.
Like other Diorblushes, Sugar & Spice comes with two shades. The matte side is a brownish rose, and when it is swatched heavily it is almost brick-colored. The texture of this side is so extremely fine that it could almost be a cream! The other side is a shimmery peach, though it does also have a bit of brown undertone. The shimmer is minuscule. I own many shimmery blushes which are not so obviously shimmery that they look frosty on, but this one hits it out of the park! If you have been looking for a subtle shimmery peachy blush, take a look at Sugar & Spice! This side feels slightly grainy compared to the matte side on my finger, but it also applies and blends like a dream!
From bottom to top: the matte side, the shimmery side, and two sides mixed together.
The pigmentation, as you can see, is excellent. It did also have a tiny bit of harder layer on top, but once I went over it with a natural-bristled brush, the pigmentation reaches that perfect level at which you can’t overdose with one swipe, but nor will you have to go at it like a madwoman just for the blush to show. Both sides function well alone (I was SO surprised to find the shimmery side shows up well on me. I thought it would be designed sheer for layering purposes), which means this compact is very versatile. You can use each side by itself, mix it up, or lay the matte shade down as an overall blush and the shimmery one on the apples of your cheeks/cheekbones. When I want a pinch of color on my cheeks while looking very natural, the shimmery side enables me to skip my highlighter!
The enclosed brush is most probably made with natural bristles. It is very soft and non-scratchy. The shape and softness make picking color up a bit more difficult than your full-size blush brush (don’t get me wrong: it works well), but this baby can blend! It is one of the better-performing enclosed brushes I have seen. If I have to do my makeup in the car for example (while someone else is driving of course), this is definitely a compact I’d reach for!
I have used this blush in some of my looks, including:
Bottom line: A beautiful combination with excellent quality, there’s nothing about Diorblush Sugar & Spice that’s not to love. I would highly recommend this particularly to those with a warmer undertone, as they might find the brown tone in it easier to wear. However, to be honest this is a blush that I can’t see going wrong on anyone (it’s hard to overdose and easy to blend out), so it’s a great basic in everyone’s arsenal!
Have you seen Sugar & Spice of any other Diorblushes? What are some of your go-to blushes? Do you wear anything with a brown undertone well?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx
Disclosure: This post contains one (or more) sample that is sent by the PR for my consideration. All opinions are honest and my own. I am in no way compensated for this review. I have always been, and will always be committed ONLY to my readers.