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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Sex on Fire | Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blush

charlotte tilbury sex on fire cheek to chic blush (1)::: press sample / affiliate links :::

If on Wednesday, we wear pink, what does one wear on Thursdays? Luxury blush, perhaps? I like the sound of that, so let's go with it. I just happen to have what is my second Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blush in Sex on Fire. A neutral toned blush with a nod to one of my favourite bands? Yes, please! Read on for a closer look.



The Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blushes have been around for a minute as they are part of the core CT lineup. If you're unfamiliar, the idea behind the two shades is to swirl your brush around the outer 'swish' shade and apply it to the cheek bones, then repeat in the inner 'pop' shade on the apples. That's a fine idea, but the pan is a bit small for that, so I just do a swirl of both shades. It looks about the same, if we're being honest.

The blush is housed in the signature deep burgundy-brown CT packaging with rose gold accents. The plastic is of a heavy, durable feeling quality with gorgeous metal surrounding the pan. I don't think I will ever tire of rose gold... The lid of the compact features a nice mirror, but I find Sex on Fire to be very hard to open. Like, nail tearingly so compared to my other blush from this range.


While the formula is perfectly pigmented on skin, I don't find these blushes to swatch all that well as the surface feels a bit stiff. They do pick up well with a brush however, with Sex on Fire boasting more pigment than Love Glow.

Since I have two blushes from the range, I figured I may as well swatch them together. Above is Sex on Fire (tea rose with a mauve centre) and Love Glow (peachy-coral with a pink centre) which has a soft, radiant sheen. Sex on Fire, while not my favourite Kings of Leon song (that would be Arizona) gives cheeks a nudey-mauve flush that compliments most any eye/lip look. I am quite partial to a neutral blush and love that this has a bit more colour than a straight nude. As pretty as is, I can't see it being the best option for deeper skin tones. Actually, Love Glow won't be wither, as these lack that dose of pigment needed to pop on darker skin.

Overall, a great blush if you're feeling splurge-y, but not an out of this world formula. Sex on Fire has quickly become my daily blush shade as I just can't pass up a tea-rose / nudey cheek. What do you think? Are you a fan of these blushes? Have a favourite shade?