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I find blusher to be tricky, and live in fear of having 'clown face'.

I tried samples that were liquid, creamy and cakey to find the best.

BENEFIT Cha Cha Tint, €33.50. Oh, dear, this is very, very mango coloured, and it freaked me out. But I did, of course, give it a go. It lasted a good while -- and you can use it as a lip stain too. I just do not have the correct skin tone for this shade. If you have lovely pale skin you could give this a go.

MAYBELLINE Dream Touch Blush, €10.79. The Maybelline shade looked too close to my normal skin shade to make much of a difference. How wrong I was! This is a perfectly tuned glowy colour. It lasts and lasts and is light as a feather.

L'ORÉAL True Match Blush in Sandalwood Pink, €11.54. I wish I liked this as much as I liked its package: it comes in a pot that cleverly contains a tiny flat brush and a mirror. The blusher itself, though, is on the chalky side and applied rather streakily, even when I eschewed their brush for one of my own.

YVES ST LAURENT Crème de Blush in Fuschia Temptation, €42. As I opened this adorable little pot I thought, 'Wow, that is an awfully fluorescent colour to use for the cap!' Except it wasn't the cap, it was the actual blusher. It doesn't look so pink when you apply it and smooth it out thinly, but still, wow, it is really pink.

ELIZABETH ARDEN Pure Finish Mineral Cheek Colour in Sunkissed Coral, €25. The thing many people don't like about mineral make-up is that they feel it sinks into their pores and fine lines, and makes them look old. This absolutely did not make me look old, and the slightest bit gave me a great glow and it lasted the whole day.


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