Velvet Blusher in Flirtatious ($26)
This is the newest shade from the Velvet Blusher line, which is a line of cream-to-powder finish blushes that are long-wearing and highly pigmented. Aka, a little goes a long way. This shade is great for a subtle flush of color, just in time for the warm weather. And like all Illamasqua products, it’s buildable in case you are looking for a more intense pink. People who are a little afraid of blush will like this universally flattering shade, just start with a small amount of product and work your way up to the desired intensity. This product can be applied with your fingers or with a brush. I happen to love the Illamasqua brushes for blending blush colors into my cheeks, so that it’s blended into the skin rather than having a harsh line.
Matte Lip Liquid (($26 each)
This new product is pretty brilliant. It’s like a lipgloss consistency, rather than a lipstick, but it dries down to the most perfect matte finish. It’s water-resistent, long-wearing, and intensely pigmented, but it doesn’t feel dry on your lips. I personally like applying it to the lips with the applicator brush it comes with, but patting it into my lips with my fingers before it dries to give a perfectly airbrushed finish. There’s 3 shades; Forbidden (bright pink), Surrender (pale peachy-pink), and Exotic (a coral-y orange that happens to be my favorite shade of the collection).