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Tom Ford Flush holds a special place in my heart because it's my first Tom Ford blush and it was given to me as a surprise gift by my favorite person. ♥ A little cheesy there I know! But it needs to be mentioned. :D When I first saw Flush, with its shocking neon coral color and all, I was a little intimidated by it to tell you the truth. I mean, it's so out of my comfort zone! Little did I know that it would become one of all-time favorite coral blushes! :)
The square, mirrored-compact has a very simple yet luxurious design — brown casing with reflective gold bar accent. The lid has a very strong magnetic closure which I like. The applicator is not included but the blush comes with a protective pouch. It's not the best looking pouch I've seen but it is really soft and doesn't seem to collect dust too much.
03 Flush is a true coral blush. I find the shade to be quite flattering — not too warm, not too cool — and I have a feeling it will compliment any skin tone. It is one very bright blush and if that isn't scary enough, it contains shimmer, too! The shimmer is very noticeable in the pan and on arm swatches, but when applied on the skin, it becomes barely noticeable and provides only a soft luminous sheen across the cheeks. The shimmer does not seem to emphasize pores or lines, but I only wear it on the sides of my cheeks where my pores are not normally visible.
The powder is incredibly pigmented. You literally need just a light dab of a stippling brush (or any blush brush) for a healthy flush of color. A light hand is preferred and I would start with a sheer layer first, then build up to the desired intensity. Blending is an absolute must and it takes some time to diffuse all the hard edges. It is so easy to apply too much, too, so this is not one of those blushes that you can just grab, apply, and go! :)
The formula is finely-milled and doesn't feel powdery or chalky at all. It is very soft, though, so it tends to kick up a lot of product when you dip your brush in it. The longevity is remarkable as I do get a full 8 hours without any fading in sight. The color pretty much stays vibrant throughout the wear.
Of all Tom Ford Cheek Color Blushes in the permanent line, I think Flush is the most fun and interesting. The neon coral is so unique and unlike anything I've seen before. I also love how it brightens up my face nicely with a slight lifting effect! It is such a perfect, perfect shade for Spring/Summer, too, so if you are looking to splurge, here's one I promise you won't regret! :)