Review and Swatches: Kanebo Media Blush OR-1

Kanebo Media Blush OR-1
Kanebo Media Blush OR-1

I’m a late bloomer when it comes to Japanese makeup and skincare. I can’t say I’ve ever been into them. One reason is not being able to decipher product ingredients and technical information. Another is the sometimes nonsensical names that do not lend technical credibility. I mean, Girly Whipped Cheek? (Lavshuca, a cheek tint). Powderless Liquid? (Kanebo Kate, a liquid to powder foundation finish, I think, which you’d think is powder-more, not less? Unless it’s a liquid foundation that lets you skip powder? See my quandary?) Medicated Acne Emollient Supplizer? (Shiseido Ettusais. I’m not even..).

But indecipherable names aside, I know there are some great products out there that I’m missing if I don’t join the fray. I mean, my most sacred oil control apparatus is a Japanese miracle: Biore UV Perfect Face Milk, a sunblock that absorbs sebum like there’s no tomorrow.

So, Japanese makeup. One day, I saw an online deal for Kanebo Media blush, which has some very good reviews online. It’s not too expensive, and there is the color OR-1 which seems like a nice soft orange that I am missing from my stash. All my orange blushes are divas.

However, when the blush arrived, it might as well be PC (peach). Which? Actually works. I like. It is a peachy pink that I do not have a dupe of amongst my 80+ blushes. It will take serious effort to overdo, but is a really effortless exertion for a statement-lip look. There is a pronounced shimmer that does not translate to the cheeks (my problem with Nars Orgasm and the like).

Kanebo Media Blush OR-1, swatched heavily on the bottom and blended out at top.
Kanebo Media Blush OR-1, swatched heavily on the bottom and blended out at top, taken in the morning sunlight.

Bottom line: with its relatively cheap price (about $10 online at Ebay, Icibankao, etc),  a soft and usable brush, requirement of minimal effort, affinity with statement lips (OR-1, that is), compact size and transparent packaging for ease of color selection, there’s not really a con to trying one. However, I won’t be picking up more colors from this line as they’d be too light for my skin and I am not missing pale pinks/reds.

The pictures below were taken at different days, on different time of day, with natural lighting, so excuse the wide variation in skin color. But this really is a versatile blush color.

Kanebo Media Blush OR-1 with NYX Morocco (left), MAC Viva Glam Nicki (middle) and a random lipstick that looks lovely but for the life of me, I can’t remember. Might be an Illamasqua cream blush with some lipgloss….

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