There has always been a beauty debate as to how cheaper cosmetics compare to high-end cosmetics – much like all ‘great debates’ there are arguments, counter-arguments, examples, anecdotes, and loyalties to be shared.

With the arrival of the new highlighting palettes from the Cheek Boutique collection, Revlon is making its own statement (and they’re quite persuasive!).

The Revlon Cheek Boutique display, which I’ve located at Bed Bath Beyond, is a blush lover’s dream – from soft shades to cream finishes, Revlon has affordable and wonderful options for everyone.

The Revlon Highlighting Palettes are available in three colors of Peach Glow, Rose Glow, and Bronze Glow. Packaged in a sleek and lightweight container, the highlighting blushes rival some of the very best high end options (ahem, Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks). In fact, after trying these highlighting blushes, I prefer Revlon for everyday as the shimmer is more subdued and work appropriate.

Revlon Peach Glow Highlight Blush (001) is a yellow based, golden bronze color that can be built up in intensity (bottom: Revlon Highlighting Palette swatch).

Revlon Rose Glow Highlight Blush (0002) is a lovely rose shade with pink undertones (middle: Revlon Highlighting Palette swatch). I’ve been wearing these since I purchased them and the blush stays on for approximately eight hours (no smudging or patches). The shimmer in these palettes is also perfect for highlighting without making you look like a glitzy disco ball of glitter – in fact, Revlon Highlighting blushes differ from Bobbi Brown shimmer bricks because Revlon is closer to a blush than a highlighter. Both Revlon Peach Glow and Revlon Rose Glow are highly pigmented – the texture is very soft, almost powdery, so both products are easy to blend. Overall, I can confidently recommend purchasing the Revlon Highlighting palettes – quality product, lovely shades, and just the right amount of shimmer are well worth the investment.

Because no one can resist the beauty of coral, no matter what season, I also purchased the Revlon Classy Coral Blush (010). Revlon Classy Coral is a cool-toned coral that comes packaged with a small brush and mirror (top: Revlon Powder Blush swatch). This particular blush was not exactly pigmented and was somewhat difficult to apply smoothly – I enjoyed that the color translates to a lovely, muted flush, but I wish the formula was softer. The Revlon powder blush release has several other shades so I recommend picking your favorite (not many drugstore brands have such wide color range).

Finding an affordable alternative to a popular product is often difficult – thankfully, Revlon made it easier with the introduction of their Cheek Boutique products. No matter what side you stand on in the ‘great debate,” be sure to add these beautiful shimmer blushes to your makeup collection.

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