Thursday, 9 December 2010

Pale Skin and Flushed Cheeks feat Mac Virgin Isle Cream Colour Base

I think we can all agree that winter is well and truly here, and to be completely honest we didn't have much of a summer this year either. My tan has completely faded and I'm as pale as Casper the ghost. Instead of reaching for the fake tan, I've decided to embrace the pale for a little while. I'm not sure how long this will last, but at the moment, I quite like it.

I've mentioned before that I'm a fan of the "English Rose" look of pale skin and flushed cheeks, sported by the likes of Kate Winslet, Keira Knightley, and Emma Watson, and one of the main products I've been reaching for lately is Mac Creme Colour Base in Virgin Isle or occasionally my Mac Lady Blush Cream Blush.

Virgin Isle looks much scarier in the pan than it is in reality. The tiniest bit goes an extremely long way. Its super pigmented and blends like a dream. Its a vivid coral colour in the pan, and to look at it you would think "no way" and completely avoid it. For the Mad Men fans among us, Virgin Isle is actually used on Joan and Betty, and gives you that fresh just walked in from a crisp winter walk look. 

Joan Holloway Mad MenPeggy Olson Mad Men Makeup

I literally swipe my middle finger once in the product, dot in onto both cheeks, then blend it with my ring finger. I think its gorgeous. Unfortunately I dont think Mac sell this product anymore, which I simply can't believe, but if you really want to try it you could try and track it down on ebay.

I really like the "flushed" look that can be achieved with a cream blusher, I dab it onto my cheeks with my fingers and build on the intensity depending on how flushed I want to go. Here's how I wore my make up today!

Products used:
Mac Face and Body Foundation
Maybelline Pure Cover Mineral Concealer
Mac Virgin Isle Cream Colour Base
Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara
Mac Creme Cup Lipstick - I'm only wearing the tiniest bit and I have really pigmented lips so the colour in the photo looks a little squiffy.

I've completely stopped wearing face powder at the moment too, I think its because of the dryer, colder air that my skin just doesn't need a powder on top of my foundation.

Do you like cream blushers? I know that certain Mac Blushers can feel really greasy and feel like they're going to slide right off of your face, but I really like Lady Blush, and Virgin Isle Cream Colour Base is my favourite Cream Blush ever.Which are your favourites?

EDIT: Mac Virgin Isle is being repromoted in Mac's Stylishly Yours Collection so you still have a chance to get your mitts on it. I have done an updated post about it here. 


  1. I tried the pale skin for a while, but we just didn't get on! So back to tanning I went.

    Keira looks pretty tanned in that pic btw? Lol.


  2. Ahh you're totally right Nicola, I've found a different one, believe it or not i found it really hard to find any half decent images of her! xx

  3. This is gorgeous on you! I cannot get cream blushers to work at all. I end up rubbing off most of my foundation! I've stopped wearing powder too; all this wind and heating is making my skin so dry :/! x

  4. love cream blushers and I like the 'english rose' look!! I think its soo beautiful!!! <33 xx

  5. I like the english rose look on others but i'm mixed race so cannot do pale skin lol xx

  6. I really like cream blushers ive been using them more than powder recently. Lady blush has to be my favorite of the moment though :) x

  7. My tan from my holiday has officially gone now, and Im usually the first one to hit the St Moriz but like you, I'm attempting to embrace the pale. A month off thebottle and still gonig strong :) hehe. Still not looking like much of an english rose though, more like Ive just rose from the dead


  8. Oh i LOVE Virgin Isle, it's the only CCB that i own i can't believe they've discontinued it! Then again it lasts forever anyway, i've barely made a dip in mine and i wore it all summer long when i wanted to go for the nice and natural look! xx

  9. Ooh Virgin Isle is such a nice colour! It looks lovely on you, I wish more people would embrace the pale haha. I really like cream blushers, they seem to look a lot more natural than some powders do. The Topshop ones are really good, Flush is my fave one.

  10. Ooh Virgin Isle is such a nice colour. It looks lovely on you, I wish more people were willing to embrace the pale haha. I really like cream blushers, they seem to look a lot more natural than some powders. The Topshop ones are really good too, Flush is my fave one.

  11. Virgin isle is gorgeous!! I would have purchased it in a heart beat if you didn't mention it was discontinued =( It reminds me of Korres orange blush.

    Hush CCB is my favorite, a really good highlight.

  12. i attempted embracing the pale, caught sight of how tired and drawn i looked and promptly bought some st tropez!

    virgin isle does look scarily bright by itself but you do have a pretty flush afterwards, shame if it's discontinued! x

  13. this looks gorgeous! I'm a massive fan of the 'English rose' look as well, but my skin is horrible at the moment, so many breakouts all the time, and I find that blush only accentuates them more..bwah, and now after reading this post I'm even more tempted to do it..and frustrated because it doesn't look as good on me as it does on you :)xx


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