Phytosurgence Fervor Skin Spark Blush Balm ($17.07 for 0.14 oz.) is a deep pink with warmer undertones and what seemed like a cooler overtone, as it sheered out and looked warmer on my arm but looked pinker and not quite as coral-like when applied to my cheeks. It had a natural finish that wasn’t dewy but not matte either–very “skin-like,” particularly as the product itself had a really seamless diffusion on my skin.
The product was opaque with very, very little product, and I found it easy to apply and blend out on my skin, it was necessary to take greater care to avoid over-applying product initially. The consistency was creamy, smooth, and lightweight with good glide, which enabled it to work nicely on top of foundation as well as over bare skin. The formula dries down to a more powder-like feel after a minute or less, so working one cheek at a time was best as it became harder to blend out once it set. It wore well for eight hours before showing signs of wear.
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$17.07/0.14 oz. – $121.93 Per Ounce
The formula is supposed to have a “somewhat powder like finish” without being “sticky or greasy” paired with a “moussey cream” consistency. The brand advises to use very little as it is an “incredibly pigmented product” that is designed to be “sheered out” and used “onto bare skin or on top of other base makeup.”
It is imperative to use the smallest amount; it may be even better to pick up product with a stippling brush gently and swirl once on the back of one’s hand to ensure there’s not too much on the brush–the formula is THAT pigmented! With fingertips, just one gentle tap of of my index finger on the surface was enough for each cheek; there’s no need to swirl.
The consistency felt creamy, dense but not overly firm in the pot, and it was easy to apply and blend out on bare skin or on top of foundation. I liked to apply with fingertips as I felt like it extended my working time and gave me the ability to have the product on one fingertip and then use a clean fingertip to diffuse and blend.
The formula dries down to a satin finish, not quite matte but not dewy. It looked very “skin-like” as the product sat seamlessly on my skin, let my skin’s natural finish come through, and was more transfer-resistant as a result of the more noticeable dry down. I preferred working one cheek at a time because it does become harder to blend once it dries down, but I had enough working time without feeling rushed (per cheek).
The shades wore between seven and eight hours on me before fading a bit, but they had an even fade and didn’t slide/migrate as they wore down.
One thing I noticed was that a few shades seemed to have a warmer base when I did the sheerer/more blended out swatch, but they seemed less apt to turn warmer when I applied to my cheeks (see Fervor swatched vs. applied).
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Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Myristate, Copernicia Prunifera (Carnauba) Wax, Garcinia Indica (Kokum) Butter, Magnesium Stearate, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuacu) Butter, Boron Nitride, Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopherol. May Contain: Zinc Oxide (CI 77947), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 40 (CI 16035). Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Blue 1 (CI 42090), Iron Oxides (CI 77492, 77491), Manganese Violet (CI 77742)
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