Sonia Kashuk: A Kiss on the Cheek Lip & Cheek Palette

SKakissonthecheekI guess you could call this my first potato chip.  The first impulse purchase that broke my ban and started me off my spending spree.

I saw this at Target and I just couldn’t resist.  I rationalized this purchase by saying that I’ve always wanted to try Sonia Kashuk’s cream blushes, and now there’s a palette of four!  Plus, I only have three other cream blushes, two of which are mini sized.

SK a kiss on the cheek ingredientsIt comes in a cute box, too.  Not that that matters.  But I did repurpose it to hold my nail care stuff, so now there’s room on my nail polish rack!  More nail polish, hooray! (This is really not the correct response.)

SK a kiss on the cheekI love that this palette is so sleek and minimalist.  Contrary to what my spending habits might indicate, I’m very much drawn to minimalism.  I’m trying very hard to convince the collector part of me to cede control to the minimalist part of me.  Constant struggle.

SK a kiss on the cheek backThe back of the palette has little holes that you can poke the blush pans through.  I’m guessing that means you can refill them with other pans?  As far as I know, Sonia Kashuk doesn’t sell pan-only products, though.  However, I like the option of depotting quickly and painlessly, in case I only want to take one or two.

SK a kiss on the cheek blushes#1 is a bright cool-toned pink
#2 is a peachy-coral
#3 is a berry red
#4 is a dusty rose

This is a really picture heavy post, so click for swatches!

SK a kiss on the cheek swatches1I tried to color correct this as best as I could, but there are a number of factors that affect the color accuracy.  Monitor settings, browser settings, my own ineptitude.

And now, swatches on my face!!  These were all taken days, sometimes weeks apart, so therefore lighting and coloring is again an issue.

SK a kiss on the cheek no1

SK a kiss on the cheek no2

SK a kiss on the cheek no3

SK a kiss on the cheek no4I tried color correcting for some semblance of uniformity, but the nuances in color are hard to discern when you’re tired and it’s 2 am.  I eventually gave up, because I got bored of staring at four pictures of my own mug.

The blushes are more of a gel consistency than cream.  They go on quite pigmented at first and it’s a little scary, but they’re easily sheered out and buildable.  They do feel sticky on the cheeks, though.  I like to set it with a touch of a matching (ish) powder blush.  They add a really nice color to the lips, but it disappears alarmingly fast.

Still, I think it’s a great palette for the summer when you don’t want to fuss with too much makeup because it’s too hot out.  If I look sweaty in these pictures, that’s because I am.  The positioning of my desk at the window was mainly so I could get good light for my blog pictures, but it also means that I get practically no air circulation, and the light bounces off the wall behind me and makes the area around my desk really hot and stuffy.  Feng shui fail.

Anyway, I hope you can at least see that the differences between the four blushes are subtle, but definitely noticeable.  I think my favorite is the coral, because coral = summer!  I do love all of these though, and I’ve used them quite a lot since I bought them.  So even though this set me off on a lot of impulse spending, I’m #sorrynotsorry.

Here’s the link to it on, and even though it says not sold in stores, I think it’s lying.  I bought mine at the Salt Lake Target.  Krystal says she saw it at the Kapolei Target on sale for $10.  I recommend calling your local Target to see if they have it in stock. :)

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12 thoughts on “Sonia Kashuk: A Kiss on the Cheek Lip & Cheek Palette

  1. Sam

    You look really pretty! Yay for impulse shopping. LOL at the things we do to take blog pictures. Natural light really does make all the difference though. Using only florescent light just looks too bright or too dark unless you have something to diffuse it.

    1. Jen Post author

      Thank you! Yeah, I used to take pictures of my stuff on the floor in front of the window because I got the best light there (this was before I moved my desk closer to the window). :P

    1. Jen Post author

      It is a bit sticky on the lips, but It’s definitely not long lasting enough for a wedding. I would try a staining product or a long lasting lipstick. This disappears on my lips fast.

      1. marisaporter

        OK! I’m not into stains as all I’ve tried have been drying, so I’ll go for a really good lipstick that is light and nonsticky and lasts long – Sonia Kashuk Ultra Luxe. Might layer with pencil. Thanks so much for getting back to me so quickly as the wedding is coming up soon. If you have a stain you recommend I might check it out – thanks a bunch!

      2. Jen Post author

        Yeah, I find stains drying, too. I’m currently using The Body Shop’s Lip & Cheek stain, and I put a tinted lip balm over it.

        Is it your wedding in question?? If so, congratulations! :)

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