...but I think that things like this are more fun.
Sigma's new collection for fall admittedly doesn't look much like fall. It actually doesn't really look like anything I've seen before. To me, that's appealing. The Crème de Couture collection is essentially an explosion of matte pastels. As a part of the collection, they released these three blushes, inspired by French macarons. (If you've never had a salted caramel macaron, I'll wait here while you find yourself a bakery.)
Strawberry Ambrosia is a cool, cotton candy-pink.
Blackberry Essence is a lovely, soft lilac. If you are looking to try a purple blush, this would be a wonderful starting point.
Cherry Apple is sort of a ruddy, dark apricot color. It's the most traditionally autumnal of the bunch. If they'd packaged it in boxes the color of carotenes or xanthophyll, it would be a classic September hue.
All three shades are completely matte.
In my opinion, the pigmentation on the Blackberry Essence and Cherry Apple blushes is just about perfect. Blushes that are overly pigmented can be really difficult to apply because you end up with splotches of color on your cheeks that are more appropriate for bad Raggedy Ann cosplay than for a sincere, adult look. The color can definitely be built up for women with darker complexions, while not being an instant nightmare for those of us on the fair-er side of things. Strawberry Ambrosia is a little more weakly pigmented, meaning that it won't work as well on as many people. I actually really like it on my skin, but if you are tan or darker, I doubt that this will show up on your face.
|Swatches from left to right: Cherry Apple, Strawberry Ambrosia, Blackberry Essence|
|Strawberry Ambrosia on Human Face|
|Blackberry Essence on Human Face|
|Cherry Apple on Human Face|
Both the blushes and their companion eyeshadow palette are technically not supposed to be released until September 9th, but... I didn't exactly need any special credentials to buy these suckers early. If you google search "Sigma Crème de Couture", the order page will come up.
Note: I think these blushes are really solid, but the eyeshadow palette is brilliant. I'll be reviewing that in the next few days.