I have never really been much of a blush kind of girl. A flush of No7’s Honey was the most I’d dare to brandish, sticking to incredibly soft, light, neutral shades. That was until every TikTok beauty influencer and celebrity MUA started to rave about one particular revolutionary makeup brand: Made By Mitchell.
Launched in 2020, Made by Mitchell is a cosmetics brand headed up by British MUA, TV personality, former X Factor contestant and influencer Mitchell Halliday. And if your For You page is anything like mine, you’ll already be familiar with their chartreuse packaging and outlandish colour range.
One of their most viral, well-known products is the innovative and cruelty-free Blursh, a cream formula that dries down to a powder finish. Out of sheer curiosity and a huge bout of FOMO, I ordered a couple of shades to start with, ready to find out if they were as good as social media say they are. Then I blinked and realised I had wound up with 10 different shades in the Blursh, Bronze and Lights varieties – and I’m going to share my honest thoughts on all three types.
Made by Mitchell creates products for the ‘makeup lovers, for the makeup addicts and for the self-expressionists’ – I’m not really any of those things. I’m no MUA, I use the same brush to apply my foundation as I do basically any other product, and I never really venture away from my nude eye and Velvet Teddy lip combo. So I’m here to assure you that while Made By Mitchell’s products undoubtedly appeal to content creators and MUAs – they’re also well worthy of finding their way into your everyday makeup, and you don’t need to be ‘good’ at makeup to use them. Lord knows I’m not.
Made By Mitchell’s Blursh collection is a game-changer for blush novices and enthusiasts alike. I’ve always struggled with liquid and cream blushers that tend to separate my base makeup, while powder often felt drying and gritty. But, the Blursh formula has revolutionised my blush application and it’s safe to say that I’m a convert when it comes to adding a pop of colour to my cheeks. Its unique liquid-to-powder finish allows for seamless blending both under and over my base makeup, eliminating any worries of makeup separation.
Suitable for all skin types, there are currently 19 shades to choose from, and I have already begun my quest to try them all, with a collection of six, including:
- Can’t Cope With Coral
- A Shy Boy
- Strawberry Cream
- Teach ‘Em Peach
- Melon Sorbet
- Cherry Cola
The pigmentation of these blushers is truly remarkable. A little goes a long way, and if you prefer a more subtle look, it’s advisable to start with a small amount and build up gradually. You can add a dot to each cheek and blend out, but I often prefer to apply some to the back of my hand and pat in the brush to disperse the product and avoid applying too much. It then dries to a satin matte finish for a slightly dewy look that doesn’t budge once it’s set into place, ensuring that your blush remains vibrant and fresh throughout the day.
Of the shades I’ve tried, the peachy, coraly shades have been my favourite to use, while Strawberry Cream has been a surprising favourite. A milkshake pink blusher was never on my wish list, but I find myself reaching for this more often than I care to admit.
I think the darker shades like Cherry Cola and A Shy Boy will really come into their own in the cooler months. Because of their intensity, you do have to be much more considered in your application of these shades as it can quickly go from flush of colour to shade stained situ, but carefully applied, they do look gorgeous.
I love that the Blursh collection is not limited to just cheek application – it’s a multifunctional product that can be used on lips and eyes as well. This versatility allows for creative makeup looks and perfectly coordinated colour combinations, and the latter two shades are the most beautiful lip shades year-round.
Much like the original Blursh, the Blursh Bronze also comes in a range of shades to suit all skin tones. Of the eight shades available, I currently have Hello There, and Shady Business, the former of which is the first Blursh I’ve run out of after using it on the daily.
One of the standout features of Blursh Bronze is its versatility – you can use it under or on top of foundation, and the blending process is an absolute breeze. The cream bronzers effortlessly blend into the skin, leaving behind a radiant and glowing finish. But what truly impressed me was the blurring technology integrated into Blursh Bronze. Regardless of your skin texture or type, it magically creates a smooth and flawless look that I couldn’t get enough of.
Hello There fast became my go-to for bronzing and also on my eyes, creating a natural-looking contour and cohesive look overall. The shade was perfect for my pale complexion, and I’ll absolutely be repurchasing. In the meantime, I’ve been using a much smaller amount of Shady Business to create a similar effect. Its shade is much more rich and warm, to the cooler tones of Hello There, and feels much more concentrated, but it’s been giving me amazing results – particularly for giving me a summer-ready glow.
While the fast-drying nature of Blursh can be a bit challenging for those who prefer a slower blending process, the end result is well worth it. I recommend working with it one area at a time rather than applying it everywhere you want it and then blending, to allow for a much smoother finish.
After falling in love with the Blursh and Blursh Bronze collections, I couldn’t wait to try out the Blursh Lights shades, especially the highly sought-after Drip Drip and Champagne Spray. However, despite the hype and countless TikTok videos showcasing their insanely reflective formulas, I found myself struggling to fully embrace them as I had with other Made By Mitchell products.
Designed to be used as a highlighter, eye shadow or lip shade, these gorgeously glittery products look amazing under a ring light, but in more natural light, it doesn’t seem to have the same dazzling effect – or at least that’s what I’ve found.
For me, the formula seemed to separate on my hooded eyes and so, I never really achieved the desired effect. To say I was gutted would be an understatement as I was desperate to love them as much as I adored the Blursh and Blursh Bronze, but they just don’t work particularly well with my skin or overall aesthetic.
That said, for some users, Blursh Lights may be the glittering highlighter they’ve always dreamed of, especially if you’re a fan of a sparkle-laden look. While I might be hesitant to repurchase Blursh Lights in the future, it’s essential for everyone to explore and try it for themselves – because it could be your new favourite, even if it wasn’t mine.
That’s the thing with Made By Mitchell products. They’re all about self-expression and experimentation. His creativity and expertise has allowed him to put together colour combinations which are unmatched and so unconventional yet entirely necessary to your makeup collection. They’re so fun and vibrant, and exactly what your makeup bag needs, giving you the same joy in your 20s, 30s and beyond as you got when trying out makeup for the first time.
The amount of pigment packed into these tubes truly justifies their £14-16 price tags, and when you find the shades that you love, I guarantee you’ll be hooked thanks to it’s user friendly application and long-lasting finish. With its high pigmentation, blendability, and innovative formula, Blursh and Blursh Bronze in particular really live up to the hype and its popularity on TikTok has clearly been hard won.