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June 23, 2013

On the Fence: Topshop Cheek Duo in Desert Sun (Review and Swatches)

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This Topshop Cheek Duo in Desert Sun was my first ever Topshop make-up purchase. I lusted after it for ages and then one day I just walked into Topshop and said to myself 'It's time!' And folks, as always, better late than never. I don't know what it was that stopped me picking up any Topshop make-up before now. The suppose the prices initially seemed a little bit steep but everybody is always raving about how good they were, I finally just came to the assumption that they must cost so much because they were, well, really darn good. 

Saying this, I have to admit right off the bat that I was, and still am, a little bit disappointed with this Cheek Duo. However, it is not down to the product's quality, not one bit! It's the colours. In the pan the dusky rose blush and golden bronzer look so appealing, gorgeous even. They whisper promises of glowing skin, rosy highlights, a healthy warm glow... but making them work? That part just hasn't actually happened yet. The bronze shade in particular is just a little bit too orange toned to work on my skin. Due to Britain's lack of sun I'm still incredibly pale, and I'm worried that it won't be until I finally manage to spend some time in the sunshine that I'll be able to rock the gorgeous golden bronze shade. It swatches so beautifully, teasing me cruelly. 

The slightly, just slightly, peach toned pink blush is gorgeous, there's no doubt about it, and I have been able to wear this regardless of my pallor. And it is a great blusher! It lasts throughout the day, doesn't settle into pores, can be worn lightly or can be built up. however, I think the magic really comes out when you mix it with the bronze shade. It transforms into the most gorgeous peachy, bronze colour and is completely unlike anything I own or have swatched before. This is the colour I want on my cheeks all the time. But this is a colour that I just so unsure about- does it suit me? Something in my head says no, but something in my heart says 'who cares!'

I want sunshine so I can glow and shine. Britain needs a summer so I can work out if I'm meant to be a shimmery bronzed beauty or if I need to gift this gorgeous Duo away. I'm trying to make the combination of the two colours work, let me know what you think!



  1. The colour on you cheeks really suits you! I'm sure there's a way that you can make both sides of the duo work x

  2. I think this colour looks really nice on you :-)

    Allie from

  3. This looks amazing xx

  4. I think this looks lovely!! megan x

  5. Despite what you said I think it looks absolutely gorgeous on your skin, especially when paired with whatever eyeshadow you're wearing - they really compliment each other! I haven't seen it in Topshop before but I think I'm going to keep an eye out for it! :)

    Love, Hails x |

    1. Aw thank you so much! I'm wearing one of Rimmel's chubby eye sticks, I love the colour but the formula is very iffy when you wear it as a shadow haha This make-up look is made up of lots of 'on-the-fence' products xx

  6. I think it looks gorgeous. Very fresh.

    Kah-Feh Yen

  7. I think it looks lovely on you. It's always odd to try a shade that's outside your comfort zone and I often wonder if some blushes suit me, too. I think that actually, most shades of blush (within reason)do suit most people, just in different ways, and as part of different looks. This one seems to be very flattering on you.
    This was on my wish list a while ago but then it disappeared from the website so I forgot about it.
    Mel x

  8. I think you can pull them off! I feel that exact way about dark lipstick though and I feel like my self-consciousness shines through... but you look gorgeous!

  9. I think it looks absolutely stunnning on you!! Gorgeous looking product and the shade on you looks perfect.


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