Sunday, July 6, 2014

Japanese Jellies: Canmake Cream Cheek Blushes in CL03 and CL04

Another beauty blogging pals inspired acquisition - I'd been lemming these Canmake Cream Cheek blushes for months (around $10-12 on eBay), so when Jenni from Life and Lens of Beauty offered to pick up some Asian make-up bits and smuggle them in her suitcase for me, I was pretty ecstatic. On that note: 1) Blogging is such a solitary hobby that I often forget people actually read me, and I'm always beyond surprised to learn some people read me in faraway places, like... Hong Kong!, 2) Jenni was incredibly generous and brought a LOT of things for me to try, including candy *evil cackle*, 3) As a result, expect a slew of Asian beauty product reviews - also because Kar Yi showed me around Asian beauty stores in Flushing, Queens, and inevitably, shopping ensued.
Now that we have the most random intro in the history of blogging out of the way, let's focus on the jellies. The main reason I really wanted to try these Canmake cream blushes (besides the adorable dinky packaging; note that the silver motif on the lid and the shape of the clasp are different on the two shades) was the formula/finish: a squishy, shimmer-free jelly. Now, the Canmake Cream Cheek blushes come in two shade ranges: regular (labelled with numbers only) and clear (labelled as CL + number). I have two shades from the Clear range to show you: CL03, Clear Orange and CL04, Clear Pink Joy - I suspect the finish on the blushes from the regular range differs, but I haven't personally tried any.
Apart from the product name and the shade, I have no idea what the labels say about the product - but if you speak Japanese, feel free to pitch in. The blush compacts are small and made of lightweight clear plastic - they do feel slightly flimsy, so I wouldn't bash them around too much for fear of breaking the hinges or something, but I do like that you can easily see the shade within, and the size is very portable.
Now, I understand that if you've never tried any make-up or nail polishes with a jelly finish, it may sound pretty confusing. Jelly shades are vibrant, clear, transparent colors with a glossy or glowy finish - they go on the skin slightly sheer but provide a bright pop of color. What I mean by 'clear' is that there's no white base mixed into these, and formula allows for both a light veil of color, or can be layered for more opacity and shade depth. I hope that the comparison swatches below show the difference more clearly! *pun not intended*
L-R: Canmake CL03 swatched heavily and blended out, Canmake CL04 heavy & blended out
In terms of texture, Canmake Cream Cheek blushes are quite a solid gel/cream in the pan, but melt when rubbed with the fingers and transfer on the skin very easily. Both shades I have are very blendable; my favorite application method is to pick up some product with my fingers, dot it on the skin, and then blend out with a small stippling brush. The finish is dewy, but the blush doesn't feel heavy or sticky on the skin, and lasts all day on me without losing its pretty glow.
Clear Orange CL03 is a somewhat reddish orange on me, or what I'd call a ruddy peach. The tone is quite similar to Face Atelier Facade in Arabesque, although the latter is more muted (due to the white base), and the finish differs significantly as well - the Facades are a smooth matte formula. As you can see, both Laura Mercier Lush Nectarine and NYC Blushable Creme Stick in Plaza Pink are lighter, and achieve the glowy finish by the addition of shimmer particles: gold in Lush Nectarine's case, white pearl for Plaza Pink.
L-R: Canmake Cream Cheek CL03, Face Atelier Facade in Arabesque, Laura Mercier Lush Nectarine, NYC Blushable Creme Stick in Plaza Pink
 Clear Pink Joy CL04 is a medium warm pink. I pulled out my most vibrant pink blushes to compare the shades, but both Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush in Flushed and NYX Powder Blush in Pinky are definitely cooler, with Pinky leaning almost lavender - and both have some of that white base. Stila Convertible Color in Blushing is significantly more muted and leans mauve, and sits heavier on the skin than the Canmake formula.
L-R: Canmake Cream Cheek in CL04, NYC Powder Blush in Pinky, Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush in Flushed, Stila Convertible Color in Blushing
Here are the two Canmake Cream Cheek blushes swatched on my cheeks. The lighting in both photos is a bit different, but I hope that you can see that Clear Orange gives a warm, peachy hue to my skin, while Clear Pink Joy has that naturally flushed look to it that compliments my cool skintone rather well, if I dare say so myself. I do think that both shades are very wearable, and should suit a wide range of complexions - the undertones are very well balanced and pull neither too warm or too cool. I'm wearing Estee Lauder Double Wear Light foundation in both photos, and the blue lashline experiment on the left was done with Fyrinnae London Mod eyeshadow and Urban Decay 24/7 pencil liner in Electric.
So yes, I'm slightly obsessed with these Canmake cream blushes, and now I really want the red shade, Clear Red Heart. My blogging pals were right - they're fabulous, and the jelly finish, while quite popular in Japan, is very hard to procure among the Western brands. For more swatches and raves about Canmake Clear blushes, check out Driveller Kate's review here, and Haru at Rouge Deluxe swatches them here. Have you tried these, or any other Canmake products?


  1. I have 2 of these, a red and a pink and they're really good. I think they're a little expensive for the size but the quality made up for it. Their powder blushes are pretty good too. Hope you can try them one day :-)

  2. I love these cheek creams! :) The CL-offerings are awesome because they're shimmer-free whereas the rest of the shades come with a bit of glitter. I have CL01 which is the reddest one and (I feel) suits my skin tone and shade the most.

  3. Oooo these are so cute and so pretty on you! Love and would wear both colors. I don't think I'd ever heard about this brand so needless to say I haven't tried anything. :)

  4. Oooh these are pretty, indeed! Also love the eye looks you put together here, Monika!

  5. So pretty!! They look so natural and seamless. The colours are perfect on you too!

  6. FRONT:
    Clear Color
    No-Makeup Appearance ♡ Glossy
    Naturally Complected Cheeks
    Can also be used on lips
    Gel (clear) Type

    Canmake Cream Blush
    Clear CL04 (or CL03)
    Cheek and Lip Color
    Ida Labratories
    *their address*
    *their phone number*
    Please stop use if you have a skin reaction.
    Please do not keep in places of extreme high or low temperatures, places of high humidity, or within reach of an infant.
    *ingredients list*
    CL04 Ingredients:
    diphenylsiloxy phenyl trimethicone, hydrogenated polyisobutene, methyl methyl methacrylate cross-polymer, dextrin palmitate, isotridecyl isononanoate, silica, mineral oil, silica dimethyl silylate, polyglyceryl-2 triisostearate, diisostearyl malate, tocopherol (vitamin E), phytosteryl/octyldodecyl, squalane, simethicone, dimethicone, water, BG (which I think is butylene glycol), hydrolyzed collagen, royal jelly extract, titanium oxide, red 226, barium sulfate, red 202, yellow 4, alumina, iron oxide

    The ingredients look the same for CL03, but the colorings are listed in a different order for obvious reasons. That was probably more detail than you were looking for anyway!

    On a differnet note, these look really pretty! I like the look of jelly textures in lip and nail products, but I don't think I've seen any jelly cheek products before. I particularly like the pink one since oranges usually don't look very good on me. Thanks for the review!

    1. Oh my goodness, thank you so much, Sabrae!!! That was beyond thoughtful of you to translate everything, I really appreciate it! Now I just need to try these on the lips as well :)
      Yes, I don't think jellies are very easy to find in cheek products, so these are quite special. The pink one is such a universally flattering color that I'm sure it'll look great on you! <3

  7. Those look fabulous on you! They sorta remind me of the Catrice Lip & Cheek Colours, but those aren't as jelly-like in finish.

  8. Clear Pink Joy suits your skin so well! Canmake was a brand I eyed for a long time so I bought one of these cream cheeks in 08, a light baby pink with slight shimmer last year in Singapore. I honestly never reach for it because it's super pale. Now I wish I had picked up a bolder color because they look fab! I definitely still have the Face Stockholm jelly cream blushes in my mental wishlist from Kate's review and our swatch session :D

  9. Oh the blue underliner!

    I have a normal (half cream half gel with some shimmer) one from the range, it's quite pigmented and natural and it doesn't slip right off like other American cream blushes. The clear one is supposed to be more natural yet with a bolder color pay off so they would definitely be in my to-buy list if I visit Hong Kong (they are a tad cheaper in HK than in Japan).

  10. I love the clear ones from Canmake and the pretty dewy finish it has! :) They don't last so long on my skin (but then, no creams do on me), but the bright colors are just so cheerful!

  11. I love Canmake blushes! I wish I had stocked up during my past trip to Asia, but even if I have to get it through eBay it is so affordable that I probably won't mind. Thanks for these swatches!

  12. I have a couple of these now as well and agree with your assessment. They're so adorably collectible!