If you need a subtle blush, I would advise you either a Chanel Joues Contraste ( subtle baked pigments very easy to wear and apply ) or M.A.C Pro longwear blushes ( Office Hours collection ), they're smooth, subtle and very easy to wear. You also have Bare Escensuals compact blushes ( very soft on the skin, perfect texture ). Cargo blushes are very good too. Benefit blushes too, some are really very good ( Hervana, Dallas, Bella Bamba or Coralista ). The new Guerlain duo blush is not bad at all, pretty colours and easy to wear.
As far as lipsticks are concerned : Nars and M.A.C are very good, the Chanel Rouge Coco is ready-to-wear : Mademoiselle, Chintz, Jersey Rose, Gardénia etc.. are soft rosy shades that match with everything. The Guerlain Rouge Automatique is great, a wide range of colours and beautiful colours. The new Estee Lauder lipstick is very good ( rebel raspeberry, forbidden apple, violet electra ), intense and wears long. Bobbi Brown lipstick is pretty good ( in fact M.A.C, Bobbi Brown belong to the Estee Lauder company )
Eyeshadows : Definitely Nars for its wonderful trio eyeshadows and duo. Close to perfection. The Chanel quads ( 4 ombres ) are baked eyeshadows, easy to wear and subtle. Urban Decay Naked 1 and Naked 2 are very pretty. Two Faced is not bad, you can get some pretty makeups with their palettes. Dior 5 couleurs is good but it depends on the collections.
Nail polishes : I love Nars, Chanel, OPI, Essie, Yves Saint-Laurent or Zoya.
nail care : Dior crème abricot ( very good product indeed even if it's thick )
Brands you could avoid ( on the whole because some products are good though ) : Lancôme, Clinique, Clarins , I mean just for makeup. Clarins has really improved over the years, the Holiday collection 2012 looks pretty !
This is it, I have all products mentioned above ( full size and not for review )