Monday, 4 March 2013

Lavera So Fresh Mineral Rouge Blush Shimmering Rose Review

On my natural make up mission so far,  I haven't been able to find a blush that was not a loose mineral powder or that looked like a colour that would suit my pale skin.
I'm not afraid of blush, quite the opposite in fact, I love it and feel it's just what my pale skin needs to give some life back to it - but it has to be the right shade.
 This can be difficult to judge, as all of the natural brands I am now discovering only seem to be sold on line,  so you are really depending on the brands description and colour swatches through a computer screen.
Not really an ideal situation as quite often products look completely different in real life.
Lavera is a brand I already love, especially their 'basis sensitive' range, but have never really taken much notice of their make up before, until I spotted their mineral blusher which is in a solid format!
Lavera Mineral Rouge Blusher is a 100% natural blend of minerals and botanical extracts.
I was quite impressed with the fairly large quantity of botanical ingredients, many of which are plant butters and oils,  so would be moisturising on the skin.
Ingredients ~

Mica, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Powder*, Magnesium Stearate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Saffl Ower) Seed Oil*, Silica, Tricaprylin, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, HippopHae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract*, TocopHerol, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Vegetable Oil (Olus Oil), Alcohol*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Liquorice) Root Extract*, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract*, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract*, Tilia Cordata Flower Extract, Ascorbyl Pamitate, Silver Oxide, Water (Aqua), Fragrance (Parfum)**, Citral**, Citronellol**, Geraniol**, Limonene**, Linalool**, [+/- Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxide (Ci 77491), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Iron Oxide (Ci 77492)

The blush only comes in four shades ~ Shimmering Rose and Shimmering Apricot and two new limited edition shades Lovely Peach & Velvet Plum.
I decided on Shimmering Rose, a delicate pale rose petal pink.
The packaging for the blush is a fairly ordinary, but sturdy, plastic compact. Underneath the blush is a very handy mirror and blush brush. The brush isn't that great a quality, but is nice and soft and could be used to apply the powder if needs be, plus I like the fact it is kept neatly away from the powder.

The blush is a very pretty soft shade of pale pink, with a slight brownish tinge and does have a shimmery element to it in the pan.  It is also embossed with the Lavera name and floral emblem, which is a pretty touch.
The powder smells nice, a very faint floral smell, and has a lovely soft fine texture.

I was initially pleased with this blush as it looked great in the compact, unfortunately things went  downhill from there.
Firstly it kicked up a lot of powder when I put my blusher brush into it, which didn't please me as it did make quite a mess!
I  have since managed to reduce this a little by being very gentle with my brush in the pan, but it still does 'powder up'.
 I had a real job to get the colour to show up on my cheeks, I had to layer up three applications of this to get any sort of colour payoff and even then it was just a hint of colour.
I also found it quite powdery looking on the cheeks,  maybe because I had to layer it up, but it did seem to catch on the fine hairs which I didn't really like.
On the positive side the colour was quite pretty and had a nice glow to it, it just wasn't any where near pigmented enough for me.
The swatch above has had 5 layers of powder to get to this shade of pink, I couldn't possibly layer up this many applications on my cheeks as it would just be a horrible powdery mess!
I think this blush is best suited to 'no make up' make up days where a barely there blush is required or perhaps a skin tone even paler than myself and just likes a suggestion of blush rather than a pop of colour. 
I will try and use this up as it's a waste otherwise, over tinted moisturiser on days off when I'm just pottering about and not bothered about full on make up, but I can see this being in my make up bag for a very very long time!
Needless to say my search goes on for a natural blusher and if you've got any suggestions I'd love to hear them!
If you do like the look of this blush then it's £11.90 for 3.5g from
Have you tried any Lavera Cosmetics?
You are welcome to leave your comments, recommendations & blog links below
Till next time my lovelies !
Jenny x





  1. I have swatched the Lavera eyeshadows and blushes and found them chalky which is a shame because that is such a pretty colour. I use nvey eco blushes they are well pigmented and smooth. All my other blushes are loose mineral powders. I have a Natorigin blush on my wishlist they look lovely and are pressed x

  2. Thanks Ana, I will certainly look into those two brands - it was a shame as it looked so promising :-( never mind xxxxx

  3. have you tried zuii? they are in compact (not messy mineral powder) and are quite pigmented, too. :)

    1. Hi thanks for the suggestion I haven't tried Zuii just had a quick look on their website it does look like a nice brand some good blush colours :-) just need to find a UK stockist now :-) xxx

  4. I really prefer pressed blushes over loose too, but natural ones can be so hard to find! I swatched the Zuii Organics ones in store the other day and they were beautiful and nicely pigmented. The Ecco Bella blushes look lovely as well :)

    1. Thanks Caitie, :-) the Ecco Bella ones do look nice shades too, will try to find a UK stockist xxxx

  5. Shame this didn't work out for you, it looks nice in your picture. I only wear foundation so am useless for make up suggestions lol

    1. Lol! Not to worry :-) it was a real pity but you live and learn ! Xxxx

  6. What a gorgeous shade! Pity it isn't very pigmented though. I haven't tried any of the makeup but love the All Round Cream.

  7. I know I was so pleased when it first arrived it is a very pretty shade to look at !
    The lavera basis all round cream is one of my staples as is the basis handcream lovely stuff ! Xxx

  8. Such a shame that it hardly shows up! The shade is so pretty and the ingredients are great, but it's so annoying when the pigmentation's lacking in a blush x

  9. That is a bummer, it's a very pretty color but I don't like super powdery blushes either. The drier my skin gets, the more I love cream blushes! Have you tried applying this with a damp sponge or beauty blender? Maybe it would give less powdery results? Great post!

  10. Thanks that's a good idea ;-) ! I will give it a go xxx

  11. It's a shame it didn't work out for you :( I like Lavera products but haven't tried much from their makeup range, other than their mascara - which was a no from me. I prefer pressed powders from loose (I have tried but just can't get into the way of it), and rouge is something that I just can't seem to get right. I either look like I've run around the park 20 times or there's no difference! I'd be interested to see how you get on with Pemberley's suggestion, sounds a good idea! :) xx

  12. lol! yes I can have a bit of a Aunt Sally cheek going on too sometimes if I'm not careful hahah!
    I'll report back on Pemberleys tip, not tried it yet, soo much to do not enough time lol!