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.
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 Amarya.co.uk
Have you tried any Lavera Cosmetics?
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Till next time my lovelies !