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 Amarya.co.uk
 
 
Have you tried any Lavera Cosmetics?
 
You are welcome to leave your comments, recommendations & blog links below
Till next time my lovelies !
 
Jenny x
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 



 

15 comments:

  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

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

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

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    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

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  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 :)

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

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  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

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

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  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.
    xo

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  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

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  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

    http://bowtiedbeauty.blogspot.com/

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  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!

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

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  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

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  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!
    xxxx

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