If I had to pick a favorite makeup product, it would definitely be blusher. I'm not very picky as I love all kinds of formulas: powder, liquid, stick and cream. Lately liquid and cream formulas have been a favorite as I'm wanting to try out that "French girl" or Into the Gloss-style "cool girl" look. You know the type: I just woke up like this with perfect beachy hair, defined bushy brows and barely anything slapped on my face. That's what I want to achieve with a cream blusher: have it meld on my skin leaving a beautiful flush with no hard edges. I was generously given a chance to swatch and review whole RBR Blush Wands collection, and you can imagine my excitement. I had high hopes, after all we're talking about my favorite brand(s) and product type..
Rouge Bunny Rouge Blush Wand Cheeks in Bloom
RBR blush wands have a sheer cream-to-powder finish, available in 4 shades named after great painters. Each blush wand is 4 ml/0.135 fl oz for €31/$36.40. RBR hays updated the formula and packaging of the blush wands, I received a mix of both the old and new versions. The older blush wands have tiny bit more product (0.5ml), but no inside cap on the blush, which makes the wand potentially fall off from the packaging. The new formula also has extended best before date compared to the old: 24 months after opening VS 12 months.
Using the blush wands
The texture of these cream blushes is interesting; they don't feel very emollient as in moisturizing or slippery like many cream blushes in pots or pans. You don't need to be afraid of this blush slipping or sliding all over your face as it's very convenient to place, easy to control and blend. I usually twist the packaging like a roll-on or stick foundation, draw a stripe or two on my cheeks and blend with my fingers. I've also tried a natural hair brush for blending and stippling the product from the wand, but personally I think swiping and blending with fingers is the most convenient technique. I got to say I love the names of these blushes. Swiping them on my cheeks and blending makes me imagine I'm an oil painter spreading something gorgeous on canvas, haha!
Cheeks in Bloom wear and Formula
Rouge Bunny Rouge's makeup line is usually very pigmented, but to my surprise these blush wands apply quite sheer. I think the choice of intensity in these blushes is because of the applicator; a heavy stripe on your cheek is not cute. If you have normal to oilier skin type, use a lot of skincare oils or dewy foundations I think you might like this formula. For my dry skin I'd like the formula to be a bit heavier and waxier, but then it might loose its unique light, cream-to-powder finish. I say powder meaning natural, skin like - not heavy or cakey. In fact the wear of these blushes feel undetectable on the skin.
The wear-time of the blushes could be improved. I bet it's tricky to formulate sheer and skin-like blushes with good longevity, but right now most of the shades wear 4-5 hours on my skin before starting to fade. The good thing is these roll-on blushes are so easy to and light carry you can touch up during the day. Cream blushes can also be set with a touch of loose powder or even layered with a powder blush, but to give my raw, honest review I've worn these blushes as they are.
Two out of the four blushes I received were from the older edition and the wands had come off from the packaging during transportation. They were easy to press back, but I still felt bummed. Fortunately, only the improved formula is listed on the website and this didn't happen with the updated packaging with inner caps (see picture above). I still contacted RBR and they promised to take my feedback to the product develop team. I love when brands listen to the consumers and strive to improve their products, as RBR does.
I'm giving you two set of swatches in different lighting. In the first one is cool outdoor light where my skin looks more natural, the other picture is a warmer indoor lighting. I feel these colors, like with most Rouge Bunny Rouge products, suit better fair to medium complexions. As much as I love Manet and Titian the formula isn't intense enough these would appear well on darker skin tones. Rubens however would look amazing! All of these blushes have some warmth in them. As I adore very cool, almost lilac pinks, I wish Vermeer was a little cooler to bring some variation to the colors available.
Manet is a medium rosy peach (my favorite)
Vermeer is a soft rose pink
Rubens is a medium-dark purplish red
Titian is a light warm nude
If you love the chic "I-just-woke-up-like-this" or "my cheeks but better" looks, these blushes are for you. Simple, quick and so effortless to add or touch up wherever you are. If you love very intense blush look or need something very long-wearing I highly recommend the RBR Original Skin powder blushes (review here). I do like these enjoy these blushes, they're an excellent on-the-go addition to my makeup bag, but I somehow expected more from Rouge Bunny Rouge. Maybe if there was a cooler shade in the collection or even something more dewy, I'd hype these to the moon and back - again, that's just my taste preference. I gave it a serious thought and I think I prefer their new more pigmented liquid formula, which is used in the contour wand (review here).
PS: If you fancy these blushes, I they're on sale on the RBR EU site. Later you can use my non-affiliate/commission code RBR-LAURALOUKOLA20 for 20% off. Enjoy!
What do you think about the "I-woke-up-like-this" chic look? Do you have a favorite cream blush?
The products in this post were generously provided for consideration. Regardless, my opinions are my own honest and unbiased views. The links are for your convenience and do not contain ads.