It’s no secret that Rouge Bunny Rouge is one of my very favorite makeup brands. I mean top 5 or top 3, which is saying a lot (I’m picky). They don’t follow the usual new collection per season schedule, but sparingly release perfected products a few times per year. Some of these new launches are improvements and reformulations of previous products: today’s Flowers & Portraits Blush Wands resemble the previous Cheeks in Bloom Blush Wands (review here). Let’s take a closer look, enjoy!
*Blushes gifted for review, my opinions are my own & honest.
About Blush Wand FLOWERS & PORTRAITS
These cream blushes come in a twist-up (and down) wand packaging. The product is described as quickly drying (setting) and cream-to-powder formula. Thanks to their versatile formula, transparent and natural-looking finish these blush wands can be used on eyes, lips and cheeks. The outer cardboard packaging has been revamped to a chic, vibrant red. €31 for 7ml / 0.247 fl.oz.
‘Vrubel’ - Formerly: ‘Rubens’
‘Rossetti’ - Formerly: ‘Titian’
‘Klimt’ - Formerly: ‘Manet’
‘Renoir’ - Formerly: ‘Vermeer’
Vrubel: Juicy cool burgundy or fruit punch red
Rosetti: Beige-rose with a hint of peach
Klimt: Medium, warm coral with a hint of rose and orange
Renoir: Cool, soft petal pink
Using Rouge Bunny Rouge Blush Wand FLOWERS & PORTRAITS
First of all, I enjoy the revamped packaging. The new blush shape is curved outward vs the old shape was flat. Rounded shape gives more precision at least for a while when the blush is new. The black tubes are very elegant, but I recommend to be careful when you put the cap back on - I hate to scratch my blushes.
I think the old formula was more balmy, slippery and sheer in color. As much as I enjoyed the old Blush Wands, I do feel the new formula is improved. A bit stiffer texture is easier to place without slipping and sliding while it still blends beautifully. The colors are more distinguished and pack some punch, but I do think the swatches are overly vibrant. For example Renoir is the perfect cool everyday pink blush for my fair/light skin tone, but it looks almost fuchsia in photos. Rosetti and Titian are not similar at all; Rosetti is a pretty rosy peachy pink while Titian was a pale nude shade.
I feel the best way to apply the new formula is sketching a couple of stripes or dots on your cheeks and blending with fingers. Since the texture is stiffer and less emollient I don’t like to rub my duo-fibre brushes against the blush. The blending is pretty effortless with fingers, I usually apply one layer and blend, then another layer of the blush and blend again. The color is long-lasting (~7-8 hours) compared to many other cream blushes (Tata Harper, SUQQU LE for example) and doesn’t require setting with translucent powder.
I have only lightly tested these on the lips, but for that purpose I prefer something more creamy or opaque.
I was upset to see the old Blush Wands go, but now that I’ve tried, tested and played with Flowers & Portraits Blush Wands I don’t really miss the old ones. I will declutter them as the formula is getting old too. I’ve been reaching the new blush wands a lot, especially Renoir. The inspiration behind the blush names is lovely, I like the easy to use package and long wear time! I only wish there had been a fifth shade, something nude or barely there similar to Titian or perhaps a cooler contour shade.