New Rouge Bunny Rouge Flowers & Portraits Blush Wands (Review)

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.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Blush Wand FLOWERS & PORTRAITS review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
Rouge Bunny Rouge Blush Wand FLOWERS & PORTRAITS review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
Rouge Bunny Rouge Blush Wand FLOWERS & PORTRAITS review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

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.

Color names:

‘Vrubel’ - Formerly: ‘Rubens’
‘Rossetti’ - Formerly: ‘Titian’
‘Klimt’ - Formerly: ‘Manet’
‘Renoir’ - Formerly: ‘Vermeer’

Rouge Bunny Rouge Blush Wand FLOWERS & PORTRAITS review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
Rouge Bunny Rouge Blush Wand FLOWERS & PORTRAITS review | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Swatches

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.

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Final Thoughts

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.

Have you tried Rouge Bunny Rouge? What’s your favorite cream blush?

New Favorite Loose Powders (KICKS, Lily Lolo, Rouge Bunny Rouge)

Despite having dry/dehydrated skin - I love powder. Nothing feels more satisfying than dusting your face with a fluffy brush. I love glossy skin and precise powdering is excellent way to emphasis or control shine, finish, creasing and so on. I especially love loose powders as the amounts are easy to control, the powder feels lighter and airier than with pressed powders. I’ve found some new favorites on the market: Luxury, more affordable and eco beauty option! Enjoy!

Powders gifted for consideration, thoughts are honest and my own!

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Brushes (top to bottom): Chikuhodo MK-2, rephr powder 06 (gifted), Chikuhodo Noel powder brush (limited edition from couple years ago)

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KICKS Hyaluronic Acid All-Over Loose Powder Translucent

This translucent powder has quite visibly a white hue or a cast, I’d say it’s not completely translucent when patted or pressed on the skin with a sponge. More like “no color” powder. For my skin tone this works well under the eyes as it brightens while keeping the finish matte. As I said, I don’t like shimmer/sheen under my eyes as it emphasises any hollows, eye bags or darkness. Although the finish is matte I don’t feel this powder makes my under eye area look dry or crusty, perhaps thanks to the added hyaluronic acid.

If you’re more into buffing or just gently sweeping under the eye area I think you’ll be fine with this product, but there are a couple of shade options for this powder. If you have an oily T-zone or your makeup starts to break during the day, I think this is a good powder when pressed or buffed into the skin. If you’re high maintenance you can then pick a finishing powder for additional glow.

9g for €17.9, made in Italy. Available at Kicks (FI) (*affiliate link).

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ROUGE BUNNY ROUGE Skin-Perfecting Loose Powder Glorious Daylight

Recently, one of my favorite brands Rouge Bunny Rouge released a new powder: Skin-Perfecting Loose Powder in 081 Glorious Daylight. RBR’s Diaphanous powder has a cult following and was one of my first reviews on the blog. I went through my Diaphanous powder, so I don’t have it here to compare, but I used it both as a smoothing setting powder for under eye area as well as dusting all over the face.

Glorious Daylight is also translucent (although the in the pot I see a light beige hue), but more luminous than Diaphanous. It has a soft-focus effect on the skin, also perfect for under eye area as well as dusting all over the face to set foundation. According to the website Glorious Daylight uses “light-reflective spherical powders”, which do brighten the skin without adding any opaque finish or pigment. There is a very subtle fragrance that reminds me of cookies.

€40 for 7g, made in Italy. Available at Rouge Bunny Rouge website

Lily Lolo Finishing Powder Translucent Silk

I searched an eco beauty alternative for Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (my shade has been Diffused Light) and here it is - except translucent. If Hourglass powder is a bit buttery in texture, Lily Lolo is silkier. It’s designed to minimize imperfections and set your makeup with extra staying power. While Hourglass mostly added a subtle glow or “ambient light” to the skin, I feel like Lily Lolo does prolong the wear of my makeup while having a similar effect on the skin - without the pigment.

For my pale skin this Translucent shade is a great match for dusting the powder all over the face, but I wouldn’t buff or set my under eye area with this powder. When I swatch Translucent Silk on my hand it does have a visible sheen, which I don’t want to bring attention to my eye bags/darkness. as I don’t like to bring attention to my bags/darkness. If your skin tone is more medium to deep I’d be gentle in the application as the sheen may be more visible.

Also available in matte and tinted (beige) version. €20.9 for 4.5g, made in the UK. Available at eleven (FI) and House of Organic (FI)

Favorite Loose Powders: KICKS, Rouge Bunny Rouge, Lily Lolo | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
Favorite Loose Powders: KICKS, Rouge Bunny Rouge, Lily Lolo | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Swatches

If you look carefully, you’ll notice that KICKS is the most matte while Lily Lolo has a pearlescent sheen. Rouge Bunny Rouge looks like it has a hint of light beige with a natural finish, but I haven’t noticed much pigment on my skin. I think all skin tones will enjoy this powder.

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Final Thoughts

Honestly, I like all of these powders.. If I had to choose one, I’d go with Rouge Bunny Rouge as it works best as all-around powder for both setting and finishing. If you prefer more mattifying finish - go with Kicks. If you want more glow and just a finishing powder, you’ll enjoy Lily Lolo.

What’s your favorite Loose Powder?

Benefits of Vitamin C in Skincare

I’ve received a lot of questions regarding my acne: how long I took Accutane, which products did I use and how to fade scars. I’ve researched and paid a lot of attention to the skincare ingredients and potency of the products I use: I want to heal my scars (they look quite faded right now) and also prevent further damage to my skin. Today I want to highlight one of my favorite skincare ingredients: Vitamin C! There has been a lot of Vitamin C talk in the beauty community lately, thanks to some best-selling products, but not all Vitamin C products are made equal. I hope this post is helpful! Enjoy!

*Medik8 serum in photos is a PR sample I’m testing out!

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Benefits of Vitamin C in Skincare

Vitamin C is well-researched ingredient and studies show a wide range of skincare benefits when applied topically. When used in daily routine it is:

  • a great antioxidant

  • helps to fade hyperpigmentation / brown spots

  • stimulates skin’s own collagen production

  • fights against photo damage caused by the sun

  • protects against free radicals

Collagen is extremely important in skincare when it comes to (lack of a better word) “anti-ageing”: it promotes skin elasticity, making it soft, supple and smooth. Lack of collagen causes deeper wrinkles and sagging, making the skin look older. Using a potent Vitamin C product can minimize these signs of ageing for a brighter, tighter and more youthful appearance. It also reduces pigmentation by slowing down melanin production for more even and bright skin tone.

Combining Vitamin C with Vitamin E and Ferulic Acid can further protect the skin from photo damage aka exposure to sunlight (UVA and UVB). I’ve talked many times about the importance of sunscreen: read more. It’s a great idea to use a Vitamin C serum under your SPF - not instead of it!

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Cons of Using Vitamin C in Skincare

Like with all ingredients, there is a possibility that large % of Vitamin C can be irritating to super sensitive or rosacea prone skin. If you’re new to this ingredient you can start from lower concentrations or natural sources of Vitamin C (fruit and berries in natural skincare). Patch test your serum before use and start from once per day application. Other ingredients such as Arbutin can be an alternative for fading pigmentation if Vitamin C makes your skin flare.

Formulating Vitamin C products is also tricky, as the ingredient is extremely unstable, doesn’t penetrate the skin easily without a proper pH and oxidizes quickly. It’s important to choose your product wisely and store it properly. High concentrations of potent Vitamin C serums are often rather expensive, which makes wasting them even more annoying.

How to Use a Vitamin C Serum

Because Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin its water based solutions are very unstable and need a correct pH to work (<3.5). There are waterless formulations on the market, but these are often silicone based and have somewhat gritty texture. Still worth checking out!

Like all antioxidants, Vitamin C starts to degrade when exposed to light or air: make sure to choose a dark glass or opaque packaging, preferably with an air-tight pump. Store the serum somewhere else than your humid bathroom cabinet, again preferably somewhere dark. I would avoid stocking up on Vitamin C products and instead use them up as quickly as possible. If the color starts to turn amber/tan/brown color the product has oxidized and should be discarded. Oxidized products will harm your skin by generating free radicals instead of protecting from them.

Usually adding a Vitamin C into skincare routine is beneficial for all skin types and can be used morning and night. Apply as your 1st treatment step after toning and before your moisturizer. Moisturizers with added Vitamin C may be beneficial, but serums are the most potent and efficient. Always top with an SPF in day time.

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Above: Medik8 serum and waterless The InkeyList Vitamin C

Best Forms of Vitamin C in Skincare

L-Ascorbic Acid (or Ascorbic Acid) is the most potent - and notoriously unstable - bioavailable form of Vitamin C. It’s needed for collagen synthesis while all derivates need to be converted to Ascorbic Acid inside cells. When choosing a treatment with Ascorbic Acid: look for at least 10-15% concentration and use it up as soon as possible. Ferulic Acid and Vitamin E are excellent antioxidant companions to Vitamin C as they increase its stability. Vitamin C can also turn inactive Vitamin E back to its active antioxidant form.

Some forms of Vitamin C:

  • L-Ascorbic Acid

  • Ascorbyl Glucoside

  • Ascorbyl Palmitate

  • Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate

  • Ethyl Ascorbic Acid

  • Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate

  • Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate

The derivates are esters (oil-soluble) or salts (water-soluble), both pretty common in skincare products. They are less irritating and more stable with longer shelf life. Of course derivates are also less potent, but a noteworthy option if you find Ascorbic Acid too strong, too expensive or don’t use up your serums quickly enough. Remember that all Vitamin C products will still break down if exposed to light and air.

Do you love Vitamin C? What are your favorite products?