My love affair with all things Bobbi Brown continues. Today, I bring to you the powder blush from Bobbi’s line. Not only is there a beautiful range of colours to chose from, there is a variety for people like me who prefer matte blushes. Bobbi’s blushes fall into 2 categories – one, which give a subtle natural colour to your cheeks – like Nude Pink, Slopes, Tawny and the other range is the one which gives a pop of colour to your cheeks like Apricot, Nectar, Peony. Bobbi actually suggests layering them, i.e., applying a blush from the subtle range to your cheeks and then adding a pop of colour just to the apples with the dramatic colour. For example, put Tawny on your cheekbones and apply Apricot/Nectar to the apple of your cheek. That makes one go from subtle to dramatic with pretty much the same products.
In the words of Bobbi Brown’s makeup artist:
“Lots of brands recommend topping a neutral blush with a “pop” of a brighter shade right on the apples of the cheeks. I am not sure about now, but Bobbi used to really push this idea. Pale Pink, Apricot, Peony, and Nectar are all great “pop” colors — I used to wear Tawny with Apricot on top when I first started working for the line.”
Silky formula glides on smoothly and offers a matte finish with long-lasting wear. Comes in this sleek, flip-top compact that can be used individually or assembled into palettes (sold separately). Apply on the apples of cheeks using the Blush Brush, blending up into the hairline, then downwards to soften. Finish with a pop of brighter blush, applied just on the apples of cheeks. For a shimmery glow on cheeks, follow with a Shimmer Brick Compact. “Blushed” Blush featured in “Martha Stewart Weddings” Magazine (Winter 2012).
INR 2100 for 3.7 gms / USD $26 Expensive? Yes! INR 2100 for just 3.7 gms of product!! But at least with this, you are likely to hit the pan in this lifetime!! 😉
Also, I am glad its 3.7 gm because they could have made it 7 gm or more and charged INR 4500 for it! Tom Ford does!! it doesn’t make sense to me when the blush pan is 7-8 gm and priced at INR 2500 and plus, you know you will never consume that much product in this lifetime and you are not comfortable shelling out that kind of money for one colour! Plus, there is no hope for trying more than one colour from that line!
To put it into perspective for you regarding the quantity and price:
MAC – 6 gms for INR 1450
NARS – 4.8 gms for INR 1850
Expensive? Yes! Worth it? Read on to find out!
It comes in square plastic packaging – you have seen the package in Rati’s review of the blush Pink. There is no mirror or brush. Yes, we rarely use the mirror or the brush from the packaging, so its okay to not have it, but sometimes, they can be great for touch-ups – for women on the go or the ones working in an office environment.
The packaging is fairly thin and small – so its easy to travel with. The blush can be potted out to fit a customized Bobbi Brown palette.
My Experience with Bobbi Brown Powder Blush – Apricot:
Well, this one is another fairly blind purchase, I went through swatches online and shortlisted a couple of these and gave a note to hubby (travelling abroad) to pick X or Y. I did not get to try it or feel it prior to purchase.
Am I happy? Yes!! Look at the pan! The website describes the colour as “Bright Apricot”! Hmmmmmmm….that doesn’t say much, does it?? Well, it’s a bright, fairly dark pink with good pigmentation. However, unlike NARS blushes, you don’t really need an ultra light hand. One sweep of a blush brush is enough. If you want to accentuate it, a second sweep is more than enough. (If it was a NARS blush, I would be using a fan brush gently). Do not get me wrong – it is not low on pigmentation.
I compare with NARS because that is my HG product when it comes to blushes! However, Bobbi Brown’s Apricot has better pigmentation than most MAC blushes (I use MAC as an easy point of reference for you all).
The great part about the blush is that it stays put on my oily skin for good 7 hours and more. So you definitely get bang for your buck!
It would work great with the pinks and corals of summer and with all the dark colours coming out in winters, what stops us from giving a pop of colour to our cheeks with some plummy lipsticks!
Pros of Bobbi Brown Powder Blush – Apricot:
- Its finely milled and easily blendable!
- Gives a beautiful, natural looking pop of colour to your face.
- Its got great pigmentation – so a little will go a long way!
- Will suit most skin tones.
- Comes in a sleek packaging – easy to carry packaging.
- The packaging has a clear top, so its easy to identify the colour if you have more than one of these.
- Extremely long-lasting. The color stays put for good 7 hours.
- The color would work well for day and night both.
- Does not accentuate the pores.
Cons of Bobbi Brown Powder Blush – Apricot:
- The price! Need I say it again!
- A mirror/brush would have been welcome.
Here is how it looks on my NC35 skin tone.
4.75/5 (I take away 0.25 points for the price to product ratio)!!
Hope you enjoyed the review. So tell me, given an option to splurge, what would you splurge on? Blush or lipstick?? Do share your thoughts through comments.
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