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On my visit to London in 2011 I decided I wanted some new make-up on my visit to John Lewis. I had used only used one or two of Bobbi brown cosmetic products before but since had heard many make-up bloggers, reviewers mention how great Bobbi brown products are. They completely raved about them. So I decided I'd go to the counter and ask for a little make over and try out their foundation and blusher.
The lady removed my make-up and applied the vitamin make-up base (loved this product) and then applied a foundation stick, something I had never used before and then the Bobbi Brown bliusher. I purchased all three products as I loved the way they worked together. The blusher was my favorite product of them all. It really stood out but in a good way. It defined my cheek bones and gave me a nice splash of colour.
The blusher the make-up artist used was 'Desert rose' this is described on the Bobbi brown site as a 'muted pinky brown' which I think is a good description as it does have tones of pinks and browns.
The other shades available are: Apricot, Almond, Blushed, Brown berry, Cranberry, Desert pink, Desert rose, Nectar, Nude peach, Nude pink, Pale pink, Peony,Pretty pink, Plum, Sand pink, Slopes and Tawny. The Bobbi Brown blusher is available in many department stores including Debenhams and as mentioned before John lewis. As well as online.
The Bobbi Brown blusher gives a matte finish, which I prefer as I do tend to get quite shiny through the day as my skin although it is very dry, it does tend to get shiny through the day. So a matte finish is my preference. It is very long lasting and lasts the whole of the day without needing to top up at lunch.
Bobbi Brown recommends applying the product on the apples of cheeks using a blusher 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. I don't use a shimmer brick as I don't have one but it would be nice to see how it looks with one. I think it could look quite nice with a shimmer on a night out.
The Bobbi Brown blusher is £16.20 for 3.7g. Now to the people who don't tend to buy from the 'luxery brands' it may seem a little steap. However, despite buying this blusher back in September 2011. I still have so much of the blusher left. In fact, I would say I have only used a ¼ of the product. Despite the fact I wear it every day and would say I wear a lot of make-up. Now it may be down to the colour as it does stand out in a nice way and this might mean I don't have to use a lot of the product. However, it is still good whatever the reason that it has lasted me so long. I do feel like I have well and truly got my moneys worth and still use the product every day.
The Bobbi brown packaging is fairly basic but not necessarily in a bad way. It comes in a small square shaped blusher. It doesn't include a mirror, which some people would prefer. However, because I carry my bronzer compact with me which has a mirror it isn't necessary and would just be carrying more weight around with me. The blusher has the famous 'Bobbi Brown' logo which is black and always looks so elegant. I really like the size of the blusher, it doesn't take up much room in my hang bag which is a real advantage as I carry a lot of make-up around with me. Typical woman!
I really love this blusher, it lasts a long time, it is nice and compact. It gives gorgeous results and a little goes a long way. I definitely will buy another when I run out, but saying that it will be a very long time as there is no sign of it running out yet!
Prior to my sensible, money-saving, student ways I'd splurge my part-time pay cheques on makeup and hair products. The Bobbi Brown blush is another of those luxury items I just had to have when I spotted it. I love blusher but tend to only wear it on nights out so I only have 3 or 4 blushers but I think most of them came in gift sets I'd received for Christmas or Birthdays.
The Bobbi Brown blush is without doubt my favourite blusher though-I'd even rate this about Benefit's posie tint which I have previously reviewed. I prefer this blusher as it is less mess than posie tint and has a more noticeable colour.
The blusher comes in a flip up compact box which has a very simple design, contrary to most of the Bobbi Brown cosmetics. It has a thick black border with a transparent window meaning that the blusher can be seen before you've opened the flap.
I purchased this product in 'apricot' expecting it to have orange undertones but in fact it is very pink and very bright but the brightness can be controlled by how much blusher you actually apply so that works well for me. I tend to use a big blusher brush to apply it but excess powder can always be blown or knocked off.
The product, once applied, has a matte finish so if you apply just the right amount of product you can achieve a very natural, even glow. To touch, the powder is very soft and silky and the attributes of this can be seen when you apply this blusher as it feels very lightweight.
I'm racking my brains to think of some negatives and managed to think of 2: the size and the price. I find it, although compact, quite bulky so it doesn't fit easily into my makeup bag (may have to invest in a bigger one for my ever growing collection anyway!). And, the price; a whopping £17 for a blusher is in my opinion extortionate. The product does last but I cannot justify the price! It is a very good product but I would never pay £17 again for a blusher, in a few months when this blusher runs out my love affair with Bobbi Brown's blush will be over forever, I'm afraid.
The blusher is also available in almond, apricot, blushed, brown berry, cranberry, desert pink, desert rose, nectar, pale pink, peony, plum, sand pink, slopes and tawny. You can purchase this product from lots on online cosmetics retailers, House of Fraser and Harrods amongst many others. I purchased mine from an independent market stall in Birmingham city centre.
Would I recommend this product? Yes, again like the Bobbi Brown concealer I reviewed yesterday, I would recommend this product but only if you can justify spending the big price tag!
I've been a more usual buyer of Boots various own-brand blushers but I'd read good reviews of Bobbi Brown's products so I asked one of their assistants for advice on a product that would be flattering and natural. I wanted a powder (creams often cause a reaction on my skin). She recommended the Tawny shade for my pale English skin. I was aiming for a healthy glow so that I don't look half-dead on cold winter mornings.
The assistant told me to apply the blush with a big brush on the apple of my cheeks (to find the apple you smile and it's the round bit that you want to brush).
I found that I didn't need a lot of the blush to get the desired glow. I was expecting to have to reapply half-way through the day but this wasn't necessary. The Tawny shade gave me a natural colour, as though I'd had a brisk country walk (in fact I have a brisk country walk every day of my life but still need blusher). Bobbi Brown claims that this is a 'silky' formula and this has been my experience: it's not chalky or powdery and goes onto my face smoothly. I've had to have photographs taken for various work matters and I am pleased with how the blush brightens my appearance in these pictures. It's flattering. As well as applying to the apples of my cheeks I put a sweep over my brows when I'm going out and this works well.
One of my gripes about powder blushes is that if you drop them the powder smashes up and becomes impossible to use. I did accidentally drop the Bobbi Brown blush into the sink and expected the worst. There is a kind of fissure across the surface as a result of this mishap but the contents haven't shattered and I can continue to use it as normal. I was impressed by this.
All in all, despite its fairly high cost of £17, I thought the blush was good value. It certainly lasts. I've had this tawny blush for over two years now but have more than half the powder left. (I'm now wondering if I'll have to dispose of my Tawny on grounds of hygiene before it actually runs out, as I'm not sure whether it's very good to keep make-up for quite so long). I will be sorry to throw it out before it's run out, as I like the glow it gives me. The packaging seems durable and you can add the blush to one of their customisable palettes for three, four or six items (see bobbibrown.co.uk), which would be very convenient for taking on trips or to work. The little black squares that single products come in are very smart in their own right, however.
All in all, this is a five-star blush in my opinion.
Here I am again with another Bobbi Brown review!.
I am still working my way through my new Bobbi Brown collection and in the name of research I am playing with my new toys a lot, sorry I mean I am experimenting with the collection in order to provide a usual and informative review.
====== The Product =====
Bobbi Brown blushers are one of her most popular lines and this is one of the first products that I tried.
Her blushers are packaged in the usual style of the black casing with the clear top to show you the product inside.
As is the case with all of the range the colours are all designed to show and enhance your best features and create a look that's you only better.
The blusher itself has a very soft touch to it and almost feels like velvet as the powder is so fine and compacted heavily which means you get the true colour of the product and not a diluted colour which can happen with cheaper brands.
The blusher is matte and which allows a natural look and makes the product longer lasting.
===== Ways To Apply =====
You can apply the blusher in many different ways to create different looks. However you apply it always brush upwards to apply the blusher and the smooth the brush back down as this softens the look and smooths any fine hairs.
To create a fresh day time look, sweep your brush around the product and tap off any excess on the back of your hand as this will stop you applying too much. smile into a mirror and apply just on the apples of your cheeks (the plumpest part) you can also apply a little on the end of your nose and chin and this gives you a fresh look as though you have been out for a bracing walk.
For a more dramatic look -
Suck in your cheeks and apply the blusher in a C shape starting from just under the hallow part and blend it up into the hairline and again bring the brush down to soften the look
======Lasting power =====
Due to the quality and density of the blusher I found that it lasted all day and well into the night and I had only reapplied once in the evening just to freshen it up a little.
====== Conclusion ======
If you are going to purchase a new blusher than I think that Bobbi Brown is hard to beat.
You get true colour that lasts as long as you need it to. the blusher gives you a flattering soft look as with all her products they are based on natural base colours with a tint added so they are flattering to every skin colour.
Although it is an expensive initial outlay I use the blusher most days and the compact looks as though it's hardly been touched so you will get value for your money.
====== Cost And Availability =====
Bobbi Brown products can Ber purchased in most large department stores and also online at www.bobibrown.co.uk
The compact costs £16.00 for 13oz
I recently came home from a work trip to the US to open up my make up bag which had been in my hold luggage to find out that my blusher had been smashed to smithereens and wasn't salvageable at all. I was really disappointed as it was a favourite blusher that had taken me ages to find the right one and was only available in the states (where I had just been and was not due to go back for ages)!
As I had purchased some products from Bobbi Brown recently I thought I would visit their counter and see what they had available in Blushers. The girl on the counter was very helpful and showed me the variety of blushers on offer, when I had decided I wanted a powder blusher she set about to find out what colour would suit me and what I was wanting to get from the blusher. I like to have a light blush that gives a healthy glow and is fairly natural but adds to your make up, kind of like you have it on but it is not obvious, particularly when I wear it on a daily basis.
I was recommended Blush, Bobbi Brown's powder blusher which aims to give you a colour that looks fresh and natural. There are 19 shades to choose from, ranging from Almond to Cranberry and from Poppy to Pale Pink. After trying out a couple of colours on me it was decided that Sand Pink was the best and most natural for my skin tone. It was great to get to try them out on my cheeks rather than just guessing which is what I normally end up doing.
The Blush is a matte finish and it lasts throughout the day without me having to reapply. It is easy to apply, using a large blusher brush I apply the blusher to the apples of my cheeks and blend towards the hairline giving a nice and natural finish which complements the rest of my make up. While it is not the cheapest at £16.50 for a 3.7g pot, it does last for ages, and even better it is a lot handier for me to purchase. You can buy it from any Bobbi Brown counter in department stores (ask the staff to recommend a colour and get them to test it on you) or from their website. It has also been dermatologist tested so should be ok for most skin types.
I really like this blusher and it is now a must have product in my make up bag!
I am very pale skinned, my skintone is probably akin to a blonde's, despite my brunette hair and black eyebrows. For ref. my concealer shade for Bobbi Brown is Porcelain. I have this blusher in Pale Pink.
For this blush I literally only need to tap my brush on to the surface 2 or 3 times, and I have enough colour. It gives me a pretty flushed look , which I like. However, because it's so highly pigmented I'm always scared of putting too much on, so it's quite time-consuming to apply this. But that does mean this will last forever. The packaging is nice and stylish, a black square compact, with a clear square in the middle to allow you to see the colour, and Bobbi Brown printed over it.
Overall, I'm very satisfied with this project and will buy again unless I find a shade that is very slightly paler, as that would be easier to apply.
This Bobbi Brown blush was the first high end blush I ever bought and was recommended for me by the makeup artist on the Bobbi Brown counter in a Paris Sephora. Once she tried it on me and showed me it in the mirror I knew I had to have it and I ended up buying it (and the fancy professional brush she used on me too).
I like the way these blushes are packaged and they remind me of the Mac blushes actually. They are circular shaped in black with a large clear circle in the lid so you can see which colour you are picking up straight away and the words Bobbi Brown are written in black text. On the underside of the case are written the shade name and number, in my case, Rose 3. You get 3.2 grams. Unusually for blushers the lid is screw top rather than flip top which slows you down a little in the morning but it's not a deal breaker. One thing it is missing is a mirror. Now personally I am not bothered by this because I just apply my blusher once in the morning in front of my bedroom mirror and so don't really need it for touch-ups but I know this is an issue for some people.
The colour I chose, well she chose, is a matt rosy red colour that would be good for most people. The powder doesn't smell of much. The size of the blush is just about the right size for one of their blusher brushes coincidentally. The pigment of this is very good and you only need one swipe with the brush to pick up colour. One thing I have noticed is that it doesn't hold all that well on bare skin. This isn't unusual for a blusher by any means but I always use loose powder to ensure it all stays in place. I used this a lot in the past but now I prefer to have a bit of shimmer in my blushes just to give my face a bit more of a glow.
Price-wise these are on the high side. I think I paid about £15 or £16 at the time though these have since been redesigned hence the slightly different look in the picture so I don't know if this shade is still available. Nice as it is though I feel there is probably a blush that is just as nice and works just as well for a third of the price.
Bobbi Brown Blush / The diverse shades of Bobbi's Blush offer the best way to give cheeks colour that looks fresh and natural / The silky formula glides on smoothly and evenly / Matte finish looks natural and offers long-lasting wear / Dermatologist tested /