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I bought the pot rouge in powder pink (fairly pale pink) after asking the assistant at the Bobbi Brown counter to recommend a shade for my pale skin. I was so impressed with it that I later purchased the fresh melon shade too (a peachy colour).
The powder pink pot rouge that I purchased was actually in the old packaging (a little pot with black screw lid with BB logo), whereas the fresh melon is in the newer packaging (a sleek black round case with white BB logo on the top, a flip up lid and mirror inside). Both pot rouges came in the outer monochrome packaging used by Bobbi Brown. Although the old packaging was nice, the new flip up version with mirror is much more slimline and user friendly.
The product is very easy to apply - a make up brush can be used but I simply use my fingers. A small amount of the product goes a long way and it blends very nicely to give a burst of colour with a lovely sheen to it, without looking greasy. I do find that skin needs to be very well moisturised before applying, otherwise the pigment does not blend too well. The pot rouge says it is for lips and cheeks -I use it mostly as a blusher as I find that as a lip colour it is very subtle (although this may be more due to the shades I have). However for an everyday look it is nice as a lip colour too. It lasts very well - the colour and sheen are still looking fresh late into the day.
The pot rouge is an absolutely brilliant multi purpose product for anyone in a rush - it fits neatly into your pocket or handbag, applies quickly and neatly, gives a great flush of colour, lasts for ages and even has it's own mirror.
Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks
As I have got into my fifties I have tended to prefer to purchase cream blushes rather then powder finishes. I don't purchase them exclusively as MAC, for example, make some lovely sheertone blushes that impart a lovely youthful glow to the skin, without leaving a powdery finish. Also many lovely powder blushes can always be softened by adding a finishing spray at the end of applying make-up, such as the lovely one by Urban Decay known as the All Nighter. This product is amazing and will eliminate any cakey areas, if you have been heavy handed on the powder blush or finishing powder in general.
All this being said though I am tending to purchase cream blushes more and more, which is how I came to find the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge range. Designed as a dual product to be used as a blush and also as a lip stain, these versatile little pots are absolutely beautiful. I would say that they are now in my holy grail of make up products for so many reasons, so let's look in detail at the product and its attributes.
Retailing for £19 this is not a cheap option, but the product design is good with a mirrored lid which allows application to be made easily, whether at home or on the run. The mirror is a good decent size making it perfect for the job. The amount of product supplied is generous, and if used daily it will last for months and months. There are 10 colours so there is an option for every skin type and colour you wish, ranging from deep pinks to peaches and red browns. I have two colours, "Rose" which is a beautiful English rose shade, and "Fresh Melon" which is my absolute favourite pinky peach shade. I believe this one was an new addition to the range in 2012.
The product is available from www.bobbibrown.co.uk and from John Lewis, Selfridge's, Debenhams and The House Of Fraser. I tend to use Debenhams as they have frequent special offers and a very good loyalty card scheme.
I researched all the shades first by logging into my favourite review site for cosmetics over at Make-up Alley, where I found great respect for these blushes - my favourite "Fresh Melon" for example scores a 4.4 out of 5 with 100% saying they would repurchase. As I have said before reviewers over there are very discerning, and don't award high scores without justification, as the site is a wonderful resource for information, and writers are dedicated to providing accurate reviews.
My Experience And Opinion
The first thing I have to say about these blushes is that you must make sure that your skin is moisturised well. The formula is a tad drying, although nowhere near as drying as the lovely cream blushes by Stila. I love these, but they really demand skin to be moisturised, and in my opinion are difficult to use if you have very dry skin. The Pot Rouges by Bobbi Brown are fine, as long as you take care to make sure that your skin has been moisturised well beforehand. If you have severely dry skin I would recommend trying the new cream blushes by Bourjois, or Max factor- Miracle Touch Cream Blushes, as these are much more moisturising and easy to blend. In fact both of these products are little gems that I intend to review soon.
The beauty of the Pot Rouges is that you can apply them with fingers alone, which is what I do as it makes for an effortless application. I simply use two fingers and gently blend the product up from the apple of my cheeks towards the cheek bones, and the result is a lovely soft healthy glow. Fresh Melon is absolutely gorgeous as it is a light peach pink, and it makes your complexion look healthy and youthful. Rose is a tad darker and more pink toned, but again the result is a dewy finish with a lovely soft pink glow. I believe that the look of these on the skin, together with the effortless application without the need for brushes, makes these a wonderful product for travel. Of course you can use a brush to apply them, but it isn't necessary. There is no glitter going on in these blushes, so they are ideal for mature skin and for a sophisticated look.
I have used this product on my lips as a stain and it performs well, and the rose in particular gives a lovely pink stain which looks fresh and youthful. When used as a lip stain or a blush the result is very long lasting - I feel that the blush is one of the most long lasting formulas I have in my collection.
The blush is easy to remove at the end of the day with any remover you choose, and in my experience it has never made my skin sensitive or caused any break outs.
I highly recommend these blushes, and especially if you are a lady of maturing years like myself, or if you travel a lot these are a lovely lightweight option. The finish is so natural on the skin, and the blendable formula makes it a joy to apply, and as a result it is quick and easy.
I think the only negative is the price, and as I mentioned in my opinion there are about 4 other products that I use that are on a par with these in terms of performance, application and being travel friendly. So here is the price for you to compare the Bobbi Brown against these. The first two are blushes only, but the last two- the Stila, and The Daniel Sandler are also lip and cheek combos.
Max Factor Miracle Touch Cream Blush- I have the shade Soft Pink which is a beautiful natural shade and this retails for £4.99. This is a tiny little pot and fantastic for travel. Perfect for dry skin.
Bourjois new cream blushes- I have 01 Nude Velvet and this is £5.99. This is a beautiful blush perfect for dry skin.
The Stila Convertible colours that all have flower names are £16. I have the shade Peony and these can be used on the cheeks or lips. Again these are difficult to use if you have very dry skin.
Daniel Sandler Creme Rouge Blushes in Soft Peach and Soft Pink. These are beautiful cream blushes that can be used on the lips too. £15.50
I hope this review has been helpful. In conclusion I would say that I highly recommend the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge blush and lip stains, but I would say that if you are primarily purchasing them to use as blush products only, then have a look at the Bourjois and the Max Factor alternatives as these are less expensive and beautiful. If you want the versatility of the lip cheek combo then I highly recommend them.
This review will also be published on Ciao under my user name Violet1278
I first brought this product two and a half years ago when i decided my make up bag needed a whole new collection of products and havn't used anything else since. This little pot has last me a year and a half as each time you apply it you only need to apply the smallest amount. I was told by the bobbi brown make up artist to apply a small amount to one finger the smile and sweep it across ypur cheek bones to get the blusher on in the perfect place. I have alsways used this advice and its always worked well. It has two uses as it can also be used as a lip colour, although i rarely use it on my lips, when i have it has given me good results and the colour lasts.
When i apply it to my cheeks in the morning i very rarely have to re-apply it the same day as it lasts the whole day.
It is a relatively expensive product as i paid £20 for mine but i would definately pay it again as i am still to this day to find a better blusher and the pot has lasted me so long its worth the money. This product has made me a huge fan of bobbi brown, a cosmetics brand i had never heard of until i brought this product.
The little pot is also convienient to carry around, as with most blusher you need a large blusher brush, this one you don't. It is small enough to event fit in the smallest of clutch bags unlike many blushers.
On a recent business trip my luggage went missing, not only was all my clothes missing but also my make-up. After reporting it to the airline and being told that my luggage should be with me in a few days at the earliest due to technical issues I had to do some emergency shopping. Fortunately I had packed a few clothes in my hand luggage as this had happened before but all my toiletries and make up were in my bag I therefore made a quick pit stop to try and get some basic make up and products.
As I am a bit of a Bobbi Brown fan I thought it would be better to get a couple of products from the range like a blusher and lippie as at least I would use them anyway, the rest I could do without for a couple of days at least or buy cheaper if necessary.
When I visited the Bobbi Brown counter and explaine my dil;emma the assistant recommended I try their Pot Rouge for lips & cheeks, it could double up and would be ideal for what I required. perfect.
The assistant picked a couple of colours and tried them out on me - there is about 11 shades to choose from suitable for a variety of skin tones. The Blushed Rose was great exactly the right shade for me giving me a rosy glow on my cheeks and a cute lipgloss tint, which could be made stronger with application, on my lips. It gives a great sheer stained look. It is described as a cream blusher and I have since found out it is one of the Instyle 100 Best Beauty Buys for 2010.
To apply it I use my fingers, I find that it make application and blending so much easier, although you are also recommended if you want a finger free applications to use a foundation brush. But I feel my fingers give a better more accurate application on voth my lips and cheeks!
I think this is a great product which certainly lightens my load when I am travelling, it comes in a small clear pot with a black lid and costs £16.50 for an 11ml pot, but like most Bobbi Brown products it lasts for ages.
Thankfully my luggage turned up 3 days later with all my make up and while I still love my original Bobbi Brown Blush I have found a new product to mix and match with the rest of my make up and is a great addition to my travelling essentials.
You can buy Pot Rouge at any Bobbi Brown counters in most major department stores or from their website, they regularly add new colours at least twice a year.
Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for lips & Cheeks / Our best-selling / multi-tasking cream colour just got even better / It's now in a mirrored flip-top compact for on-the-spot application / Blend it on the apples of your cheeks for a just-pinched look / Blot it on your lips for a soft / stained finish / For drier skins / be sure to moisturise skin first / All skin types.