Becca Frangipani Creme BlushAlright, so I've been using this blush for the past month, which explains why it looks like shimmery slop in a compact. You can quote me on this, but I'm pretty sure it's safe to say that if the makeup police confiscated all of my blushes and told me I can only have one, I'd either be kicking and screaming or sitting there dumbfounded at which blush I'd pick. AHA! That is, before I discovered this beauty.
One makeup product that I enjoy most of all is blush. I don't know why, but I find a pretty blush hard to resist. Needless to say, I have loads of options in the morning for which cheek rouge I want to wear for the day. Because I'm full of love, I like to give each blush special attention, trying not to neglect past favorites and devote all of my attention to my new loves. So it's very (and I really mean very) rare for me to find a blush that I can wear for weeks straight without switching it up. That's why I think Becca Frangipani is extra special.
I'm pretty new to Becca, but I have to say that they sure know what they're doing when it comes to creating quality cosmetics. It seems that I'm knocking out trying each of their best sellers one by one (Compact Concealer, Mineral Bronzing Powder, Beach Tint) - and now the Creme Blush.
Becca Creme Blush is described as being highly pigmented, yet because of the smooth texture, it diffuses into the skin for a natural and healthy "glow from within" appearance. There are no parabens or preservatives. It's recommended for most skin types except very oily or blemished skin - that is because cream blush can make oily skin appear oilier, and it won't last as long, and for very blemished skin, it can emphasize blemishes.
There are eight (8) shades available: Turkish Rose (rosy nude), Terracotta (neutral apricot), Byzantine (peach gold shimmer), Wild Orchid (violet pink), Hayacinth (bright watermelon pink), Dahlia (rich burnt red/orange), Amaryllis (dusty pink), Geranium (muted red) and Frangipani (tropical pink shimmer).
From the way Frangipani looks in the compact, tropical pink shimmer isn't exactly how I'd describe it. It looks more like a metallic/shimmery silvery red. Depending on the lighting, it can also look plum (the red tone really only shows through in the sunlight). The name 'Rose Bronze', or maybe 'Rose-Berry' seems more appropriate, but, don't let the looks of it scare you away. It looks like it has a rosy-red base, but with the silver metallic hybrid, it creates a beautiful rosy-pink hue. It's not a shade only warm skinned gals can benefit from, but a shade that's flattering to many. Possibly a highlight for some? The color definitely isn't one-dimensional and leaves the skin flushed and glowing in any light.
The product itself isn't very condensed, so you don't have to be afraid of botching up your cheeks by applying too much in one spot. Once your brush hits your cheeks, the product moves around and blends easily without much effort. I know that if I accidentally dipped too much product on my brush that I'm not doomed to look like a clown.
My favorite application method is using a duo-fiber stippling brush (usually my MAC 187) and stipple (think sponge painting) the product on my cheeks in short, quick motions until it's all blended.
The product is incased in Becca's standard rubberized deep brown packaging with their signature metal detail on the front. It's actually very small (can you see in comparison to my fingers?) and only houses three grams (0.1 oz) of product. It's lightweight, non-bulky and has a mirror, so it's very travel-friendly.
Capturing this color swatched was much harder than I thought because of the duo-chrome. As you can see, despite it looking dark and scary in the pan, it's incredibly subtle. The left swatch illustrates the blush swatched with my finger, and on the right, swatched with a brush.
I also apologize for this nerdy car photo, but it's the only photo I have wearing this blush.
Now, because I have only tried one creme blush from their line, I'm not sure if they all perform the same way (pigmentation and lasting power), but the only downfall about this blush is that it wears off by mid-day. If my blush wears off, I'm not one to touch-up - I usually count it as an "oh well", unless I'm going somewhere nice. But, this blush is so fab that I do actually pull it out mid-day and re-apply it. It just instantly makes my skin look better and more radiant.
Overall, I'm very happy with this product and would recommend their Creme Blush if they all preform as nicely as Frangipani. They are quite expensive, so my urgency to have them all won't be happening any time soon, but hopefully at some point in the future I'll be able to get my hands on a couple more.
Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Octyldodecanol, Cetyl Palmitate, Petrolatum, Carnauba (Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax), Candelilla Cera (Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax), Kaolin, C18-38 Alkyl Hydroxystearoyl Stearate, Tocopherol, Parfum (Fragrance) and may contain: [+/- Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, Carmine CI 75470, Red 21 Lake CI 45380, Yellow 5 Lake CI 19140, Red 7 CI 15850, Ultramarines CI 77007, Red 40 CI 16035, Yellow 6 Lake CI 15985, Bismuth Oxychloride CI 77163, Blue 1 Lake CI 42090, Red 36 CI 12085, Ferric Ferrocyanide CI 77510, Mica]
Price: $30, Becca. For a list of retail locations that sells Becca, click here.
Have you tried Becca's Creme Blushes? Let me know how you like them, and if you have any other recommendations of Becca products. Also, if you're a blog owner and have a review for a Becca Creme Blush, leave the link below so I can check it out!