Back in May on my birthday, I mentioned that one of the 30 goals for my 30th year was to try 12 new-to-me beauty brands. Since the Burberry haul was a birthday gift to myself, that was considered 1 brand down – today, I bring you the next: a little treat from Rouge Bunny Rouge, an Original Skin Blush in Florita!
It’s easy enough to find brands I’ve never tried, but the real challenge is finding products that I don’t already have. While my stash continues to grow, I’m making every effort to fill any gaps I may have rather than just buying the same shades over and over. Florita was a perfect fit within my blush collection, as I own nothing like the glowing berry shade. The fact that the blush itself is also absolutely wonderful, and it was a major win.
RBR describes the Original Skin Blushes as blending with a ‘sheer, melting touch’ for a ‘naturally luminous silky glow.’ *Ooh, sexy* They go on to say that the blush contains active ingredients such as Uhaloa from Hawaii (for long term brightening) and Indian Gooseberry Extract (which guards against free radicals) *Sounds good to me!*. ‘Sheer pearls amplify the creamy soft touch and ensure a limpid glow’ *GAWD, doesn’t that invoke some major imagery??* Lastly, ‘innovative powders entwine with your skin to preserve perfection all day long. Result is ‘your skin but better’ effect; you’ll wonder how you blushed before.’ *Holy smokes. If that’s not a description and a half, I don’t know what is!*
Ok, so after all that, how does Florita stand up?
First of all, the illuminating formula of this blush is what I wish ALL my blushes would be. It gives me the best glow ever without looking shimmery or glittery in the least. I only have a couple blushes that do this – MAC’s Early Morning Mineralize Blush, and Burberry’s Russet Light Glow Blush (though the latter does come close to being more shimmery than glowy). I just love how this looks on the skin, like you’re just radiating health. The color doesn’t hurt either – it’s a gorgeous berry pink that comes close to how my skin looks when I flush naturally. It’s a deeper tone (they actually recommend the shade for medium or olive skintones), but the blush is so finely milled and so soft that anyone can wear it – it just requires a bit more building on darker skin.
The only beef I have with this blush is that on me, the wear time is fairly paltry – maybe 5-6 hours? I have a similar issue with my Burberry blush, and I think the culprit is that these shades have such soft tones that even slight fading means they all but disappear on my dark skin. So, I’m not going to hold it against them – it’s my own stupid fault for buying shades that are designed with fair skin in mind. And I have SO much blush now, that reapplying throughout the day sort of appeals to me, because that means I’ll be using it faster. Another bizarre quirk of mine, I know!! lol In any case, I’ve heard much better results from other sources, so I would hazard a guess that on medium to light skintones, you won’t have issue with the wear time at all.
I know some people have an issue with the packaging being sort of cheap, considering the higher price tag (I paid $31 – minus a 20% discount! – from Beauty Habit), but it doesn’t bother me at all – though it’s plastic, it’s sturdy, and it looks pretty to me! As long as it’s not super crappy/gaudy, and the product inside is amazing, I’m happy as a clam :) I find Illamasqua’s packaging to be of similar quality, but again, the product inside is so terrific that I couldn’t care in the least. It just makes those products (like Burberry ~swoon~) seem that much more luxe.
So. Florita. Wonderful, beautiful shade that I am pleased as punch to own! I really love how it gives my skin such a natural lit-from-within look, and the tone (though prone to fading on me) is just perfect with my skin. The size of the blush is a wee bit on the small size (0.123oz, as opposed to 0.19oz for NARS, 0.15oz for Illamasqua, 0.20 for MAC – though MAC’s Mineralize blushes are 0.10oz) but again – am I ever going to use it all up with all the other shades I have? Doubtful. Overall, it’s a fantastic shade, fantastic formula, and a great introduction to the brand. I was tempted to order some shadows as I’ve heard so much about them, but for the time being resisted. For now…
What do you think of Florita? Have you tried the Rouge Bunny Rouge brand yet? Any suggestions on some must-own products?