Warm things up with Becca’s Mineral Blush in Sweet Pea

Last year, I was on the hunt for a neutral, natural-looking blush to add to my collection of bright pinks and corals.  Though I do love more intense, happy cheek shades as a general rule, there is a time and place in which a more subdued blush is favoured (and who am I kidding – if I can justify buying ONE MORE BLUSH for whatever reason, I’m gonna take it!).  On my radar was either MAC’s Blushbaby or Becca’s Mineral Blush in Sweet Pea ($32US).  When I was in NYC, I picked up the latter as it’s much more difficult for me to come by here on the East Coast.

IMG_1042Becca Sweet Pea Mineral Blush

Described as a ‘rosy plum nude,’ I find Sweet Pea to be more on the rose-nude side with very little plum, which is OK with me!  It’s a lovely neutral with a bit of kick so as to not look ‘blah,’ which can happen when you’re trying to steer clear of “colour” per se.

Becca Sweet Pea Mineral Blush swatch

Looking at this in swatches, you may think that this would be too close to my skin tone to really do much of anything when worn.  That was my concern before I had an opportunity to swatch it in-store. It’s true, it’s unlikely to show up much once I am in the throes of a summer tan, but for the other 8 months of the year, this works perfectly to add a subtle yet pretty warmth to my skin.  The ‘micro-fine minerals’ of which you can see just a touch in the swatch above, are said to give a soft glow to the skin, and I would say that’s pretty accurate! These types of blush formulas are my favourite – more of a satin finish than plain matte, that really bring life to the skin in a natural way without being too matte-powdery or disco-ball shimmery.

Becca Sweet Pea Mineral Blush

When I got home from NYC, as usual I rummaged through my stash to see if I had any similar shades already (I really do dislike replication!).  Another reason I had held out on buying Sweet Pea previously is that I thought it too close to Milani’s Sunset Beach bronzer/blush duo I have. Too late I also remembered Burberry’s Russet blush, which is another warm neutral and could possibly be close in tone. Thankfully, in both cases the shades do not have the same effect (in swatches and on the skin).

Becca Sweet Pea Mineral Blush comparison Becca Sweet Pea Mineral Blush comparison swatchesLeft to right: Burberry Light Glow Blush in Russet, Becca Mineral Blush in Sweet Pea, Milani Sunset Duos in Sunset Beach

As you can see, Russet is much warmer and more orange (which is actually why I don’t wear it much), and Sunset Beach is more brown (as it is primarily a bronzer). Though the swatches aren’t terribly varied, the differences do show up considerably when worn. So, happily for me, no dupes!

As my skin tends to be finicky, one of the biggest culprits to skin irritation via makeup is blush – so many contain ingredients like fragrance (WHYYYYY??), or lanolin which my skin can’t tolerate. Parabens and talc are also cause for concern for some – delightfully, Becca’s Mineral Blush contains none of these ingredients.  On top of that good news, the formula contains Vitamins A, C, and E to nourish and condition the skin.  What’s not to like?

IMG_1465Becca Sweet Pea Mineral Blush Ingredients

Though I haven’t tried too much from the brand (YET), from what I know and have read, it seems that Becca consistently knocks it out of the park with their beautiful (and beautiful-making) products again and again. Their aesthetic centres around natural gorgeousness, and as of late that is exactly the image I strive to achieve on the regular. All I know is – I GOTTA GET MY HANDS ON SOME MORE OF THIS STUFF!!!!!

Have you tried Becca cosmetics?  What is your favourite neutral blush?

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  1. #1 by Rosie Areola on February 4, 2014 - 9:36 pm

    Love it

  2. #2 by Makeup Morsels on February 5, 2014 - 4:26 am

    Yup, I’ve heard lots of good things about Becca although I’ve never tried anything from their line before….too many pretties competing for attention out there. Love the way the satiny sheen comes to life on your skin, it just looks very “real” and sort of melts into your skin. Good choice!

    • #3 by Latoya on February 5, 2014 - 5:31 pm

      Thanks MM!! I love the textures I’ve tried so far, and wouldn’t mind a few more items from the brand, but I agree that there are just too many pretties to try ‘em all! ~dammit~

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  3. #4 by Arianne on February 5, 2014 - 8:40 am

    Oooh so nice on you! I love it! I haven’t tried the blushes from Becca before, but I definitely have my eyes on a bunch of things from the line. :) My Sephora has an entire Becca counter so I have to pay better attention next time. It’s just that… the testers are so gross. I hate people sometimes. LOL

    • #5 by Latoya on February 5, 2014 - 5:31 pm

      Haha I know what you’re saying, Arianne! Unkempt testers are a huge turn-off, urgh :S But if you can somehow check the brand out, I think you’d really love it!

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  4. #6 by Liz (@Reductionista) on February 5, 2014 - 12:46 pm

    Looks fab, Toya! I looked at this many times but I’m now in this weird stage where I can’t seem to buy neutral blush anymore. All I look at are garish reds, corals and pink. This has me wondering if it’s time to make a return to more elegant shades. Love the quality of Becca in general. It’s definitely a worthy splurge!

    • #7 by Latoya on February 5, 2014 - 5:33 pm

      Now, don’t get me wrong Liz – I love me a good eye-seating bright blush!! They’re my kryptonite for sure, but sometimes if I’m wearing an aggressive lipstick or eye makeup, I just need a neutral, ya know?? :D

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  5. #8 by Larie on February 5, 2014 - 1:49 pm

    I like their Beach Tints :) The powder blushes look good, too, but none of the colors specifically call me, lol!

    • #9 by Latoya on February 5, 2014 - 5:31 pm

      I get that, Larie – they’re all pretty basic and soft shades. If I didn’t have a need for a good neutral….and really, if I hadn’t been in the US, because I wasn’t convinced till I saw them in person, and had a hankering to spend money lol

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  6. #10 by BeautyReflections (@BeautyReflectTS) on February 5, 2014 - 5:15 pm

    Like Larie, I love the Beach Tints, but the powders don’t call to me either. :D It looks pretty on you! And wow Russet looks do different on you than on me. ;)

    • #11 by Latoya on February 5, 2014 - 5:31 pm

      Yea, I remember you telling me how much you enjoyed Russet, Tracy! I like it only in certain looks – it’s too bad, really :( But I guess Becca’s blush fills that void for me now!

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  7. #12 by Denise on February 5, 2014 - 9:17 pm

    Oooh, this looks lovely on your skin! I haven’t tried any of Becca’s products (it never seems to intrigue me, likewise with MUFE… I have no idea why), but as I am a blush fiend, maybe that’s a good place to start, lol! My favourite neutral blush is MAC’s Warm Soul. Looks good with everything, and you KNOW my thing for Mineralize Blushes. ;)

    • #13 by Latoya on February 6, 2014 - 4:17 pm

      Yes, rightfully so though – they’re pretty gorg ;) I know what you mean about some lines just not calling to you – I find I have a lot, usually when I’ve already tried the brand in the past and I’m on to the newest and shiniest :P

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  8. #14 by Eugenia on February 6, 2014 - 5:13 pm

    This is just so pretty! I haven’t tried anything from this brand before, but I’ve been hearing positive stuff about them as well. I agree; pops of colour are nice & fun to play with, but every now & then a neutral-ish shade like this not only packs an understated hit of ‘almost colour’, but lets your other makeup do the talking!

    • #15 by Latoya on February 6, 2014 - 5:47 pm

      ‘Xactly, Eugenia! :) I have much more fun with brights, of course, but there is a need at times for subtlety. And the natural glow that accompanies this blush makes it much more than a boring neutral!!

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  9. #16 by Amy on February 13, 2014 - 12:36 am

    Beautiful! Having a good, reliable neutral blush that isn’t blah is definitely a worthwhile purchase, and this one is so nice on you :)

    • #17 by Latoya on February 13, 2014 - 9:36 pm

      Thanks my dear!! It’s definitely a good addition to my collection.

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