Friday, March 9, 2012

Rouge Bunny Rouge Original Skin Blush - Florita - Review and Swatches

I have that low-to-medium contrast type of skin that can look washed out without any makeup, and yet I did not wear blush for almost a decade. The reason was mild rosacea, which over time gave me higher coloring than I'd been born with, so my cheeks always looked rosy.

I finally got zapped to restore my former coloring, and suddenly I became interested in blush again. After a few color mismatches, I happened upon the Rouge Bunny Rouge Original Skin Blush For Love of Roses formula. My first color was Gracilis, and then I quickly picked up Delicata (which I used as a sort of bronzer), but I wanted something that more closely resembled the color my skin turns after being out in the cold.

Florita, a deep raspberry red, comes close, except it is warmer. This blush is targeted at medium-toned olive skins, but when I blush I blush furiously, so I tend to favor deep and/or bright colors. Florita is one bright color (understatement) which you could use in an 80s retro look


Natural daylight indoors

Indirect sunlight--most representative color


The texture is lovely, as described in my other reviews of the Original Skin formula, and Florita imparts a subtle glowy radiance with zero evidence of shimmer, so it's a suitable blush for wearing in full sun. The finish is more satin than matte, and it wears fairly well. I need a wee touchup midday.



As for its claims, I am not certain how this blush halts melanin production in the skin—I should think I'd have to wear an awful lot of it—but if any makeup feels like treatment, Rouge Bunny Rouge makeup tops the list.


Bottom line: A beautiful, bright glowy blush.

All photos mine

36 comments:

  1. Blush is still the one thing that I have issues with, like you I had mild roseacea and hated my flushed cheeks. I have made some changes to my diet and changed my skin care and whilst I hardly dare type this for fear of jinxing it, things seem to have calmed down! I do now use MAC Tenderling with a contoured brush to put some shape in my face - its a bit round tbh - but the idea of "blush" still terrifies me, especially anything that is pink and "hot" looking. Hopefully if my skin continues to stay calm I will get a little braver! This does look like a beautiful colour, although on my pale skin it would probably be too bright for me.

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    1. MostlyB, I don't know what your dietary changes are, but I can kick my rosacea into complete remission by eating a very controlled carb diet, like 100g (or around 75g net if I factor out the fiber). Obviously no red wine or sugar or some of the other weird foods that cause a flush, like spinach and pineapple, lord knows why.

      Tenderling is an excellent blush for red cheeks because of it's brown undertone--it won't contribute to ruddiness, and that's the one I wore when my cheeks were more red. Plus, it's such a pretty blush that can actually do a bit of contouring. But now that my cheekies are white again, I need PINK.

      As far as the above blush, I am quite pale (NW15), and applied with a very soft brush, the color of Florita is very believable ... but it can be hot looking, as you say. If you live near a Zuneta check it out! You might be surprised.

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    2. Dietary changes, very similar - I very rarely eat bread and if I do only very little, pasta, rice and potatoes are all fine though but key thing is getting rid of sugar again only a little and rarely. That said I didn't know about spinach and pineapple and love both so will have to bear those in mind. And as for red wine, I am just going to pretend you never ever mentioned that OK?!

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  2. That is such a pretty blush! I tend to gravitate towards dark blushes as well - despite being very pale - because I love the contrast. I have yet to pull the trigger on a RBR blush, but perhaps next time there's a discount code I'll be adding Florita to my cart.
    Lizzie

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    1. I bet Florita would look gorgeous with your coloring, Lizzie!

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  3. Such a gorgeous blush! I also sometimes skip blush because of natural redness (I think I need to find a concealer or a combat-redness skincare type thing...) but blushes often have such beautiful packaging/coloring that I always want to buy more. Sigh.

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    1. I know a lot of makeup artists will say to conceal the redness, but I always found it a bit odd to take down the red only to add more on top. My pinkness ALWAYS ends up shining through whatever I put on top, anyway, so I might as well save my money and take advantage of what mother nature wants to show. To be honest, I love only one blush,so I could easily let the rest of them go.

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  4. Sigh. I need to get this one!! My new blush mission is to collect all of the RBR blushes. Someday, someday....

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    1. Aw give yourself a hug and remember you were a RBR virgin just a few short weeks ago! Luckily there are not too many blush colors, so it won't cause you to take out a second mortgage. ;D

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  5. That looks really pretty, though I expect it would be too intense on my pale skin..still, never say never.. ;)

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    1. Replica, do you have a Zuneta near you? I don't know how distributed the stores are across the UK, but it would be so cool to see this line in person, don't you think?

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    2. Zuzu, Zuneta is entirely run online, so we order blind too. The idea of a Zuneta store causes me palplitations! RBR have some concessions in Europe and the Middle East but there's nowhere close by.

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    3. I knew RBR counters were few and far between, but I had no idea Zuneta was online only!

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    4. oh the thought of a Zuneta store, like Jane that gives me palplitations, I don't think we would be able to handle it! ;)
      I have to say considering we are ordering RBR blind I don't think I have had any real regrets, which says something :)

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    5. No regrets here, but i have had some disappointments. That's to be expected, though. I need to wear makeup that is 100% cool, and it can be really hard to find, since so much of it has brown in it.

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  6. That is such a gorgeous colour! I used Delicata today and I'm quite interested in getting one of the other shades.

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    1. Don't you have Gracilis? (gasp) That seems like it would be more your kind of color!

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    2. No, I still don't have Gracilis. Would you recommend this as my next purchase? :D

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    3. Weeeeel ... I never like to make recommendations sight unseen (eek), but based on the colors you choose for yourself, you might like Gracilis better than Florita, as it is the cooler and more subtle of the two. I'll swatch them together so you can see. Let's hope for sun tomorrow!

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  7. This is the only one I need to complete my collection :D

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    1. Ooh, lucky! I think I have by now exhausted all the RBR colors that might complement my skin tone.

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  8. Wow that is simply gorgeous. I haven't purchased any RBR blushes yet- I might have to add this to my long list of "wants" for the next Zuneta sale. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. I do think this brand is well worth trying. And it's definitely worth waiting for that wonderful 20% off code, too!

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    2. My RBR eye shadows are without question the most coveted eye shadows in my stash! I can only imagine how wonderful the blushes are, and your swatches really make me want to buy some of their blushes! Gracilis and Florita are calling my name! I normally keep away from shades that resemble bronzers because they tend to make my skin look ruddy, but your swatch of Delicata is so gorgeous that I want to give it a try too!

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  9. Oh, for the love of cosmetics... this looks so gorgeous! But I must have about 50 blushes by now and can't possibly get another. @_@ Thank goodness Rouge Bunny is nowhere to be found near me. But I'll get there eventually, probably!

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    1. Wow, really 50??? Not that I'm judging, lol. I probably have that many eyeshadow singles and I used to have at least that many lipstick, but I am TRYING! Every time I purge and feel all righteous, something new (or old and previously ignored) comes along to tempt me.

      You're smart, o wise one, to only order product you can see in person. :^)

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  10. This is the blush that started me buying a few more of their blushes. I'm up to 4 at the moment. lol I also don't blush peach or coral, I turn a nice bright red so with a careful hand I can wear Florita well. I just love these blushes!

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    1. Wow, was Florita your first choice? You're a real risk taker! I started in on RBR blushes with their training-wheel of colors, Gracilis, lol.

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  11. Yep, totally ordering this! I don't have any shade like this so I *think* it's justified?? My blush stash continues to grow, scarily, but I'm trying at least to limit my craziness to shades that aren't close to anything else I own. Though that list is getting MIGHTY tiny lately! :) Thanks for the wonderful review and photos!

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    1. Florita is definitely a unique color. Thanks for your kind words, and I hope you love it! The texture is truly divine.

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  12. I ordered Florita the other day because I revisited this review so many times that I finally had to get it! Do you still love Delicata? I know that you tend to favor clearer colors, but I was wondering if you think that there is enough pink in it that I might be able to pull it off? I decided to get the things that I want before the BH sale ends. :-)

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    1. Delicata ... meh. It's more beige than pink, and the pink is warm. If your skin can handle something so muted, then you might love it. It's a beautiful blush and a very pretty color--just not on me. Take it this way: if NARS Gaiety is your kind of blush, this is a color in the opposite direction, probably best suited for Soft Autumns/Soft Summers.

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    2. That makes perfect sense-- I just thought it might be to say Gracilis as Bashful Flamingo is to Sweet Dust Seriema. A gorgeous color that has some warmth to it, but that you still are able to wear.

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    3. It turns out I can't really wear Bashful Flamingo, either. I wanted to love it, but there is too much peach. That is to say, even the tiniest bit of warmth ruins makeup for me.

      The only muting I can handle in cosmetics is grey. Not brown (which is yellow and red, two warm colors--unless the brown has mauve or rose undertones) or beige (unless the beige is really greige).

      It was a hard day for me to accept that beloved colors like red violet, lilac, orchid (all the red-tinted purples) aren't my best and I do much better with the grey-tinged purples, like lavender and wisteria.

      By its nature, red added to any color warms it up, so the red has to be completely blue based. Even then I can't wear such a pigmented blue-red in apparel (I look like a white face sitting on top of a bullfighter's cape), but I can wear blue-red in makeup if it is sheer. Same with fuchsia. It's a fine line between 80s disco and holy grail! :D

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    4. Now this does not surprise me-- on the contrary-- I was surprised when you started using BF becasue your swatches showed so much warmth. I did order, but have not yet received it. If it pulls too warm I will just use it as a base color. Despite the fact that I am a true winter-- I am able to pull off some warm colors on my eyes when they are colors found in my hazel eyes-- so we'll see how this one works out for me.

      The muted colors that you describe make perfect sense, and I am not surprised that the red-tinted purples aren't the best choices, but how I lust after the grey-tinged purples like lavender and purple-- this is why D. Gorgeous is such a phenomenal shade for you!!!!!!

      OMG coffee spew-- "a white face sitting on top of a bullfighter's cape" freaking HILARIOUS imagery. How do I love thee-- let me count the ways! The longer that I know you- the more certain I am of your original assessment that we had to have been separated at birth!!!!!!!! It really is a super fine line between 80s disco and HG!!!!

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