Monday, September 3, 2012

Becca's Mineral Blush Makes Me Sing a Sweet Song

For years I've admired Becca's unique packaging, shade range and ethos. Though many items from their Shimmering Skin Perfector, to Eye Tints and Beach Tints in various shades have caught my eye I haven't purchased any of the products ... until now. I'm a "put a bird on it" kind of girl. (Portlandia, anyone?) So when I saw just how stunning Becca's new Mineral Blush in Songbird was, I knew this would be my first product from the brand. 

Immediately upon opening the box I was impressed with the packaging. I've spoken about being pleased when a brand thinks outside the box (Tom Ford's brown suede pouches, Dior's royal blue and navy packaging should serve as examples) so the espresso brown rubberized compact that houses Becca's Songbird blush is right up my alley. 

The real attraction of Songbird, name an packaging aside, is the stunning pinked pumpkin shade itself. I often feel as though the phrase "peachy pink" is too freely applied to colors ranging from coral to deep rose, and despite the description of the color online Songbird is in truth more based in soft orange than peach or pink. For this reason this blush is absolutely perfect for the transition from summer to fall. The shade's glow reminds us of the summer while the mix of coral and pumpkin tones seem more at home in autumn.

As you can see below the shade is considerably deeper than "peachy pink," but it's this complexity that makes the blush stand out in a crowd of similar colors. Next to Laura Mercier's Lush Nectarine (a blush that I consider fairly warm), for instance, Songbird appears much darker. It's no NARS Taj Mahal, but on my complexion at the very least Songbird is as orange as a Streak-Backed Oriole!

(Left photo): Becca Songbird swatched heavily, blended
(Right photo): Laura Mercier Lush Nectarine, Becca Songbird swatched heavily, blended

In terms of quality Becca's Mineral formulation is among the best I've recently tried. We all know I'm a bit of a blush addict connoisseur, having tested a vast array of cheek products from many brands. Above all else I'm impressed with the lasting power of Songbird: after a long day at work the blush appears as fresh and glowy as though it had just been applied.

Every few months it seems as though a new blush comes along and dethrones my previous favorite, but I can say with certainty that Songbird is here to stay. Easy to wear, long wearing, illuminating and perfect for the autumn months I can't see why I'd turn to anything else! I may even order it's counterpart, the newly released Gypsy (described as a "ballerina pink").

More exciting, still? Becca is now available at Sephora! Though the selection is currently small it's sure to expand. Speaking of which ... what are your Becca favorites? I always love recommendations!