Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Not My Cup of Tea: Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge

Today I write this post feeling sad that I've wasted my money once again. I think that most times when we pay a little more for an item, we expect the quality to match the price tag. I have heard raves about the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for quite some time now. I've seen many a beauty blogger mention this product as their favorite cream blush formula, and the Sephora website has glowing reviews of this little pot of wonder. After my 23rd birthday last month, I decided to make a cheeky Sephora order of some summer-appropriate makeup options. Although I was tempted to purchase another shade of my favorite Stila Convertible Color cream blush, I decided to see what all the fuss was about with the Bobbi option. I ordered the shade Pale Pink, which is normally described as pretty natural flush of bright pink. As you may notice in the above picture, it looks like a gorgeous, dewy blush perfect for sunny days. And it is most certainly beautiful on the skin, but I seem to have one major issue each time I use it. I'll break it down simply:

COLOR: Beautiful! I was expecting a more pigmented, bright pink by the way it's been described by others but I would definitely say it's a very natural pink that looks like a convincing flushed color. No quams with this aspect!

APPLICATION: It applies easily and smoothly on the cheeks using both fingers and a brush. It takes almost no effort to blend it in seamlessly without leaving any harsh lines or streakyness on the cheeks. No issues with application at all.

LONGEVITY: This cream blush disappears completely from my cheeks within 2 hours. I've tried different techniques to increase the wear time but nothing seems to work. I've tried powdering over the blush, using a makeup setting spray and adding multiple, thin layers. By the end of the day, I look drained and completely naked of blush. I don't have particularly oily cheeks, so I doubt that my oil production has much to do with it. I haven't heard others complain about getting it to stay on the cheeks, but I'm running out of ideas and becoming increasingly disappointed with the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge. 

Overall Grade: F

So there's my breakdown of a beautiful product that just doesn't perform... at all. I really should have stuck with old faithful and bought another Stila Convertible Color, but such is life. I will likely pass this along to someone else who will hopefully get some use of of it, but I am done trying to make this product work for me.

Have you tried the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouges?

Thanks for reading.


  1. I've been wanting to try BB products for a while and decided to start out with her cheek products... but I think I'll try out their powder blushes now! I'm always a bit hesitant with cream blushers.. I tend to be a bit picky with them!


    1. Cream blushes are probaby one of my favorite makeup products and I really had high hopes. I've also heard good things about the powder blush, I look forward to reading a review :) Thanks for commenting love! xo

  2. I love the photography here! The teacups are adorable :) I generally find Bobbi Brown products pretty long wearing - love their powders and foundation sticks. It's unfortunate that the longevity is no good because the colour looks beautiful when first applied. I don't know if you've tried NARS blushes, but they're gorgeous and last ages.

    1. Thanks doll! I've only heard good things about Bobbi Brown and there are still a few things that I would like to try out (foundation sticks and eyeshadow sticks for sure!). Such a shame about this one though. And yes, I've tried NARS blushes and they are my absolute favorite! I want to own them all :P Thanks for commenting love! xo