The Sample: Becca Mineral Blush in Sweetpea (Review, Swatches & Photos)

17 Nov

There’s a reason why this blush is called “Sweetpea” and it must be because it creates the sweetest, most natural-looking flushed cheeks ever. I had been looking for the perfect neutral blush for a long time, spending hours looking up reviews for all the popular ones–from Exposed to Douceur to Neopolitan Lane (which was *almost* mine during the VIB sale but after a problem with my credit card left me unable to process my request at exactly midnight like I had planned, it sold out quickly and was gone by the time the issue was resolved :/). But when I saw Becca’s Mineral Blush in Sweetpea, I knew I had a winner on my hands and into the basket it went…

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According to Becca:

“Impart a soft halo of color onto the apples of your cheeks with this delicate powder that subtly reflects the light and casts a luminous glow. Formulated with a natural mineral complex and infused with antioxidant vitamins A, E, and C, this blush nourishes and conditions skin for a smooth, illuminated complexion.”

Sweetpea is described as a “rosy plum nude”. It’s a gorgeous but interesting shade–at times it’s much more plummy and at others, it takes on a more warm, honeyed-rose hue. Sweetpea is pretty much everything you wish your cheeks naturally looked like and more. It creates a very subtle, warm glow to the cheeks, mimicking the look (that I imagine) you might get if you had spent the day out on the Savannah plains (when in reality, you’d probably be an ugly, windburnt red but hey, this is my fantasy!). It’s the perfect mix of tawny and rosy–the result is a magnificent, I-am-so-not-trying-to-look-this-good-I-just-am flushed look.

Apologies for the marred surface–I dropped the open compact face down in the grass :P

I won’t go into the packaging too, too much–I know many people have already described the heck out of it. Let’s just say it looks like a cute little UFO, has a rubberized, matte dark-brown surface not unline Nars’ packaging (except in a different color, obviously), and is sturdy and well made. I like it–but be forewarned that the surface of the compact will pick up dust and powder and all kinds of stuff and get dirty quickly.

Now to the fun part–the formula! I had very high expectations for this blush as I’ve heard so many good things. Thankfully, Becca delivered. The texture of this powder is just gorgeous–it’s amazingly silky and soft. The ultra fine-milled texture makes for a smooth, almost creamy finish. And the glow–it’s unreal. It isn’t overtly shimmery at all–it creates more of a natural, luminous sheen, imparting a lit-from-within glow. It’s truly beautiful.

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The pigmentation, as your can imagine, is amazing as well. It’s also quite easy to sheer/blend out the color or even build it up, should you want to. Lighter skinned guys/gals might find that Sweetpea can also work as a blusher/bronzer type product. Think this shade has the advantage of working for everyone–it has the plummy-pink tones for cool-toned skin and the warmer, slightly tawnier tones for the warmer-skinned. Not only that but it also goes with everything–it adds just the right amount of soft, pretty color to compliment everything from a soft, daytime look using bare neutrals or is the perfect, subtle anchor for a heavy, smoked out eye.

Sweetpea wore for about 7 hours on my skin. That’s great for anyone, let alone someone with as oily of skin as me! I’m truly impressed and am kicking myself for not having had picked any of these up sooner! But now, I’m a true Becca convert and I think it’s safe to say that Damselfly and Songbird will be mine very soon (along with 1 or 2…or all 10 Beach Tints. :D). What about you guys? Have you tried anything from this amazing brand? What are your favorite Becca products?

Pros: gorgeous color; silky smooth texture; color is easily sheered out or buildable; suits all skin tones; great wear-time; sleek-looking, well-made packaging

Cons: absolutely none!

»»Pricing: $32/0.2 oz. (6 g.)

»»Availability: Sephora.com, Dermstore.com, Zuneta.com, Becca Cosmetics.com, and all Becca Cosmetics retailers (click here to find the location nearest to you)

»»Recommended for: suitable for all skin types and tones

»»Overall Rating: A+

45 Responses to “The Sample: Becca Mineral Blush in Sweetpea (Review, Swatches & Photos)”

  1. Liz November 17, 2012 at 11:41 pm #

    Gorgeous!! I’m so pleased this worked well on you. Gives me hope for my future with Becca. I picked up the Resurfacing Primer with high hopes but haven’t tried it yet.

    My go-to neutral blush was Laura Mercier Wild Bouquet (discontinued). After I collected a few (lot) more blushes, I donated it to my sister who has since hit pan on it. I think Sweetpea is slightly more pink while Wild Bouquet is a bit more brown.

    • becca November 17, 2012 at 11:46 pm #

      Oooh you lucky–I was hoping to pick up the Best of Becca set during the FF sale, but it sold out before then. The Resurfacing Primer was in that set. I still really want it but haven’t heard much about it. Can’t wait to hear how it works for you!

      And Sweetpea is gorgeous! I am in love with the shade–I’ve never purchased anything quite like it, as I’m usually partial to light peaches and pinks or corals. And the texture is divine! I can’t wait to get my hands on more Becca blushes!! :D

  2. Sunny November 17, 2012 at 11:55 pm #

    Yay, glad to hear you like it! I am REALLY impressed with Damselfly, and I wouldn’t hesitate to pick more up (it’s just that for the moment Zuneta doesn’t stock the new shades yet)! The lasting powder is honestly amazing!

    • becca November 18, 2012 at 2:06 am #

      Oh are you looking for Ballerina and Songbird? I REALLY love the formula and want more ASAP! :P I can’t decide if I want my next one to be Songbird, Damselfly, or Wild Honey. They’re all SO pretty!! :D

  3. Emi at Project Swatch November 17, 2012 at 11:58 pm #

    This is GORGEOUS! I am now wanting all the Becca, but this color is just especially perfect, and I think it might be different enough from everything else I own to justify. *plots purchases*

    • becca November 18, 2012 at 2:07 am #

      LOL! Do it, do it!! :P I know I think Sweetpea is really different from everything that I have too. It’s also a nice twist on the currently popular pinky-nude blushes. The touch of plum really makes a difference–it’s GORGEOUS on the cheeks!!

  4. fairytalesandcoffee November 18, 2012 at 2:35 am #

    Love, love, love! Favorite powder blushes and love your sheer blended out take.

    • becca November 18, 2012 at 5:44 am #

      Aw thanks hon! Do you have some of these? And if so, which ones would you recommend? I am in LOVE with the formula and really want more. I can’t decide between Damselfly, Wild Honey, and Songbird! :D

      • fairytalesandcoffee November 18, 2012 at 4:41 pm #

        I only have sweet pea and wild honey. I am trying to stay away from coral pinks and peach pinks, so I haven’t picked up any others that seem to trend in that shade range. However, if they came out with a new shade I would pick it up.

        • becca November 18, 2012 at 9:48 pm #

          I know what you mean–the reason I went with Sweetpea was because I realized I had a lot of peaches and pinks and corals but not enough neutrals. So glad I got it–it’s gorgeous! Is Wild Honey a very peachy-nude like they describe it? I might go for that one next…

          • fairytalesandcoffee November 19, 2012 at 1:20 am #

            I would call wild honey a tawny nude, although peach-nude is good too. But thankfully no glitter or sparkle. I dont want to leave link on your blog, but do a search for Becca mineral blushes on my blog – I have wild honey on there, but densely swatched. It is a great glowy color.

          • becca November 19, 2012 at 2:32 am #

            Checked out your swatches–it’s GORGEOUS! Yes, that is definitely going on the list now! :D

  5. Memoiselle November 18, 2012 at 2:38 am #

    So happy to hear that this blush has amazing texture. Lovely blushes always makes me feel happy :) I think this could also be used as a bronzer for a very subtle finish.

    • becca November 18, 2012 at 5:45 am #

      I agree–I think this would be great as a blusher/bronzer type product on those with light to medium skin tones. It’s just gorgeous–I can’t recommend it more! :D

  6. Larie November 18, 2012 at 3:32 am #

    Oooh, this swatched a lot differently than I expected! Maybe I will look at some of their blushes after all. Initially I felt they were all a bit too tame for me ;)

    • becca November 18, 2012 at 5:48 am #

      LOL–I am curious as to what some of your favorite blushes are now! I think I could stand to be a bit more wild with my blush choices :P But I am really glad I picked this one up though–I have a lot of peaches, pinks, and corals but not many (if any…maybe one) neutral blushes. This one is perfect but still has that hint of plummy-pink for a fresh, pretty flush! :)

  7. Catherine (@bcrueltyfree) November 18, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    It’s decided – I NEED to try Becca Cosmetics. This is like, the epitome of gorgeous!!
    I think I saw on nouveau cheap that they’re giving away mini shimmering skin perfectors with orders on cyber Monday (which is one of the products I’m dying to try… ok pretty much anything Lisa Eldridge recommends, I’m dying to try) so I think I’ll scope out my items beforehand and place my order then

    • becca November 18, 2012 at 9:47 pm #

      I know–I’m DYING to try the Shimmering Skin Perfectors too. I really want Moonstone. And agreed on Lisa Eldridge too–pretty much everything she uses is on my wish list (especially the Suqqu stuff! :P)

  8. Beauty Box November 19, 2012 at 12:32 am #

    Love this shade…I’ve to admit I’ve never really given Becca products a second glance but I keep seeing it in blogs and people have good things to say too…My curiosity is officially piqued…

    • becca November 19, 2012 at 2:30 am #

      I know–I had been wanting to try Becca products for sooo long but I finally got around to it. So far, I’m loving everything I’ve tried (the Mineral Blush and Beach Tints). I highly recommend both–you’ll love it! :)

  9. Kai November 19, 2012 at 12:37 am #

    Not only the Becca brand delivered. YOU delivered too! With another great review! Thankyou : )

    I must really try this! Good that we have Becca here in HK!

    • becca November 19, 2012 at 2:31 am #

      Aw thanks Kai :) You DEF should try something from the brand! So far I’ve only tried the Mineral Blush and Beach Tints but I LOVE both–I’ll have the review of the Eye Quad I got up soon but I’m guessing I’ll love it too!

  10. Lily November 19, 2012 at 2:10 am #

    This looks so pretty Becca. I do wish I could see how it looks on your face though :-P

    • becca November 19, 2012 at 2:32 am #

      Aw I know–I WAS trying to get some face shots in but it’s been so cloudy here, it’s hard to take a good picture. I did get some new lights yesterday though so maybe I’ll be able to do that tomorrow and update the post :)

  11. Claire November 19, 2012 at 5:49 pm #

    I bet this will look muddy on me :( I love the colour on other people though. Becca is so underrated, I just wish the packaging would be a tad nicer, it isn’t that bad as NARS’ packaging though! Great post :) oh and I wish they had more colours D:

    • becca November 20, 2012 at 12:48 am #

      I really don’t think it would Claire–it has the *perfect* amount of plummy-pink so the neutral, brown tones don’t overwhelm the color at all. You really have to swatch it to see how pretty it is–my pictures DEF don’t do it justice! But I do agree with you that I wish they had more colors!

      • Claire November 20, 2012 at 9:17 am #

        in that case, I will swatch it and see :)

        • becca November 20, 2012 at 9:31 am #

          Hurray! Definitely let me know if/when you do! ;)

  12. Teri November 20, 2012 at 2:09 am #

    Wow, I’m in love with that pretty sheen! I did not see that coming, lol. The name is also super cute, haha, love it. Oh great, now I want another blush!

    • becca November 20, 2012 at 5:20 am #

      LOL I know–the sheen is really delicate and pretty, huh? I LOVE this blush and can’t wait to try more! I hope you do try one of the shades and tell me how you like it! :D

  13. Makeup Morsels November 20, 2012 at 7:56 am #

    A cute little UFO hahahha that is the perfect description. This one is wow…quite a stunner. Looks like it would be perfect year-round. I think you chose wisely :P

    • becca November 20, 2012 at 9:13 am #

      LOL–it DOES though, doesn’t it?! :P

      It’s a gorgeous, gorgeous blush–super subtle looking and adds the most beautiful hint of warmth and rosiness. It’d be perfect for someone that didn’t wear blush…hinthint. :D

  14. Toya November 20, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    Oooph….I WANT THIS BADLY! This sounds like the most lovely blush, and your swatches prove just how beautifully it glows, Becca! I have been itching to try some Becca products, their blushes in particular – do you think this would show up on my darker skin??

    • becca November 21, 2012 at 12:07 am #

      I definitely think it will–it’s quite pigmented! I think it will be on the subtle side for sure though, but the plummy-pink tones will be visible on your cheeks (not to mention the gorgeous glow)! :)

  15. Tina @ My Highest Self November 21, 2012 at 12:30 am #

    I haven’t tried anything from Becca, this one looks really pretty! I have a couple of blushes in this shade family and love them. I’ll have to try Becca soon!

    • becca November 21, 2012 at 1:15 am #

      See I am just getting into more neutral blushes, but so far I LOVE the look! I was always really partial to light peachy-pinks and corals, etc. but I love the subtle look a neutral blush gives! And it goes with EVERYTHING! You really must try Becca’s products, Tina–I think you’ll fall in love! :)

  16. Tracy@Beauty Reflections November 22, 2012 at 12:05 am #

    DANG. I shouldn’t have looked lol!
    PRETTY PRETTY.

    • becca November 22, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

      Hahaha–it’s hard to resist, huh?? This one would look great on you, Tracy! :D

  17. Melissa November 22, 2012 at 1:37 am #

    I like this color quite a bit!

    <3 Melissa
    wildflwrchild.blogspot.com

    • becca November 22, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

      It’s really pretty, huh? I feel like you just can’t go wrong with a color like this! :) Do you have a favorite neutral blush?

  18. Dovey November 22, 2012 at 4:27 am #

    What a beautiful blush! On a side note, I love how you share the same name as BECCA. If there was a line named ‘after’ me I’d probably collect all their products :P

    • becca November 22, 2012 at 8:08 pm #

      LOL–right?? That was what first put Becca on my radar. Thankfully, all the products seem to be REALLY amazing though! :D

  19. Joyce (bronzerbunny) November 28, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

    PRETTY!!! yay i’m so glad this worked for you! i’m really liking everything from becca so far!! :)

    • becca November 28, 2012 at 11:59 pm #

      I know, ME TOO! I am lemming EVERYTHING from them now! :P

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