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…
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.
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.
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.)
»»Recommended for: suitable for all skin types and tones
»»Overall Rating: A+