Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Review: BareMinerals True Romantic Collection Blush in Swoon

The entire BareMinerals True Romanic collection has a certain je ne sais quoi that makes you want to put flowers in your hair and ride naked on a horse (just kidding. That last idea is terrible. How about eating gelato while laying in bed instead?). In particular, the rose gold packaging has something really lovely about it.


Swoon is the collection's loose blush. It's a warm, medium coral-pink that applies more-or-less matte.

Like all BareMinerals loose blushes, this has a fancy little twisty-sifter that you can, in theory, use to prevent yourself from pouring pink powder all over your lap.


The texture of this blush is very soft and silky, and the slight clumps that are visible in the jar are imperceptible once the product hits your brush. It blends on your skin perfectly.


The ultimate effect is a super youthful flush.

BareMinerals Swoon on Human Face

Although I like the blush overall, I do think that there is one noteworthy problem.

I think that, in general, loose powders tend to look like they contain a lot more product than pressed powders. Consequentially, I do think that it's common for brands to just make smaller products. The purchaser just gets less. (I think that this also plays into consumer perceptions as well; I often hear in indie makeup communities that indie eyeshadows are supposedly much cheaper than other shadows, when they tend to price out very similarly, ounce per ounce.) BareMinerals definitely plays into this by making their powder products itty bitty. In addition, the packaging tends to be unnecessarily bulky.

Consequentially, this blush is astronomically expensive when it it priced out by the ounce. At $19 for 0.03 ounces, this is almost comically pricey at $633.33 per ounce. This product may be lovely, but I'm having a hard time justifying why it's so much more lovely than the gadgillion other blushes that I have for way more reasonable prices.

15 comments:

  1. New Bare Minerals items can often be had at QVC in package deals for amounts that are much more reasonable. You do need to take into account the Q's often abusive shipping and handling amounts, but even including that you can get good deals. For example, you can get this blush, plus the The True Romantic 4.0 eyeshadow quad and an eyeliner in Always Charcoal for $37.21 after S&H is added in.

    http://www.qvc.com/bareMinerals-True-Romantic-3-piece-Eye-&-Cheek-Collection-Beauty.product.A251994.html

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    1. That is, in fact, the very set I purchased!

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    2. Good choice! It's a much better value in this set. I had bought the 4.0 and this blush at Ulta before this set came up on the Q. So I paid $49 for those two items and didn't even get the eyeliner. I bought the Q set and then returned the blush and shadow from it to Ulta, so I wouldn't be returning used products.

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  2. Loose powder products... my mortal foe. Didn't realise they were also a bad deal though.

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    1. Not always, but you should check. If you steer clear of loose powders in general, you can feel pretty safe. I tend to enjoy a lot of loose powder products, though!

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  3. The eyeshadow quad from this collection is absolutely gorgeous, and is my new go-to choice for shadow. Looks like I might have to check out the blush too!

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    1. I have that as well, although I haven't had much time to play with it! In my opinion, the highlighting shade isn't the best pigmentation, sadly.

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  4. I love the rose gold packaging! Do you think you use less loose powder than pressed powder in a given application? Could make for a good comparison with your super fancy scale!

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    1. I have been meaning to do that with eyeshadow for a while!

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  5. You make a good point about the price-per-ounce issue, especially as it pertains to indie brands!

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    1. Yeah. Not dissing indie makeup at all (I love indie makeup!) but it's commonly talked about as if it is super cheap when, in my opinion, it's not.

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  6. One of the prettiest blushes I've had (for me) is Bare Minerals loose powder blush in "True" (I have an ivory/pink undertones skin tone.) It's a rosy mix that makes my cheeks look like they do when I come in from the cold. Probably best for cool to neutral skintones. I have never understood their packaging with that twirly disc.

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  7. I have one of BM's blushes in "Beauty," and I love it! I don't usually like loose powdery things in my life. This looks amazing on you.

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  8. What lipstick and eyeshadow are you wearing in the picture? Gorgeous!

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  9. Really big packaging, itty-bitty product drives me batty. I really should do the price per ounce on my makeup more often.

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