Lovely Look: Pretty in Pinks

by Sonja on February 17, 2009

Pink Spring Makeup

Image by Lincolnian

I am such a girly girl. I love pink and pretty, feminine touches so I’ve been thrilled to see all the lovely pinks featured for spring (I gave a preview in my video report earlier this week). It’s like a garden of fresh pink flowers have bloomed. Bobbi Brown brings us the romantic Blushed Pink collection that features very wearable colors with sophisticated sparkle. Laura Mercier offers First Blush, a fresh palette that will flatter just about any face. The Body Shop ushers in Roseflower, a collection of pinks with a touch of shimmer and a delicate rose scent. And Tarte introduces a fun, natural, pink cheek stain called A Perfect Whirled.

Cheeks with a rosy glow are taking center stage for spring. The models for the Bobbi Brown and Laura Mercier spring collections are pictures of good health. I love how fresh and romantic they look with their super rosy cheeks. Many people shy away from focusing on cheeks, because overdone cheeks can look oh so bad, like those little old ladies – you know the ones. But when done right, it’s such a gorgeous look. It’s important to use a light hand and build up the color. With a focus on cheeks, play down eyes and lips, and apply blush first so you can quickly see if you’re going overboard around the rest of the face.

I’ve tried these new spring pinks and highly recommend giving them a try. Here’s my take on them…

Bobbi Brown Blushed Pink

blush-pink-collageThe Blushed Pink collection is so pretty. I love that Bobbi takes a delicate palette and adds sparkle that is sophisticated and playful. There are four long-lasting sparkle shadows (Ballet, Silver Moon, Mica, and Sunlight, $20). They provide sheer color that lights up eyes with shimmering pearls and glitter. Apply a little for a hint of sparkle during the day. Add more at night for dramatic glamour. I normally can’t wear pink eye shadows. They make my eyes look red. But that wasn’t the case at all with Ballet (the pink shadow). Bobbi adds two new matte shadows ($20), a taupe (Birch) and dark brown (Mink). These are essentials that anyone should have in their color wardrobe year round. Finally, there are three new, pink lip compacts each with a different finish: high shine, glittery, and creamy. I tried Baby Glitter Lip Gloss ($20), which is sweet and flirty with a touch of glitter. Watch this great video to see Bobbi’s take on the collection. All the colors can be popped into one of Bobbi’s customizable makeup palettes.

Laura Mercier First Blush

Laura Mercier First BlushI tried Laura’s First Blush Face Palette ($55), which includes three neutral eye shadows, three natural lip glazes, and two blushes that provides that healthy flush. This gives me a fresh, romantic look. The Blushing Pink and Blushing Peach provide very natural color with a bit of golden shimmer. Once again, I was surprised that the pink shadow (Tawny Apricot) is very flattering. I would’ve never tried it had it not been in this palette. The other two shadows, a matte cream (Buff) and matte gray (Granite), are perfect complements that can be used day in, day out. There are nude (Naked), peachy (Natural), and soft rose (Flushed) lip glazes that give sheer color, lots of moisture and soft, kissable shine. At $55, this palette is a really good deal when you consider that a single shadow normally goes for $22. In addition to the palette, the First Blush collection offers a mini brush set, lip plumpers, and nail lacquers.

The Body Shop Roseflower

Body Shop Spring MakeupThe Body Shop also serves up a pink palette called Roseflower this spring. There are three pink lipsticks ($16), gold and mint eye shadows ($14), two pink blushes ($20), and a highlighter ($22). They’re made with Community Trade ingredients, like marula nut oil from Namibia, shea butter from Ghana, and organic beeswax. I tried the darker of the two special edition, rose-scented blushes (Fuchsia). I was surprised by how much pigment it has. It gives a really nice pop of shimmery color. It also hydrates with marula nut oil and shea butter. I also tried the Soft Pink lip color, which also has a rose fragrance and contains no preservatives. It’s wonderfully sheer and moisturizing, made with marula nut oil and organic beeswax, but has no waxy feel. Lastly, I tried the Radiance Stick, a sheer pink with lots of light reflectors – great for highlighting the cheek and brow bones. I really liked the cream-to-powder finish and that it also contains marula nut oil and shea butter, and no preservatives.

Tarte A Perfect Whirled

Tarte A Perfect WhirledTarte has whipped up a lovely, limited-edition creation. A Perfect Whirled ($28) is a fun, cotton candy pink cheek stain that provides gorgeous, long-lasting color. It’s a swirl of coral pink and shimmery seashell pink made with an antioxidant- and vitamin-rich blend of goji, acai, maracuja, acerola, and pomegranate that are great for the skin. The natural ingredients are said to help fight damaging free radicals, promote cell regeneration, soothe, soften, and reduce inflammation, redness, and signs of aging. This fantastic formula is free of preservatives, phthalates, sulfates, mineral oil, and glutens. Purchases of this blush also support the Sustainable Amazon Partnership, a collaboration to promote sustainable management of the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest. I love it when we can do some good when we beautify.

Do Tell

So what do you think of all the pinks for spring? Do you love to play up the cheeks or steer clear of this look?

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1 lisa February 18, 2009 at 12:51 pm

I’m fully in favour of blush when I do get my act together and use makeup! I recently splurged on NARS Orgasm Blush, but the blushes you’ve picked in this post sound quite intriguing, and the Body Shop stuff is packaged so prettily!

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2 Sonja February 18, 2009 at 1:07 pm

❤ Hi, Lisa. Nars makes lots of great colors and, of course, Orgasm is a classic. But it’s a more peachy golden color that gives a different look than these pinks. You might want to try the Body Shop pink I tried (Fuchsia). It provides lots of pretty pink pigment. And the rose imprint into the powder, shimmer, and rose fragrance are lovely touches. :)

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3 Charm February 18, 2009 at 2:33 pm

I’ve always thought pink blush was so flattering. Benefit has a new blush called Coralista, it’s so pretty and it smells divine :-)

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4 Sonja February 18, 2009 at 6:44 pm

❤ Charm, that is a gorgeous color. I didn’t include Coralista in this, because it’s more of a peach but will definitely be writing about that, too. So pretty!

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