Desert Rose Powder Blush
I tried a sample of this blush years ago and always intended to come back for the full size. Now that it's back in my life, I remember just how much I loved it! The color is a beautiful mauve/plummy-pink unlike anything else I own and Real Purity's blush formula is phenomenal. Desert Rose is completely matte, and is both pigmented and easy to blend. Because I'm so fair, I like using a stippling brush to control the amount of product and slowly build the color on my cheeks. It's super pretty and also very long-wearing. A lot of blushes tend to fade and disappear off my face throughout the day, but Real Purity's is consistently still there at night when I remove my makeup.
The ingredients are super minimal -- just non-nano minerals, vitamin E, and pycnogenol (pine bark extract). I genuinely think these are some of the best powder blushes in the green beauty realm and with an affordable $14.99 price tag and thirteen beautiful colors to choose from, you really can't go wrong! Samples are also available for $1.50.
|(L to R) Real Purity Medium Pressed Powder, Desert Rose Powder Blush|
The Pressed Powder -- again made with only minerals, vitamin E, and pycnogenol -- is a great lightweight powder that can be used on top of liquid and cream products or worn alone, as a light powder foundation. My first inclination was to pick the lightest shade, but the folks at Real Purity suggested Medium based off my photos and I'm glad they did. The color looks dark in the compact, but it swatches and applies a little lighter, and anything paler would probably be too light for my skin. Swatched, the color looks very peachy/neutral, but on my face it leans warmer. It starts out looking a little too yellow initially, but the powder settles and melts into the skin within about the first half hour, at which point the color looks very natural.
Check it out beside a few other powder foundations for a better idea of how the color compares:
|(Top to Bottom) Real Purity Medium, Honeybee Gardens Geisha, Ecco Bella Fair, Ecco Bella Pale, Everyday Minerals 1N Ivory|
My only criticism is that, like a lot of smaller natural companies, the shade range is pretty limited. There are shades for both light and dark skin, but with only four colors, I definitely think there's lots of room to expand. Personally, I'd love to see a cooler/neutral shade of a similar depth to Medium.
The Bottom Line
Real Purity often falls slightly under the radar in the green blogging sphere, but they're a fantastic company with a long history of making natural products. I love the brand's emphasis on ingredient purity and on using simple, minimal ingredients to suit sensitive skin, and also that they maintain an affordable price point across the entire range. The Pressed Blushes are truly some of the best out there, and I also really like the Pressed Powder, although I certainly wouldn't say no to a few more shade options.
Real Purity is offering 20% off site-wide until February 28, 2017 with the code WINTRY. Alternately, you can shop through my referral link and get $5 off your first purchase.
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