I absolutely LOVE blush… this is no secret nor should it be a surprise to any of you.
So naturally when I started seeing Milani Bella Rosa, one of the new additions to Milani’s baked blush line pop up around the blogosphere I started to freak out in a way that only a makeup junkie can understand. I was drawn to this particular color because it is a gorgeous bright raspberry with a matte formula and it is absolutely striking! When I saw that my local drugstore had finally stocked the new Milani Matte Blush shades you know I immediately snatched it up and… well… the rest is history!
Milani’s baked blush collection is known for being highly pigmented and silky smooth in texture while leaving your face looking healthy and radiant all day. I’ve been a huge fan of Luminoso for awhile, a popular blush in the original Milani Baked Blush lineup, but I always found myself wishing that Milani would branch out from their standard shimmer blush finish. It’s like they read my mind because the two newest releases are definitely 100% matte! Milani Bella Rosa contains no shimmer or glitter and has a completely matte finish. I’m in love!
Bella Rosa is described as being a bright raspberry color and I think that description is pretty much spot on. I mean, just look at it! Blush colors in this family don’t scare me at all so I was really excited to give this one a shot.
The first thing I noticed about Bella Rosa is how soft and finely milled it was. Milani baked blush has always been really high quality but I was half expecting their new matte shades to be a bit on the dry side since that is sometimes to be expected with a matte formulation. Consider me pleasantly surprised when I swatches this and felt its velvety smooth texture… it’s absolutely gorgeous!
Just like the standard Milani Baked Blush packaging Bella Rosa comes in a two part package that houses the product in the top portion and then has a small mirror and space for a small brush in the bottom compartment. The brush included with Bella Rosa is soft and I like that it’s not one of those old school “standard” blush brushes (you know what I’m talking about… the really tiny ones that come with some drugstore blush) but I still prefer to use my Sigma F10 and a very light hand for application.
Speaking of using a light hand… you’re definitely going to want to approach Bella Rosa with caution because the pigmentation is out of control. The color is so bright and pigmented and it is really easy to overdo your application. I suggest starting out by touching your brush into the pan (don’t swirl too much), tapping off the excess product, and then gently buffing it into your cheeks. If you feel like you need more color repeat the process until you get the desired shade.
In the swatch below I did it straight from the pan on the left and then blended it out a bit with a blush brush on the right. You can see how intense the pigmentation is but don’t be afraid! The color blends out quite nicely as long as you use a small amount of product.
You can find Milani’s new matte blush colors (the collection also contains a bubblegum pink called Delizioso Pink) wherever Milani products are sold where they retail for around $7.99. They are part of Milani’s permanent line so don’t worry – as long as your local store has done their 2014 reset you should be able to get your hands on these without too much trouble 🙂
What do you think of Bella Rosa? Would you try a bright blush like this? Comment below and let me know!
Until next time 🙂