Generally I steer clear of powder beauty products because (as often as I can) I like to avoid using talc on my skin and many powders - even from luxury and high end brands - contain talc. However, recently I was browsing on MyPure - a natural beauty website that let me choose beauty products to review each month - when I spotted Alva's Baked Rouge Powder Blushers*, a range of talc free blushers from a natural beauty brand that I hadn't yet had the opportunity to try. For the last couple of weeks I've been trying out the shade Shiny Rose* and today I thought I'd let you know how I've been getting on with it.
First off, I'd like to point out that Alva's Baked Rouge Powder Blusher in Shiny Rose* isn't all that "rosy" in colour - it's actually much more of a burnt orange with a deep, warm hue. If you don't mind that the name is a little bit misleading then the product itself is actually really nice. It's an incredibly pigmented blush so a little bit goes a very long way - I prefer to apply it to my cheeks using a small, sparse brush that gently dusts the colour onto my cheeks before blending out the edges with a buffing brush. In the photo above you can see what sort of finished look this gives. Shiny Rose gives gives natural-looking (albeit quite deep) flush of colour that I think really helps to lift and shape my face.
Once applied, I find that Alva's Baked Rouge Powder Blush has very good lasting power and sticks around throughout even a long day. It doesn't settle into the open pores on my cheeks, and the matte formula really does blend well giving quite a natural finish. The only slight disappointment one might have is with the packaging, as the cardboard and elasticated seal aren't the most aesthetically pleasing. However, if all you're looking for is functional, skin-friendly makeup then Alva really does deliver. I'm very happy to have another talc-free blush in my collection, especially with the summer approaching where long-lasting makeup is a must!