Becca Mineral Blush in Bolero - review and swatches


I've recently reviewed my Becca Mineral Blushes in Wild Honey (see here) and Sweet Pea (see here), so I thought I may as well keep going with the Becca theme and review the last blush I have in Bolero.

Later on I'll do some comparison swatches and comments on each blush in a separate post, but for now I wanted to talk about them individually in case you've had your eye on any of them.

Do note that Bolero is a limited edition blush from a seasonal collection, but last time I checked it was still available from some online outlets - and I only picked mine up towards the end of last year so you can still find it if it's something you'd love to add to your collection.

I do love the Becca UFO packaging, and it's nicely compact so these blushes are great for travel because they don't take up much space. Plus you do get a mirror in each compact that's handy for touch-ups on the go.

I also like that the compacts don't show up fingerprints and get as dirty as other products I own (or maybe they do, but the fingerprints don't show up as well because the metal and rubber are matte so you can't see the mess ; )).

Becca claims/product details:
  • A luxury powder for cheeks, imparting natural, luminous colour that is ultra-kind to skin
  • Longwearing and delicate mineral formula
  • Contains a hint of highlight to lift the complexion
  • Never appears cakey or chalky
  • Infused with anti-oxidants such as vitamin a, e and c 
  • Formulated with a natural mineral complex including mica
  • Contains skin-treating conditioners for smooth, even application
  • Free of parabens and phenoxyethanol, fragrance, alcohol, oil, chemical dyes, talc and other fillers
  • Packaged in a classic compact with mirror for on-the-go application
  • Available in seven shades
  • RRP $50 AUD for 6g, but do shop around (I got mine for $38.50 and also used a discount code, so they cost even less)

There's the compact in direct sunlight (above) and in natural light (below). 

Bolero is described as a 'demi matte bronze' and I agree with that description, but it's worth noting that it has very subtle red undertones, so be aware of that if you'd prefer something more pink (Sweet Pea) or peach (Wild Honey).

A heavier swatch on the left and blended out on the right, direct sunlight (here the red undertones don't show up):

Same shot, indirect sunlight (it looks more brown but you can see a slight red undertone):

And again in natural light:

 Last one, shot taken in the shade:

Wearing Bolero as a bronzer, natural light (click on any image to enlarge it):

And again in slightly different lighting:

Shot taken outdoors:

And for completeness, below I'm wearing it as a blush (you can see the red undertone when I apply it more heavily, as I have here):


I absolutely love all three of my Becca blushes, so much so that I'm keen to pick up more. I need more blush like I need a hole in the head, but I'm planning to weed out a couple of products I own that I'm not using enough sometime this year, so there'll be room for a couple of different shades and I've got my eye on Songbird and Damselfly in particular. The rest of Becca's current range aren't shades I'd use, so at least I can limit myself to one or two!

Bolero is a gorgeous nude bronze that can be used as both a blush and a bronzer depending on your skintone. As mentioned above, there's a slight red undertone to the product and I think that's why it works on me as a bronzer as well as a blush, because bronzers that lean a touch red tend to suit me more than those that lean orange/peach or neutral in tone.

It's a beautifully natural colour and I never look overdone when I wear this, and it goes with any look and works in any season. Indeed, I can say that about all three Becca blushes I own.

The consistency is smooth and creamy, and the product applies and wears well. I've never wound up with patchy, clown cheeks when I've worn this, which is a huge plus for me because I don't have time to spend ages working on my makeup every day. These also don't fade as quickly as some other blushes, so I don't need to touch-up throughout the day.

There's a beautiful luminosity to Becca blushes that never means you have specks of glitter on your face (at least, not with the three I own). What you have instead is the smallest amount of sheen that lifts the face and looks completely natural, and it's not so much that you can't wear highlighter if you want to. I find that blushes with too much sheen or shimmer mean that adding a highlighter can take you well into discoball territory, but I've never found that with these.

Bolero is the most matte of the three I own, which is probably why I'm happy to wear it as either a blush or a bronzer because I prefer my bronzers to be matte.

The only thing to be aware of with these is: don't dig your brush into the pan because they are a touch on the soft side (one of the things I love about them), so you'll wind up with loose product in the pan if you go in too hard. That's not a criticism, just a comment. 

It's also worth saying that Bolero is the softest of the three, so I need to touch my brush in the pan very softly or I'll pick up too much product. Thankfully if I do pick up too much product, it blends out super well so I'm not worried about overdoing application because it's easily managed with very little work.

Becca blushes are pigmented but not so much so that you risk making mistakes, and they almost diffuse themselves. I'd go as far as to say that they're foolproof, or at least the ones I own are. The best kinds of products for those of us who often get ready in a rush!

All in all, these are my HG blushes and I reckon they meet all their claims. The only bad thing about them is the price, although you can usually find them heavily discounted at one of the online retailers. 

You'll find plenty of rave reviews about these blushes online, and for good reason. They're not as raved about as Nars blushes and that confuses me a bit because I reckon these are far superior - both in texture, look and wear-time - but hopefully they'll catch on as more and more people try them.


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