Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks Review & Swatches

My makeup routine has recently gone through a major change since the start of cold weather. I am now back to using my favorite winter products such as the Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil (review) and Bite Agave Lip Mask (review) to keep my skin and lips moisturized. As for the cheeks, I’m also switching to cream blushes when I can to keep my complexion dewy and less dull. The newest addition to my cream blush collection is the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks that I received as part of the Bobbi Brown Bobbi’s Modern Classics set (review) last month. :)

Bobbi Brown Blushed Rose Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks
Bobbi Brown Blushed Rose Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks
Bobbi Brown Blushed Rose Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks
Bobbi Brown Blushed Rose Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks

Shown above is a mini compact (that surprisingly comes with a mirror, too!) in Blushed Rose which is a medium reddish brown-based pink. At first glance I assumed it was going to be too dark for me but the color actually sheers out quite a lot upon application. It is very pigmented but it also has quite a bit of translucent texture that makes blending to a natural finish an easy task. I normally like to apply cream blushes, especially those that are pigmented, with my fingers so I can control the amount of blush and location to apply on my cheeks more precisely.

Blushed Rose feels super creamy to the touch and like most cream blushes, it can feel a little sticky at first. The texture definitely takes some getting used to especially if you have not used cream blushes before. On my medium complexion, Blushed Rose goes on quite sheer and I usually have to layer it on to achieve a nice dose of healthy flush.

The formula is scent-free and doesn’t turn to powder. The cream texture leaves a seamless and dewy finish that is incredibly natural-looking and long-lasting. I get about 5-6 hours of solid wear and after that it fades only slightly. It can be worn on bare skin or over foundation which I honestly did not see much of a difference in longevity either way. Setting with powder is optional, though it will undoubtedly help extend the wear time, especially if you have oily skin.

Bobbi Brown Blushed Rose Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks
Bobbi Brown Blushed Rose Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks
Bobbi Brown Blushed Rose Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks; built up (L) and sheered out (R)
Bobbi Brown Blushed Rose Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks; built up (L) and sheered out (R)

Now as a lip product, I say it is simply a tinted lip balm at best. Blushed Rose is basically the color of my lips. Packing it on doesn’t make much of a difference on me so to me, it isn’t really buildable. The formula is creamy and comfortable enough to wear on the lips without emphasizing dry areas but then again I have only worn it over the Bite Agave Lip Mask. Without a balm underneath, I suspect it could be a little drying.

Staying power on the lips is short-lived. I’d be lucky to get a full 3 hours out of it. Once you consume your first meal, it’s pretty much gone and re-application will be needed.

Wearing Bobbi Brown Blushed Rose Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks on lips and cheeks
Wearing Bobbi Brown Blushed Rose Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks on lips and cheeks

While the formula doesn’t perform well on its own on the lips, I think it does make for a good base for lipsticks. In fact, you can wear it as a base for your powder blushes as well. Given the choice of color, Blushed Rose isn’t exactly what I’d normally go for. I prefer something brighter with a more youthful vibe like Calypso Coral or Raspberry. I think either one of these two would suit my preference better.

Do you change up your makeup routine when the weather gets cold? What are some of your must-have winter skin savers?


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  1. Hi Jaa! I definitely use hand cream religiously during the winter, and try to take extra care to moisturize my skin. I’m susceptible to getting flakes sometimes on my skin after I’ve applied acne medication, so Cerave comes in handy! While the color isn’t your favorite, I do think it looks nice on your lips!

    1. says: Jaa

      Thanks, Carolyn! Oh I go through hand creams like water! Especially in winter! I just purchased a big pump bottle of Jack Black hand cream. LOL. Gotta check out Cerave!

  2. says: Lily

    I love my Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge even in this hot humid weather. It’s awesome, and one of my favourite cream cheek formula :-)

    1. says: Jaa

      It’s hard to come by a multi-tasking product that does it all well as it promises to! I knew this from the beginning so I wasn’t too disappointed that it didn’t work well on the lips. But the texture is indeed lovely! So smooth! :)

  3. says: Sunny

    Hey Jaa, I like this shade on you! I still haven’t tried a Pot Rouge, but after your review I’m not sure I “need” it. Not sure about the stickiness and the fact that I’ll need to build up! My favorite cream blush formulas are the Chanel and LMdB ones. I wear them all the time! If you like a dewy finish, I think you’ll like the LMdB ones. It’s too bad that their distribution is so limited nowadays, but maybe you’ll have better luck in the US!

    1. says: Jaa

      Chanel’s cream blush formula is still among my favorites! Sooo easy to apply and minus the sticky part! Have not tried the LMdB ones, though. Yeah, what happened to LMdB these days… I remember it was all over the internet like a couple of years back?

      1. says: Sunny

        I don’t even know what happened to the brand. They changed their distribution. Now they have a ridiculous expensive subscription box as well as a lot of “sets” on their site. It seems increasingly difficult to buy just the one thing you want. They don’t have many new products anymore, either. It’s a real shame because I do like what I own from the brand, but this new distribution system puts me off.

  4. says: Sylirael

    Hm, my must have winter skin saver is probably internal hydration via MANY mugs of delicious tea (also biscuits, which are probably less fantastic for the complexion, but hey, we’re talking about dryness, not spottiness here, right? ;-) ), along with that gel Hydra Intense mask form Lancome!

    This pot rouge isn’t terribly exciting to me, colour wise – it’s a little bricky for my colouring, I suspect, so that’s probably why. It does look nice on your skintone, although I wana see the other colours you mentioned now! :-D

    1. says: Jaa

      I’ve been trying to drink lots and lots of water, too! I wish I liked tea! So many wonderful selections out there but I just couldn’t stand the “bitter” taste. :(

      Yep! That’s the word! Bricky! That’s how I feel about Blushed Rose, too!

  5. says: Xuvious

    Such a lovely colour! I think this would be perfect for travelling since it’s a multitasking product. It’ll go really well as MLBB shade. :)

  6. says: Natasja

    A pity that it doesn’t last as well on the lips, but this is good to know. I have been meaning to get a creamy blush from Bobbi Brown for a while now.. so i’ll take that into consideration :) I think this color looks absolutely gorgeous (on you)… wow! I do tend to use more moisturizing products during the winter, especially for face care.. less so in make up.. but if I notice that my face still looks a bit dry-ish after applying foundation, then I’ll definitely go for a creamy blush and not a powder one :) xxx

    1. says: Jaa

      Thank you, Natasja! I sometimes spritz one of those facial mists throughout the day, too, to keep my skin hydrated! :)

      1. says: Natasja

        Smart! I have one of those.. but I always worry my make up will melt off or something, so I haven’t done that yet on top of my make up.

  7. says: Alice

    Hello gorgeous! That colour is right up my street. Absolutely love that colour and it looks gorgeous on you as well! I’m definitely going to check it out when I’m at a BB counter! ^^

    X Alice

  8. says: Liz

    I was SOOO close to getting that modern classics set. Everything in it was so wearable. This is a beautiful shade but I agree that the Pot Rouges aren’t so great as lip products. They’re fabulous cream blushes to me though.

  9. I actually really like this rusty rosy color on you! Maybe because it is a color you don’t normally wear? It’s really pretty. I’ve never tried a pot rouge but it sounds intriguing. I am like you – I love wearing creme products in the winter when my skin is drier and needs a little something. I never understand why everyone switches to creme blush in the summer — that’s when I need all the mattifing powder blush action I can find, lol!

    1. says: Jaa

      Maybe you’re right, Kristen! Maybe I need to get used to this type of color more. :)

      LOL. I can only use cream blushes in summer as long as I top it with a powder blush or setting powder! Otherwise they smudge on me! ^_^

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