Today we’re continuing our Rosé DIY series with a lovely Rosé Cream Blush. Instead of working with a rosé wine inspired scent blend, this creamy pot of colour takes its inspiration from the cheery pink colour of rosé. It’ll lend a similar pinky, summery flush to your cheeks and lips, along with a hint of shimmer. I’m in love with this little pot of happy colour and find I’m reaching for it daily to add a summery pop to my look ❤️
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This formulation is a riff on the Cream Luminizer I shared a couple of months ago. It was based on a popular storebought product from a brand that has an entire line of creamy shimmery, colourful cosmetics, so I thought I’d work off that base to create a cream blush companion product. If you compare the two formulas, though, you’ll see there are several differences.
Difference #1—far less coloured mica. The Cream Luminizer gets all of its colour from coloured micas, and that’s because I wanted a product that was low on colour and high on shimmer—brilliant for a highlighter, but not what one usually wants in a cream blush. So, I dialled the coloured mica way back, replacing some of it with sericite mica to keep the feel similar but reduce the shimmer. I also included some pure pigment to punch up the colour. For a bright, summery pink I chose D&C Red Lake #7, but carmine would also work if you’re looking for a natural alternative. I do not recommend red iron oxide in the least—it is a very muddy/ruddy red, and will not give the cheery, summery rosé flush we’re looking for.
Difference #2—this cream blush is much creamier than the cream luminizer, and that’s because I wanted to be able to comfortably use it on my lips as well as on my cheeks. I love a product that can multi-task, but I find that silky dry-touch finish that is oh-so-lovely on cheeks and browbones is irritatingly drying on lips. To creamy things up, I dropped the silica microspheres entirely, reduced the amount of mica, and increased the amount of oil and wax. The end result is creamy on the lips but not too tacky for the cheeks.
The finished cream blush leaves a lovely pink rosé-inspired flush on the cheeks and tints the lips beautifully. It applies easily with fingertips or a brush, and is sure to brighten both your face and your day! Make sure you watch the video for swatches and an application demo.
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Rosé Cream Blush
1.825g | 36.5% castor oil (USA / Canada)
1.65g | 33% virgin coconut oil
0.25g | 5% beeswax
0.75g | 15% sericite mica (USA / Canada)
0.35g | 7% “Aphrodite” pink mica
0.15g | 3% D&C Red Lake #7
Prepare a water bath by heating about 1.5cm/ ½” of water until it is steaming, but not simmering, in a wide, flat-bottomed sauté pan.
When the mixture is thoroughly melted and blended, remove it from the heat and quickly blend in the vitamin E. Dry off the outside of the prep cup and carefully pour it into a small (5g) jar and leave the cream blush to set up. That’s it!
To use, use your fingertips or a brush to tap a small amount of product onto your cheeks and/or lips, and blend as desired.
Shelf Life & Storage
Because this cream blush is 100% oil-based, it does not require a broad-spectrum preservative (broad spectrum preservatives ward off microbial growth, and microbes require water to live—no water, no microbes!). Kept reasonably cool and dry, it should last at least a year before any of the oils go rancid. If you notice it starts to smell like old nuts or crayons, that’s a sign that the oils have begun to oxidize; chuck it out and make a fresh batch if that happens.
As always, be aware that making substitutions will change the final product. While these swaps won’t break the recipe, you will get a different final product than I did.
- As I’ve provided this recipe in percentages as well as grams you can easily calculate it to any size using a simple spreadsheet as I’ve explained in this post. As written in grams this recipe will make 5g, which is a lot of cream blush!
- To learn more about the ingredients used in this recipe, including why they’re included and what you can substitute them with, please visit the Humblebee & Me Encyclopedia. It doesn’t have everything in it yet, but there’s lots of good information there! If I have not given a specific substitution suggestion in this list please look up the ingredient in the encyclopedia before asking.
- I don’t recommend substituting out the castor oil, beeswax, or sericite mica; if you do, you’ll need to re-develop the formula to ensure it works for you.
- You can use virgin or refined coconut oil; do not use fractionated coconut oil.
- You can use babassu oil instead of coconut oil.
- You can use a different coloured mica and/or pigment; this will impact the colour of the end product. When it comes to the pigment I’d really recommend keeping it in the bright/cool pink/red category (there are quite a few red lake dyes that would work). Make sure you’re paying attention to usage levels and safety allowances as well—not all pigments are allowed in lip products in all parts of the world, and others are allowed only below certain usage levels. TKB Trading is really good about providing this information.
The “Aphrodite” pink mica was gifted by YellowBee.