I purchased the Jill Stuart Loose Blush Powder in 08 Aurora Rosa from Kathi‘s blog sale back in May/June. I’m a big fan of JS’s Mix Blush Powders, which is the pressed form of their blush so I really wanted to try their loose blushers as well. For reference, I am more of a loose powder person than a pressed powder person. I find pressed powders to be more cakey and not as natural as loose powders, and its also harder to create a natural look with pressed powder. My current loose powder favourite is Chanel Poudre Universelle. I’ve been using it every time to set my makeup and it works like a dream.
First off, I love the design of the case. The entire thing is about the size of my palm and looks very princessy and cute like all JS containers. The top is screw on, which I am thankful for because I dislike loose powders cases that can’t close completely. This means that I can at least take it with me on my trips, if not in my makeup bag.
Underneath the brush is a little tray. Oh I cannot express how grateful I am of this little tray. It is such a simple but ingenious design that I think ALL loose powders should adopt (I usually place a big piece of packing tape over the holes in my Chanel loose powder if I plan on taking it on my trips). Basically you place this over the holes or the net that is over the powder and then when you screw the top back on, it secures the little tray, preventing any powder from falling out.
Aurora Rosa is a bright rose with lots of shimmer. When I first swatched this, it almost looked like a duo-chrome to me because of the shimmer, it was borderline metallic. It swatches extremely smoothly and you only need very little product to get good colour intensity, ie. use with a light hand! I feel that the brush that’s included with this blush might even be a little much if you want to create a more natural look, so I would recommend a duo-fibre brush instead like the MAC 188 or 131.