Saturday, July 10, 2010

HG Spotlight: Rock & Republic Contrived Pressed Blush

Hey everyone! I wanted to do a new series of videos and blog posts dedicated to some of my favorite products so I decided to begin my new "HG Spotlight" series with my favorite blushes, the Rock & Republic Contrived Pressed Blushes. I know I can't altogether take credit for spreading the love of these blushes but I'm not gonna lie, these are just ridiculously good.



I first bought these blushes from the Hautelook sale at 40% off and swatched Call Me and Kinky in this post. Then, the next time the sale came around, I decided to buy X-Rated, All Nighter, Bedroom, and Lust as well since I was so impressed with the quality of the first two. A reader e-mailed me to let me know that Hautelook will be having Rock & Republic Beauty sale again on Monday, 7/12 so I thought it would be a great time to post all of my collection and swatches.

If you haven't already signed up for Hautelook, click here for an invite.  Note: Hautelook does give a store credit to the inviter after the invitee's first purchase, but as always I only post when there is actually an event I am personally buying from too. Gotta share those good deals! ;)

As an all-encompassing statement, I will say that this blush line is one of the best quality blushes that I've come across. They are gorgeously pigmented, finely milled, and are long-lasting. The actual amount of product in the pan is literally 2x the amount in a NARS blush, so they last forever. I don't even want to start on the packaging! It's weighty, shiny, and just over-the-top decadent which I LOVE.

The only downsides to these blushes are the availability (You can only buy it online and at R&R specialty stores, or occasional Hautelook sales) and the price (Original retail price is $40. Ouch!) But as I mentioned before, I got mine through Hautelook where they were $24 and compared to NARS blushes which retail at $26, it's quite a nice deal.

So with no further ado, here are the swatches which can explain 100x better than words can. :)


Now, with Sweet Swatch Action


Each blush in biggins glory. So you can see the pretty shimmers. ^O^

Call Me


Bedroom


All Nighter


Kinky


X-Rated


Lust


All my babies together. Hopefully I will add even more on Monday's Hautelook sale. ^.^


And my face wearing Call Me. You can see a peek of my beloved orchid! She has 13 blooms, so pretty.


Check out the adorable necklace I bought from Lisa HQCD's store. I freakin' love the silver branch. Oh, and the watch I'm wearing in the video is from Juny's and the polish I'm wearing is Revlon Petal Peach.



And just to end with a BANG, here's a shot I took from the 5th of July, when we had a fireworks show since the 4th got rained out. I took this with my trusty pink Sony Cybershot T-90 in fireworks mode! Impressive, no? We could see the fireworks from my apartment complex so it was nice just going outside to see the pretty lights. :D


Anyway, hope that was helpful if any of you are deciding to buy something from Monday's Hautelook sale. Let me know if you decided to get something or if you already have any Rock & Republic stuff! Any other suggestions of colors I should get this time?

Hope you guys have a fantastic weekend. :)



58 comments:

  1. great HG post :D i just watched your vid and i'm really impressed with these blushes! my faves have to be kinky and all nighter. your camera shows the pigmentation much better than your video recorder :) thank you for the pictures!

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  2. hi Jen :) i'm a new follower and I really like your blog! I just watched your video and I am really loving the Bobbi Brown shimmer brick in Nectar right now!
    I've loved Nars Orgasm for a while but I find BB in Nectar is more subtle and gives more of a natural glow without the obvious evidence of wearing blush! you should check it out if you can!

    p.s. I love blushes too!! Though as it has been pointed out in your video, they last forever so I try to limit the # of blushes I buy as I know I'll never be able to finish one in my life lol

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  3. Now I'm confused because I was about to pick up my first blush and was planning to go with Nars Orgasm... but seeing how much you love these makes me want to try them too... and I can't resist a good sale! :)

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  4. hello! great post!! i wish they start selling those in manila because they're really pretty and i want to get my hands on them!! :)

    you look really, as usual!

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  5. Hello !
    ohh, i haven't actually heard of these blushes before but they seem really nice! And i was wondering, what nail polish do you have on in the video? it's really pretty :)

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  6. omg these are soooo pretty!!! i've been seeing these for awhile now and i want one so bad!! i'll have to check out the sale on hautelook :) thanks for sharing!

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  7. Ok SO, after reading this post, I am so tempted to buy ALL of them. haha and a BIG THANK YOU for posting the swatches so soon! I've jotted down the ones that I like most. I hope they have the colors that you swatched on sale Monday. I am SO setting my alarm clock for this sale hehe =) Btw, love your nail color! -Tram

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  8. Hey Jen.. I was wondering if you could do more fashion posts? It's summer and I really need inspiration and you always dress sooo fabulous lol.. would love to see what you do for summer since everything else is wintery with layers. Love this blog. Thanks!

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  9. Hey Jen, great post! I'm a fan of RR blushes too thanks to your earlier posts mentioning their godliness. :) The color I have is Tease, but your swatches of Call me and Lust look so pretty I might have to add to my collection.. :X Thanks!

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  10. I bought my first blush after ur last post about these and I looove it! I got spank - a random color, and I didn't realize how great it was until I bought some cheapie blushes and they just could not compare. Thanks for sharing all these swatches! Last time I searched your entire site lookin for swatches to help me decide which color.

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  11. OoO wow what an awesome collection u have jen..@PetiteAsianGirl i also bought my first Call Me after seeing her last post on them too!

    I have to say that the packaging is amazingly beautiful and I noticed that they last all day rather then the Every Day Mineral blushes that I used to use. Im tempted to get kinky or Xrated tomorrow

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  12. Those blushes are amazing. Lust is my favorite. I think I am going to try other colors.
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    I am giving away a beautiful necklace at PetiteLittleGirl.com

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  13. I'm a new follower, and still fairly new to makeup. Currently, I mostly have NARS blushes (in the popular shades like Orgasm and Deep Throat). After your post, I am considering Kinky and All Nighter as they are blushes I wouldn't normally get....sooo pretty!

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  14. Hi Jen, what a perfect timing! I was looking for good swatches for these blushes these past few days! Which color would you recommend me to get? I'm NC35 and already have Call Me. I'm thinking about getting All Nighter, but i want to know what's your 2nd fave from these blushes. Thank you!

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  15. Hey Jen, I was just looking on ebates.com and ebate members receive $10 cash back on haute look purchases. Just thought you might want to update your post. FYI, I'm not affiliated with ebate I'm just a member happily earning cash back!

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  16. Great post! Thanks for sharing your blushes. I like Call Me the best too. I was all set on going to buy NARS Orgasm but now I will have to think about it a little more.

    *Ka*

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  17. Super gorgeous colors! bright pink,red and orange ones are my favorites. They may look scary in the pan but i think those are the best. Too bad i don't wear blush =( ...

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  18. Oh I have to check these out now! lol They are amazingly pigmented and though pricey they look worth it! Thanks for sharing Jen! =) As usual you look gorgeous!

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  19. I was checking out Hautelook and the R&R sales on 12/07 seems to be for their jeans only, up to 70%. So, i guess there are no blushes. Even so, i won't be able to lay my hands on them since they don't ship internationally. :((

    But i really like call me and bedroom. I love natural colors. I'm looking for nice shade of blushes nowadays. So even if i can't get the R&R ones, i guess finding a similar shade as per your video would be equally good.

    Thanks for your review. xx.

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  20. Sorry this is completely off topic but I LOVE your watch! Where is it from, if you don't mind me asking? :)

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  21. people people people! jen isn't lying, these blushes really ARE awesome. I managed to snag 2 from Hautelook the last time they were up for sale. they truly are pigmented and HUGE. and yes, ridiculously good as Jen said.

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  22. Eva: I'm wearing Revlon Peach Petal on my nails.

    Anonymous: I've been taking pics of my outfits so I'll try to put together a fashion post soon! I know I haven't had any warm-weather shots posted lately. ;)

    Beryl: Lately, Bedroom has been my 2nd favorite for those days when I want a matte blush instead of a shimmery one like Call Me.

    Anonymous: thanks for the tip!

    Casey: I just checked Hautelook again and they are still doing Rock & Republic Beauty on Monday. No worries!

    Anonymous: My watch is from here: http://shopjunys.ecrater.com/p/5993124/braided-double-strap-watch-korean

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  23. hahaha you really have to like them a LOT to purchase all the shades! :)

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  24. Oops. I double checked again. There is an ongoing sales on Monday indeed. Hautelook is planning to do international shipping, i hope it's soon so that i can lay my hands on these goodies! ^^

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  25. i looove the r&r beauty line but i always thought it was too pricey for me! i am DEFINITELY going to be waiting for the hautelook sale this morning :)

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  26. surprisingly, the korean brand The Face Shop makes excellent blush. very pigmented with staying power. and it's gentle and doesn't break me out.

    i was a bit curious regarding the "kinky" color. you describe it as a matte hot pink, but in your swatch, it's much more subtle and you follow up by clarifying it gives you a nice flush of color, something you might get naturally perhaps from the cold weather. so would you say that it's more subtle than "hot pink"? in the pan it's very vibrant. but i'm in the search for an ever-so slightly purplish/ROSEY blush that really does mimic a natural flush. would you recommend kinky for this?

    thanks for this post!! very helpful in my quest for the perfect blush...

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  27. Anonymous: You can see the look it gives me in my Rose Garden Pink & Green tutorial here:

    http://www.frmheadtotoe.com/2009/11/rose-garden-pink-green-makeup-video.html

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  28. I JUST purchased the call me and lust blushes from hautelook! :) Can't wait till they come!

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  29. R&R's packaging is really pretty. I liked Kinky.. very pretty color! =)

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  30. So I am looking on hautelook i'm new to rock & republic cosmetics and was wondering what you think about their lip glosses..

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  31. I really really really want to buy everything of R&R xD but hautelook doesnt ship to Chile :(

    I love ur videos and ur blog ^^ It's really helpfull and I love you :D
    I everyday visit ur blog ^^ jaja
    baay
    (sorry my bad english) :$

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  32. I was waiting for this sale when I got the preview in my e-mail. They're actually 50% off, so the blushes are $20, which is even better! I got Call Me, and really considered Bedroom, but since I don't tend to wear blush as an every-day thing (I'm more of a Bene-Tint girl), I didn't think a matte was my thing. Knowing me, though, if I love Call Me as much as I think I will, I'll get it the next time the sale comes around.

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  33. Hi Jen =) I'm new to your blog and really enjoy all the information you posted. I bought "tease" from R&R, I'm new to make up and should learn more about them =)

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  34. kinky, all nighter, and x-rated! I MUST HAVE THEM!! They are soo gorgeous!

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  35. woww! they look so pretty. >.< i remember back when nars blushes were 24$... sigh.. inflation sucks. hmm, i would totally go get some.. but i'm broke! T_T

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  36. Hello Jen. I got Call Me from Hautelook today. Thanks for sharing!!

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  37. hey jen!! thanks so much for your recommendation on these blushes. you won me over! i actually just bought 'call me' a few minutes ago. the packages does look soooo gorgeous <3

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  38. thanks for the review. I just got one of the blushes in lust from hautelook :)

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  39. Jen, you're so evil. i just got 2 of these blushes from Hautelook! got call me and spank. love the color, I can't wait!

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  40. Hello. You are such a bad influence. Since I have been following you, my shopping list has grown and I just bought 5 R&R blushes this morning on hautelook. I have seen that sale so many times before and was really trying to control my impulse buying. When you said comparable to Nars, I was sold. I love how you review quality products. Thank you!

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  41. I have 4 Nars blushes and felt perfectly content. However, after reading your post, I just bought 5 of the R&R blushes! Like the others said, you are a bad influence! LOL Love your blog!!

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  42. Wanted to get the blush but I dont think I can since I am linving in Singapore although I have a USA shipping address.

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  43. I just started to follow your blog and i just have to say... your blog is so cool! photos are in great quality and you are very pretty!
    I like these blushes :)

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  44. the R&R blushes really will last you a lifetime, hahah!

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  45. hey jen :] thanks for the swatches! they were reeaally helpful when it came to picking&choosing from hautelook! Thanks again!<3

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  46. Did you know that R&R cosmetics are 50% off right now with a code and 99 cent shipping?!!!

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=6462363&id=124058570759

    This is from their fb page. It's also on their twitter!!!

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  47. shop.rockandrepublic.com is having a 50% off cosmetics sale with coupon code ROCKCOSMETICS and shipping is only 99 cents!

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  48. can't find call me on hautelook or R&R :(

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  49. OMG..i love all the blush colors. They are so pretty..

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  50. They have more colors up on their website!! Just got Tease and I have Lust. Yippee!!

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  51. Love your video Jen, love your blog! So informative. What would be a good color for someone with light complexion but with yellow undertone

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  52. Ali: I think Spank, Call Me, and Bedroom would all be great on ligher complexions. :)

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  53. I love Hautelook. :D I want all those blushes! They look so pretty.

    Love your blog btw!

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  54. Hi! So, i really love those blushes, and i want to buy call me, bedroom, all nighter and lust! But i live in sweden... I am visiting USA in about 3-4 weeks. Is there somewhere besides hautelook that you can buy the blushes? LOVE YOUR BLOG BTW! <33 :D

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  55. Hautelook didn't have any of the blushes this time around except shameless. They must be all out =( I can't find them anywhere!

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  56. Im going to get the Call me and Bedroom

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  57. Seems like all of Rock&Republic's cosmetic line has been discontinued. What do you recommend now for equivalent blushes?

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  58. OMG if you ever decide to sell any please let me know

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