It’s not easy having expensive taste when you don’t have much wealth to spare. That especially goes for beauty products — but there’s just something so special about savoring a product with a velvety texture, fine floral fragrance, or weighty gold packaging simply because you wanted it enough to drop the big bucks (and feeling like royalty after you do).
That’s why wallets everywhere immediately became endangered when fashion house Hermès (famous for its highly coveted Birkin bags) announced it was launching a beauty line in 2020, starting with a range of luxury lipsticks. Those lipsticks, which sold out right off the bat, are now being followed with a new range of pressed-powder blushes called Rose Hermès Silky Blush Powder. Naturally, I had to put them to the test; no shocker here, they’re every bit as splurge-worthy as their predecessors.
First thing’s first, I need to talk about this packaging, which is so lavish that I’m terrified to store it with the rest of my makeup and potentially get it dirty. As it goes for the lipsticks, this compact is white with gold details, including a metallic seal embossed with the Hermès seal smack dab on the front. Like the lipsticks, this packaging is also magnetic, keeping the product inside nice and safe from the elements. When you crack it open, you’ll catch a soft whiff of its soft and powdery floral scent — just strong enough that you can smell it during application but not so much so that it’s overwhelming or irritating to the senses.
If you prefer to look like you just spent a day at the beach or went for a run when you put on blush, these will definitely be up your alley. All eight of the available shades are more on the subtle side with muted rose, soft pink, and peach tones. My personal favorite is undoubtedly Rose Pomette, a true petal pink, which surprises the hell out of me because I have rosacea that’s concentrated on the apples of my cheeks that usually bars me from wearing pink blushes (I’m more of a terra cotta girl).