Hi guys! So a few of you have asked about the L’Occitane blush ($16) I purchased recently so I thought I’d finally do a review. I’ve been putting it off because I just honestly don’t like the blush that much LOL – but it’s not a bad blush! My local L’Occitane boutique launched the new Peony makeup line on April 13th. There are 13 color pieces and 4 brushes. I walked past the day they set everything out and couldn’t resist taking a look.
My quick & dirty rundown: I thought the line was overall reasonably priced but I wasn’t particularly impressed compared to other brands. The brushes aren’t nearly as soft as EcoTools brushes, so I think they’re pretty safe to skip. I didn’t try any of the glosses. I really disliked the lipsticks. Only one shade was bright/dark enough to really show up on my (medium pigmented) lips, they weren’t terribly moisturizing for me (I do have reallllly dry lips though), they bleed and they have these tiny glitter bits in them that feel gritty and stick on your lips even after you take the lipstick off. The eyeshadows remind me of Paul & Joe’s LE eyeshadows, so if you like those these might work for you. To me, they swatched very, very, very sheer so I skipped on them (apparently you can use them wet or dry though). I didn’t try the face powders because I don’t need more face powders but I did decide to pick up one blush. I didn’t think any of the colors were stunning or truly unique, but I ended up with #04 Nuage Rouge (Red Cloud), described as a fresh pink.
|L’Occitane Nuage Rouge Peony Face Color Powder|
All of the powder items are imprinted with the peony and it’s quite a deep embossing so it’ll stay around for a while even after you start using it. The blush is small, about 4.2cm across and just a teensy bit bigger than Paul & Joe’s round LE eyeshadow duos. It has 3.5g, the same weight as a MAC Mineralize blush. The packaging, while cardboard, is pretty and feels sturdy. I wouldn’t recommend keeping it somewhere it’s likely to get wet though. One thing that really irritated me about the packaging is that the name of the blush is not printed on the bottom of the pot and the catalog swatches are absolute crap. Since all of the L’Occitane Peony items come inside a sort of seed bag, you can’t check that you got the right color until you open up the packaging (at which point the item is non returnable, at least at all the boutiques I’ve shopped at). Why is this a problem? Because anyone can switch all the lids on the testers. I was lucky enough to get there early and was probably the second person that had looked at the display but I could EASILY see someone buying the wrong lipstick or blush.
|L’Occitane Nuage Rouge Peony Face Color Powder lid, bottom & swatch.|
Anyway, back to the actual blush. It’s a pretty foolproof blush though I would say a mediocre one at best. It has maybe just a little less pigmentation than the Laura Mercier blushes so it’s really hard to use too much. It’s very smooth, blendable, and if I recall correctly all the colors have a very subtle shimmer that barely translates on the face. In fact, I think Nuage Rouge looks a little flat on my face without highlighter. It just doesn’t have the same glowing-from-within quality that my matte Laura Merciers, Shu Uemura or Rock & Republic blushes impart. Lasting power is excellent. I get all day wear, easily better than practically any other blush I own (weirdly, NARS last the least time on me -barely past lunchtime – apparently contrary to everyone else’s experiences). The only weird thing is that the blush is heavily scented with the L’Occitane Peony fragrance… I can’t smell it once I put it on my cheeks, but I can definitely smell it upon opening the lid of the blush.
Anyway, because of the somewhat flat quality of the blush and the color I haven’t really worn it. Like I said I didn’t think any of the colors in the Peony line were standouts. I bought Nuage Rouge because it looked like something I didn’t own. And I was right. But it’s weirdly warm, reddish and bronzy on me for something that looks and swatches so rose pink. I’m not wearing bronzer in the following FOTD and yet I feel like it makes me look a little brown? I think it would look better with a warmer eye, but it’s a color I need to coordinate to make work, not something I can just throw on. It just lacks the translucent quality and flexibility some of my better blushes have.
|Eyes: MAC Smoke & Diamonds, Copperized, Blonde’s Gold, Urban Decay Gunmetal; Cheeks: L’Occitane Nuage Rouge, Laura Mercier Gilded Garden; Lips: Laura Mercier Rosewater;|
So, yea. At $16 it’s not breaking the bank to pick up a cute collectible piece and I’m sure I’ll be able to figure out combinations that look more flattering on my face. If you’re looking to build your blush collection though, I would recommend many other blushes ahead of this one (Shu Uemura, Laura Mercier, Rock & Republic, Tarina Tarantino, Paul & Joe, etc…).