L’Occitane Peony Blush #4 Nuage Rouge

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…).

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22 Responses to “L’Occitane Peony Blush #4 Nuage Rouge”

  1. ehh the embossing isn’t totally unique or pretty, but the color’s not bad. I do agree with you that it’s definitely warm, it might look nice with some golds or browns for your eye makeup. Gives you a nice glow though
    .-= makeup morsels´s last blog ..Miscellaneous Monday Morsels 5/17 =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Yea, I’m guessing it’ll look much better with some bronzes. The glow is mostly the Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc though! Really! The blush is surprisingly flat without it.

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  2. Nikki says:

    the color suits your skintone perfectly! It is VERY pigmetned when you swatched it on arm…thanks for this
    .-= Nikki´s last blog ..AMW Reviews: Elianto Matte Berry Lipsticks =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Aww, you’re too kind, Nikki. I think it’s a bit warm and makes me look more brown than usual. It might swatch pigmented, but it’s actually harder to layer up than my Laura Mercier blushes (I use the EcoTools blush brush) so I don’t know if it’s because I’m using a synthetic brush or what, but it doesn’t really translate to very pigmented for usage.

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  3. Dina (XYYan) says:

    The blush is very pigmented! But too bad it’s just an okay blush :)
    .-= Dina (XYYan)´s last blog ..Food: Homemade Dumpling =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    It swatched a lot more pigmented than it translates to using a brush on the face (or maybe it’s because I’m using a synthetic blush brush…?). I had to layer it quite a bit to get the pigmentation you see on my face, maybe 2-3 swipes applied 3x on each side.

    And yea… there’s just nothing that special about it.

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  4. Cynthia says:

    Thanks for letting me know about this line and I love Peony, the blushs are beautiful and it’s perfect with my blog name too. I love to collect anything that has the name Peony on it.
    .-= Cynthia´s last blog ..Weekend Fun =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Hehehe, me too!!! I adore peonies so I felt like I had to get *something.*

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  5. lol “weirdly” warm, that’s not good. The blush seems to be fairly pigmented, which isn’t necessary a good thing if the color is off! And yeah I don’t think I heard anything new from Michelle Branch either. That’s too bad I do like her old songs!
    .-= Pop Champagne´s last blog ..Champagne Love: Jewels of Denial & Giveaway =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    It swatches very nicely, but it doesn’t translate all that well to the face. I think I swiped 2-3x and applied 3x to each cheek, which for me is a LOT of layering for a blush. And yea… I’m pretty sure it’ll look better with gold or bronze eyeshadows but there are so many other warm blushes in my collection I like better LOL…

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  6. Jian says:

    Thanks for reviewing this!! =D I’ve been waiting!

    I think it looks great on you! Very pretty! But I don’t actually know what peonies smell like… T__T
    .-= Jian´s last blog ..Review: MAC Studio Finish Concealer SPF 35 in NC20 & Video Review of Clarisonic PLUS =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    LOL, you’re welcome!

    Aww thank you. I had to layer it up quite a bit to get it to show like it does in the FOTD. I do think it’d look a lot better with gold or bronze eyeshadows … but there are so many other warm blushes in my collection I would rather wear instead of this one, you know what I mean?

    And hm. Peonies … are a sweet floral? Not very watery like rose, but similar in character. I can’t really help LOL. Maybe you can ask for one the next time you’re near a florist? I LOVE peonies. :D

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  7. Crystal says:

    Thanks for the review! The pink is pretty cute, but I do agree that a lot of brands do better jobs than this!

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    Catherine responds:

    You’re welcome! And yea, that’s pretty much what I thought about the entire line.

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  8. Jess says:

    Hard to believe that the blush turned out looking kinda bronzy, since the swatch showed a bright rose. But I don’t think the shade looks too bad on you. Maybe you could try to apply it a bit higher, right where your cheekbones are?! ;)
    .-= Jess´s last blog ..R E V I E W : Sisley Neck Cream + Goodies from Shainghainese Dumpling =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    I know right?! It looks so pink in the swatch. I was really confused too. I’ll have to try out your blush technique last time. I always wear blush so low on my cheeks because I’m too lazy to actually apply a contour shade LOL so I just extend the blush a little and for most colors it works well. This one not so much though! The sad thing is I wouldn’t even have thought to reach for this as a “topper” blush (one that I just pop on the apples) because it lacks the glow I like for that purpose. Haha, oh well.

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  9. fuz says:

    Thank you!!! I really needed this review to hold me back, hahaha.
    .-= fuz´s last blog ..OL’s Best Friend : Vichy Thermal Spa Water =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    LOL, you’re welcome! But seriously, there are so many blushes nicer and prettier than these ones. =)

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  10. sarah says:

    very thorough! i’m interested in the lasting power but not for the rest of the cons :P haha!
    .-= sarah´s last blog ..MAC Originality NP =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Oh! So I’m actually gonna do a post on this soon … maybe after a couple more days of testing… but I’m SO HAPPY! I spritzed my makeup with the Shu Depsea water today AFTER I put on blush instead of just after my powder, and NARS Torrid is STILL on my face after 13 hours when on Monday it barely lasted … 4!!!!! Wearing the same base, foundation, etc everything!

    I’m really excited. I’m gonna try NARS Sin and Tarina Tarantino Parasol and R&R X-Rated next since they all fade a little too! :D

    (In my experience, the Shu Uemura and Laura Mercier blushes last all day no spritzing or primer required. They are honestly my top picks for easy, foolproof blushes.)

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  11. blu3 says:

    thanks for the review, i guess they are after all a skincare company rather than makeup. btw, i really like the eyeshadow colours on you, esp smoke & diamonds!
    .-= blu3´s last blog ..Purple x MAC =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    They really are. I was so disappointed because I really love the L’Occitane brand and I wanted their makeup line to be amazing. I still keep thinking that I would totally buy foundation from them if they made it hahaha.

    & thanks! I just got Smoke & Diamonds in swap and it’s a new favorite. :D

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