I must admit, I giggled a little when I read the inspiration behind the new L’Occitane Pivoine Flora collection. They call it “a graceful peony which dances like a ballerina in the Mediterranean breeze.” Okay, I’m a card-carrying queen of cheese, and I live for Hallmark movies, but that might even be too much queso for me.
Well, that’s what I thought…until I set my eyes on the limited edition release. The delicate pastels, watercolor imagery and nubby texture on the compacts all paint a picture in my mind that lines up fairly well with the one L’Occitane describes. It’s a dainty (albeit cheesy) world filled with floating flowers and other things that are soft, sweet and feminine — very Paul & Joe meets old-school Stila — and it’s a gaw-geous visual feast for any packaging lover’s eyes.
A few pieces from the L’Occitane Pivoine Flora collection
The 16-piece L’Occitane Pivoine Flora makeup collection includes…
- Duo Eyeshadow ($16; available in 2 combinations)
- Petals Eye Quartet ($26)
- Healthy Glow Face Powder ($28)
- Lipstick ($15; available in four shades)
- Lip Shine ($14; available in 4 shades)
- Incredible Lip Shine ($12)
- Facecolor Cream Duo ($16; available in 3 shades)
I spent some one-on-one time getting to know the Petals Eye Quartet ($26) last weekend. With its delicate, cool-toned mauves, purples and pinks, its a girly girl’s palette through and through.
Um, how sweet are those ballerinas on the front? Now look closely at the dresses; each one corresponds to a shadow inside.
This was my first liaison with L’Occitane makeup, but from what I’ve seen here, the eyeshadows bear a strong resemblance to Stila’s. I consider that a pretty good thing. They have a similarly soft, powdery texture and sheer-to-medium pigmentation. All four of the shades blend well, but I do notice some minor fallout beneath my eyes. Applied atop a layer of trusty NARS Pro-Prime, they last about six hours without any creasing, and with minimal fading, on me (I have combination skin).
Oh, if you’re a practical gal (or a full-on clean freak), the palette appears to be packaged into something made of cardboard. It looks great, but I wonder how it’ll hold up to regular use. I can see it picking up any leftover foundation, powder and makeup on my hands, and I have a feeling it could be a real PIA to keep clean.
I like these colors well enough, but I can’t say I’m in love. I have a feeling they’ll bloom better on lighter lasses (especially ones who shine in cool-toned pinks and purples) than on gals with tans like me.
PRICE: $26 (or $6.50 a pan)
AVAILABILITY: Available now at L’Occitane stores, counters and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. How was the rest of your Monday? Did you happen to get the positive energy I beamed to you through the monitor in the Monday Poll (I forgot to add delivery confirmation).
Now I plan to relax for few minutes on the couch with a small tub of frozen yogurt, a fat tabby and the remote. Doesn’t that sound nice?