L’Occitane’s Pivoine Flora Color Cream in Abricot on cheeks
I couldn’t demi pliÃ© my way out of a paper bag, but one thing I can do is hoard cream blushes like these Pivoine Flora Color Creams from L’Occitane ($16 each).
Even after six months of ballet lessons back when I was in my 20s, I never looked half as graceful as the dancers on this packaging. These delicate dames look like they land leaps that make less sound than a sigh. I, on the other hand, usually land my leaps off balance, and frequently with a loud thud.
I turn to cream blushes a lot when I’m in a hurry to get out the door. They’re just so blasted easy to apply, even with fingers (apply to cheeks, blend and go).
Each of the limited edition L’Occitane Pivoine Flora Color Cream duos comes with a blendable matte blush AND a shimmery highlighter, so you get your cheek color and glow going from a single, pretty package.
I’ve been playing with two of the three duos, Abricot (a sheer coral-ish peach blush with a pale peach sheen highlighter) and Rose (a reddish pink blush with a glittery pink highlighter). Both of the blushes feel smooth and dry with a texture that reminds me of Smashbox’s Photofinish Primer. I’m not crazy about it, but it’s easy to blend and seems to layer well without looking too heavy on my skin.
Both blushes are passably pigmented and stand out more to me for their oddly pleasing gummy bear scent (the berry ones, yum!). As far as wear time, they last about three hours on me — passable, but not particularly epic compared to something like an Illamasqua Cream Blush, which manages to hang on all day long, even in high heat.
Abricot (two swatches on the far left) and Rose (two swatches on the far right)
Rose on cheeks
The highlighters, unfortunately, are all but lost on my NC 40 tan. They should really come into their own on lovelies with lighter skin.
While I love how these look in their pretty outfits, not being able to put the highlighters to good use kind of sets them back. Pale princesses, these might be perfect for you. Plus, they’re only $16.
PRICE: $16 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at L’Occitane stores, counters and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B-
Best seat in the house
El Hub and I made a pact to fix up our deck this year, and we finally made some progress this week, adding an umbrella and a wicker Swingasan chair beside my favorite old cafe table.
I love to read in the chair, but when I’m sitting in it, my short legs barely touch the ground!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,