Remember back when you’d ask your friend if she liked a boy, or if she liked the boy? LOL!
Don’t laugh! There was a big difference.
I get that same idea from LancÃ´me’s two new $49 Blush in Love Powders. Why didn’t they call ’em Blush in Lust, or Blush in Like? Would the products have been different?
Semantics aside, with these, I get the feeling LancÃ´me had hot cheeks in mind — the heat that surges to the surface of your skin when he leans in close, exhaling loudly, and peers into your eyes, flashing that cocky half-smile. Suddenly, you realize that your seemingly innocent drink after work isn’t just brews with a bud.
LancÃ´me created two versions of Blush in Love, a light coral for paler pretties and a bright rose for darker damsels. A floral design and Blush in Love logo blooms on them both, and each one contains two shades designed to caress cheeks with spring color.
I’ve been wearing the bright rose, which is called 20 Pommettes D’Amour. In it, a sheer hot pink with a matte finish encircles a square of matte peach in the center, and while it radiates like a neon sign in its pan, 20 Pommettes D’Amour applies more like a misty morning drizzle…
For a peachy pink cheek flush like I sprinted to my car through a warm spring rain, I swirl my blush brush in the pan, mixing both colors in the pan, and blend 2-3 layers on my cheeks.
Then, in a step I wish I could skip considering the price (almost $50!), to dispense with the larger grains of powder the product leaves behind, I buff them down with a kabuki brush.
Even with that little annoyance, I have to say — I think this stuff looks pretty phenomenal in pics, all luminous and sunny, like an unexpected warm spell in the middle of winter.
If you happened to wonder what I was wearing on my cheeks in this week’s Laura Mercier Creme Liner review, yup, it was Pommette D’Amour.
I do wish the limited edition packaging felt sturdier… I mean, I dig the design, and I think the paper gives it a certain Paul & Joe-ish charm, but again, for almost $50? I want champagne in a fancy fluted glass, ya know (versus boxed wine in a clear plastic cup)?
Oh, do you remember that sheer neon pink tinted lip balm we looked at, $26 Baume in Love in Urban Ballet? It hails from the very same collection.
I wore it (Urban Ballet) a couple times last weekend, and eh — it seems a little overpriced, all things considered.
I wanted to love it — really wanted to love it — because I stockpile moisturizing, sheer balms that I can apply without a mirror (see: MAC Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm in Slightly Nude). I like the pink shade and how natural it looks on my lips, but it didn’t turn out to be as moisturizing as I’d hoped.
That, and it straight up left me hangin’ in less than an hour!
PRICE: $49 for the In Love Blush, $26 for Baume in Love Lipbalm
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Lancome counters and lancome-usa.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+ for the blush and C for the lip balm
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,