It seems that lately, the weather has taken a cue from the beauty brands and has jumped a season ahead. It’s been sooo hot here in So-Cal, I almost forgot it was supposed to be spring! Thankfully, I have the new Givenchy Le Prisme Blush Bucolique in Bucolic Rose to remind me of balmy spring days.
As you may have already guessed from my post on the Edward Bess Quad Royale, I have a serious “thing” for sheer blushes. There is nothing that I love more than skin that looks flawless, glowing, and healthy. I like to play with color, but in the end I want to look like my skin is naturally flushed and radiant–not like I’m obviously wearing a thick layer of blush. So I am constantly on the lookout for the next “it” blush–one that will make me look naturally flushed with an almost lit-from-within glow. I was quite pleased with the results that I got from the Quad Royale in Monte Carlo–but it never hurts to try other products just in case, right?
Part of their Limited Edition Spring 2012 collection, Bucolic Rose was released with a reddish poppy-pink counterpart, aptly called Bucolic Poppy. According to Givenchy, this blush is “produced through a new compaction process that allows a gradation in color harmony reinforced by a higher concentration of sparkling nuggets in the bottom of the pan.” Between you and me, I haven’t got a clue as to what that could possibly mean. That the blush gets more and more shimmery the more you product you use and the lower you get in the pan? Somehow, that doesn’t sound either accurate or especially appealing to me. I guess the only way to find out is to continue to use it–but I won’t have an answer as to whether the blush does contain a “high concentration of sparkly nuggets” at the bottom of the pan or not for quite some time. Remind me in 6 months and I’ll let you know.
When I received the blush, I was a little horrified at the size (refer to the picture of the compact in my hand, below). This was my first Givenchy blush purchase, so I was definitely not expecting that. It’s actually only 0.1 oz. less than the previously reviewed Edward Bess Quad Royale, but I think due to the size of the compact (a mere 1 7/8″ x 1 7/8″), you’re tricked into thinking the amount is much, much less. Though, while we’re on the subject of compacts, isn’t this one to die for?!? The awesome packaging may or may not have had a large hand in why I wanted this blush so badly (as I definitely did NOT need another light petal or rosy pink blush–especially a shimmery one!).
The Le Prisme blushes incorporate Givenchy’s “clap & slide” packaging–the top lid (with mirror) “claps” shut and a bottom compartment that houses the brush slides out. Voila–clap and slide packaging. It’s actually quite nifty and I like it. It’s very well made–not at all flimsy or loud. The lid just kind of eases itself down and gently snaps shut, due to its magnetic closure. The whole compact is very well made and feels substantial in my hand, though the overall size makes it easily transportable.
The accompanying brush is actually quite good. It is rather tiny and really thin, but it’s also really soft and works well on the go. I must say, it’s a lot softer and better quality than the brush that came with my Quad Royale (which was a bit scratchy). I probably still won’t ever use the brush, though. No matter how good a brush that comes with a powder is, it will never do as good a job as a fluffy blush brush, in my opinion.
Now on to the color itself. The blush is comprised of 2 different colors: a light, almost-matte-satin-finish peachy-pink and a medium shimmery rosy-pink. The rosy-pink flecks are embedded in a matrix of the peachy-pink. I was a little concerned that there wasn’t enough of the rosy-pink shade to really darken the overall color of the blush and it was just going to be a really sheer, bland pale pink on me–but the flecks are actually quite pigmented. A quick swirl through all 4 quadrants yields a very pretty warm rose color. However, in certain lighting, it almost looks a little cool on me because the pink shimmer in it can sometimes appear blue.
It’s not the most pigmented blush in the world, but I’ve mentioned before that I actually prefer my blushes this way. It’s easy to build, looks natural, and is almost impossible to overdo. Admittedly though, it’s a little more shimmery than I had been hoping for. Thankfully, the shimmer is very fine. It isn’t frosty, so it doesn’t really emphasize my pores–but I do have to be careful about where I place it. Applied properly, it gives my cheeks a beautiful glow. The blush lasts about 3 1/2 hours on me before fading visibly.
Overall, I think it’s a lovely, lovely blush. It’s nice and finely milled, and the color is just about perfect–though not particularly unique. The fact that it’s so shimmery can make it a little difficult for those who have very oily skin or large pores to wear–but I use it and for me, it’s all about the placement of the product. It is the “good” kind of shimmer though, not too frosty or metallic and not chunky at all. I definitely don’t think the blush is amazing enough to warrant the $50 for 0.24 oz. (as pretty as it is)–with this product, you’re pretty much paying for the packaging…which is fine. I kind of knew that going in. I fell for it hook, line, and sinker. If the compact contained more product, I think I would be happier with my purchase. All in all, it’s a beautiful blush–but not worth it when you factor everything else in. If you’re like me though and are a total sucker for pretty packaging, then go for it–I can’t think of a compact that I like more in my collection.
Pros: not too pigmented; easy to blend; looks very natural; creates a nice “glow”; color is warm but can lean a little cool in certain lighting due to the shimmer–which means it will flatter anyone; brush is very soft and small enough to perfectly place on the apples of the cheek; unique pattern of the powder; pretty packaging that works well; hard to overdo
Cons: almost borders on being too shimmery–but still lovely; expensive; contains a measly amount of product; might not show up very well on those with darker skin tones–but may work well as a highlighter; only lasts about 3 1/2 hours on my oily skin
»»Pricing: $49/0.24 oz. (7 g.)
»»Availability: Sephora (the exclusive retailer for this product)
»»Recommended for: ideally, this color will flatter best those with fairer, cooler skin; anyone looking for a fresh, shimmery pink blush for spring with amazing packaging
»»Overall Rating: B
Love the color. The shimmer I could do with less of–but the price for the small amount of blush is what really effected the rating in the end. I’m happy to have such a pretty blush that creates a very subtle pop of color on the cheeks (so perfect for spring), but I probably wouldn’t purchase it again if I were given the chance.