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Sunday, 15 April 2012

Ladurée Les Merveilleuses Pressed Cheek Colour 11

Through the generosity of lovely ladies Jamilla and  Charisse, I recently managed to acquire one of the exquisite cameo-embossed Ladurée Les Merveilleses pressed powder blushes. Currently exclusive to Japan, each 4g blush single retails for ¥3990 with cases sold separately for ¥1575 -- if like me you find the packaging mildly hideous not your tasse de thé, it's essentially a depotter's discount :D

(Justifications aside, this counts as my fourth purchase of this year's twelve.)

Obligatory packaging porn, such as it is:

Lovely thick, textured paper box

Ingredients
 
Contents: Plastic oval encasing the pan, and a clear plastic lid to protect the surface

The pan feels pleasantly hefty (heavier than Addiction and definitely no flimsy Illamasqua-esque tins) and has a magnet attached to its base

Shade-wise I opted for a safe raspberry-rose no. 11


Comparison Swatches
Becca Beach Tint Raspberry Rouge Bunny Rouge cream blush wand Rubens RBR powder blush Florita Sleek Pinktini and Pink Parfait from Blush By 3 Pink Sprint trio Ladurée Les Merveilluses Pressed Cheek Colour 11

Natural light
blush swatch Becca Beach Tint Raspberry Rouge Bunny Rouge cream blush wand Rubens RBR powder blush Florita Sleek Pinktini and Pink Parfait from Blush By 3 Pink Sprint trio Ladurée Les Merveilluses Pressed Cheek Colour 11
Becca Beach Tint Raspberry
Rouge Bunny Rouge cream blush wand Rubens
RBR powder blush Florita
Sleek Pinktini and Pink Parfait from Blush By 3 Pink Sprint trio
Ladurée Les Merveilluses Pressed Cheek Colour 11

In both shade and pigmentation, Ladurée 11 is closest to Sleek Pinktini -- if you are familiar with the brighter Sleek shades, you'll know this makes Ladurée pretty.damn.pigmented. Its finish is on the matte side of satin, glowier than Illamasqua mattes but not as sheeny as RBR powders.

However, as my swatch hopefully shows, the texture of Ladurée is far smoother and the pigmentation more evenly dispersed over one heavy swipe. It's an odd phenomenon I haven't quite worked out yet but the Ladurée texture seems to be extremely blendable without being exceptionally creamy or silky feeling. It is finely milled and tightly pressed, but no more so than my favourites formulas (RBR, Burberry, Shiseido) and it lacks their immediately 'smooth' feel.

The first tap of (any) brush on cheek actually makes the blush look patchy on me -- it's only after continuing to blend that the colour takes on a smooth, demi-matte finish which nonetheless manages to appear lit-from-within. The blending itself is a breeze -- this powder never drags even on my Saharan-dry cheeks and I can go back and smooth over any edges even hours after application.

A simple look with Ladurée 11, Guerlain Rouge G Gigolo blotted down to a lipstain 
and Topshop Crayon Mystical on eyes (review to come)
Base: Paul&Joe Light Cream S 00 mixed with RBR Sea of Tranquility with Ellis Faas 
concealer under eyes. Lancome Hypnôse Drama WP mascara.
Pictures taken in natural light, such as it was....

So I've blathered about shade, texture and feel... the look this blush ultimately gives is that of a cheek stain in powder form. And working backwards, I think this explains both its odd spreadability-without-creaminess and its matte and pigmented yet translucent finish.

And like the Beauté liqui-gel stains which it most closely resembles, this is not as flattering on flaky, dehydrated skin as Rouge Bunny Rouge powders or RMSbeauty creams -- it will remain a warm-weather-only formula for me.

10 comments:

  1. I love everything about the look of this blush. It appeals to me on so many levels, color in the pan, color on your face, looks like jewelry and makeup... *SENSORY OVERLOAD* :D

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  2. I agree the texture is fantastic and great for dry skin. Mine isn't as pigmented but I don't mind that.

    You look beautiful as always!

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  3. The blush design is quite eye-catching, and the color looks beautifully pigmented!

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  4. JAW+FLOOR! I looove the cameo design! And the blush looks beautiful on you!

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  5. I do love the look of the blush in the pan, and the colour is very, very pretty on you.

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  6. ahhh, the packaging porn already does it for me...

    what a beautiful shade on you: I adore it's coolness

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  7. Snow white! This is gorgeous on you- but sorry to hear it's relegated to warm-weather only.

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  8. What a fabulous post. Your comparison swatches are so very helpful, thank you!! It's fantastic to see Becca's Raspberry Beach Tint compares to RBR Florita. You and Zuzu have created a lemming in me for both of these shades! Gorgeous FOTD!! RBR Sea of Tranquility looks lovely on you-- I am just about to cave and order it!

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  9. What a stunning color. It really suits you. I am strangely drawn to red blush, and that one is so pigmented! The packaging is so pretty, too.

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  10. Thanks so much, everyone! I've taken this to Hong Kong with me; hopefully it will work better with my skin in the humidity :)

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