Friday, January 29, 2016

#FrenchFriday - Review : Lancome My Parisian Blush for Spring 2016


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Lancome My Parisian Blush for Spring 2016: review, photos, swatches


Are you ready for spring? I hope so, because today I present you a review of a new product launched for Spring 2016, My Parisian Blush by Lancôme. You know that I'm both a Lancôme fan and a cream blush addict, so naturally this adorable new blush was my first, and so far only, purchase among the new spring collections.

The playful and colorful theme of Lancôme's Spring collection is apparent in the cute tin packaging, decorated with a whimsical cartoon-like girl in pink heels walking her tiny dog on the roofs of Paris and holding pastel balloons. As adorable as the tin box is, it's also pretty hard to open! It's actually getting better now after about a dozen uses, but the first few times I really struggled to pop the lid open. I wish it was a screw top, it would have made the box less frustrating.


Lancome My Parisian Blush for Spring 2016: review, photos, swatches

Lancome My Parisian Blush for Spring 2016: review, photos, swatches

Lancome My Parisian Blush for Spring 2016: review, photos, swatches


My Parisian Blush is a cream blush, and although it bears a different name, I believe it is identical to last year's Blush Subtil Crème formula that Lancôme launched for summer (review here). It has the same bouncy, spongy texture that's incredibly thin and feels completely weightless once applied. Just like last year's version, I feel like My Parisian Blush is best applied and blended with a brush. The fact that it's not creamy at all just makes it difficult to blend with fingertips. With a good synthetic brush it's easily softened and diffused for a very natural look, with a zero texture effect. On me it also lasts all day with only very minor fading.


Lancome My Parisian Blush in Corail de Ville: review, photos, swatches

Lancome My Parisian Blush in Corail de Ville: comparison with Blush Subtil Creme
Left: My Parisian Blush in Corail de Ville
Right: Blush Subtil Crème in Corail Alizé (2015)


My Parisian Blush comes in two shades, Rose Haussmann (02) and the one I picked, Corail de Ville (01) (could be translated as "city coral") - once again I'm appalled at the number of online retailers who misspell the shade names on their website... Corail de Ville is a muted coral that leans very peachy, with a matte finish. It's very pigmented and you need a very, very small amount to get a natural flush of color, but because it's a soft color it's quite foolproof and not too easily overdone.


Lancome My Parisian Blush in Corail de Ville: swatche


Corail de Ville reminded me of a cream blush by Kiko that I bought recently, the Rebel Bouncy Blush in 01 Velvet Peach. While the two look fairly similar in the swatches below, Corail de Ville is considerably more pigmented and intense. I have issues getting the Kiko to show up, which is absolutely not the case with the Lancôme. Corail de Ville also has more pink tones, and texture-wise it's much, much nicer. The closest match that I could find in my stash was the discontinued YSL Crème de Blush in Velvety Peach.

Lancome My Parisian Blush in Corail de Ville: comparative swatches
Left: Kiko Rebel Bouncy Blush in Velvet Peach
Center: Lancôme My Parisian Blush in Corail de Ville
Right: Lancôme Blush Subtil Crème in Corail Alizé


One major difference between this year's My Parisian Blush and last summer's Blush Subtil Crème is the price. My Parisian Blush retails for a daunting $39 while last year's Blush Subtil was only $24! Worse, this year's cream blush is smaller: 3g (0.11 oz) vs. 3.6g (0.13 oz) last year... I'm sure that the adorable tin box is a lot more expensive to make than the basic plastic jar the Blush Subtil Crème came in last year, but such a huge price increase from one year to the next is very concerning. I'm really hoping this is not a sign that Lancôme will be increasing their prices in the future. Their lower price tags compared to similar department store brands is a big part of the appeal for me, and not being able to afford their new makeup launches would break my heart. Seriously.


Wearing Lancome My Parisian Blush in Corail de Ville: full face picture
Wearing My Parisian Blush in Corail de Ville

Overall: My Parisian Blush in Corail de Ville is a very cute blush in a great lightweight but long-wearing cream formula, and the shade is perfect for a natural peachy flush of color. I wish the price tag was more in line with what we're used to from Lancôme!

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The product featured in this review was purchased by Lulle. I received no compensation to write this post, which only reflects my personal opinion. This post contains affiliate links.

PS: Have you entered the New Year, Parisian You giveaway to win Lancôme Audacity In Paris eyeshadow palette yet? Only 2 more days to participate!




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