Just Say Oui: Givenchy Le Prisme Blush Powder Blush in It Girl Purple

Obsessed with the hidden brush

Recently, yours truly went on (what was meant to be) a quick jaunt to Sephora to pick up NARS blush  for my mom. In and out, I told myself, and I won’t go around and start testing products. But of course, while eyeing bareMinerals READY Blush, which I had been hearing a lot of good things about, I got pulled aside by a Sephora rep from Chicago who was actually working in the Soho store for the week as an educator. She insisted that she had the perfect blush for me and before I could explain I really didn’t want to buy anything else, I was sitting in her chair as she applied Givenchy’s Le Prisme Blush Powder Blush in It Girl Purple. And I had to say, it looked amazing.

It almost looks like I worked out!! (But of course, I didn’t)

The quad, which is really more pink than purple, has four colors that can be used separately or blended together for a customizable look. And blend she did, to the cool pink tone that looks best on my very pale skin. In fact, I looked like I had walked in from a snowstorm (I wish), with my whole complexion looking suddenly brighter. Ah, but the price: $44, even for a blush that blends really well and has the nicest floral smell, is quite steep, but what sold me was the packaging. The black compact flips opens to reveal the blush, and then the bottom pops out, containing a sleek brush nestled inside. Kind of brilliant.

Fun fact: The makeup artist explained that in France, a brand can have the most amazing products, but without good fragrance and beautiful packaging, they won’t do well. Unlike American women, who have recently are more focused on all-natural lines (guilty), the French insist on the product being aesthetically pleasing as well. And Givenchy heard their cry. I have to say, I have been using the blush almost every day, and sure, I could probably have found this shade for less dough, but I get SUCH a little thrill when I apply it. And isn’t that what this whole thing is about?

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