For spring's pastel theme, Aaron De May created a stunning collection (and look). Lancôme's Roseraie des Delices Collection for Spring 2012 offers pinks, tangerines, and greens. The collection offers a garden of delights. I've read that the look was inspired by the rose garden of Lancôme's founder and the pastel mix of Ladurée macaroons. The flower-laden look, featuring Hanaa ben Abdesslem, reeled me in as the thought of those macaroons made my mouth water and the roses offered serenity.
La Roseraie (“Bed of Roses”) Illuminating Smooth Powder ($42) compact is the latest, limited-edition must-have of the spring season. I think it's the centerpiece of Lancôme's Les Roseraie des Delices Spring 2012 Color Collection. The very light texture of this multidimensional powder eases application and gives a transparent pink flush to the skin. The bright rosy pink and pastel shimmer combination is a perfect all-in-one product for cheeks and face, as long as you like to sparkle.
The dual shades in the powder, light pink and rose, can be used alone or blended for a light pink finish to the cheeks or face. The light pink carries a lot of sparkle in its pearl crystals, so expect a little pizazz when you wear it. In Lancôme's photo above, La Roseraie appears to be warmer in color than it is in mine. To my eye, my photo represents the two shades more accurately (although I've seen many photos that make the shades look warmer). I think these are cool pink tones.
The lighting wasn't ideal the day I got my photos. Even with brighter light, it would have been difficult to show you a bright pink powder on my arm. La Roseraie, when blended, is pastel pink. On my skin, it adds a very light pink glow.
For my swatch photos, I applied the blended shade at the top of my arm and the darker rose pink alone below. I used a sponge-tipped applicator, ensuring I would get plenty of pigment for the photos. In "real life," we'll all use a powder or blush brush to apply La Roseraie, and the effect will be lighter than you see on my arm.
Because the sun was obscured by clouds when I took my photos, you can barely see the definite sparkle in the blended swatch. It's there, so if you gravitate toward matte and satin-finish shades, you should try before you buy. I may restrict its wear to evening. I'll have to see if the sparkles diminish as I wear off the top layer of powder - something I haven't done yet.
I think it's a beautiful compact in a beautiful collection. I'll have more to show you later. I purchased my La Roseraie at Neiman Marcus. It should be available at Lancôme counters now. You can also find it at Lancôme's Web site with the rest of the spring collection.
Photos at top courtesy of Lancôme; other photos by Best Things in Beauty