Last week, I showed you Bucolic Rose from Givenchy's Instant Bucolique 2012 Spring-Summer Collection. I was holding out on you - mostly because of limited time. Today, I end the series featuring the Instant Bucolique Collection with Bucolic Poppy ($49), appropriately named for a poppy that blooms around Memorial Day.
When I ordered Bucolique Poppy at Sephora online, I assumed it would be red-toned, but I was clueless, given the little swatch of color online. I ordered on faith. My faith was rewarded.
Bucolic Poppy is a pigmented rose-colored blush. It's a gorgeous shade that is predominantly rose, but with just a hint of closet coral. With my fair skin, I have to apply Bucolic Poppy very lightly, but when I do, it's glorious.
It's interesting to me that the compact, shown above, with its expansive background of light pink, produces such an intense rose. For these swatch photos, taken in full sun, I applied Bucolic Poppy heavily with a sponge-tipped applicator at the top of my arm and with a dense blush brush below. As usual, I over-applied the blush to get good photos of the color, but I'd never wear Bucolic Poppy this intense. Someone with chocolate skin could - and would look heavenly.
I'm always smitten by rose blushes. This one is one of the prettiest of the new season. I love the color. Applied properly, it makes me look alive, it's flattering to my skin tone, and it reminds me of the saying that originated with Bobbi Brown or her super-rep Tia Hebron, "People are nicer to you when you wear blush." That has become one of my favorite lines. I've tested it and agree. Is it because we look happy with colorful cheeks?
Le Prisme Blush Bucoliques are 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. Honestly, I'm not sure I understand the sunken sparkling nuggets described at Sephora, but the blushes are so nice, I'm not sure I care.
The top level of the compact features the blush, and the pull-out bottom level houses a brush. Givenchy Le Prisme compacts aren't bargain priced, given their size. If you can get past that, I think you'll love them.
Sephora is the exclusive retailer for Givenchy these days. That's where I bought Le Prisme Blush Bucoliques. If Bucolic Rose looked too light/pastel for you, Bucolic Poppy is your shade. Try it!
Givenchy's Instant Bucolique 2012 Spring-Summer Collection is one of the most exciting Givenchy collections I've purchased in years. I'm revved. Check out the collection at Sephora, the exclusive retailer in the United States.
Photos by Best Things in Beauty, except for the poppy, courtesy of guardian.co.uk