Friday, December 18th, 2009

Guerlain Cherry Blossom Blush

Spring Blossoms with Guerlain’s Cherry Blossom Blush

Guerlain Cherry Blossom Blush ($49.00) is part of Guerlain’s Cherry Blossom Collection, which also features a new eyeshadow quad called Jeu d’Ombrelles and (repromoted) Meteorites Voyage Powder in Mythic. Both the blush and the eyeshadow quad are new and limited edition. The collection will hit the usual suspects come January of next year.

First, I love, love, LOVE Guerlain’s blushes — they’re so soft, subtle, and smooth. (See swatches of their six permanent shades for reference.) Cherry Blossom is no exception to the soft, subtle, and smooth description I’ve grown accustomed to using to describe Guerlain’s blushes.

Guerlain describes the color as “a pink and peach blush with shades reminiscent of Japanese cherry trees in bloom.” I’d describe it as a muted peach with pink myself. It’s soft, subtle, and doesn’t really have noticeable shimmer (at most, a sheen). It’s an interesting shade, because it’s not quite peach, yet not that pink, either. For spring, I think it’s a really perfect shade for light and medium skin tones. Deeper skin tones may have trouble getting it to show up as pigmented as they’d like, but it may still be wearable as a more natural color.

The compact is a glossy black, which is surprisingly lovely (haven’t seen Guerlain do black yet myself; they likely have in the past, before I was into makeup). I think I like it more than their permanent packaging (a cool-toned gold metal), actually. The powder is embossed with both a design as well as a shimmery overlay on parts of it. The overlay definitely goes away after the first few uses, but the peachy pieces do seem to go through; the majority shade is the pale pink with just a touch of peach. The peach-colored pieces are in the minority, but they do impact the color quite a bit.

As much as I think the powder is pretty with the design, I’ve come to learn that I’d rather not have a design at all (or perhaps, just an imprint, but no overlays), because I can totally sympathize with those who find it too pretty to use. Even though I received this as a sample, I was hesitant to swatch, because it looked so lovely in the compact! My other issue is that the first few swatches (or uses) tend to give you a different color than what you’ll get later on down the road. I can appreciate the fact that Guerlain does make it pretty obvious that the overlay is exactly that, an overlay, so I don’t feel duped, at least!

Though pricey for a blush at $49, you do get a whopping 0.32 oz. of product. It’s also just a $1 more than the pricing of their other blushes (which actually just makes me suspect an upcoming price increase in 2010), so I’m pleased to see Guerlain didn’t puff up the price simply for the sake of the overlay or limited-edition nature of the piece. I’ll probably never use up a blush in my life (except MAC Margin, perhaps!), but it’s nice to know they’re not skimping you on the actual product. Oh, yeah, and a bonus? The angled blush brush that comes with it is quite soft–total surprise to me–which was also a nice touch.

Bottom Line: I think Guerlain fans will enjoy this prettily designed spring blush. It’s a great shade for a little pick-me-up color in the spring, particularly for pale-to-medium skin tones.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 5/5

Recommendation: Certainly a highly anticipated collection, the blush doesn’t disappoint–if you’re in the mood for subtle, natural spring color.

Availability: January 2010

See more photos and swatches…

Guerlain Cherry Blossom Blush

Guerlain Cherry Blossom Blush

Guerlain Cherry Blossom Blush

Guerlain Cherry Blossom Blush

Guerlain Cherry Blossom Blush
Guerlain Cherry Blossom Blush

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28 thoughts on “Guerlain Cherry Blossom Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Emm

    Love the design and color but I don’t see it being worth $49!

  2. AbbyL

    i love it! I cannot wait to buy this…. wonder when it hit counters in january…

  3. ohmygod it looks so pretty! thanks for posting the swatches Christine!

  4. Kate M.

    SOOOOOOOO beautiful!!! the overspray really looks like silk…it looks like a beautiful fan!!

  5. Janine

    I must have! I am a sucker for beautiful packaging. It’s almost too pretty to use.

  6. Connie

    ooooh! it’s so pretty! Before I clicked to see the swatches I told myself that might be something I’d by just for the design (lol) but then I saw the swatch and it looks great too!

  7. Anitacska

    I bought the whole collection on eBay a couple of weeks ago, but haven’t dared touch them yet, they are just so pretty. :)

    • I feel ya – I showed my boyfriend the blush, because I was totally swooning. “LOOK, IT’S SO PRETTY. OMG. I DON’T EVEN WANNA TOUCH IT!” but in the name of beauty blogging… touch I did. LOL.

  8. The packaging is so gorgeous and handy. I’m loving the simple black laquer case. The swatches look fantastic too. Might actually look into this when it comes out.

  9. Jenny

    Any idea how this compares to Chanel’s Tweed blushes?

  10. wow this print is gorgeous!! i recently fell in love with Dior Rose Diamond Skin Shimmer but…I will have to check this beautiful blush when it comes out! i don’t like the idea of the overlay though…

  11. This blush looks really gorgeous. I don’t know if I can use it, I don’t want to damage the pattern, the flowers are so cute :)

  12. BeckBeck

    Wow, I don’t even WEAR blush 99% of the time and I kind of want this, heehee…

  13. Emma

    anybody notice that this blush looks different compare with the poster from Guerlain? Seems they changed it?

    • Hey Emma,

      The only thing I notice is the palette/powder itself is basically upside down, but the design looks the same. Mine is certainly peachier (the one in the photo seems pinker), but I could see that just being from editing.

  14. Paloma

    Are you planning on reviewing the rest of the collection? (I think the perfume, not sure if there is anything else.)

  15. amy

    That is very pretty and very Japanese looking! It is pretty for spring as the cherry blossom trees are blossoming too!

  16. This blush is so pretty!

  17. Amy

    My goodness this is gorgeous! I am so, so tempted.

  18. This is one that I’ve been lemming for….

  19. Ohhhhh. This is soooo gorgeous!

  20. So stunning! But also pricey.

  21. Andrea

    I ended up buying this with my Shoppers points, but I am finding it is unbelievably sheer!! I’m an NC20 and I think it barely shows up on me!!!