Les Merveilleuses Ladurée Pressed Cheek Color - Swatch Set
Sleek cases with minimalistic and understated glamour is always appropriate. And then there is Les Merveilleuses Ladurée. Yes, the French patisserie brand also is a brand of Japanese-manufactured cosmetics! If you have in mind, ornate gold leaf and pastel confections, you got the right idea for this brand. The products that I've tried are themselves perfectly fine, but add to that the complete overbaked and adorable beauty and then you got yourself something kind of amazing. In my mind, if you can have a cat-centric cosmetics brand (a la Paul & Joe), or darkly femme (a la Anna Sui), why not French sweets?
I was originally given shade 06 as a generous gift from Kate Driveller, and when I got multiple real life compliments (which almost never happens), I slowly started to add to my collection. Hey, I have my reasons, you have yours. Mine were purchased on Ichibankao, but Lauduée is also available at Sephora in France.
I thought I'd share swatches of the shades I own and also show you just how beautiful the product looks.
After many uses, the cameo embossing eventually wears away, but c'est la vie, I suppose. It's hard being a makeup collector that loves pristine things, but still has a face pull of parts that need some makeup loving!
Ladurée Pressed Cheek Color has a very smooth and slightly soft texture. It almost feels a little creamy. It isn't as dry and hard pressed as my Three (older generation) or Addiction powder blushes. It also has a good level of pigmentation that can be built up to strong intensity. The red shade 11 is something that requires a very light hand when applying.
The only con for me is the strong floral scent. I can smell it strongly in the pan and also when applying. It lingers in a faint way as well, although eventually I think I get used to the smell. It's not an ugly headache induing scent for me, but I don't find the addition of a strong scent to be a good enhancement to an already lovely product.
Lets get on to see them on the skin, applied with one swipe of finger on bare skin:
01 - Light dusty mauve pink. When I saw pictures of this on the brand website, I was hoping for this to be more a cool purply pink, and was kind of bummed it was so mauve.
06 - Light warm strawberry pink. This color is very flattering on my cool yellow skin and looks like a very natural warm flush.
07 - Bright cool pink, with a blue undertone. Clear and bright, this is a very easy to wear bright cool shade.
11 - Dark and intense, a deep raspberry red. This is intensely pigmented and for me, wearing this heavily looks exactly like a bad sunburn. With this, I only need a faint tap of a brush to get enough color to transfer on to the cheeks!
These blushes come in refill formats. There's a separate case that can be purchased, but it's a big clunky plastic thing. I keep them all together in a Z Palette, which helps me see what shades I own and easily figure out which one I feel like wearing in the morning.
Liz from so lonely with gorgeous recently posted her jaw-droppingly gorgeous collection of these (here). I wish I had her post as a reference when I was selecting colors when I purchased mine!
Have you tried any of the color cosmetics from this brand?