Fresque: French for fresco, the art of painting on fresh, moist plaster with pigments dissolved in water.

Alternate definition, which I think fits a little better: A cool, refreshing state in the air; duskiness; coolness; shade. Thanks to and Webster’s.

Product: Lancome Blush Subtil in Rose Fresque

(The above photo is NOT very colour-accurate. Well… the tones are almost spot-on, but it’s too light. The swatch is closer.)

I love the way this blush looks on my cool, fair skin, but it doesn’t come without hefty negatives. For all of its gorgeous glory, this blusher smells incredibly makeup-y, with the cringe-worthy price tag of $29.50USD. It goes on more sheerly than expected, and probably would not work well on darker skin tones – essentially, anyone with very warm undertones who doesn’t look like a ghost 98% of the time!

But yet, I still love it. Why, you ask? This gives me the perfect it’s-cold-outside glow, which has been hard to find! It’s a white-pink, if you understand what I’m trying to say, so it looks like my fair cheeks are flushed because of open capillary beds under my colour-deprived epidermis. Reds always look orange on me, and apricots can veer to browns in the blink of an eye. My Asian readers, you know what I’m talking about! It can be quite hard to find an “it’s cold outside” blusher when almost everything looks ‘off’ due to our very yellow undertones.In addition, this pan is fairly large (there is no size listed, but it’s fair-sized.) Though Lancome’s packaging gets dirty with fingerprints quickly, it’s sleek and sophisticated enough to make up for it. This layerable blush stays on all day long, and when I really do flush, because of its perfect shade, it doesn’t compete with my natural colour! And despite the fact that I can’t see this working on medium to dark skintones, I also can’t see it being ruddy on anyone, due to its smooth application and the blissful absence of brown tones. That said, though, I do like this a lot more in the winter than in the summer, when I’m a half-shade darker. (I’m sunscreen-obsessed, so I don’t really… tan. Ever.)

Pale-skinned beauties, this one’s for you! If you need a natural flush-from-within, this is perfect – the colour is breathtaking and matte, without an once of chalkiness.

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  • Audrie

    gorgeous color!! Have you tried EDM Apple? This reminds me a lot of that color, very rosey with no brown tones. And I agree, Lancome stuff are way too heavily perfumed!

  • Rae

    Nope – but I have it in my cart for my next EDM order! I'm hoping it's like this one, but without the awful scent =D

  • Tessa

    This blush looks (and sounds) wonderful! Is it similar to EL's Blush All Day in Plum? Which I remember you loved! The only turn-off for me may be the smell. I can't stand the makeup-y smells of some cosmetics! Esp. foundation, which is one reason why I don't wear it often. Or, at least, foundation that smells makeup-y.Tess

  • Rae

    Tess: Nope! Plum is more, well, plummy! This one's lighter, more pink, and a touch cooler as well. Plum's more of a healthy whenever glow, whereas this is more of a wintertime gently-wind-nipped glow, if that makes sense?Oh, you just wait until theNotice's foundation week starts off =D