A Love Story in Pink | L’Occitane Pivoine Délicate Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

Friday, May 11, 2012

The product: L’Occitane Pivoine Délicate Lipstick in 02 Pivoine Délicate

Pivoine Délicate, one of three lipstick shades in the eponymous collection, is a soft pink with silver reflects. It’s fairly sheer, for a lipstick, and I think I’d group it alongside something like the Rouge Coco Shines – perfect for a really natural, refined lip, but the colour can’t really be built up.

I’m on the fence about the shimmer, though; I almost always prefer creme finishes or (if I must,) micro-shimmer in the same shade as the base colour. Which means that I should hate this one, seeing as the shimmer almost jumps out at you in the bullet – but I don’t. The silver shimmer adds just enough interest to keep the shade interesting, making it something more than just another indiscriminate pink shade.

It’s kind of nice, which is something I didn’t expect to be saying about silver shimmer anytime soon. L’Occitane got the particle size and dispersion amount just right, and it adds a bit of a playful edge to the shade.

L’Occitane Pivoine Délicate Lipstick – lip swatch

L’Occitane Pivoine Délicate Lipstick swatch (left) and Rose Frémissant Lip Shine swatch (right)

This isn’t the kind of lipstick to reach for if you’re looking for something bright and punchy, but I find myself quite fond of it. The formula, despite the sheer colour and rather agressive scent in the tube, feels comfortable on my dry lips and (surprisingly enough), the scent doesn’t give me a headache when I wear it.

Unlike most lipsticks, Pivoine Délicate actually leaves my lips feeling more hydrated when I take it off – quite a feat for a lip balm, much less a lipstick!

The verdict?

At $16 USD/$22 CAD, I would absolutely recommend this. I have to admit, L’Occitane had me at the packaging – the entire Pivoine Délicate collection is just gorgeous; perhaps even moreso than last year’s lovely Pivoine Flora collection. (I don’t know, though. It’s a pretty close call.)

Skip this if you’re looking for a bold, scent-free summer lippie, but give it a try if you want a sheer-but-polished shade. The packaging may have grabbed my attention to begin with, but it’s the comfortable, hydrating formula that really sells the Pivoine Délicate lipsticks.

L’Occitane Pivoine Délicate Lipstick packaging and box

Seriously. That packaging! Love.

L’Occitane Pivoine Délicate Lipstick, Rose Frémissant Lip Shine swatches

L’Occitane Pivoine Délicate Lipstick ingredients (paraben-free!)

*For those of you wondering: yes, the title is a nod to A Study in Pink. Because the more Sherlock references I can fit onto theNotice, the better.

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23 Responses to “A Love Story in Pink | L’Occitane Pivoine Délicate Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches”

  1. Hah! I've never heard of something smelling aggressive! I think this looks absolutely lovely on you. I love how the paper packaging looks, but I feel like it would not hold up in my purse :(
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  2. Jeanie, on May 11th, 2012 at 10:21 pm said:

    It looks like good to use awesome the color I love it..I want to buy some..

  3. That doesn't look like it would do anything for my fairly pigmented lips (other than add a bit of sheen); but GOSH, that packaging is SUPER pretty! <3
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  4. I absolutely LOVE L'Occitane and the packaging of this lipstick looks adorable!
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  5. GORGEOUS. I had no idea l'Occitane had a makeup line, and now I NEED this.
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  6. It's definitely very feminine and light and the packaging is lovely! It's not my sort of color, but it does seem made for you ;)
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  7. It's A Study in SCARLET, Rae, SCARLET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (The Holmesian comes alive.) It's Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's first published book featuring Holmes and Watson. It was published in 1887 and it wasn't very popular among the crowd. IF I remember correctly, only nine copies were sold when it was published in volumes. It wouldn't be until Doyle's second book featuring the maverick Holmes, The Sign of Four, that Holmes would become a hit among society. It sold like the Bloggers collection from MAC.

    (Is now miffed.)

  8. toyarosie, on May 12th, 2012 at 3:48 pm said:

    This is so delicate and sweet-looking! I'd carry it around just to show it off here and there. I'd probably never wear it though LOL – too light, but it looks just perfect for you!
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  9. It's not an ACD canon reference, Kate, it's a Sherlock (TV) reference! *panic hands* Moffat & Gatiss have chosen their episode titles as new spins on the originals, rather than duplicates – so, you have A Study in Pink, A Scandal in Belgravia, etc.

    I think it's kind of nice, personally; an ode to one of the greats rather than a straight retelling of a classic story. :)

  10. Haha, but it does; it does! :p

    I'm a little worried about the paper packaging, too. But; it's light, it's cute, and it probably won't get *too* banged up as long as you don't chuck it into the main pocket or anything. (I hope!)

  11. Let me know your thoughts if you try the collection, Jeanie! :)

  12. I know! *happy flails*

    For the sheen, though, I'd totally still say "go for it." I'm a little stunned how comfortable this is!

  13. Glad you like it, Rose!

  14. You do, you do!! I'm pretty sure their makeup line is a sometimes-thing, limited edition for a season or two. (Which is too bad, if you ask me; the aesthetic of the line is just lovely!)

  15. Thanks, Larie :) I'm a bit smitten with it at the moment!

    Which colours are made for you, then? (I think Mascate was, personally. But I'm curious to hear your thoughts!)

  16. Haha, I know what you mean! There are definitely a few items in my makeup collection for which I'm like, "I can't give it away; it's too pretty," despite the fact that I totally can't wear them :p

  17. I feel dumb….

    You should put Sherlock in italics if you are talking about the TV show so I know the difference. *pouty*

  18. I'm sorry! :( If it's any help, though, there's an almost 100% chance that when I say Sherlock, I'm talking about the BBC miniseries.

    Because I have a really unhealthy addiction to the show. >.<

  19. I keep seeing these reviewed and I'm so tempted… Especially after your review. You make the lipstick sound like a must have for me!
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  20. Oh ho ho, I don't know. I'll have to think about it.
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  21. Ashley, on May 14th, 2012 at 6:22 pm said:

    Yes, MOAR Sherlock references on theNotice! MOAAAR! And moar prettily packaged lipsticks like this one. MOAAAR, I say!!

  22. Wow, the packaging is too pretty!! I think I need to stop by the LOccitane store next time I pass by…. :O
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  23. I really wish my upper lip was a lot less pigmented! this color is too sheer to show up on me, at the most, like a lip balm r something :(
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