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

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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  • Reply Mimi

    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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    May 11, 2012 at 6:46 PM
  • Reply Jeanie

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

    May 11, 2012 at 10:21 PM
  • Reply callitbeautyblog

    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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    May 11, 2012 at 11:19 PM
  • Reply Rose

    I absolutely LOVE L'Occitane and the packaging of this lipstick looks adorable!
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    May 12, 2012 at 2:25 AM
  • Reply @MaggiesMakeup

    GORGEOUS. I had no idea l'Occitane had a makeup line, and now I NEED this.
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    May 12, 2012 at 6:42 AM
  • Reply Larie

    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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    May 12, 2012 at 11:41 AM
  • Reply Kate & Zena

    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.)

    May 12, 2012 at 3:19 PM
  • Reply toyarosie

    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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    May 12, 2012 at 3:48 PM
  • Reply Fleur

    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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    May 13, 2012 at 2:59 PM
  • Reply Ashley

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

    May 14, 2012 at 6:22 PM
  • Reply jessica

    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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    May 16, 2012 at 4:49 PM
  • Reply Sukanya

    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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