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~~~ Pivoine Delicate Shimmering Powder ~~~
I love higher end and premium bathing products and perfumes, but don't always have the budget to match their prices. Luckily for me, my family step in, and buy me these luxuries for birthdays and Christmas presents. It was for my birthday in July, that I received this Pivoine Delicate Shimmering Powder. I'd been having a girly day shopping with my sister, when we saw this in the L'occitane store. Intrigued by the powder inside and the retro perfume pump, I picked it up. Having had a quick spray of the tester bottle, my sister decided there and then to buy it for my birthday a few weeks later.
Revealing it from its packaging on my birthday, I saw that the bottle is an upside down pear shape, and made from heavy glass. It has a tiny label with a picture of a peony on it; just so you would still know what smelt like, if you didn't know what the French for Pivoine is. The hardware on the bottle is silver and feels to be made of metal rather than a metallic painted plastic. This hints at the quality of the product, as L'occitane is a premium brand. The traditional hand operated pump to dispense the powder is covered with a pink mesh, and co-ordinates well with the product as a whole; the only thing missing is the flourish of a tassel. It's unmistakably floral and feminine, AND expensive. At £22.00 for just 8ml of powder, it is rather a luxury item.
~~~ Fragrance ~~~
The scent of this is divine. If you love floral scents, you will be totally enamoured. At first there is a faint citrusy hint, but then the florals of peony and sensual magnolia kick in. This scent isn't full on and as heady as one would expect as it is the delicate version of another L'occitane fragrance that I also own. Peony, rose and magnolia could tend to be quite overwhelming to the senses if you don't care for floral scents, but this is so tender an aroma, it's almost like a whisper or a hint.
After spraying this the surroundings are left lightly scented with peony blossoms, and summer days. My skin is left just delicately scented. I do tend to layer my scents, so I usually use the matching shower gel and body lotion before applying this. If you love this fragrance, that is what I recommend you to do too. This is such a delicate floral fragrance that it's a case of more is more, and not the other way around for a change; and I think it's needed for the full effect.
~~~Shimmering Effect ~~~
I'm 43 and a mother of two and I passed the glittery makeup stage in my teens; therefore I was a tad concerned about how shimmery the powder was going to be in use. I needn't have worried, this product as the description denotes, adds more of a shimmer and a glow to the skin. It's almost like those illuminators added to makeup now. They make the skin look, and feel more youthful and add a certain radiance and bloom. It's made up of the finest silver and pink particles that are almost invisible to the naked eye, until the sun or light catches it that is. Don't worry, you won't be twinkling like Edward Cullen from the Twilight movies; it's subtle, and the effect when you have a tan, or some colour to your skin is amazing.
I do suppose that you could spray all over your body if you so wanted, and could afford to replace the bottle every five minutes, it's not my style though. I have used this all summer long, alternating with the stronger version of Pivoine Flora (remember this review is for the delicate version of the same scent), whenever my mood required it. Having lost just over 7 stones in recent months, I spray this to my newly acquired collar bones (they were hiding under a layer of fat) and décolleté.
~~~ Good Versus Bad ~~~
That's the good points out of the way, and now onto the bad. The bottle and pump, however lovely they look, do not, and have not for a while, worked properly. When I first received this gift there was no problem using the pump; every single time you squeezed it, a fine mist of pale pink scented powder would disperse. After approximately 2 months or so, the pump ceased to spray each time and would only work if there's a Y in the month, there is a blue moon, the wind is in the right direction and you're standing on one leg. So as you see, this perfume has been a bit of a hit or miss. It has its good points, as in the scent and the beautiful shimmering powder, but it also has it's bad, i.e. the pump that won't dispense.
In my honest opinion, while the perfume itself is quite highly priced at £22 for only 8 ml, the value for money is quite reasonable as I have hardly made a dint in my bottle. This could be for two reasons though - 1. I am no longer using it so often as it's not summer and I don't really want to look sparkly on the school run; that really will give the other mums something to talk about. 2. I can't get the stuff out of there anyway. No I lie, I can, but it will take be around 100 squeezes to get 1 puff of product and I can't be doing with that!
~~~ My Thoughts ~~~
My overall thoughts on this product would be that while it's lovely, and beautifully delicately scented, the problem dispensing the product, would make this something that I wouldn't ever repeat purchase once I ran out. All in all, while it served its purpose during the heady (I wish) summer months, it's now relegated to only being used on special occasions and only if, and it's a big IF, the pump will work.
I award Pivoine Delicate Shimmering Powder 5 Dooyoo stars for effect and fragrance, 1 Dooyoo star (because I can't give none) for the pump, so in fairness using the average of these two, it gets three stars from me, but not a glowing recommendation.
p.s. this review has been accidentally posted under the wrong product heading. Dooyoo have been informed and will hopefully move it to it's correct place tomorrow. :)
A perfume in powder form that leaves a pink and silver shimmer on the skin /