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Despite telling myself that I did not need anything from the L'Occitane summer sale I have still managed to make a few purchases. When it comes to L'Occitane products they are simply divine but they do come with a rather high price tag and the sale offers a way of getting an item or two without paying the higher price making them a bit more worthwhile and of course if you buy online or in store you get a few free samples too which is a nice touch. The problem is if you're a fan of L'Occitane their sale can become a bit addictive and you end up buying items that you probably don't even need!
One of those items which I bought and did not need was the Delice des Fleurs Rose Lip Gloss. I had seen it on the website numerous times before having liked it but not liked it enough to pay full price for it. However, when it came up in the sale I thought it was worth a try despite having what seems like hundreds of lip balms/glosses/sheens in my collection. The Delice des Fleurs Rose Lip Gloss is a limited edition item and I'm guessing now it has gone into the sale it will be discontinued once the stock has run dry.
I have a tendency to like cosmetic products which have anything to do with roses. But I only like products with a natural aroma not a synthetic scent of roses and L'Occitane tend to deliver this perfectly. Apart from the fact that it has something to do with roses I chose the Delice des Fleurs Rose Lip Gloss because I wanted a lip gloss which would give a nice subtle colour without being too in your face. I was wanting a product for every day use mainly in the office and after using cheaper versions I wanted something which could actually deliver as I had little success with the others I had bought.
The lip gloss itself comes in a rather gorgeous, slim metal tin which is beautifully coloured in bright pinks and purples and certainly makes a difference in terms of packaging with other lip glosses, no doubt it is certainly unusual! On the front of the tin you will find the L'Occitane logo together with the product name. On the base of the tin there is the usual information such as ingredients used, contact information as well as a brief description of the item itself. The little metal tin is incredibly slim and petite and will have no problems fitting in a cosmetics bag or in your handbag.
The whole idea behind the Delice des Fleurs Rose Lip Gloss is that it will provide you with a subtle iridescent natural rose colour (their description not mine!). When you slide open the metal tin lid you are met with a beautiful fuchsia colour which is marbled with iridescent tones and it does look gorgeous. It's colour is vibrant and bold which led me to be incredibly cautious especially as I only wanted a subtle colour rather than a bright colour! When you slide open your little tin lid you are met with a lovely aroma which has floral notes to it but nothing intense but perfectly pleasant.
To apply you can do this one of two ways, either with a lip brush or with your finger tip. I prefer to apply with my finger tip as I can't be doing with the hassle of a lip brush, what with having it in your cosmetics purse, trying to find it because its small etc, too much of a hassle just to apply a lip gloss! Therefore, to apply with your finger tip all you need to do is gently rub your finger tip over the solid mass of gloss until it warms up slightly and then just apply to your lips as you would a lip balm or tin of Vaseline. You will realise you have enough on your finger tip when it turns bright pink!
Now my concern was when I saw my finger tip go bright pink after toughing the lip gloss was I was going to end up with bright pink lips which was not my desired look. However, once applied to my lips the colour was far from bright! It was a lovely, delicate hue of pink which gave enough colour to look like I had applied a lip gloss/balm but without being overly noticeable which was what I was wanting - a nice natural look but with a touch of colour.
Now when I first started using this lip gloss which I must add is more like a balm rather than a gloss is the application side of it. I found that because of its solid form it does need a little warming up whether you use your finger or a brush. However, once it softens slightly it is easily applied but the key is not using too much as you will end up with a bright colour on your lips rather than the subtle hue of colour it promises. Once you get this right then your fine. It does give a lovely sheen to it which I'm guessing is from the iridescent qualities it has. It does have a lovely sweet fragrance which will soon soften when applied and is quite a subtle aroma which does linger around.
Again this lip gloss has softening properties and it manages to keep my lips nice and soft. This really is a lovely lip gloss which manages to deliver what it offers. I generally use it by itself or I use it as a top coat over a pink lip gloss just to keep the colour going as well as offering softening properties to a generic lip gloss. The packaging is absolutely gorgeous and really makes the product a little bit more unique. I don't have any complaints about it at all as it does what it says, gives a nice natural pink colour to the lips without being too bright or in your face. The only downside would be the price but as it is in the sale now it doesn't seem quite so steep. Although I'd recommend I can only give it 4 stars simply because it is quite expensive for what it actually is.
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Price: Was £8.00 now £6.40
Availability: L'Occitane stockists although it is a sale item
Misc: Limited edition