Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Purchase - Givenchy Sari Glow Iridescent Blush - Review and Giveaway!

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I had been lusting after Givenchy Sari Glow Iridescent Blush in Maharani Pink for quite a long time. I really, really wanted it, but I could not justify the $42 price tag. Even at a paltry .16 oz, the blush is super pigmented so it will last me most of my lifetime. Being that it is amazingly long lasting and pigmented, the small size is not an issue for me.

Givenchy released this This Limited Edition blush in their spring 2009 collection. Indian themed “Sari Glow” blushes came in a bright neutral pink and an almost day glow orange. I opted for the pink because I found it to be more flattering on my fair skin, but I must say that after swatching a tester of the orange blush I was very pleased at how pretty it is. It would be an excellent highlighter on medium to tan skin tones and a great color on darker skin tones for sure.

The Givenchy Maharani Pink blush is an amazing bright pink that applies like silk. I actually use a skunk brush to apply it, because it is so pigmented. It is VERY frosty. It is one of the frostiest blushes I own. Perhaps it’s because I’m so used to the Chanel Joues Contraste satin finish or perhaps I have huge pores on my cheeks, or both, that I really find this a tad hard to wear in the daytime. I do find that the blush does not look AS frosty when I use a skunk brush, and once I apply my translucent loose powder on top of the blush, the shimmer/frosty factor is reduced significantly.

The staying power of this blush rivals that of Chanel and I must say that the rose scent is one of my favorites. The scent does not transfer to your face but is definitely there when you open the tiny compact, so sensitive noses beware! Now that tiny compact can be an issue to some. I personally think it’s adorable and great for travel because it is so small. A tiny and, in my opinion, useless blush brush is stored in the underside of the compact. The black overspray of the Indian motif does not interfere with the color and does not seem to wear off easily. The tiny yet useable mirror reflects the same “jewels” design.

Do you NEED this blush?
Probably not. I’m sure there are other suitable dupes out there that are less frosty and less money. I’m afraid Sephora is sold out of the pink, but if you call Saks or Neiman Marcus perhaps they could help you locate one. And of course, there is always eBay.

Interesting story as to how I acquired this blush.
I can’t say I’m the most patent person in the world. I think TiVo needs an uber fast, Fast Forward button but I did bide my time looking for this blush on eBay. My patience paid off when I found & won an auction for this blush for $20. I was so excited to have won I eagerly anticipated it’s arrival in my mailbox. Sure enough 5 days later the package is stuffed in the mailbox. I rip it open and pull out the blush and to my great disappointment, the seller send me the orange blush instead of the pink one. Oh I was so bummed. I e-mailed the seller right away and not only did she apologize she send me the pink one the very next day and told me to keep the orange one as an apology! Wow. That was very cool!

I decided that since I truly have no use for an orange lush and good Karma brought the correct pink one to me in a short period of time I would give away the orange one to you, the readers! This blush is brand new, unused and comes in the original box.

So here ya go. Leave a comment here with your first name and last name initial. The contest will end Thursday at 11:59 pm eastern standard time. I will assign everyone a number and, using a random number generator, select a winner to be announced on FRIDAY JUNE 12, 2009.

If you are selected as the winner you must send me an e-mail no later than FRIDAY JUNE 19 to with your full name and address. If I do not hear from you by the 19th I will select another winner for the blush.

This contest is open to everyone. Domestic and International entries gladly accepted.

Good Luck everyone!


  1. What a generous giveaway!

    I'm Kay K!

  2. Thanks for being so generous!!---Teresa L

  3. Oh yeah! I"d love this!
    Susan R

  4. Thank you for the giveaway. I'd love a chance to win!
    Toma H.

  5. how kind of you to pass on the seller's generosity. i love this colour.
    Laura R

  6. I love Givenchy! :) Awesome giveaway!

    Deanna G.

  7. You are so sweet and generous!

    ~Lindsay F

  8. I prefer orange blushes to pink ones so this would be great!

    Nina S.

  9. Oh Elvira lol you're too funny!

    Josie P.

    although if I win I'd rather have you in a box. can you arrange that?

  10. wow - beautiful blush!! Winnie Y.

  11. Oooh both are so pretty and what a nice seller....Lisa T.

  12. Wow.....That seller was amazing!
    Kalli M

  13. wow. Thanks for sharing this!

    Winnie T.

  14. Me, Me, Me, Pick Me!!! Please, please, please!

    Jinath H.

  15. Aw. that was nice of the seller! Sometimes they can be not so nice about it. What seller did you buy it from?

    Aside from that, thanks for the giveaway! I would love to win. =)


  16. That pink is divine-ly pretty. I like the purple tone that it has.

    Lindsay C.

  17. Wow, they're both gorgeous! I'm Rachel L :)

  18. Wow, that was ver sweet of the seller & good beauty karma for you =)
    Thanks for the contest !
    I'm Jessica F

  19. Hey that pink is sooooo you! I love it too! not sure how ornage turns out on me? I think I'd like that too. Gotta dash to our local counters to see if either is out. Probably not as Givenchy is hell of slow here.

    You know who am I and I don't want to sign in just for the giveaway. I write to tell you that I love your reviews. They are also fun to read.

    Good luck to whoever wins!

  20. Those are gorgeous! I think I have to make a trip to the Givenchy counter.
    -Joan K

  21. Orange? Orange?! Omg, I love it! And you are the best for giving it away.

    I'm Karla S.

  22. Thanks for having a giveaway for this blush. I love it.
    I am Melissa M

  23. Good karma is a good thing ^_^. That seller is great, whoever she is. Beth H.

  24. Love your blog. Thanks!

    Lisa O.

  25. I'm a huge givenchy fan, so thanks
    Maria Luisa M.

  26. great giveaway.....
    sabeena n

  27. omg i'm totally drooling over this!

    Jerlene T

  28. the packaging of the blush is gorgeous!
    -Kristine C.

  29. WOW! ur so generous!! i've been wanting to get a new blusher.. Was actually thinking of getting the Chanel tweed blush..

    Chanel compacts just get to me, there's just something about the colour that makes it so irresistible!

    Hui L.

  30. Thanks for the uber nice giveaway!

    Mary Joyce C.

  31. I didn't think these were so beautiful, I think yours are the first real pics I see! Gorgeous~
    Elsa A.

  32. I wonder if it counts I am Citrine B (B for blogger...)

    P.S. My official name isn't super common and it will pop out when people Google it not to mention your site is quite googly-popular...

    You can delete this entry if you want...

  33. The packaging is so beautiful. I might have to check them out at a store. I hope Sephora has them.

    My name: Eve D.

  34. I'm definitely loving the orange blush!

    Daniele R.

  35. I'd love to try this out!

    Mariza H.

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