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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!