L’Occitane Pivoine Flora

I popped along to the L’occitane store in London’s Covent Garden last night to take a peek at their brand new make up collection, released in conjunction with the launch of the new Pivoine Flora eau de parfum fragrance. Not usually one for heavy floral scents myself, I had a feeling I’d emerge from the cellar-style store feeling a little queazy but (thank goodness!) I was wrong.

The Pivoine Flora collection celebrates the peony, my favourite flower. The packaging is to die for, a mixture of hot pink peonies and old fashioned bottles. The scent itself is surprisingly light for a floral perfume. Initially quite sharp, with a relative burst of grapefruit hitting your senses, the scent mellows out into easily discernible violet notes mixed with peony and magnolia. A beautiful scent in homage to a beautiful flower.

The makeup collection is a whimsical, girly creation of pale shades and earthy packaging adorned with watercolour ballerinas. Each compact carries the subtle Pivoine Flora scent which makes a very nice touch… if you like all things girly, this collection is for you!

The limited edition line comprises of a pretty eyeshadow quartet (below), a stunning bronzer with a gold shimmer spray (which looks gorgeous, but as usual disappears after one use) a selection of creme face duos (think NARS multiples, but much cheaper!), four different eyeshadow duos and a selection of glosses and lipsticks.

My top pick would have to be the Incredible Lip Shine, a clear gloss that adapts to the colour of your lips to enhance their natural beauty (very similar to the famous Smashbox ‘O Gloss’, but half the price at £9)

I was also drawn to the super cute Eau de Toilette Intense roll-on perfume. The perfect size if, like me, you like to switch fragrances on a weekly basis or if you’re looking for the perfect handbag-sized scent. (£14)

Overall, I was very impressed by the whole range of products, and would definitely recommend taking a peek!

The Pivoine Flora collection is available online and in store now.