Thanks to Vicky, I was able to get my grubby hands on the Guerlain Blush G Sakura limited release blush that was an Asia-exclusive but showed up at Selfridges in the UK. I hesitated in getting this the first time I saw it on the Selfridges website and it sold out quickly after that, then when it showed up for a second time a few days later, I bought it immediately. I’m glad I did because it sold out again almost immediately after I placed my order.
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Like the original Blush G release, Sakura contains four stripes of different coloured blushes that can be used individually or together. The shades in Sakura, from top to bottom, are a shimmery peach, a white, a satin mauve-pink, and a shimmery light pink. Of the four shades, the shimmery peach – the largest strip – is the most pigmented and the mauve-pink is the least pigmented. The shimmery peach is also the dominant colour when you wear it on your cheeks. You can see Vicky and Paris wearing Sakura on their cheeks along with more swatches.
The quality of Sakura I found was not as good as the previous releases. I found Sakura to be a lot more powdery and a lot sheerer than the original Blush G, and just a lot more powdery than Parure de Nuit. This doesn’t come as a surprise due to Sakura originally being released as a part of Guerlain’s whitening Blanc de Perles collection. It is normal in Asia that beauty houses renew their whitening skincare line and also do a small capsule makeup collection along with it. If you imagine bright, even, glowy skin that is the result of using whitening skincare products, then you will see that this blush fits in perfectly with the rest of the whitening line to create a bright, glowy, but natural look.
Would I recommend this? Yes and no. If you like that sheerer more natural, glowy look then I would say go for it, but if you’re usually more used to blushers than impart more colour, do skip this and look elsewhere. The price of this product doesn’t help sway you towards “buy” either, at £42 (£47 after shipping), which is approximately $76CAD.
Despite these shortfalls, I remain a big fan of Guerlain’s Blush G series, or any of their blushes in the big case that is normally used to house their powder foundations. I currently have all three, and I plan on collecting more as they come out in the future.
What do you think – is this something you’d like in your collection?