The Maison Lancôme from the 29 Saint Honoré is undoubtedly a thing of beauty. It took me some effort to reduce down the number of photographs of the undisturbed pan. It was also quite a while before I could bring myself to use it too. I can imagine many people would want to own it simply for the joy of looking at it.
The compact contains three colours; a baby pink, a medium rosy pink and a peachy tan. There is some overspray detailing which disappears with use. When the colours are swirled together they create a pretty sheer pink shade with a matte to satin finish. It's not hugely pigmented as you will see from the swatches. I have tried several times to get clearer swatch pictures but the colour refuses to show up for me. I have included the swatch on a tissue (several swipes) for you to better see the colour. Also Charlotte has a good swatch picture on lipglossiping.com.
I suppose it is possible to apply the colours separately but it is a little tricky due to the distribution in the pan. I think it's probably best to take from the pan as a whole, using a fluffy brush to apply. Due to the sheer nature of the colour, I will probably get most use from it as a finishing powder over cream blusher. I have some natural redness in my cheeks and no matter how much of this powder I apply, I only see the merest hint of colour. On those with more porcelain skin than mine or without natural redness, the colour may be more apparent.
For me, this is a beautiful compact to own but it isn't an essential. If you enjoy pigmented blushers, this probably isn't one for you. The Lancôme 29 Saint Honoré collection is still available on counters and the Maison Lancôme blusher costs £34. You can find my previous posts on the collection here. As an aside, have you seen the pictures of the Golden Hat Illuminating face powder coming out with Lancôme Holiday collection (post on Makeup4All)? I'm already smitten!
Diclosure: Press Sample