I wasn't thrilled with the notion of yet another makeup item with a rose on it for spring, but Lancôme's Coral Flirt blush from the O My Rose spring collection stands out from the crowd. Tell me this doesn't look Cubist! Here it is with and without flash:Between the pinkish tones and the geometric, angular planes, the minute I saw it I immediately thought of Picasso's landmark Cubist work, Demoiselles d'Avignon from 1907:
Obviously an analysis of this work and Cubism in general is well beyond the scope of my little blog, but if you want a good quick explanation, check out MOMA's gallery label and this blog entry. In any case, I was pleasantly surprised by this oh-so-artsy take on the traditional rose.
I also want to share the rather complicated procurement of this piece! I couldn't find it anywhere - it was sold out completely online and in every store I called, but eventually I found a Macy's that had one left. It was too far away for me to come pick it up in store so I asked if they could ring me up over the phone and send it to me. I was told I could only purchase it over the phone with a Macy's charge, and that the cardholder had to call directly (meaning I couldn't just pass along the credit card info). The only person I know with a Macy's credit card is my mom, so she ended up calling the counter, putting the blush on her charge and having it sent to me. Whew! The things I do for the Museum...good thing my mother is so supportive. Thanks, Mom!