So who IS spending $600 on blusher Saks limits customers buying $100 Sisley cheek colour to 'no more than six at a time'
16:01 GMT, 6 April 2012
While extortionate designer lipstick prices have left women with less to spend on other beauty products, a simple of sweep of blush has never been considered a luxury.
But now, Sisley, the French cosmetics brand, is bringing their cheek colour into the big leagues with their $108 L'Orchide Palette, a light to medium coverage highlighter.
And despite the astonishing price, shoppers are going wild for the soft pink and bronze blush, so much so that Saks Fifth Avenue is rationing eager consumers to six items per 30-day period.
Sweet cheeks: Sisley's L'Orchidee Palette is a $108 blush that is selling out at Saks Fifth Avenue where customers are limited to six per purchase
The online store of the uptown fashion and beauty mecca has issued a warning that only six blushes will be permitted in a cart in any one shop, prompting us to wonder what makes this product so special other than the price.
Certainly the delicate compact is packaged well and presented in an attractive blend of colours that form the brand's signature emblem, similar to that of an an upside down fleur de lis.
And packaging and branding has undoubtedly attracted even the savviest of deal-finders in the past, but with one review so far on the website, it is hard to understand why the product is so in demand.
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'Nothing to say, amazing looking product from the box to face,' reads the solitary testimonial that gives the blush a five out of five star rating.
Perhaps Sisley are attempting to emulate the success of Tom Ford's ''70s-meets'20s hedonistic' lipstick range that earned him $52,000 in one night, according to Racked.com.
The description of product claims that in just one brushstroke, the face is transformed.
'L'Orchide Palette colors and lifts the complexion with an easy-to-apply luminous veil that can be endlessly adjusted.
'With just one sweep of the brush, the complexion is illuminated and evened out with an incredibly light, healthy glow. This ultra-light and ultra-fine texture melts away, resulting in a soft and silky powder.'
On further investigation, the blush compares in price to a pressed powder that promises to give your skin 'a sun-kissed, radiant glow with the look of a natural, velvety tan.'
But while the Sun Glow powder is also high in demand, according to the Saks website, as of yet there are no reviews, so we won't be running to the store for that one.