colour play

Pre-2013 lipsticks round-up

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1. Lancome L’absolu Rouge #152 (‘Mars’)

2. Revlon Colorburst lipstick in Coral

3. Max Factor in Pearl Orange

4. Clinique long last lipstick in Paprika

5. Clarins Joli Rouge in Soft berry

6. Clinique high impact lip color in Very currant

7 Artdeco high performance lipstick #443

8 Guerlain Rouge Automatique #121 (‘rouge d’enfer’)

(The first three from left were purchased in Japan long long time ago and they were from some sub-brands of Shiseido which were generally not available outside japan. And the colours in arm swatches are very distorted, see descriptions below)

My favourite orange-red: Revlon Colorburst lipstick in Coral. It’s a very bright orangey red and really, there’s none of the coral you’d expect to see in a name like ‘coral’.

My favourite everyday lip colour (not nude): in this range it’s Clarins joli rouge in Soft berry, which is quite similar to the famous Rouge Coco in Mademoiselle, only slightly rosier.

My favourite brown: Clinique long last lipstick in Paprika, a warm-toned reddish brown, or perhaps ‘spiced brown’. It has a creamy finish with a soft shine, shimmer-free.

My favourite red? not in these ones. Guerlain Rouge Automatique #121 is indeed a great colour though, and of incredibly high quality (and price!). But it’s too blue for me. I expected it to be a true red but on my lips it’s just more pink than red. It has been reviewed by Temptalia here.

photo from Temptalia

There’s also a beautiful rose, Lancome L’absolu Rouge #362 rose passion — but I forgot to  include it in the arm swatches, it only appeared in the first photo (the fourth from right). It’s a pinkish rose with a hint of fuschia. I usually don’t like cold-toned lip colours — yes I think bright/hot pinks are horrible, both for lips and for clothing. But this softer pink can be wearable for me when there’s some message of spring. I found it very similar to the lip colour worn by this girl, but the coverage is sheerer

photo from The Sartorialist

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