Beauty Without Fuss

Sunday 9 September 2012

Lipstick of the Week

The last time I did Lipstick of the Week, it was all a bit neutral, so I guess this week was a bit of an antidote to that, albeit an unplanned one - I don't plan my lipstick wearing in advance, I simply wear whatever appeals to me on the day. Oh! A warning for the squeamish: this post contains images of not one, but two celebrity makeup collections - I don't know what's come over me.  Anyhoo,  let's bring on some colour!

Clockwise rom left to right (starting at the back) we have: 

ByTerry Aquatint in 101 Dancefloor Flirt, 
Chanel Rouge Coco in Mademoiselle
Illamasqua in Magnetism
ArtDeco Dita's Classics in Art Couture
Rimmel Lasting Finish "By Kate" in 107
and at the front from left to right:
Guerlain Rouge G in Georgia
Guerlain Rouge G L'Extrait in Paresse

Let's take an individual look:

In the tube, this gel-stain looks a frankly terrifying shade of neon orange.  Luckily, on the lips, this settles down nicely into a soft pink stain that lasts for hours and hours.  Surprisingly easy to wear, this makes a nice base for other colours too.

 Possibly the classic shade from when Rouge Coco's launched from Chanel, this is a neutral on me (but only because I have very pigmented lips naturally), a dark woody rose, this a perfect shade for all occasions.  Or work, which is what I wore it for.

Illamasqua Magnetism is from the latest "Generation Q" collection, of which I wholeheartedly approve, featuring, as it does, men and women of all ages (sadly not all sizes, though) in the campaign imagery. Magnetism is a creamy deep raspberry shade that I love, and makes a great change from red.  Long lasting, and non-drying (unlike some other deeply pigmented shades from Illamasqua), this is a new classic pink for me.

Sigh.  This is beautiful.  I had a suspicion it would be when I read about the range (c'mon, Dita Von Teese doing red lipstick?  I'm in), I thought the shades would be great, but I wasn't too sure what the formulation would be like, not knowing all that much about ArtDeco brand outside of their eyeshadow primer.  I needn't have worried, this is a perfect lipstick.  A great red, and it lasts.  And lasts.  And lasts and lasts and lasts.  People who follow me on Twitter and Instragram will have a good idea of how this lasts, at least ten hours or so without needing a reapplication, and there is no red ring of doom.  This lipstick has rocketed into my top five discoveries of the year, without question.

I can't remember the last time I wore a Rimmel lipstick.  Genuinely. Nonetheless I've been very impressed with these new matte lipsticks from the "By Kate" collection.  Only the red and the dark berry (107 - above), are worth bothering with shade-wise (the "nude" is of a shade that makes me suspect it's actually a rogue tube of Hide the Blemish, to be hones), but these are nicely pigmented, nicely lasting, nice lipsticks.  I can't get too excited, but for the price, they're ... nice.  Non-drying too.

I adore the Rouge G formula so much that it's exceptionally difficult for me to walk past a Guerlain counter without buying one.  This is one of my all-time favourite lipsticks, so much so that it was my lipstick of the year in 2010. 

And finally:

Dreadfully out of focus, I'm sorry!

I mentioned above that I can't pass a Guerlain counter without buying something.  Well, meet my latest acquisition.  I tried (and reviewed) the new Guerlain Rouge G L'Extrait recently, and I knew I had to have another shade.  A lot of the L'Extraits are quite bright, and I wanted to give a softer shade a go.  Hence, Paresse.  A mid-toned rose, without too many blue undertones, it's a lovely colour.  Haven't really tested it properly for wear yet, but I'll report back.


A bit of a brighter week all round, really!

What've you been wearing?
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  1. I love the variety of shades you've picked out. I feel like Chanel Mademoiselle is something I'll have to pick up eventually, given that it's such a famous shade!

  2. That Chanel lipstick is the one! <3


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