Lancome L’Absolu Rouge

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L to R: Jezebel #191 Secrete #399 Merlot #188

L to R:
Jezebel #191; Secrete #399; Merlot #188

Lancome had not been a brand I paid too much attention for no particular reason. I am a fan of their Définicils Mascara and the Cils Booster XL lash primer has become a staple. About a year ago, I purchased a few of their Rouge In Love lipsticks and they are okay, but nothing to brag about. I’m just now trying their L’Absolu Rouge line and they are absolutely lovely. If you are a lipstick fan and love cool packaging, you must check these out.

I was intrigued by their L’Absolu range by watching one of my favorite YouTuber’s, Lisa Eldridge who is Lancome’s Global Creative Director.  She was discussing the lipsticks and showed the new sleek lipstick packaging with a push-button open case and I was immediately intrigued. I’m not a complete sucker for cool packaging, but when the product is great too, my wallet is in trouble.

Lipstick bullet pops out of the bottom when the decorative rose is pressed.

Lipstick bullet pops out of the bottom when the Lancome rose logo is pressed.

I always swatch lipsticks on my hand while at the store, so, it is hard to decipher how a lipstick will feel when applied. More importantly, how it will feel on the lips after hours of wear. Out of the wide range of lipsticks I own from $8 drugstore to high-end department store, these are the best I’ve tried in recent memory. They apply like butter and feel so creamy and comfortable on even after hours of wear. All three I purchased have great pigmentation. Lancome says these should last for up to 8 hours. I’m too addicted to lip balm to contemplate trying that, but these last from early morning and were going strong after breakfast and lunch. According to Lancome’s website, the formula for the L’Absolu Rouge hasn’t changed with the base oil being macadamia oil with other nutrients such as Vitamin E.

The L’Absolu Rouge lip colors come in a sheer, cream and matte finish. The shades I picked up were all cream finishes and cost $32.

Merlot #188 Secrete #399 Jezebel #191

Merlot #188; Secrete #399; Jezebel #191

1 – Merlot #188, reddish brown

2 – Secrete #399, deep plum burgundy

3 – Jezebel #191, dark wine red with minute shimmer

Fall Lipstick 2016

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I typically lean on bold, deep dark lip shades to help me mourn the passing of summer. Deep burgundy, dark purple and berry shades are my go to colors. This year, there are some newly released shades that I’ve taken to that are perfect for fall.

1 – Unspeakable Nars Velvet Lip Glide (garnet). $26

Velvet Lip Glides are a new lip line for Nars that combines a lipstick with a gloss. It is a thinner formula than your typical liquid lipstick, but more pigmented and less sticky than a gloss. It is very comfortable to wear. It has a satin finish that starts to lean matte as it wears down. It isn’t too drying and lasts 5-6 hours before I wanted to reapply.

2 – #601 Attitude Giorgio Armani Lip Magnet (purple mauve). $38

The Lip Magnets are Armani’s addition to the matte lip craze of late. These initially feel like the YSL Lip Stains upon initial application as it has the wet feel.  These feel weightless on and  The dry down, but are still transferable. They apply thin and depending on your natural lip color, a second layer may be needed to cover the streakiness. The pigmentation is great so you don’t need a lot to get good coverage and the triangle-tip lip wand helps precise application. These are supposed to last 8 hours. I personally can’t go that long without lip balm and oils lessen the wear time, but it survives nicely past lunch.

3 – #789 Superstitious Matte Rouge Dior (medium pink purple). $35

This shade of purple is something I would wear in spring/summer, but it’s purple…and pretty. Now, Dior claims 16 hours of wear. Um, no. Not even close, but it’s still a great shade. I seriously think my body would go into shock if I had to wear a matte lip shade with no lip balm for 16 hours. In Dior fashion, it goes on smooth and is nicely pigmented.

4 – Mistletoe Bite Beauty (deep rich red). $26

The. Best. Red. Ever. I’m hoping Bite brings this shade back. It was a Sephora VIB exclusive, but if they are smart, it will become available for all. For lighter skin tones, this shade may lean berry-red, but on me it’s just a fabulous dark red that is perfect for my skin. It has a warm undertone, but it isn’t a true yellow red.

5 – #130 Slow Burn Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Hi Lustre (burnt orange-red). $32

Slow Burn is a fabulous coppery orange for the fall. I’m always willing to try orange shades, but I find the right shade hard to find for my skin tone. This is a rustic reddened orange with gold shimmer with a lustre finish. Despite the finish, it doesn’t lack pigmentation.

6 – #06 Burn Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Rouge Vinyle (bright red-orange). $32

Burn is a nicely pigmented red-orange gloss in a high shine finish. This was one of those oranges where I was pleasantly surprised how great it looked on me. It has enough red in to not make my yellow-under toned skin look sallow. It’s a thick formula, but not sticky and leaves a great stain behind.

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Tarte Tartiest Metallic

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Tarte has released new single pan metallic shadows. I’ve been playing with and wearing these shadows for the past couple of weeks and love them. I realize that I like and love a lot the items I blog about because I buy products that I plan to use. Believe me when I say, Tarte knocked these out of the park. They are pigmented, buttery smooth and blend out wonderfully. The metallic finish isn’t too harsh and disco-ballish.

As they are buttery, it’s easier to pick up a bit more product on your brush than intended. If you have the habit of knocking off excess, it shouldn’t be an issue. I personally didn’t experience any fallout. The color didn’t fade or crease on me either; however, my lids require a primer.

Admittedly, there is nothing special about the shade range. If you have a large make up collection, you may already have two dupes of all of these shades. Despite having dupes, sometimes it’s nice to use and play with quality products. My wallet would object, but I certainly wouldn’t mind an expanded color range in this formula.

Another nice feature of these shadows is the pan is magnetic and can come out to make your own palette

Unfortunately, you can only buy these online on Sephora’s website or from Tarte directly. Each shade is $14 with 0.07 oz.

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1 – Dame is a dusty rose.

2 – Shake Down is a light taupe.

3 – Grind is a silver taupe.

4 – Poker Face is a silver lilac.

5 – Sinful is a plum slate.

6 – Whiskey is a medium dark bronze.

7 – Scandal is a bright copper.

8 – Speakeasy is a dark brown copper.

9 – Scarlet is a metallic plum.