I love lipsticks.
But that’s no secret, right?
Last I counted, I’m the proud owner of approximately 317 lipsticks. Yes, I heard your gasp, and it’s perfectly understandable. That’s quite the exaggerated quantity for someone in possession of a mere single pair of lips, I know (and in my defense, there are others who have much much more). But this is how it looks from where I’m standing. Lipsticks are one of the most affordable accessories available, easily perceived as the finishing touch to an outfit.
AND A WOMAN NEEDS HER OPTIONS.
Brown Sugar by Avon. Despite images currently shown on the web, I remember it as being a striking geisha red. Rich and creamy with a satin finish. And I also vividly recall that no matter how tired she was or simply dressed, my mother would never ever be seen in public without lipstick and that lipstick was a look-at-me-I’m-fabulous red. That was such a beautiful childhood memory, don’t you think?
When it comes to lipsticks, although my preference tends to slant towards roses and reds, I’ll try any shade at least twice. To see how it works with my skintone, and under different lightings.
Let’s start with Lilac Pink ($28), a delicate shade from the Clarins SS2016 Collection. From the tube, it promised a powdery pink, with a hint of mauve. On the lips, whilst creamy, it delivered a colour that proved just a wee bit too pale for my personal liking. I do feel it’d look beautiful on someone with either a lighter or darker complexion.
My complexion is simply too in between for this to work.
Now this dazzling number appeals to me. It screams “look at me!!”. It’s bold. It’s sexy. It’s unapologetic. Best of all, the colour is as every bit as intense on my lips as the tube hints, and with only one application too. There’s a richness to Joli Rouge (the star of this collection, for good reason) ($28) which leaves behind a lasting impression of velvety smoothness. I like. I like very much.
Next up, a hybrid skincare+gloss product labelled as the wunderkid of the collection, the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Toffee Pink Shimmer.
WE KNOW HOW SHEELA FEELS ABOUT GLOSS.
She’s not a big fan. And whilst this claims to be both skincare as well as lippy, I’m still not sold. I’m neither fond of the gloopy texture nor the inconsistent application. It’s a miss for me.
Finally, we have what Clarins touts as the crème de la crème of blushes, the Multi-Blush Cream Blush for both cheeks and lips. I’m using the Rose ($30). I’ll come right out and admit I really really REALLY do not fancy this shade but the product itself?? It’s epic. It really is. A cream that dries to a smooth, milky, powdery finish. Truly lovely. And the colour’s completely in your hands to control, dictate intensity vis-à-vis the number of times you dab it on your lips, on your cheeks. You decide.
I think I would’ve fared much better with either the Rosewood or the Peach, both of which are already in my cart. Shhh #nojudging
So there you have it. My honest to goodness take on four brand spanking new offerings from Clarins, for our pouts this Spring. Ahhhh. I need a good stretch. Trying on make-up can be so exhausting.
All in the name of research, of course.
p/s photos by eve
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With gratitude to Clarins for the products. My opinion remains, as always, mine.