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I’m in Love: Lancome, Rouge in Love Lipstick

Back in 1989, I was into De La Soul, baby doll dresses with cowboy boots and 21 Jumpstreet. Yes, I know I’m old. This was also the time I was introduced to high end cosmetics. A bit much for a fourteen year old but it’s small when you compare that with the eight year old with an iTouch or your fourteen year old cousin showing off the iPhone she got for her birthday.  Since technology was dormant in the late 80’s my mother spoiled me with clothes and makeup. Our favorite makeup choice was Lancôme and if MAC made it’s debut in 1989 instead of 1994, I would have saved my mother a lot of money!

Another reason I was a fan: Isabella Rossellini: I adored this woman (and still do). She personified everything I found glamorous. Also, I yearned to sport a chic, short cut but my face isn’t perfectly sculpted like hers. I love that her daughter, Elletra is currently a feature Lancôme ad model.

You know how much I love and obsess over NARS cosmetics? Well this is how I was with Lancome back in the late 80’s – early 90’s. I was so obsessed that when we had to write predictions on our classmates in ten years in Creative Writing class, everyone wrote that I’d be some big shot makeup executive for Lancôme. Well at least they predicted that I’d still be obsessed over makeup ten years later accurately.

Unfortunately, I lost interest in Lancôme when I began to make my own money and eye other newer, shinier brands coming up around that time: Bobbi Brown, MAC, Urban Decay, NARS…I just fell out of love. You know when you experience your first love but then you realize it was lust because you had a wandering eye, then you stray and then you accept that you were immature and then you want to make nice again?

Okay maybe that’s just me but that’s exactly how I felt when I came across the new Lancôme lipstick collection – Rouge in Love. Cute packaging doesn’t hurt either!

It consists of eleven shades and categorized by three different moods: Jolis Matins (day wear), Boudoir Time (before cocktail hour) and Tonight is my Night (shades for full on glamour and seduction). This is a long wearing lipstick. New generation polymer guarantees up to six hours of featherlight, color rich intensity. It feels like a balm on the lips due to concentrated oils while shiny silicone provides glossy shine.

On my super sensitive lips, it dried down comfortably while leaving a rich violet stain. I got four hours of wear before reapplying. I do drink lots of water and coffee at the office so anything lasting over two hours is a big win for me. I don’t get a lot of irritation on my lips the next day after wearing but this does leave an intense stain after removal the night before. I probably will reserve this shade for date night, drinks with the girls or just when I need extra sass at the office. I am looking into another shade, perhaps from the Jolis Matin collection so I can wear it to work more than once a week.

The color I was drawn to is part of the Boudoir Time mood: #381B Violette Coquette and how could I pass up that sassy name?

(Photo taken with flash just so I could show the vibrancy of the color)

It’s a dramatic, cool tone red-violet. Normally, I would walk past this type of shade because it’s out of my nude pink comfort zone but I was looking for an alternative to the Summer orange lip and I was in the mood for a sultry night time lipstick.

I love this shade with a lightly lined eye (nude lids and black liner) or a very slight charcoal smoky eye. Also, I would pair with a berry toned blush. For extra definition, I lined my lips with MAC Vino (intense violet purple) lightly and blend on my lips then layer the lipstick straight from the tube. You should probably use a lip brush for neatness points but I’m lazy so that’s why I always lip liners.

This is a winner for me and perhaps the perfect way to lure me back to Lancôme but we would be friends with benefits because I am not ready for commitment just yet.

Retails for $25/USD and is available at all stores that offer the Lancôme cosmetic collection.

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