Marcelle Rouge Xpression Lipstick: part one (formula)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

I recently caught wind of the fact that Marcelle will be launching some new Rouge Xpression lipsticks soon (to be more precise – nine shades later this week), so I wanted to share the shades I already have with you today. I’ve done a bit of a review of them before (with the Trend collection), but never a dedicated post!

The formula: I like the Rouge Xpression formula, though not as much as Marcelle’s Rouge Vitality one ;) They’re fairly solid in the tube but feel light and creamy once applied, and wear for a good 3-4 hours. I do have an issue with slippage for a few of the shades (the more pigmented ones), but it’s nothing that a bit of a lip base can’t fix. I don’t notice any plumping, but I like that they don’t dry out my lips, and I LOVE that they don’t have a smell or taste.

Cream finishes: 700 Enchantment, 701 Exuberance, 750 Sensation, 751 Provocative

The shades: Alright, so I do have problems with the shades. For starters, the “cream” vs “pearl” labels seem to have no actual meaning – to me, a cream finish should have zero glitter or shimmer, and a pearl finish should have very finely milled shimmer (for, well, a pearlescent finish!) However, Marcelle seems to have re-appropriated these terms, and shades in both the creams and the pearls have noticeable shimmer!
more Rouge Xpression fun »

A lipstick panic attack

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Did the Rouge Vitality line just get discontinued?! Please don’t tell me they just got discontinued – they’re one of my favourite formulations!

*distressed sobbing*

Spring collections round-up: part two

I’m slowly trucking through the heaps and heaps of Spring collections… hopefully, I’ll be done before the season’s over! This week, we have Urban Decay, Benefit, and LORAC. Enjoy :)

How the widgets work: just click – it’s that simple. These should be set up so that when you click on a specific product, it’ll take you to that product’s page. (If it doesn’t seem to be working, well, let me know!)

Urban Decay, Urban Decay, Urban Decay, Urban Decay

Benefit, Benefit, Benefit


P.S. Feel free to check out part one for Spring collections from Dior, Estee Lauder, and Guerlain!

Prada L’Eau Ambrée: the fragrance that stole my heart

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A note before the review: I’m trying out a bit of a different vibe for this frag review, which will hopefully make it more accessible for all of our readers! Let me know what you think?


I feel like I kind of want to do a week of things that I just OMFGCOMPLETELYADORE, to the extent that the caps lock and lack of spaces is most certainly necessary.

The likelihood of this actually occurring is, unfortunately, very low, but at least we can manage Monday and Tuesday of things that I wholeheartedly adore! Two days are than none, right?

Prada’s L’Eau Ambrée most certainly falls into this category. Not only is it exquisitely packaged, but the scent is amazing – soft enough for the day, but sexy enough for the night. While I’ve never actually found a Prada scent that I’ve disliked (and that includes the men’s line), this is by far my favourite.

It was created back in ’09 (well, that’s when it launched, though I am sure it was finished way before then) by Daniela Andrier, the brilliant perfumer behind most of the Prada line, as well as bestsellers like Gucci Eau de Parfum and Armani She. I find it to be a perfectly dry, transparent amber – and this is coming from someone who finds a good 70% of fragrances overwhelmingly cloying!

Another thing that makes me love L’Eau Ambrée (erm, aside from the fact that it’s one of the most spectacular things I’ve ever smelled) is that it sits really close to the skin. In other words, it’s perfect for someone who wants to wear a gorgeous fragrance that won’t fill up the entire room and wear them, instead! It sort of breezes about you, rather than just enveloping you in a cloud, so you catch whiffs of it throughout the day.

L’Eau Ambrée may not be for everyone, but if you’re looking for a signature scent that can take you from day to night, and from summer to winter, it’s certainly worth a look!

The notes: ambre, essences de mandarine et cédrat d’Italie, absolue de Rose de Mai, gardenia jasminoide, oppoponax de Somalie, patchouli d’Indonésie. (Translation: amber, mandarin, citron, May rose, gardenia, oppoponax, and patchouli!)

Who can wear it? Well, it’s dead sexy but not at all cloying, so as far as I’m concerned, this would be perfect for someone in their late 20s right up to their 60s – even the right kind of man.

I envision the L’Eau Ambrée woman as the type who takes her chai latté piping hot and skinny; pencil skirts, chignons, and pumps. She comes off as serious and loves to curl up with an old book and a glass of wine at the end of the day… but would still leave that book on the table to hit a party with the girls!

Prada, Prada, Prada Beauty, Prada Beauty, Prada Beauty

Pass on it if… you’re hooked on juicy, bright, fruity scents.

Try it if… you’re looking for a scent that’s warm but not sweet. They’re few and far between, but this is an exquisite example of a scent that’s just that! It’s also great if you’re a citrus lover looking for a nighttime fragrance with depth, minus the syrupy mess of many warm, easy-to-find citrus frags.

Clarins Rouge Hydra Nude lipsticks are a gift from above

Monday, January 24, 2011

What they are: Clarins Rouge Hydra Nude lipsticks in Nude Rose (#01) and Nude Beige (#03), both limited edition with the Spring Neo-Pastels collection. Available online right now, and in-store Feb 1st!

The formula: To be honest, I didn’t think I’d like this formula, at first – it’s very soft, and distinctly scented. (I normally prefer a fairly firm, completely scent-free formula.) However, after giving these lipsticks time to grow on me, it wouldn’t be a stretch to call me a convert!

The Rouge Hydra Nude lipsticks remind me of butter on a hot summer day (read: super soft) going on, and feel like gloss-sticks on my lips (that is, very smooth and moisturizing). But, by some act of god, that doesn’t take away from their wear time – they can get me right from breakfast at nine to lunch at two.

nude rose / nude beige

Even more impressive is the fact that Clarins has managed to charm me with a synthetic fragrance, something no other company has ever done with their lipsticks. The Rouge Hydra Nude formula smell perfectly sweet, but the scent fades fast enough that I don’t end up with a headache. (The only other lipstick scent I’ve ever loved was Clarins’ Rouge Prodige fragrance). The SPF 6 is just the cherry on top ;)

nude rose / nude beige

The shades: The names of these lipsticks pretty much hit the nail on the head: Nude Rose is a sheer yellow-based rose pink, and Nude Beige is a sheer medium-dark nude. Both are fairly neutral, leaning a touch warm, but would look amazing on warm or cool tones, if you ask me. I almost want to call the “nude” part of their names a misnomer, though – they’re not so much “nude” as they are “natural”. (I view a nude lipstick as something that will tone back your natural lip colour, whereas I see natural lipsticks as ones that simply look like your lips… but better!)

This collection also includes Nude Caramel and Nude Coral, two warmer shades with the same sheer formula.

The packaging: Alright, so here’s my only hang-up. The packaging for these is absolutely gorgeous, and I love that it’s customized to the shade. Thing is, the tubes shut really tightly, and when my ol’ arthritic hands are having a bad day, I literally can’t even open them.

But on the plus side, I guess they’re never going to pop open in my bag!

The verdict? While I like a lot of different lipsticks, it’s rare that I find ones that I absolutely love – usually, I can find at least one thing about the formula or shade that I’d change. With these, though? I’d change the packaging, for sure, but I can’t think of a single thing I’d tweak about the products themselves!

If you’re looking for an awesome sheer lipstick, don’t pass these up. They look great, feel great, smell great… I can’t rave enough about them.

P.S. More photos here!

Clarins Neo-Pastels sneak preview…

Sunday, January 23, 2011

I’ve just finished a review of the Rouge Hydra Nude lipsticks (hint: I LOVE THEM) that will go up tomorrow morning, so here’s a bit of a teaser for you!

(Translation: I went a little photo-happy with the gorgeous packaging of these lipsticks, and ended up with too many for just one post.)

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