Shimmy Along To New Shiseido Shimmering Rouge Lipsticks
I tend to favor lipstick over lip gloss — which, admittedly, makes me an oddity among females in my age group. Ask most twenty- and thirty-somethings to list what’s inside their makeup bags and, nine out of ten times, they’re likely to mention lip gloss over lipstick. That being said, thanks to the new long-lasting, smudge-proof, moisturizing, creamy formulas being introduced, many women are proclaiming themselves lipstick converts. Last year, Peter Philips, Chanel’s global creative director for makeup, predicted that 2010 would be “the year of the lipstick” — and, though his prediction proved a bit premature, there were a number of game-changing lipstick offerings unveiled (among them Make Up For Ever’s stellar Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick lineup). Now, Shiseido’s Artistic Director Dick Page seems determined to make Philips’ prophecy a reality for 2011 with the introduction of the new Shiseido Shimmering Rouge Lipstick collection.
These new lipsticks combine the creaminess associated with lipsticks with the casual feel, sheer color, and shimmering finish associated with gloss. The Shiseido Shimmering Rouge Lipsticks come in sleek metallic tubes and each slim, cylindrical bar of color features a slanted tip, resembling the inside of Carmex Moisture Plus lip balms or Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmers. These lipsticks never feel abrasive since the color was designed to melt onto the lips almost immediately upon contact (their melting point is close to that of the body’s natural temperature), making the application process beyond enjoyable. Innovative ingredients include: Super-Bio Yeast Extract, which promotes the production of collagen and hyaluronic acid, helping to smooth out any lines along your pout and keeping lips hydrated throughout the day; Super Hydro-Wrap Vitalizing DE, which contains an oil that blends well with water and binds moisture to skin; and Photo-Smoothing Pearl, which successfully disperse light in all directions for a superior sheen and the appearance of fuller, more supple lips.
On lips, these colors look more sophisticated and intense than most glosses, but they’re still rather sheer and natural-looking, making them less intimidating to women who fear that applying lipstick will require an advanced level of precision.
The Shimmering Rouge Lipsticks are available in thirteen shades, all of which look rather natural on lips but infuse them with a bolt of energy and vibrancy. Below, you’ll find photos of the shades available, along with swatches.
We’re going to break down the lipstick shades bit by bit so we’ll start with four colors in the red family.
Though it’s billed as a mid-toned red, the Desire shade feels like more of a sheer honeysuckle color, while the Discretion and Lounge shades play with gray and brown undertones, respectively. The one true red here, then, is the Golden Dragon shade, which has a delicious cranberry tint with scintillating golden undertones. I also love the Discretion shade since its gray and taupe undertones add a lush sophistication, and the pearl particles add both an all-over sheen and a dose of stardust-like magic sparkle.
Check out swatches of these four colors:
Here’s another glimpse of (from top to bottom) the Desire, Golden Dragon, Lounge and Discretion shades of the Shiseido Shimmering Rouge Lipstick:
These three pink colors are among the most stunning, cheerful shades in the collection. The Iron Maiden lipstick is a violet-tinged rose hue with a glazed, slightly chilly finish that makes pink lips look dewy. The Brocade shade boasts warmer undertones, like the inside of a guava fruit, but it has the icy quality of a just-opened popsicle. Last, there’s Iced Rose, a mid-toned, fleshy pink with bluish undertones that does look like what you’d find in a flower shop,
Check out swatches of these three shades below:
The final five shades we’ll be covering belong to the pink, beige, orange, and brown families, so they’re a truly mixed bunch.
Below, check out product photos of (from left to right) the Pink Champagne (PK311), Stiletto (PK407), Ingenue (BE303), Sizzle (OR405), and Grace (BR304) shades.
The most vibrant colors in this group are Stiletto, a slightly iridescent, electric violet-laced fuchsia, and Sizzle, a glazed, sheer coral color. If you’re looking for a glistening earth tone that will harmonize with your sun-kissed skin during the coming summer months, check out Ingenue, a golden, toffee-like, caramel candy shade that looks like the hot drizzle of caramel or butterscotch on an ice cream sundae. Pink Champagne, meanwhile, bridges the gap between peach and pink, recalling the pearly, shimmering interior of a conch shell and featuring an effervescent amount of golden and silver sparkle. Last, the Grace hue is a chocolate-y brown with a golden sheen and reddish undertones.
Peep what these colors look like on the skin:
Shiseido Shimmering Rouge Lipstick, $25. Available at Sephora.com