Thursday, August 23, 2012
Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in Camel BE306
I could not resist trying out one of the Shiseido Lacquer Rouges when I spotted them first a few weeks ago at Saks. This is the first makeup item I have ever purchased from Shiseido and what drew me in was the promise of long lasting, opaque and glossy coverage that was comfortable to wear. Sounds amazing, right?
The Shiseido Lacquer Rouge collection is a liquid lipstick with intense pigmentation, that delivers rich, full coverage that is glossy with one coat. The applicator is the traditional doe foot, and works well with the formula to provide even coverage with a single coat. The formula is thick in the sense that it is not at all liquidy like the YSL Glossy Stains, but not goopy or sticky. It actually feels very comfortable on the lips, and is not drying at all. In fact, I did find that the lip color actually improved the appearance of my lips rather than settling into the fine lines or highlighting dry patches. Score!
The best part of the formula is definitely the lasting power. I find that the finish stays glossy for a few hours, even with sipping water. After about 3 hours or so, the gloss fades and leaves a stain of the color behind. Even without the gloss, my lips still felt comfortable. I definitely noticed that this formula lasted much longer on me than the average lipstick or gloss, since nothing lasts long on me ever!
The shade range is limited, just 8 and mostly very intense shades. For swatches of all shades, check out Messy Wands. I chose Camel, a brownish beige nude. I like the color, and I think it would suit tan or dark skins well. Lighter skins will probably find this much too brown. The only other shade I was interested in was Portrait, a mid tone pink, but even this was a bit too vibrant for me for daily wear.
The Shiseido Lacquer Rouge retails for $25 an is available now at counters. I think if you find a shade that interests you, definitely give it a try!