This is the time of year when matte lipsticks are snapping their gum and stomp-walking around the tetherball courts and jungle gyms of the makeup playground like queen bees of the makeup playground/world.
They run the show, and yeah, I’m cool with that, but sometimes my dry lips and I need a break. Please! Teleport me away to the land of supple, moisturized lips!
Incidentally, that’s where these $27 Clarins Joli Rouge Lipsticks live. 🙂
A long-term staple of the Clarins line, they’re shiny, sheer and — oh, I could kiss them — so moisturizing. Clarins revamped them this fall, making them over in gold packaging (remember they used to be silver?) and revitalizing the color palette with 16 new shades.
I love these, and they’ve been seeing a lot of action on my pout lately, particularly the pinkish nude shades, Lilac Pink and Pink Ginger, which go with everything. I pair them often with casual weekend makeup looks, like with tinted moisturizer, mascara and a little bit of blush.
Oh, and uh…did I mention how freakishly moisturizing they are? It’s cray-cray to the extreme, and when you have dry lips like I do, they’re a gift from ye makeup gods. Being lightweight and silky, they’re a welcome respite from all of the drying, heavy mattes that come out to play in fall in winter.
The formula lasts about two or three hours on my lips, so they aren’t incredibly long lasting, but they don’t have any annoying flavoring, for what that’s worth. I do, however, detect a very, very faint floral scent, but it’s not annoying at all (I can hardly tell it’s there).
Even though I call them sheer, the nude and brighter colors do layer well. When I start with a single layer, the coverage is like an amplified sheer, shiny lipstick, but the opacity increases as I add a second or third layer, so you can build ’em up when you want something bright and bold on your lips.
I like that kind of flexibility.
At $27 each, these are more toward the expensive side of the lipstick price spectrum, but by comparison, the Chanel Rouge Coco Shines, which seem similar to me, are $35.
Might be something to check out next time you pass a Clarins counter, which is where you’ll find them now. 🙂
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,