Please tell me there’s room in the Lovely-Luxury-Lipsticks-That-Don’t-Last-Long-But-Have-Kick-Ass-Packaging Hall of Fame (or LLLTDLLBHKAPHOF for short), because I may have found their next inductee.
Llimited edition KissKiss Strass in Rose de la Reine ($31) is one of nine luxe ladies in the new Guerlain Les Ors holiday collection, pricey products from a line that’s been all about the bling since 1853.
Napoleon III’s wife loved Guerlain, so, ya know, budget’s not exactly their thang.
Like their $84 Écrin 6 Couleurs Eye Shadow Palette, this KissKiss (there are other shades in the KissKiss line) won’t break any records for bargain beauty, but compared to some of the other products in the collection — namely the $73 Midnight Star Extraordinary Radiance Treatment and $85 Or Imperial Sublime Radiant Powder for Face & Body — it’s a total steal!
Too bad it disappears quicker than a $20 bill on the sidewalk (lasts about three hours on the lips), but dayum — at least while it lasts it makes me feel like a million bucks.
A sheer and shimmery beige pink, Rose de la Reine reminds me of the Chanel Aqualumieres and Dior Addict High Shines. It has a similar mirror-like finish, smooth texture, a hydrating formula and, yes, suffers from a limited wear time, too.
Everything about it says, “luxury,” even the light rosy lavender taste and scent.
Guerlain KissKiss Strass in Rose de la Reine on NC35 skin
Wearing Rose de la Reine (that’s the new Benefit Creaseless Cream in Tidal Rave topped with MAC Club Eyeshadow on my eyes, by the way)
The question remains, is it worth $31, and I think that depends. As a keepsake, perhaps almost like jewelry, it could be. The packaging’s gorge, I do like the finish, and the color’s pretty flattering (imagine it with smokey eyes, yum!), but I feel like I’ve seen this pink before.
If we were work buddies, I probably wouldn’t run by your cube and ask, “Can you come with me to the Guerlain counter at lunch!? There’s a new lippie I’m dying to get!”
No, I would probably just text.
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: I guess it really depends. If you like the way you look in pinks and/or wear cooler-toned pink lippies well, you might like Guerlain KissKiss Strass in Rose de la Reine. It’s no drugstore gem, that’s for sure, but it does look a lot like jewelry (and costs almost as much too). Available now at select Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Sephora, Bloomingdales and Bergdorf Goodman stores. Grade: B
Have you heard about these, or this piece in the New York Times? Here’s a good part:
“Spurred on by reruns, Internet traffic, slumber parties and simple old-fashioned word of mouth among children, spaghetti tacos are all the rage…
For Robert Thompson, a professor of popular culture at Syracuse University, the question is not why kids are asking for spaghetti tacos, but why they haven’t asked for them sooner.
“This combination seems to be an inevitability, sort of like chocolate and peanut butter running into each other on that Reese’s commercial,” he said. “The amazement should be only that it took ‘iCarly’ to bring it into our melting pot of a culture.”
“Spaghetti tacos has made it possible to eat spaghetti in your car,” he said. “It’s a very important technological development. You don’t even need a plate.”
Brilliant! I’ll take two right now.
I actually dreamt about spaghetti tacos last night. Mmm… spaghetti tacos…
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Fellow font-ophiles, don’t you the scripty font on the bottom of Rose de la Reine?